Malcolm has been living in the Midwest his entire life. He was born in Indiana, moved to Illinois when he was five, and went to college in Indiana at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he got his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He then pursued his graduate degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering where his researched focused on the two-dimensional simulation of emulsions and foams.
From there, he moved to Oklahoma to work for Halliburton, an oilfield services company, in its chemical applied sciences group. Among his greatest achievements, he analyzed correlations for several physical properties of reservoir oil and gas, led a group project for creating and analyzing correlations relating to the processes of matrix and fracture acidizing, and performed analyses of friction data collected in the laboratory for scale-up to standard wellbore fracturing rates.After six years, he transitioned to the reliability group where he began to focus his efforts on nearly full-time computational fluid dynamics(CFD) simulations. He helped to redesign a lubrication oil drainage pipe to increase flow during cold startup for one new and one re-engineeredhigh-pressure pump, compared several different geometries of cementing casing centralizers to find the best geometry that minimizes pressureloss, helped redesign a mixing tank for hydrating cementing chemicals, performed simulations for analyzing the stability of vertical sand storageunits in wind, and simulated erosion in wellhead connection units to help find a solution to accelerated seal wear at high flow rates. In 2015, Malcolm started working for Koch-Glitsch in Kansas where he currently works as a CFD-Engineer. He works on analyzing fluid flowsinside mass transfer units such as distillation columns, gas-liquid separators, and packed-bed reactors.