Taub earned his doctoral degree in applied physics from Harvard in 1979, his plan was to gain five years of industry experience and return to academia to teach. That same year Taub joined GE Corporate Research and Development where he performed research on magnetic and superconducting materials for electrical distribution and medical applications as well as high-temperature alloys for turbines.1 He earned 26 patents and authored more than 60 journal articles on that work before moving into research management and leading the Materials and Processing Laboratory.
From GE, Taub moved to Ford Motor Company’s Research Laboratory, where he led the Materials Science Department and then moved into Product Engineering. In 2001, he joined General Motors Research and Development to serve as executive director. In 2009 he was named GM's vice president of Global Research and Development, leading advanced research being conducted in seven laboratories worldwide.
The planned five years in industry turned into 30, but Taub stayed close to academia all along. At GM, he established nine GM - university collaborative research laboratories, three of which are at U-M, and increased academic funding more than ten-fold. He also served on several academic advisory boards, including the U-M Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board, and was a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Taub joined the Engineering aculty as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and will pursue research in advanced materials and processing and lead an initiative to establish a new center within the U-M College of Engineering. The center will focus on advanced manufacturing of lightweight material structures for automotive and aerospace applications.
Taub's major research interest is in understanding the inter-relationships between processing, microstructure and properties in materials; with an emphasis on mechanical, electrical and magnetic applications. Present research focus is on lightweight structures for land, sea and air transportation applications. One key program is studying the effect of carbon nanotube and nanoclay additions to polymer composites. A central theme is utilizing electrical and magnetic fields to produce oriented particles for improved mechanical properties.
He is also leading the formation of a multi-university team that will conduct research on industry-relevant applications in advanced manufacturing of lightweight metals and alloys.
Taub, AI and Fleischer, RL. Science, 243, 616-622 (1989).
Ginley, DS and Robinson, AL. MRS Bulletin, 37, 196-203 (2012).
Taub, AI; Krajewski, PE; Luo, AA; Owens, JN. JOM Journal of Metals, 48-57 (2007).