"Materials Challenges for 21st Century Personal Mobility"
Alan Taub, Ph.D.
Vice President, GM Global Research and Development (retired)
General Motors Company
Today’s automotive industry – as a business necessity – is focused on technology solutions that will make our products more sustainable in terms of energy, the environment, safety, congestion, and affordability. These solutions encompass electrification of the propulsion system, advanced on-board electronics, new telematics capabilities, and reducing weight and aerodynamic drag. It is interesting to note that many of the major challenges to implementing these technologies are materials-related. This talk will highlight the most promising technology options and approaches and discuss the major materials issues in each technology area.
Alan Taub retired from General Motors on April 1, 2012. Prior to his retirement, he was vice president, GM Global Research & Development. As R&D vice president, he led GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories located around the world, and seven global science offices. He joined GM R&D as executive director in 2001 and was named vice president in 2009.
Before joining GM, Taub spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric, where he earned 26 patents and authored more than 60 papers. He also worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years.
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 was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and serves on the Operating Council for the United States Council for Automotive Research and the Executive Steering Committee for U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability). He also is vice chair for the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel. In addition, Taub serves on advisory boards for the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Taub received the 2011 Acta Materialia Materials & Society Award. In 2010, he was awarded the Charles S. Barrett Medal from ASM International’s Rocky Mountain Chapter. He received the Materials Research Society’s Special Recognition Award in 2004 and Woody White Service Award in 2002. He also received the Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal in 2002.