Fewer than 3 percent of society members earn this status
While ASME has more than 130,000 members worldwide, fewer than 3,500 are Fellows. This distinction is only available to scholars with 10 years of ASME membership who have sustained significant engineering achievements.
“I am delighted, honored, and humbled to be elected to the grade of ASME Fellow,” said Malikopoulos. “I would like to thank Prof. Tsu-Wei Chou for the nomination.”
In his nomination letter, Tsu-Wei Chou, Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair, noted that Malikopoulos is internationally recognized for his work in analysis, optimization, and control of powertrain systems; decentralized control for cyber-physical systems; and learning in complex systems. He praised Malikopoulos for his recently developed decentralized optimal control framework for connected and automated vehicles, which allows vehicles to pass through intersections safely and efficiently, no traffic lights required.
“Dr. Malikopoulos’ approach has the potential to revolutionize our transportation system and transform it into an energy efficient mobility system,” wrote Chou, who became an ASME Fellow in 1998.
Malikopoulos joined the UD faculty in 2017. He recently established two laboratory spaces—a virtual reality lab to develop concepts for connected and automated vehicles and scaled smart city to test those concepts.
Malikopoulos was also recently promoted to Senior Member of IEEE, a status conferred upon fewer than 9 percent of the organization’s members. (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers uses IEEE only in its charter and in legal documents.) To be considered, professionals must have at least 10 years of experience and must have shown significant performance over the last five years.
Before he joined UD, Malikopoulos was the deputy director and the lead of the Sustainable Mobility Theme of the Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a senior researcher at General Motors Research & Development. Malikopoulos earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.