Curtis O'Malley profile

Curtis O'Malley, PhD

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering


  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA Civil Engineering - B.S. 2005
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA Architectural Engineering - B.S. 2005
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Civil Engineering - M.S. 2007
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Civil Engineering - Ph.D. 2011



  • New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Socorro, NM
    • 2016-Present Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
    • 2015-2016 Research Faculty, Mechanical Engineering Department
    • 2012-2016 Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM
    • 2011-2013 Part-time Instructor
  • US Army Aberdeen Testing Center, Aberdeen, MD
    • 2003-2005 Engineering Intern


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My students and I organize and conduct K-12 STEM outreach events throughout New Mexico that represent the Mechanical Engineering department at New Mexico Tech, as well as New Mexico Tech as a whole.  We provide interactive demos that engage children and adults of all ages and provide information about the opportunities New Mexico Tech offers. Past events have included BBBS Discovery Festival, multiple New Mexico MESA events,  multiple ¡explora! events, and the AFRL Super Stem Saturday. Visit the NMT Outreach page for more information about new events.


Recent Design Teams:

Spring 2018 New Mexico Tech Model Airplane Design


The team had been tasked with designing, building, and flying an airplane to match AIAA competition standards. 

Team Photo
AIAA Plane 2018

Raymond Searles

Delton Trotsky


Christopher Anderson, Branden Baca, Will Benson, Michael Diswood, Nick Greenfield, Bryce Hart, Tyler Krill, Erica Moreno, Gibson Morgan, Fawn Siriwet


Spring 2018 New Mexico Tech Test System Shelter


The team had been tasked with designing a movable and collapsible vehicle test shelter, for Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake.

Team Photo

Keith Sillivent


Phillip Fasano, Zachary Rubin, Karl Trujillo, Dean Sieck, Christopher Montalvo, Kyle Vigil, Noah Edwards 

Previous Design Teams:

  • Sandia National Labs Modal Energy Team – Quantify energy dissipation in a bolted connection
  • Sandia National Labs Test Article Team - Collect transportation vibration measurements
  • Sandia National Labs Vibration Mechanism Team – Design and build a vibration test article
  • Wind Turbine Design Project – Design a turbine to generate electricity from an exhaust vent


Courses Taught:

  • MENG 110 & 110L - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • ES 201 - Statics
  • ES 302 - Mechanics of Materials
  • MENG 421 & 421L - Finite Element Analysis & Design
  • MENG 451 - Machine Design


Research Areas:

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Mechanical System Design
  • Computational Model Validation
  • Vibration and Modal Testing



  • NMT Student Government Association Faculty Award 2018
  • BBBS Discovery Festivial 2017 - WOW Factor Award, Most Inspirational Award
  • BBBS Discovery Festivial 2016 - Best in Show Award, Kids Choice Award