Stephen Malkin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, received an honorary doctorate degree (doctor honoris causa) from J. E. Purkyně University in the Czech Republic on November 11 in “recognition of his accomplishments in machining and particularly in grinding theory and the application of grinding methods.” Dr. Malkin has been a faculty member at UMass Amherst since 1986 and served as department head from 2000 to 2006.
After becoming emeritus in 2008, he spent two years as the Edmund J. Safra Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the International Institution for Production Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME). Malkin is also a recipient of the ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award, the ASME Blackall Award, the SME Gold Medal, and the University of Massachusetts Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award.
Malkin's research activities have been mainly related to grinding and abrasive processes. An author of more than 200 technical articles and a book – Grinding Technology: Theory and Applications of Machining with Abrasives – he is internationally recognized as one of the leading researchers in his field. He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at more than 65 industrial companies, professional associations, and universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. His professional experience also encompasses consulting with more than 35 industrial companies.
Professor Malkin grew up in the Boston area and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with B.S. (1963), M.S. (1965), and Sc.D. (1968) degrees. He began his academic career at the University of Texas and thereafter taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo until he joined the faculty at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1976.
He came to the UMass Amherst as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1986, where he was director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program from 1987 until 1995 and co-founder of the Center for Manufacturing Productivity, which pairs faculty with small to medium sized manufacturers to enhance productivity and competitiveness. He was named a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts in 1998. (November 2010)