Symposium X—Alan Taub

Monday, November 28
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

Alan TaubAlan Taub, University of Michigan
Challenges to Reduce Weight in Transportation Applications

New solutions are needed to reduce the weight of the machines that move people and goods on land, sea and air. The potential for reducing weight using high-strength steels, aluminum, titanium and magnesium alloys is well established. Key is to achieve the weight reduction economically. This requires optimization of the material properties and processes together with robust design tools and joining technologies to enable multi-material structures. Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) was established to accelerate the adoption of advanced metals and serves as the bridge between basic research and final product commercialization. Our industry partners in collaboration with an extensive network of universities and the national and federal laboratories are developing the next generation of advanced manufacturing processes. This talk will provide on overview of the challenges and describe how new materials and processes, coupled with Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, are advancing the technology.

About Alan Taub

Alan Taub is professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan where he conducts research in advanced materials and processing. He is also the CTO of the Manufacturing Innovation Institute LIFT. Taub serves on the Boards of Nine Sigma and Brightway Vision and is technical advisor for AutoTech Ventures. He retired from General Motors as vice president, Global Research and Development.

Taub received a Materials Engineering ScB degree from Brown University and a PhD degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006, has served as chair for the NIST Visiting Committee and on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and the University of California, Davis.

Taub received the 2011 Acta Materialia Materials & Society Award and gave the 2007 TMS-50th Anniversary Laureate Lecture. He received the 2004 MRS Special Recognition Award, the 2002 Woody White Service Award and the 2002 Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal.


In this MRS TV interview, Alan Taub discusses his Symposium X talk and the importance of reducing the weight of machines that move people and goods. Taub also gave a brief preview of his talk in this clip from MRS TV.