Michael Thouless

Michael Thouless
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Janine Johnson Weins Professor

Address

3672 GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
Phone
(734) 763-5289

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.

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

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

Five ME faculty members received College of Engineering Awards in 2017. These recipients include Shorya Awtar, Margaret Wooldridge, Wei Lu, Michael Thouless, and Miki Banu

Thouless' father is honored for his contributions to the field of topology

This prestigious honor recognizes his seminal research contributions in fracture mechanics of films, coatings and interfaces.

The recipients are: Michael Thouless, Huei Peng, Steve Ceccio, and Kathleen Sienko

The researchers were featured for their work towards designing a concussion-preventing football helmet