Roger Malina Selected as Associate Director of ATEC

Dr. Roger F. Malina, distinguished professor of arts and technology in the School of Arts and Humanities, and professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has been named Associate Director of Arts and Technology.

Dr. Roger F. Malina

Dr. Roger F. Malina

Malina is a physicist, astronomer and executive editor of Leonardo publications at MIT Press.

“I am delighted to accept the appointment as ATEC Associate Director at a very exciting time for our program,” Malina said. “The hire of 5 outstanding new faculty in 2013 and our upcoming move into the new ATEC building at the center of the campus offer real opportunities for our areas of concentration in both research and education to have a real impact internationally.”

In this position Malina will focus his attention on four specific components of the ATEC program:

  1. Educational and research projects at the intersection of the arts and sciences, including the development of a partnership with the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
  2. International partnerships.
  3. Participation in the STEM to STEAM initiative, which seeks to integrate the arts, design and humanities into science, technology, engineering and math related fields.
  4. Overseeing the development and administration of the EMAC program.

Malina is a former director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP) in Marseille, and a member of its observational cosmology group, which performs investigations on the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

He is also a member of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Study (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, IMERA), an institute he helped to organize. IMERA seeks to contribute to trans-disciplinarity between the sciences and the arts, placing emphasis on the human dimensions of the sciences.

Malina was also a member of the jury for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2011, which awards a prize to those who create strategies with potential to “solve humanity’s most pressing problems.”

Malina’s specialty is space instrumentation. He was the principal investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer satellite at the University of California, Berkeley. The satellite was the first orbiting observatory to map the sky in the extreme ultraviolet band. The team at UC Berkeley had to invent new cameras, telescopes and data analysis techniques to accomplish the task. The team was one of the first university groups to take over operation of a NASA satellite and operate it from a university with teams of students.

For 25 years, Malina has been involved with the Leonardo organizations, which his father founded in 1967. Malina earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972 and his doctorate in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979.