Alan Taub, PhD
Alan Taub, PhD
LIFT Senior Technical Advisor, Professor, Material Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan
Alan I. Taub was born September 10, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.Sc. degree in materials engineering from Brown University in 1975, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University, in 1975 and 1979 respectively.
Dr. Taub joined the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2012. In this role, he is conducting research in advanced materials and processing while also serving in a leadership role as Senior Technical Advisor of the Manufacturing USA Institute, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT). LIFT is a public-private partnership to develop and deploy advanced lightweight metals manufacturing technologies, and implement education and training programs to prepare the workforce. Dr. Taub retired from General Motors in April 2012. Prior to his retirement, he was vice president for global research and development, leading GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories around the world, and seven global science offices. He was promoted to vice president in 2009, after joining GM R&D as executive director in 2001. Before joining GM, he worked at Ford Motor Company from 1993 to 2001 as a manager of the Lincoln vehicle engineering, vehicle crash safety, and materials science department. He also spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric (1979-1993). Dr. Taub has earned 26 patents and authored more than 70 papers and book chapters.
Dr. Taub was elected to the NAE in 2006 for his contributions to the development of innovative electrical materials and automotive technologies, and leadership in the globalization of automotive research. He has served as an NAE Councillor since July 2016 and serves on the NAE Audit Committee and Executive Compensation Committee. He served on the NAE Committee on Membership (member, peer committee chair), Materials Engineering Peer Committee (member, vice chair, chair), the Section 9 Executive Committee (peer committee vice chair, chair and immediate past chair); and and the National Academies’ Committee on Review of the Research Program of the U.S. DRIVE Partnership, Phase 5.
Dr. Taub serves on the boards of the startups CellEra and Brightway Vision and is on advisory committees for Samsung and Bocar. He is a technical advisor for the strategic venture capital fund, Auto Tech Ventures. He also serves on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley and SIMTech – Singapore’s national laboratory. Dr. Taub is on the ASM Silver Medal committee and previously served as chair for the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He was also a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel.
Dr. Taub was named a TMS fellow in 2019 and received the 2011 Acta Materialia Materials & Society Award. He delivered the 2017 Golick lecture at Missouri University of Science & Technology. He also received the Materials Research Society’s Special Recognition Award in 2004 and Woody White Service Award in 2002. He received the Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal in 2002.