Malone named AIChE fellow

Michael F. Malone, dean of the College of Engineering and the Ronnie and Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The honor is extended to less than 2 percent of the professional association’s 50,000 members.

“I really appreciate the recognition of my colleagues,” says Malone. “It means they recognize something that really contributes to technology and related issues before society. I am really fortunate to have fine students and colleagues at UMass Amherst who really deserve much of this recognition.”

Among other awards, the campus has honored Malone with the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship in 2002 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996. The AIChE has given him the Excellence in Process Development Research Award in 2004 and the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award in 1996.

Malone’s research deals with systems technologies, especially related to innovative designs for separation and reaction-separation systems. In that context, he and his research colleagues started the Process Design Center, one of the top three centers in this field. Malone and Michael F. Doherty, former head of the Chemical Engineering Department, now at the University of California Santa Barbara, also wrote a definitive textbook on the subject: “Conceptual Design of Distillation Systems” (McGraw-Hill, 2001).

Malone has been closely involved in serving AIChE for more than 15 years, acting in various capacities within its Computing and Systems Technology Division. He also served as the chair of the institute’s Annual Meeting in 2003, overseeing more than 550 technical sessions for 6,000 participants.