with Daniel Chard, June 21, 2013
Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Michael Malone completed his undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University in 1974 (B.S. Chemical Engineering) before embarking upon graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at UMass (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 1979). Dr. Malone took a job as associate professor in the UMass Department of Chemical Engineering in 1980, and later earned several promotions, eventually becoming Department Head from 1993 to 2003, Ronnie and Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering in 2003, and Dean of the College of Engineering in 2004. Informed by more than two decades of experience conducting scientific research in collaboration with corporate partners and other stakeholders external to the University, Dr. Malone took a position as Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement in 2004, and continues to serve UMass in this capacity today. In this interview, Dr. Malone discusses his experiences as a doctoral student and professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, changes in UMass research since the 1970s, and his vision for the future of UMass research, which includes the successful growth of industry supported interdisciplinary research in the UMass’s new Life Sciences Laboratories (currently under construction).