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Michael Thouless

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Michael Thouless

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

thouless@umich.edu
2146 GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
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Phone: (734) 763-5289
Fax: (734) 647-3170

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Degrees

M.A., Cambridge University, 1985
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1984
M.S., University of California-Berkeley, 1982
B.A., Cambridge University, 1981

Research Interests

Micromechanics modeling of materials; interfacial fracture mechanics and adhesion; mechanical properties of thin films and coatings; toughening mechanisms in polymers; mechanical properties of structural adhesives.

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Major Funding Sources

National Science Foundation; Ford

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Faculty Governance Award, Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, 2012

Fellow, Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining, 2012

Service Excellence Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2011

Achievement Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2010

University of Cambridge ScD Degree, 2009

Professor of the Term, Pi Tau Sigma, 2009

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2007

Professor of the Term, Pi Tau Sigma, 2005

Joint work (with Shu Takayama from Biomedical Engineering) on "Fabrication of Reconfigurable Protein Matrices by Cracking," appeared on the cover of Nature Materials, 2005

David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004

Listed as a "highly-cited researcher" in Materials Science category by ISI, 2003

Teaching Incentive Fund Award (ME382), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 2002

Teaching Incentive Fund Award (ME395), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 2001

Excellence in Teaching Award, MEAM, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997

CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1996-2000

R. F. Bunshah Award, Metallurgical Division, American Vacuum Society, 1990

In the News...

2014 - Thouless Appointed Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

2013 - ME Faculty Receive CoE Awards

2012 - Thouless recipient of Distinguished Faculty Governance Award

2012 - Thouless elected Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining

Teaching

See ME Course Information for more information about our courses offered and teaching histories.