By Ed Blaguszewski
Michael F. Malone, a distinguished campus researcher and teacher for more than two decades, has been named dean of the College of Engineering. Charlena Seymour, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, made the announcement. Malone will begin his new position Aug. 1.
Malone, who joined the faculty in 1980, currently serves as the Ronnie and Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering and as professor of Chemical Engineering. He succeeds Joseph Goldstein, who is returning to the faculty after 11 years as dean.
“Michael Malone brings outstanding professional credentials to the job, as well as invaluable insight into the college’s strengths and its potential,” Seymour said. “I look forward to working with him, and his colleagues in engineering, to build upon their distinctions.”
Maintaining high standards and setting ambitious goals are vital to the college’s future success, Malone said.
“I am delighted to join the campus leadership in their commitment to support strong programs and excellent faculty in the College of Engineering,” he said. “The faculty who compete with peers at other research universities will continue to provide competitive opportunities for students in both teaching and research in our strong foundation programs. There are also exciting prospects for growth through innovation and through collaboration on and off campus in emerging areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.”
Malone earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1979 from UMass Amherst, joining the Chemical Engineering faculty the following year. He served as director of the campus’s Process Design and Control Center from 1989 to 1997, and again from 2003 to the present. From 1997 to 2002, he was head of the Chemical Engineering Department. He won the campus’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996 and the Conti Faculty Fellowship in 2002.
Malone was visiting scientist at the DuPont Company in 1981 and 1993-94. In 1996 he won the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. From 1993 to 1996, Malone was chair of the systems and process design area in CAST, and has been chair of the CAST Division Programming Board since 1997.
His research interests are in processes design and innovation. He is the author of numerous technical articles as well as the textbook "Conceptual Design of Distillation Systems" with M. F. Doherty.