Dr. McAdams is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He joined the department in January of 2008 after serving as an Associate (2005-2007) and Assistant Professor (1999-2005) of Mechanical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. He teaches undergraduate courses in design methods, biologically inspired design, and machine element design and graduate courses in product design and dynamics. Dr. McAdams research interests are in the area of design theory and methodology with specific focus on functional modeling; innovation in concept synthesis; biologically inspired design methods; inclusive design; and technology evolution as applied to product design. He has edited a book on biologically inspired design,
He has received education at, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas where he earned his Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering, August 1999, Dissertation Title, Functional Tolerance Design: Foundations, Tools, and Techniques, Adviser, Kristin L. Wood. HE also received education at The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California where he earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, June 1994, and at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, May 1992, magna cum laude.
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