Michael Titus
TMS Director/Chair, Public & Governmental Affairs
Associate Professor, Purdue University
03/25/2023 - 03/19/2026

Michael Titus is currently assistant professor of materials engineering at Purdue University. Prior to joining Purdue, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow (Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, 2015-2016), earned his Ph.D. in materials (University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015), and earned his B.S. in engineering physics (The Ohio State University, 2010).

Titus's current research focuses on understanding atomic-level processes that govern high-temperature deformation in structural alloys, and accelerated discovery of materials ranging from shape-memory alloys to refractory complex, concentrated alloys. He and his research group utilize a variety of experimental and computational techniques--from casting to density functional theory--to bridge physical phenomena across length- and time-scales and have published over 30 peer-reviewed articles as part of these efforts.

Titus has been recognized with a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2018); TMS Structural Materials Division Young Leaders Professional Development Award (2018); Outstanding Mentor of Engineering Graduate Students, College of Engineering, Purdue University (2019); and as a TMS Young Leaders International Scholar with the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials (2020).

Throughout the past seven years, Titus has been involved in numerous TMS activities. He organized or co-organized seven TMS Annual Meeting and Materials Science & Technology Conference technical symposia. He has served as a member of the High Temperature Alloys Committee since 2015, as faculty advisor of the Purdue University Material Advantage chapter since 2019, and as the Public & Governmental Affairs Committee representative (2018-2020) and vice-chair (2020-2023). Recently, he was part of the lead team for the TMS study, Defining Pathways for Realizing the Revolutionary Potential of High Entropy Alloys.