David Malec

David Malec is a Principal of Cramton Associates LLC and a post-doc at the Economics Department of the University of Maryland. His research focuses on topics on the interface between the fields of computer science and economics, and how complex economic settings can be approached algorithmically.  Of particular interest is how algorithmic techniques in approximation can be used to design near-optimal economic mechanisms in settings where exactly-optimal have proven elusive, and how such techniques can be adapted to take advantage of the types of information available in practical economic settings. His work has appeared in top conferences in algorithmic game theory and theoretical computer science.  He received his B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Lake Forest College in 2007, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2014.

Academic Positions (last five years)

Research Associate, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, July 2014 to present.

Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, January 2013 to June 2014.

Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin­, Madison, 2007 to 2012.

Visiting Research Assistant, Northwestern University, Fall 2010.


University of Wisconsin, Madison, Doctor of Philosophy, May 2014, Computer Sciences.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Master of Science, May 2009, Computer Sciences.

Lake Forest College, Bachelor of Arts with distinction, May 2007, Computer Science and Mathematics.

College of Lake County, Associate of Science, December 2004, Computer Science.

Courses Taught

Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Undergraduate introduction to algorithm design paradigms.

Research Interests

Algorithmic game theory, approximation algorithms, multi-dimensional screening, mechanism design.

Honors (last five years)

Cisco Systems Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2011.

Editorial and Public Service

Program Committee, 9th Conference of Web and Internet Economics (WINE), 2013.