UMass Amherst Engineer Named Distinguished Professor By Trustees

AMHERST, Mass. - Stephen Malkin, a member of the mechanical and industrial engineering faculty at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by University President William Bulger. The appointment was made following approval by the University’s Board of Trustees at its meeting today in Boston. The honor recognizes Malkin for outstanding academic distinction.

Malkin is only the fifteenth faculty member on the Amherst campus to be awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. He was recommended for the honor by Chancellor David K. Scott, Provost Cora B. Marrett, and Dean of the College of Engineering Joseph I. Goldstein.

"Dr. Malkin deserves this honor for his exemplary activities in research, teaching, and academic outreach," said Goldstein. "He brings his research expertise to the classroom, enlivening his teaching as a result. In fact, this academic year he taught a section of our freshman engineering course."

A researcher in manufacturing and materials processing, Malkin is internationally recognized for his work on grinding and abrasive processes. An author of more than 150 technical papers and a book, "Grinding Technology: Theory and Applications of Machining with Abrasives," he has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and is an elected member of the International Institution for Production Engineering Research. He has received the Gold Medal of the SME, the Blackall Award of the ASME, and the Outstanding Senior Engineering Faculty Award at UMass.

Malkin joined the University in 1986 as a visiting professor and was appointed a tenured full professor the following semester. As a teacher of graduate and undergraduate engineering courses, students have consistently rated him an outstanding educator. In 1987, he was named director of the College of Engineering’s Manufacturing Engineering Program. He is also a co-founder of the University’s Center for Manufacturing Productivity, a program which pairs faculty from the College of Engineering and the School of Management with small- to medium-sized manufacturing firms to improve productivity and competitiveness.

A native of Massachusetts, Malkin received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the UMass faculty, he taught at the University of Texas, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.