External Advisory Board
The EAB comprises of department alumni who meet annually on campus around homecoming in Fall.
The mission of EAB is to enhance MSE department’s position as a premier research and higher education program by advising the MSE Chair on matters such as strategic planning, curriculum feedback, alumni engagement, talent acquisition and retention, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering, etc.
2016 MSE EAB Members
Professor and Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, San Francisco State University
In July 2015, Keith J. Bowman became Dean of the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE) at San Francisco State University (SF State), a comprehensive university that is the seventh largest U.S. public master’s degree institution. The CoSE consists of nine departments, six centers and institutes, nearly 400 faculty and staff, and over 6,000 students. Bowman’s current appointment follows his leadership as chair of the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for nearly four years, and nearly five years leading the Purdue School of Materials Engineering as interim head and head. He was named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2000. Awards at Purdue University include receiving the MSE Best Teaching Award in 1992 and 1995 and Purdue’s highest teaching award, the Charles Murphy Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995. In 2007, he received the Purdue College of Engineering Mentoring Award and he became a professor of Engineering Education (by courtesy). In 2012 he was invested as the first Duchossois Leadership Professor in the IIT Armour College of Engineering. In addition to materials science research on mechanical and electrical properties of composites, metals, and ceramics, he has worked on assessment approaches for engineering education and studied trends for gender, racial, and ethnic diversity across engineering disciplines. Bowman has over 180 publications.
Specialist Leader, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, DC Innovations at Deloitte
Jeff Carbeck is a chemical engineer, materials scientist and entrepreneur. Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Princeton. In 2006 he joined Nano-Terra as its Chief Scientist and also co-founded Arsenal Medical and served as its Chief Technology Officer. In 2012 480 Biomedical was spun out from Arsenal Medical. In 2009 he was a Clean Energy Fellow with the New England Clean Energy Council and also joined MC10 as it Chief Technology Officer. Soon after starting his career as an entrepreneur, the Boston Business Journal recognized him as one of the 40 outstanding professionals under the age of 40. He is currently a Subject Matter Advisor for Deloitte Consulting, where he has multiple client engagements and is also co-author of Deloitte eminence studies on advanced materials: Reigniting Growth — Advanced Materials Systems (2012), and Driving Innovation — Advanced Materials Systems (in press). He also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Emerging Technologies Agenda Council and the forum’s Working Group on Emerging Technologies for Energy Harnessing. He is a member of the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer National Advisory Board and the Department of Material Science and Engineering’s External Advisory Board He attended the University of Michigan (BSE), MIT (PhD), and Harvard for two years of post-doctoral research with George Whitesides.
Co-Founder, Adaptive Materials (AMI)
Aaron Crumm’s PhD work at the University of Michigan led to his founding of Ultra Electronics, Adaptive Materials, Inc. (AMI), an alternative energy market leader. Aaron’s simple, yet radical, business proposition was to develop a portable solid oxide fuel cell system that ran off of readily available fuel. Aaron’s work has attracted more than $50 million in contracts to support the growth of AMI. His success in leveraging research grants as part of AMI’s business acceleration strategy was integral to the company’s ability to remain privately-held and focused on fuel cell product development. The company was acquired by defense industry giant Ultra Electronics in 2010. AMI has been recognized for its dynamic growth with Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack, Inc. 5,000, and Inc. 100 Energy Company awards. Aaron has also been individually recognized as an entrepreneur with multiple awards including Executive of the Year in 2011. Prior to founding Adaptive Materials, Aaron gained insight into electric power generation as a nuclear engineer. He earned his bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in material science from the University of Michigan. Aaron is a highly regarded and respected speaker at many alternative energy symposiums and fuel cell conferences. Aaron takes a very active role in the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship’s programs and education as its first entrepreneur in residence. Beyond teaching courses, he serves as an advisor to student startups, and specially supports projects looking to translate technology into the energy industry.
