About Us

Vice Chancellor for
Research and Engagement

Vice Chancellor Michael F. Malone

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has emerged over the last decade as a world-class center for research and scholarship. The campus is classified as a Research University with Very High research activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation.

The success of our research programs reflect the faculty's innovative and interdisciplinary approach to research. This increases the relevance of research and creates new areas of study, many of them important to the social and economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the nation.

As we enjoy success there is still much to do to advance the campus as a top public research institution. I am honored to have this opportunity to help faculty, students and staff grow their research programs and to further the campus's mutually beneficial engagement with public and private partners.


The mission of the Office Research and Engagement is to provide leadership and services that support the growth of research and scholarship across the campus, to facilitate funding and engagement with external partners, to promote innovation and societal impact, and to ensure compliance with all research related regulations and policies.




Michael F. Malone

Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

Michael F. Malone, the Ronnie and Eugene M. Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement in August of 2009. Previously, Professor Malone served as Dean of the College of Engineering since 2004. He was named to the Isenberg Professorship in 2003, which was created to enhance interdisciplinary teaching and research between fields of management, engineering and science. Previous to his position as Dean, Professor Malone served as Department Head for the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1997 - 2002.

Professor Malone holds a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and the Ph.D. from UMass Amherst College of Engineering. He joined the Chemical Engineering faculty in 1980 and served as director of the campus's Process Design and Control Center from 1989-1997 and again from 2002-2003.