• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Robert H. Fletcher Professor
  • Associate Department Head of Research and Strategic Initiatives, Mechanical Engineering
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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Devesh Bhasin, Daniel A. McAdams, and Astrid Layton, "A Product Architecture-Based Tool for Bioinspired Function-Sharing," the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, November, 2020 (online), pp. 1-33, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4049151.
  • Devesh Bhasin, Spencer T. Behmer, and Daniel A. McAdams, "Fostering Function-Sharing using Bioinspired Product Architecture," the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, October, 2020 (online), pp. 1-35, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4048815.
  • Guanglu Zhang, Elissa Morris, Douglas Allaire, Daniel A. McAdams, “Research Opportunities and Challenges in Engineering System Evolution,” the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, August, 2020, Vol. 142, No. 8, pp. 81401-1-081401-14, DOI: 10.1115/1.4045908 [Featured Article].
  • Guanglu Zhang, Douglas Allaire, Venkatesh Shankar, and Daniel A. McAdams, "A Case against the Trickle-down Effect in Technology Ecosystems," PLoS ONE 14(6): e0218370. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218370.