Raymond F. Decker
Chief Technical Officer of Thixomat/nanoMAG
Dr. Raymond F. Decker is Chief Technical Officer of Thixomat/nanoMAG, Adjunct Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at The University of Michigan, member of the Board of Managers of QuesTek® Innovations, LLC. and member of Board of Molded Magnesium Products, LLC. Ray earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Michigan. He has been honored by The University of Michigan by its Sesquicentennial Award in 1967, Distinguished MSE Graduate and Engineering School Alumni Service Awards. He served as a Lt in the US Army Ordnance Corps, as Vice President of Corporate Technology of INCO, Ltd, as Vice President of Research of Michigan Technological University and then was Founding Chairman of Thixomat, Inc. Dr. Decker was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1980 and is Fellow, Honorary Member, Gold Medalist, Engineering Materials Achievement Award winner and past Campbell Lecturer of ASM International and Robert Mehl Medalist of TMS. The commercialization of Thixomolding was recognized by the Mobile Innovation Award of Mobile Computing and by the INC 500 award. In technical endeavors, Ray is co-inventor of Maraging Steels and co-inventor of Mg alloys for biomedical applications, including light weight orthopaedic knee braces and bioabsorbable implants to fix bone trauma. His early specialty was strengthening mechanisms in Nickel-Base Alloys for which he was designated as Honoree of the 2008 Seven Springs Superalloy Symposium of ASM International/TMS.
Ray is Past President of ASM International, member of the Detroit Chapter and Past Chairman of ASM Materials Education Foundation and is currently serving on the Foundation Board, wherein his passion is Teachers Camps and the Foundations new initiative on Technology Workforce Development.
Daniel Gamota is vice president of the Hardware Innovation Group at Jabil. He is leading several international sites that are developing and deploying hardware innovations in medical, industrial, energy, consumer, aerospace, automotive, and defense products. Prior to joining Jabil, Gamota was director and fellow of the technical staff at Motorola. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow and was named a Dan Noble Fellow at Motorola (top 0.1% of engineers) for his contributions to the fields of manufacturing, microelectronics, nanotechnologies, and printed & flexible electronics. Gamota was named a Motorola Master Innovator (47 granted patents), was the author of more than 100 publications, received a R&D 100 Award for printed electronics enabled printed active displays, earned the inaugural FlexTech Alliance Industry Leadership Award for flexible hybrid electronics, and received the IPC President’s Award for pioneering contributions to printed electronics standards. He was appointed the US Technical Advisor for the International Electrotechnical Commission Printed Electronics Standards Committee (IEC/TC 119), is chair of IPC Printed Electronics Standards Working Groups, is chair of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) Flexible Hybrid Electronics Roadmap Working Group, was chair of the IEEE Organic and Molecular Electronics and the Nanotechnology Standards Working Groups, and is a member of the San Jose State University Engineering Industry Advisory Council. Gamota earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Jody N. Hall
Vice President, Automotive Market Steel Market Development Institute
Dr. Jody N. Hall is the vice president of the automotive market for the Steel Market Development Institute, where she is responsible for leadership of the Automotive Applications Council, a group of member steel producers, in automotive research, education and technology transfer activities. She also coordinates the steel input to the Auto/Steel Partnership (which has car company members including FCA, Ford and General Motors), and other steel-related consortia.
Prior to joining SMDI, Dr. Hall spent more than 30 years with General Motors, with responsibilities ranging from research and development of new materials and manufacturing processes to solving current production problems. Most recently, she served as technical integration engineer for steel applications where she was responsible for new steel applications and specifications for stamped steel body components.
Dr. Hall has received numerous professional awards including: the University Of Michigan College Of Engineering Alumni Merit Award; the Auto/Steel Partnership Instrumental Change Award; the GM Die Engineering Services Award for Leadership; the USCAR Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions and the GM Chairman’s Honors Award.
She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Science in materials science and engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in materials & metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Jason Hertzberg (MSE EAB Chair)
Vice President, Director of Mechanical Engineering Practice, and Principal Engineer at Exponent
As Vice President, Director of Mechanical Engineering Practice, and Principal Engineer at Exponent, Dr. Jason Hertzberg has lent his expertise in solving complex technical problems in a variety of industries. These include consumer products; medical devices; industrial equipment and systems; and technology product development.
His contributions on the consumer products side of his work are especially valuable. These include testing and analysis of new products before they are introduced into the marketplace, substantiation of product performance claims, and failure analysis of field-returned products, to name just a few. In addition, he has led recall-related investigations for a wide range of products including children’s and infants’ toys; child care products; and medical diagnostic equipment.
Dr. Hertzberg also investigates and addresses issues related to the mechanical behavior and degradation of a range of materials, including metals, polymers, and welded components.
