Larry Mallak

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Larry Mallak
(269) 276-3369
E-228 Floyd Hall, Mail Stop 5336
Mailing address: 
Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1993
  • M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1986
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984
Research interests: 
  • Corporate Ethnography and Empathic Design
  • Organizational Culture and Change Management
  • Workplace Resilience

Dr. Larry Mallak has spent his career building and using innovative methods to improve organizational systems and design processes leading to better outcomes. His work on corporate ethnography is bringing new tools to balance the art and science of new product development, especially in the medical device industry. His Workplace Resilience Instrument has been adopted by researchers and practitioners worldwide seeking to build more resilient work environments. Prior to his university appointment, he worked in Charlotte, North Carolina, for Premier Healthcare as a healthcare systems engineer and he has worked as a science reporter for National Public Radio. His work has been featured in numerous outlets, including TEDx, Engineering Management Journal, WORK, and Industrial Management.



  • Fellow, American Society for Engineering Management
  • Western Michigan University Research Development Award
  • Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professional Membership & Service

  • Regional Director and Board Member, American Society for Engineering Management
  • Associate Editor, Engineering Management Journal
  • EPIC: Ethnographic Praxis in Industry
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, senior member
  • IISE Society for Engineering and Management Systems

Twitter: @LarryMallak