Obituary: Stephen Malkin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering

Stephen Malkin, 72, of Jamaica Plain, Distinguished Professor emeritus in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, died Aug. 19.

Born in Boston, he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his B.S., M.S. and Sc.D., all in mechanical engineering.

He taught at the University of Texas from 1968-74, the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1974-76, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology from 1976-86. He was a visiting professor at Cornell University in 1980-81.

Malkin joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1986 as a visiting professor and was appointed a tenured full professor the following semester.

A researcher in manufacturing and materials processing, Malkin was internationally recognized for his work on grinding and abrasive processes. He was the author of more than 150 technical papers and a book, “Grinding Technology: Theory and Applications of Machining with Abrasives.”

In 1987, he was named director of the College of Engineering’s Manufacturing Engineering Program. He was also a co-founder of the Center for Manufacturing Productivity, a program that paired faculty from the College of Engineering and the School of Management with small- to medium-sized manufacturing firms to improve productivity and competitiveness.

In 1998, he was appointed a Distinguished Professor in recognition of his exemplary activities in research, teaching and outreach.

He served as head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department from 2000-06.

From 2008-10, he was the Edmund J. Safra Distinguished Visiting Professor at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

He retired from the Engineering faculty in 2009.

In 2008, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was an elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and was an elected member of the International Institution for Production Engineering Research. In 1993, he was elected an honorary member of the Romanian Society of Mechanical Engineers, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary degree by J.E. Purkyne

He received the ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award, the Gold Medal of the SME, the Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award from ASME, and the Outstanding Senior Engineering Faculty Award from the College of Engineering.

He leaves his wife, Maccabit, his daughter Ruth Lerner and her husband Avinoam, and his son, Gonen Nissim and his wife Inbal, four grandchildren, and his mother and sister.

Burial will be in Tivon, Israel.

Remembrances may be made to the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, 139 Main St., Cambridge 02142 or Jewish National Fund, 77 Franklin Street, Boston 02110.