In addition, he has co-authored the 5th Edition of his text, Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Material. The book combines continuum aspects of mechanical behavior and a materials science approach to problem solving.
Elizabeth A. Holm
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Elizabeth A. Holm is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining CMU in 2012, she spent 20 years as a computational materials scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, working on simulations to improve processes for lighting manufacture, microcircuit aging and reliability, and the processing and welding of advanced materials. Her research areas include the theory and modeling of microstructural evolution, the physical and mechanical response of microstructures, atomic-scale properties of internal interfaces, and the intersection between computer science and materials science. Dr. Holm obtained her B.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, S.M in Ceramics from MIT, and dual Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan. Active in professional societies, Dr. Holm has received several honors and awards, is a Fellow of ASM International, 2013 President of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, an organizer of numerous international conferences, and has been a member of the National Materials Advisory Board. Dr. Holm has authored or co-authored over 120 publications.
Former Howmet Turbine, Meritor Automive
Jerry Hoffman, an Ann Arbor resident since 1972, was born in Indiana, and has spent almost all of his life in Michigan. He grew up on a farm in southwestern Michigan, attended a community college for two years, served in the U.S. Army Special Forces for six years, and moved to Ann Arbor to attend the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a BSE in Engineering Science, a BSE in Materials and Metallurgy, and an MSE in Engineering Materials.
After graduating in 1976, he joined an aerospace company, Howmet Turbine Components Corporation. In the 16 years there, he managed various production and process engineering departments. He then joined an automotive supplier, Varity Kelsey Hayes, moving from managing assembly manufacturing departments to managing a plant that he saved from closure, which greatly helped the local economy. He moved on to corporate, managing plants in North America and Europe. Before retirement in 2009, he managed the heavy vehicle industrialization group of Meritor Automotive. Since retirement, he coached for the Huron High School Crew team and is currently coaching for UofM Men’s Crew and the Ann Arbor Rowing Club. He has a U.S. Rowing Level 2 coaching certificate and is an active sculler with the Ann Arbor Rowing Club. Jerry is a lifetime member of the U of M Alumni Association as well as a member of the U of M Alumni Club of Ann Arbor and the U of M President’s Club. He is an active supporter of U of M athletics. He and his wife worked with the volleyball coach and a team of volleyball supporters to develop a strong booster club. Jerry looks forward to working with this group of fellow U of M and College of Engineering supporters.
John R. (Chip) Keough
Proprietor, Joyworks LLC; Ann Arbor, MI Director, Applied Process Inc.
Born in 1955, John Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1977 with Bachelors Degrees in both Mechanical and Materials & Metallurgical Engineering. In 1980 he became a Registered Professional Engineer.
As a student, John worked part-time as a machine builder at his family’s industrial furnace company, (now AFC-Holcroft). Later he served as the foundry technician at the University of Michigan’s Cast Metals Laboratory. From 1978 to 1980 he worked at General Motors’ Pontiac, Michigan gray iron foundry in various technical and supervisory roles. From 1980 to 1984 he was the Principal Engineer in the Directionally Solidified and Single Crystal Casting Group at TRW’s Turbine Components Division plant in Minerva, Ohio.
In 1984 he joined his father, Bob Keough, and his brother, Bill Keough in the family owned business, Atmosphere Group Inc., and subsequently founded a new division, Applied Process Inc., a heat treating facility specializing in the Austempering process. In 1993 John became the CEO and owner of Applied Process Inc. Over the next 20 years Applied Process Inc. added affiliates AP Westshore Inc. and Monster Parts™ Division in Wisconsin and technical licensees in Australia, England, China (2) and India. In 2014 AP took on a majority interest equity partner, High Street Capital. John and his family maintain a significant minority share and he is a board member and a consultant to the company through his business Keotech, Inc.. John is also Proprietor of Joyworks LLC a prototype design and casting studio (specializing in casting conversions) located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
John has authored numerous papers, co-authored one book, written, edited, and authored chapters in many more, and given scores of technical papers on foundry and heat treat related topics world-wide. He has received the Ductile Iron Society Award (1990), the American Foundry Society’s Wm. J. Grede Award (1998), an ASM International Fellowship (1998), the ASM International Detroit Chapter Shoemaker Award (2000), the American Foundry Society Marketing Committee’s 2001 Jack F. Steele Award, The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Affiliate Society Gold Medal (2002), the American Foundry Society’s Ray H. Witt Award (2003), University of Michigan Material Science & Engineering Alumni Award of Merit (2004), the American Foundry Society Award of Scientific Merit (2005), 2010 China Foundry Association Award of Merit and the FEF’s 2014 E.J. Walsh Award. John holds ten heat treat and/or foundry related patents. His professional activities include:
- Past Director of the Ductile Iron Society
- ASM International Board of Trustees class of 2013-2016
- Adjunct Professor; University of Michigan Materials Science and Engineering
- Foundry Education Foundation Key Professor- University of Michigan
- Member: ASM, AFS, SAE
John and his wife, Nancy, split their time between their homes in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Leadville, Colorado and the far-flung locations of their children and grandchildren.
Gerald I. Madden
BSE ’62; MSE ’63; Ph.D.’65
Thesis Chairman: Prof. L.H. Van Vlack
Research Focused on Ceramic Materials; Steelmaking Refractrories and SiO2 Phase Transformations; Sponsors: AISI and ONR DuPont, Inc. Wilmington, DE; 1968 to 1993: Various research, development and business management assignments including the following materials topics:
- Continuous filament Al2O3 fibers in 47 end yarn bundles. Composite development including work on early Kevlar yarn and chopped fiber hybrid composites with the alumina fibers.
- Nickel boron electroless coatings based on boron chemistry; NaBH4 and DMAB. Reduction process produced Ni-B alloys that are hard and adherent to metal, ceramic and polymer surfaces.
- Ceramic honeycomb produced from metallic aluminum precursor honeycomb. Mullite and alumina honeycomb products were used as catalyst substrate for controlling HC and CO exhausts from stationary sources and as filter components in metal casting applications.
- Business management for unique fluoropolymers; liquids and low molecular weight solids with a broad range of applications.
Nye Lubricants, Inc., New Bedford, MA 1994 to 2000, President and CEO The company had roots that could be traced back 150 years in the year that I joined, 1994. The original products were based on refining special fluids found in the heads of toothed whales. The company transitioned to becoming the world leader in the supply of synthetic lubricants. During my time the company developed a strong growth period which included a significant export business network. Current Activities: Mold Release Products, Inc. The company supplies functional fluoropolymers, boron nitride and other specialty materials to formulators of release agents for the molding of polymers and dryfilm lubricants for use in metalworking and glassmaking.
Widener University, Chester, PA Part-time faculty member in the University College Engineering Program; 1968 to 1993. Taught two courses in Materials Science in a BSE program for part time students. The first course covered the Van Vlack text to develop fundamental materials building blocks and the second course focused on special topics in Materials. I also developed and taught a course in Composite Materials that was offered every second summer as an elective in the program and acted as the program liaison to the University Engineering School and as the academic advisor to the students in the University College program.
Jonathan D. Madison
Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Jonathan D. Madison, Ph.D., is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico within the Materials Science and Engineering Center. Madison received his Bachelors degree from Clark Atlanta University in Engineering Science with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering in 2003, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
Professionally, Jonathan maintains active membership in The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International (ASM), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). Civically, Jonathan is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, (ΑΦΑ) and holds life memberships in each.
Recent and past accolades to Madison’s credit include; SAIC Award for Excellence in Research (2001), University of Michigan, Rackham Merit Fellow (2003), ONR HBEC Future Faculty Fellow (2006), NSBE Golden Torch Awards – Graduate Student of the Year (2008), SUPERALLOYS Best Interactive Paper Award (2008), Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Inductee (2009), Sandia National Laboratories – Early Career LDRD Award (2010), Albuquerque Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2015), and the Black Engineer of the Year Awards - Most Promising Scientist in Industry (2015).
Jonathan’s research interests focus on the intersections of experimental and computational techniques for three-dimensional reconstructions of microstructure, their quantitative characterization and accompanying models of microstructural evolution.
Technical Fellow, Body Manufacturing Engineering Organization, General Motors
Susan Hartfield-Wünsch is a technical fellow in the Body Manufacturing Engineering Organization of General Motors Company. She has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in Metallurgy from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Susan is responsible for aluminum sheet applications, including specifications, supplier approvals, and new forming processes. She is a Fellow of American Society of Metals (ASM), International (class of 2016).