• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Robert H. Fletcher Professor
  • NSF Program Director of Convergent Activities
Daniel A. McAdams

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin — 1999
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology — 1994
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin — 1992

Research Interests

  • Design theory and methodology with specific focus on functional modeling; innovation in concept synthesis including computational methods; bio-inspired design methods; design for disability, and technology evolution as applied to product and system design.

Awards & Honors

  • Department of MEEN - Industry Advisory Council Faculty Mentoring Award
  • 2020 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award
  • 2018 Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Individual Student Relations.
  • 2018 Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures, Ventura, CA, January 2018.
  • 2017 Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference for “Guanglu Zhang, Daniel A. McAdams, Milad Mohammadi Darani, Venkatesh Shankar, “Product Performance Evolution Prediction by Lotka-Volterra Equations,” 2017 ASME IDETC/CIE Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, DETC2017-67369.
  • 2017 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award; Texas A&M Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2016-2017 Herbert H. Richardson Faculty Fellow Award
  • 2015 Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award
  • 2014-2015 Herbert H. Richardson Faculty Fellow Award
  • 2014-2015 Dwight Look College of Engineering Dean’s Fellow
  • 2012 Design Studies Award, for the best paper published in the journal Design Studies

Selected Publications

  • Hyeonik Song, Daniel Selva, and Daniel A. McAdams, “Patent Mining to Understand Functional Evolution of Engineered Products,” Proceedings of the ASME 2022 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, St. Louis, MO, DETC2022-89405.
  • Devesh Bhasin, David Staack, and Daniel A. McAdams "Bioinspiration of Product Architecture: Trading-off System Effectiveness for System Robustness," the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, April 2022 (online), pp. 1-27, https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4054246.
  • Maulik C. Kotecha, Ting-Ju Chen, Daniel A. McAdams and, Vinayak Krishnamurthy “Design Ideation Through Speculative Fiction: Foundational Principles & Exploratory Study,” the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. August, 2021, Vol. 143, No. 8, pp. 080801-1-080801-16, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4049656.
  • Devesh Bhasin, Daniel A. McAdams, and Astrid Layton, "A Product Architecture-Based Tool for Bioinspired Function-Sharing," the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, August 2021, Vol. 143, No. 8, pp. 081401-1-081401-10, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4049151.
  • Guanglu Zhang, Douglas Allaire, Daniel A. McAdams, and Venkatesh Shankar, "Generating Technology Evolution Prediction Intervals Using a Bootstrap Method," the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol 141, No. 6, January 31, 2019, 9 pages, Paper No: MD-18-1341; doi: 10.1115/1.4041860