Malima Wolf
Malima Isabelle Wolf, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Senior Engineer
Thermal Sciences
Natick

Dr. Wolf specializes in heat transfer and thermodynamics. She has created analytical and numerical models for a variety of heat transfer and fluid projects including burn injury of human skin, thermal deflection, humid heat transfer, cavity formation, and composite degradation. Her work at Exponent also includes the evaluation of fire and explosion incidents including origin and cause investigation. Additionally, she has broad experience in laboratory and field testing, including the design, construction, and instrumentation of customized experimental apparatus for project-specific problems. Her research interests include green manufacturing and the thermodynamics of materials systems including recycling systems.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Wolf was a Senior Engineer at BlazeTech, Corp., focusing on heat transfer, fire, and safety related projects. Her experimental work there included the design and instrumentation of laboratory and field fire and heat transfer tests, and hyperspectral image analysis of material streams for separation. She designed and developed novel fire protection systems, including foaming fire suppression systems.

Dr. Wolf’s academic work focused on energy use and environmental impact of manufacturing systems. As a researcher at Politecnico di Milano and ITIA-CNR and graduate student at MIT’s Environmentally Benign Manufacturing Lab, she focused on the design of recycling systems as manufacturing systems, including performance analysis and facility design. She served as an environmental impact consultant on several research projects while at MIT, including tracking the environmental impact of waste after disposal and evaluating individual environmental impact based on personal lifestyle. While at MIT, she also designed testing apparatus and mechanical components including tooling for underwater robotics systems.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2011
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2006
  • B.S., Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2003

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Massachusetts, #52693

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

USCG 100 GT Master Near Coastal w/Sail and Towing Endorsements

Enriched-Air Certified PADI Open Water Diver

Publications

Wolf MI, Colledani M, Gershwin SB, Gutowski TG. A network flow model for the performance evaluation and design of material separation systems for recycling. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 2013.

Phithakkitnukoon S, Wolf MI, Offenhuber D, Lee D, Biderman A, Ratti C. Tracking trash. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2013.

Offenhuber D, Wolf MI, Ratti C. Trash Track – Active location sensing for evaluating e-waste transportation. Waste Management & Research, 2013.

Offenhuber D, Lee D, Wolf M, Phithakkitnukoon S, Biderman A, Ratti C. Putting matter in place: tradeoffs between recycling and distance in planning for waste disposal. Journal of the American Planning Association, 2012. JAPA Best Article of 2012

Boustani A, Girod L, Offenhuber D, Britter R, Wolf MI, Lee D, Miles S, Biderman A, Ratti C. Investigation of the waste-removal chain through pervasive computing. IBM Journal of Research and Development, 2011.

Presentations


Wolf MI, et al. Robust design of material separation systems for recycling. 10th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, Istanbul, Turkey, October 31–November 2, 2012.

Wolf MI, et al. Modeling and design of multi-step separation systems. International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, Washington, DC, May 16-19, 2010.

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2011
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2006
  • B.S., Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2003

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Massachusetts, #52693

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

USCG 100 GT Master Near Coastal w/Sail and Towing Endorsements

Enriched-Air Certified PADI Open Water Diver