Summary of Accomplishments
Since Malek joined FIU in August of 1990, the following accomplishments are provided as evidence for scholarship, creative activity and involvement in graduate and undergraduate education.
Participated on and helped write 81 proposals since at FIU (67 as PI and 14 as Co-PI). This process involved more than 35 different Co-PIs from the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science and the departments of mathematics and physics to name a few, and more than 25 other faculty and colleagues from other institutions of higher learning and industry. Twenty (21) of these proposals (18 as PI and 3 as co-PI) were funded yielding a 26% success rate.
Secured 5 million dollars in federal funding as PI
Helped secure 4.5 million dollars as Co-Director of the CREST Center Proposal (Director Yi Deng from Computer Science)
Established through federal funding the CATE center and 8 ongoing educational and research labs (6 within the College of Engineering, 1 at Miami Children’s Hospital, and one in the Multicultural Services area in the Graham Center).
The CATE center since its inception has supported the following students:
66 graduate students (14 Ph.D.s and52 MS students with 33 Males and 29 Females):
5 obtained their Ph.D. degree here at FIU (2 females, 3 males),
40 obtained their MS degree (18 females and 21 males) – 12.5% of these students are African American
Note: Two other students supported at the MS level here at FIU went on with their Ph.D. studies elsewhere:
Frank Candocia obtained a Ph.D. from UF
Annette Taberner is obtaining a Ph.D. from Harvard-MIT Medical Technology School
72 undergraduate students (36 females and 47 males)
68 obtained their BS students (31 females, and 34 males) – 19 of these students (or 28%) are African American
The CATE center has also provided financial support for
3 Postdoctoral students (Dr. Gualberto Cremades, Dr. Melvin Ayala, and Dr. Wei Yao)
Dr. Cremades is presently Assistant Professor at Barry University
Dr. Wei Yao is presently working as an Engineer in California
Dr. Melvin Ayala is the Lab Manager of the CATE Center and is teaching a new class on Applied Neural Network to help with the ECE graduate curriculum.
1 Research Scientist (Dr. Ilker Yaylali from Miami Children’s Hospital)
Dr. Ilker Yaylali has been teaching since a course on with the Biomedical Engineering Department, and is helping with research under the newly developed Neuro-Engineering Program, a joint program between FIU and Miami Children’s Hospital.
Published as author or Co-author 100 publications, with 33 other publications by other students and colleagues that acknowledge the support of NSF or ONR with the CATE center.
Journal publications appear in the following Journals and Magazines:
Journals where published include
– IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PATTERN ANALYSIS AND MACHINE INTELLIGENCE
– IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON IMAGE PROCESSING
– IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING
– IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
– BRAIN TOPOGRAPHY
– JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
– JOURNAL CLINICAL DIGEST SERIES
– JOURNAL OF PARTICLE AND PARTICLE SYSTEMS CHARACTERIZATION
– JOURNAL OF CYTOMETRY
– JOURNAL DE GENIE BIOLOGIQUE ET MEDICAL
– JOURNAL FOR THE ART OF TEACHING
– IEEE POTENTIALS MAGAZINE
Other Journals where publications are still under review include:
– CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY
– INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMAGE AND GRAPHICS
– MULTIMEDIA JOURNAL
With citations appearing in the following sites:
– WEB OF SCIENCE CITATION INDEX
– WILEY INTER SCIENCE
– PUBMED (NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDECINE)
– ISI WEB OF SCIENCE
– ENGINEERING VILLAGE 2
– PORTAL (THE ACM DIGITAL LIBRARY)
With the strong ongoing research, and with less administrative commitments, a higher return on journal publications is expected given the experiments we have conducted and the prototypes we have designed over the past two years. We anticipate a yield of 8 to 12 Journal publications for the next two years.
Finishing a unique book on Microprocessors, emphasizing the design of the Control Unit, the central piece of any computer.
Testified as early as 1987 to the US Senate on technology to help persons with disabilities.
Served since 1998 on 10 different NSF panels, one of which was a committee of Visitors review panel to review an NSF program. Continue to be invited on a regular basis. I am invited for two others.
Served as Acting Chair for the ECE department for 3and ½ years, while maintaining a full teaching load of 2 course per semester + all the other service courses such as senior design, thesis, dissertation, individual work, and keeping the research at the NSF-CATE going. In one of those semesters Malek taught 3 courses with one being a newly introduced course + again all the service courses. I have assigned myself the same courses I was assigned by previous chairs to be fair to other professors.
With the financial help from the College of Engineering, the undergraduate laboratories were all upgraded using more than $ 250,000 of new equipment.
Malek finalized the ABET comprehensive report that successfully extended ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation from January 31st 2000 to September 30th 2003. Malek was also recently involved (last year, as Computer Engineering faculty with ECE department) in putting together the Computer Engineering file for successful accreditation for the next three years upon which another report will have to be finalized to extend that for six years.
Wrote annual reports for the College
Served on several FIU, College, Department Committees – Examples remembered include
Subcommittee Chair on Industry/Business Partnership with the Florida and Local Economic Development Committee Chaired By Vish Prasad
Member of the Search and Screen Committee for Vice President for Research
FIU Representative for the Digital Media Group with the SUS and the Board of Regents
FIU Representative for the SUS research meeting exposing research at FIU
Strategic Planning Committee
Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Committee
ABET Preparation Committees
Chair of the Search Screen Committee for two faculty lines with the Biomedical Engineering Department
Order of the Engineer
Industry visits and talks during Dean Hopkins tenure to industry partners such as Lucent, FP&L, Beckman-Coulter, Silicon Graphics, Nortel, G.E., Caterpillar, and Northrop Grumman.
ABET Preparation Committees
Search Screen Committees
Annual Meetings of the Southeastern Heads of Departments
Honor Societies Events
While serving as Acting Chair, the ECE department has always ranked in the top 10 or top 15 departments/centers according to Sponsored Research Annual Reports.
As Acting Chair, I have never used a single penny from the ECE department for conference travel, to help the CATE center, or to help students supported by the CATE center.
Served on several committees on behalf of FIU, the College of Engineering and the ECE department
I always taught the courses that were assigned to me as a faculty in Computer Engineering.
Received the following awards:
2 State of Florida Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) awards (in 1994, and in 1997), through competition
2 Herbert Wertheim Excellence in Teaching Awards (in 1996, and 2002), trough student votes
1 Research Award in Recognition of Outstanding Performance Enhancing the Research Capabilities of FIU (in 1996), award given by President Modesto Maidique
1 Excellence in Research Award (in 1996, only time I applied for this award, did not apply since).
1 Excellence in Teaching Award (in 1997, only time I applied for this award, did not apply since).
Founding member and Advisor of the Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Engineering Honor Society.
Founding faculty member of the Biomedical Engineering Department.
Graduate Faculty member of the ECE department