Carl and Carolyn Koch Lecture Series

This lecture series was created in 2022 to showcase excellence in the education, outreach, and research of metallic materials. Delivering the inaugural Koch Lecture on November 4, 2022, in Engineering Building 1, Dr. Carl Koch presented the talk “From Metallurgical Engineering to Materials Science and Engineering: Lifelong Learning in a Changing Profession.” Koch’s talk described how materials science and engineering discipline has evolved. He discussed the influence of materials on civilizations and shared his career as an example of the need for lifelong learning as an engineer.

Prof. Koch received his Ph.D. in metallurgy from the Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) in 1964, and later a post-doctoral NSF Fellow at Birmingham University, UK until 1965. He joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a staff scientist in 1965. He was the group leader of the superconducting materials, and later, the alloying behavior and design group before he joined NC State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a professor in 1983. Named Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, he has made significant contributions to the understanding of mechanical alloying for preparing amorphous and nanostructured alloys. His research studies high entropy alloys, and he has published over 360 papers and edited seven books. He has achieved the rank of Fellow in five professional societies, including Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, (membership limited to 100 living Fellows), Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, ASM International, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected into the US National Academy of Engineering in 2013.

Past Presenters

Alan Taub

University of Michigan

Presented October 20, 2023

“Elucidating the Formation Mechanisms and Resulting Microstructures of In Situ Al-TiC Nanocomposites”

Robert H. Lurie Professor of Engineering Alan Taub joined the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2012 to conduct research in advanced materials and processing. He was appointed Director of the new University of Michigan Electric Vehicle Center and founded and served as the first Director of the Michigan Materials Research Institute. He supports the manufacturing innovation institute Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow. Taub retired from General Motors in 2012. Prior to retirement, he was VP of Global Research & Development. Taub advises startups, is the technical advisor for Auto Tech Ventures, and serves on committees for Bocar and Master Fluid Solutions.

Before joining GM, Taub spent 15 years in R&D at General Electric (GE), where he earned 25 patents. Prior to GE, he worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years. He has authored more than 80 papers. Taub received his B.S. in materials engineering from Brown University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University.

Taub was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and served in 2016 and 2019. He became a TMS Fellow in 2018, and an SME Fellow in 2019. He served as the Chair of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of California Davis and Berkeley. Taub received the 2020 TMS Application to Practice Award and the 2011 Acta Materialia Materials & Society Award. In 2010, ASM International’s Rocky Mountain Chapter awarded Taub the Charles S. Barrett Medal. In 2007, he was invited to give the TMS-50th Anniversary Laureate Lecture. He received the 2004 Materials Research Society’s Special Recognition Award and the 2002 Woody White Service Award. Brown University awarded Taub the Engineering Alumni Medal in 2002.