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Alan  Taub

Alan Taub



2098 HH Dow Building

T: (734) 763-1024


B.S. Materials Engineering, Brown University 1976
M.S. Applied Physics, Harvard University 1977
Ph.D. Applied Physics, Harvard University 1979

Currently Teaching:

Research Interests:

My major research interest is in understanding the inter-relationships between processing, microstructure and properties in materials; with an emphasis on mechanical, electrical and magnetic applications.  Present research focus is on lightweight structures for land, sea and air transportation applications.   One key program is studying the effect of carbon nanotube and nanoclay additions to polymer composites.  A central theme is utilizing electrical and magnetic fields to produce oriented particles for improved mechanical properties. 

I am also leading the formation of a multi-university team that will conduct research on industry-relevant applications in advanced manufacturing of lightweight metals and alloys.

Prior Experience:

2001-2012  General Motors Global Research & Development (Warren, MI)

Vice President, Global Research and Development


1993-2001  Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)                     

Manager, Lincoln Vehicle Engineering

Manager, Vehicle Crash Safety

Manager, Materials Science Department


1995-1996   MIT (Cambridge, MA)

Senior Lecturer, Materials Science Department


1979-1993  General Electric Corporate Research & Development (Schenectady, NY)

Manager, Materials Properties and Processes Laboratory

Materials Research Staff Member

Awards and Service:

  • Elected to National Academy of Engineering, 2006 
  • Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award, 2011 
  • Charles S. Barrett Medal, Barrett Lecture, ASM Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2010 
  • Woodside Lecture, ASM/SAE Detroit, 2009 
  • University of Texas at Austin, Byron Short Lecture, 2008 
  • TMS – 50th Anniversary Laureate Lecture, 2007; Distinguished Lecture on Materials and Society, 2007 
  • MIT, Wulff Distinguished Lecture 2007; Senior Lecturer, Materials Science Department 1995-1996 
  • John Hopkins University, Wenk Lecture, 2006 
  • Materials Research Society – Special Recognition Award 2004; Woody White Service Award, 2002 
  • Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal, 2002 
  • University of Pennsylvania, Technology Distinguished Lecture, 2002 
  • ASM Alfred H. Geisler Award for Young Metallurgist, 1987 
  • Northwestern University, Armco Lecture, 1987 
  • Elected to Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, 1976 
  • AIME Morris Cohen Award for Materials Science Undergraduate, 1975 
  • Engineer-in-Training Certification, 1975