The Michigan Society of Fellows is under the Rackham Graduate School, has selected Michael Thouless, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering, as a Senior Fellow. Established in 1970 the Michigan Society of Fellows has selected applicants for three-year appointments as fellows in the social, physical, and life sciences, the humanities, and in the professional schools.
Thouless' term will run from 2021 through 2024. In addition to his professorship in mechanical engineering (ME), he is also a professor of materials science and engineering, a Janine Johnson Weins Professor, and the ME associate chair for facilities and planning. Areas of research for Thouless are 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.