The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has honored Thom Adams as a Herman A. Moench Distinguished Professor. He has served more than two decades at the university as a mechanical engineering professor.

Adams, a 1990 Rose-Hulman mechanical engineering graduate, is one of the few faculty members to have received the institute’s Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2005) and Trustees’ Outstanding Scholar Award (2019).

His cited as a pioneer in the field of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and has become a leading educator, authored one of the leading textbooks for undergraduate technical majors in the field.

More recently, Adams has focused his research on what he calls the “scholarship of generalization,” in which physical systems and processes are purposely modeled using the most fundamental concepts and methods available in order to ascertain physical trends and correlations that often go unnoticed when relying solely the techniques of modern specialized research.

Adams has served since 2016 as a member of the scientific committee for the International Conference on Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, been session chair for various technical sessions and given the keynote address at conferences in Budapest, Hungary and Lisbon, Portugal. He spent a sabbatical teaching assignment in 2016 teaching the first course about MEMS at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Peru.