O'Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science, and of electrical and computer engineering, received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1996.
"It was an honor to be recognized by [Purdue Mechanical Engineering] as one of their Outstanding Mechanical Engineers for 2019," O'Malley said.
The annual award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated excellence in industry, academia, governmental service or other endeavors related to mechanical engineering. Since 1991, 285 alumni have been honored with the prestigious award.
O’Malley combines many interests in her research at Rice. She directs the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab, which addresses issues that arise when humans physically interact with robotic systems, with a focus on training and rehabilitation in virtual environments. This includes wearable robots; compliant series-elastic actuation systems; assessment of human motor control and surgical skill; virtual environments and haptic feedback for skill assessment and training; bilateral teleoperation; and educational haptics.
At Rice, she currently serves as Special Advisor to the Provost on Educational and Research Initiatives in Collaborative Health. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at both Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Additionally, she is the Director of Rehabilitation Engineering at TIRR-Memorial Hermann Hospital, and is a co-founder of Houston Medical Robotics, Inc.
She has twice received the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching at Rice University. O’Malley received the ONR Young Investigator award and was also a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She currently serves as senior associate editor for the ASME/IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics and the ACM Transactions on Human Robot Interaction.