Biography

Dr. Michael Tonks

Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

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Research Interests

Computational materials science, Computational mechanics, Coevolution of microstructure and properties, Materials in Harsh Environments, Mesoscale modeling and simulation, Nuclear materials, Numerical methods

Education

  • 2001: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University
  • 2002: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University
  • 2008: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Experience

  • 2008 – 2009: Postdoctoral researcher at Idaho National Laboratory
  • 2009 – 2013: Staff scientist at Idaho National Laboratory
  • 2013 – 2015: Leader of the Microstructure Science and Engineering group at Idaho National Laboratory
  • 2015 – 2017: Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University
  • 2017 – Present: Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida

Honors and Awards

  • 2014: TMS SMD Young Leader Professional Development Award
  • 2014: US DOE NE Advanced Modeling and Simulation Program Excellence Award
  • 2014: INL Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award
  • 2015: ANS Materials Science and Technology Division: Special Achievement Award
  • 2017: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers