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Alan Taub

(Term expires May 8, 2014)

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Alan Taub is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Taub retired as Vice President, Global Research & Development (GM R&D) for General Motors Company in April 2012. He served in this position since July 2009 where he led GM's advanced technical work, seven science laboratories and seven global science offices. Dr, Taub joined GM R&D as executive director in 2001.

Dr. Taub received his bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Brown University and master's and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University. He spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric, where he earned 26 patents, authored more than 60 papers, and ultimately managed the GE materials properties and processes laboratory. He also worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years, where he was manager of the materials science department, manager of North American vehicle crash safety, and manager of vehicle engineering for the Lincoln brand. He joined GM R&D as executive director in 2001 and was appointed to his current post in July, 2009.

Dr. Taub was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He serves on advisory boards for the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also serves on the Operating Council for the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) and the Executive Steering Committee for the FreedomCAR Partnership.

Dr. Taub was awarded the Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal in 2002. He was a member of the USCAR Automotive Composites Consortium from 1993 to 1997 and served with the PNGV Materials Tech Team from 1995 to 1997. Dr. Taub received the Materials Research Society's Special Recognition Award in 2004 and Woody White Service Award in 2002. He was awarded the Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal in 2002 and received the ASM Alfred H. Geisler Award for Young Metallurgist in 1987. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi in 1976 and received the AIME Morris Cohen Award for Materials Science Undergraduate in 1975.

Dr. Taub has presented numerous keynote and plenary lectures, including the 2009 Woodside Lecture at ASM/SAE Detroit, 2008 Byron Short Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin, ASM/TMS Distinguished Lecture on Materials and Society at the Materials Science & Technology 2007 Conference, 50th Anniversary Laureate Lecture at the TMS 2007 Annual Meeting, the 2007 Wulff Lecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the 2006 Wenk Lecture at Johns Hopkins School of Engineering, and the 2002 Technology Distinguished Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.