Michael Tonks - Faculty

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Michael Tonks

Professor, Alumni Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and MSE Undergraduate Coordinator Materials Science & Engineering / Nuclear Engineering
Work 158 Rhines Hall Work Phone: (352) 846-3779 Website: Tonks Research Group


Ph.D., 2008, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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

Lab Website: Tonks Research Group




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

Honors and Awards

  • 2020: University of Florida, Department of Materials Science Faculty Excellence Award
  • 2019: Acta Materialia Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • 2019: University of Florida, Department of Materials Science Faculty Excellence Award
  • 2017: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 2015: ANS Materials Science and Technology Division: Special Achievement Award
  • 2014: INL Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award
  • 2014: TMS SMD Young Leader Professional Development Award
  • 2014: US DOE NE Advanced Modeling and Simulation Program Excellence Award