Michael Keller, professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research in The University of Tulsa’s College of Engineering & Computer Science has received the M.M. Frocht Award from the Society of Experimental Mechanics.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics and was established in 1967 in honor of Max Mark Frocht. Frocht conducted research and lectures on photoelasticity and experimental stress analysis all over the world and published a two-volume treatise that is credited with revitalizing interest in the field of photoelasticity.
Candidates for this annual award must have a distinguished record as an educator and are selected by a committee.
“I am very proud to have faculty of Dr. Keller’s caliber in the College of Engineering & Computer Science,” said Andreas A. Polycarpou, inaugural dean of the college. “Dr. Keller joins a distinguished list of past recipients that won this award and represents the best of what The University of Tulsa offers: the highest excellence in teaching and research.”
Keller’s research focuses on understanding the mechanics of solid and complex materials. His work includes the characterization and manufacturing of novel multifunctional composite materials, and he is particular interested in the development and characterization of materials with autonomic functionality, such as self-healing composites.