Dr. Michael Tonks

Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering


Research Interests

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


  • 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


  • 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