Dr. Michelle S. Hoo Fatt

Dr. Michelle S. Hoo Fatt

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Office: ASEC 107C
Phone: 330-972-6308
Fax: 330-972-6027
Email: hoofatt@uakron.edu


Michelle S. Hoo Fatt obtained her PhD in Structural Mechanics from the Department of Ocean Engineering at MIT in 1992, her MS in Ocean Engineering at MIT in 1990, and her BS in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 1987.  She was Lecturer/Post-doctoral Fellow in the Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992-93 and a Post-doctoral Associate/Lecturer in Department of Ocean Engineering at MIT in 1993-95.  She is currently a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and teaches courses in structural mechanics, dynamics and vibrations while conducting research in blast and impact mechanics, composite structures, and elastomer mechanics.

Research Accomplishments

Blast & Impact Mechanics of Composite Structures:  Low and high velocity impact modeling of composite laminates and sandwich panels; blast analysis of composite sandwich panels and shells.

Elastomer Mechanics & Materials:  High rate testing of elastomers; development of dynamic constitutive equations and fracture criteria for rubber.  Current interest in polymer and elastomer foam constitutive modeling and failure under shock and impact.


  1. Hoo Fatt, M.S. and Chapagain, P., “Pressure Pulse Response of Composite Sandwich Panels with Plastic Core Damping,” Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 392-429, 2012.
  2. Hoo Fatt, M.S. and Surabhi, H., “Blast Resistance and Energy Absorption of Foam-Core Cylindrical Sandwich Shells under External Blast,” Composite Structures, Vol. 94, pp. 3174–3185, 2012.
  3. Gao, Y. and Hoo Fatt, M.S., “Dynamic pulse buckling of single curvature composite shells under external blast,” Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 52, pp. 149–157, 2012.
  4. Hoo Fatt, M.S., Chen, L. and Al-Quraishi, A.A., “Fracture Parameters for Natural Rubber under Dynamic Loading,” Strain, Vol. 47, pp. 505-518, 2011.
  5. Liu, M. and Hoo Fatt, M.S., “A Constitutive Equation for Filled Rubber under Cyclic Loading,” International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol. 46, pp. 446-456, 2011.
  6. Hoo Fatt M.S, and Pothula, S.G., "Dynamic Pulse Buckling of Composite Shells Subjected to External Blast," Composites Structures, Vol. 92, No. 7, pp. 1716–1727, 2010.
  7. Hoo Fatt, M.S. and Sirivolu, D., “A Wave Propagation Model for the High Velocity Impact Response of a Composite Sandwich Panel,” International Journal of Impact Engineering, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 117-130, 2010.
  8. Liu, M. and Hoo Fatt, M.S., “A Three-Dimensional Constitutive Model for the Dynamic Response of Rubber,” Tire Science and Technology, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 226-253, 2009.
  9. Hoo Fatt, M.S. and Palla, L., “Analytical Modeling of Composite Sandwich Panels under Blast Loads,” Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 357-380, 2009.
  10.  Hoo Fatt, M.S. and Sirivolu, D., “Impact Perforation of Sandwich Panels with Coremat®,” International Journal of Crashworthiness, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 37-47, 2009.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992); M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1990); B.S.M.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987);



4600:336 Analysis of Mechanical Components:  junior-level strength of materials; stress analysis; combined loading; theories of failure; fatigue.

4900:336 Aerospace Structures:  junior-level course covering theory and methods for analysis and design of aerospace structures. Topics include torsion, shear flow, buckling, fracture and fatigue of beams and plates.


4600:623 Applied Stress I:  Airy/Prandtl stress functions and their applications; variational methods, including theorem of Minimum Potential Energy and Hamilton’s principle.

4600:625 Analysis of Mechanical Component:  graduate-level strength of materials; advanced beam, plate and shell theories; energy methods; structural plasticity. 

4600:635 Stress Waves in Solidspropagation of elastic-plastic stress waves through solids; transmission, reflection, absorption and diffraction phenomena; low and high velocity impact.

4600:661 Failure Analysis of Mechanical Systems:  applications of failure theories, fracture mechanics and fatigue, including composite and welded structures.