John Allison Joins MSE Faculty

John Allison Joins MSE Faculty

John Allison

In the Fall of 2010 the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Michigan will welcome John Allison as a professor.

Allison comes to the University from Ford Motor Company, where he was a senior technical leader in the Research and Advanced Engineering organization. Over the twenty seven years of his tenure at Ford, he led teams developing integrated computational materials engineering, or ICME, methods. He helped develop advanced computer software that simulates manufacturing processes and predicts the influence of the manufacturing process on material properties. The output of these models is then coupled with product performance models to predict how manufactured components will behave during service. His work has been recognized in a report developed under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that calls for a national initiative in simulation-based engineering and science. 

"This emerging discipline provides a means to translate our scientific fascination with materials into engineering tools that can accurately predict performance and be useful to the manufacturing industry," said Allison.

Allison earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy. While serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, he worked as a materials engineer at the Air Force’s Wright Aeronautical Laboratories and obtained his master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University. He earned his PhD in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Carnegie-Mellon University. After a year as a visiting scientist at the Brown-Boveri Corporate Research Center in Switzerland, Allison joined Ford in 1983.

Allison is an internationally recognized scientist and has won a number of awards, including the prestigious Arch T. Colwell Merit Award in 1999.  This award is is presented to authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of SAE International. In 2000 he was also made an ASM Fellow.  ASM honors members for their distinguished contributions to the materials science and engineering field, the Fellows are technical and professional leaders who serve as advisors to ASM. John has also won a dozen technical awards at Ford Motor Company.

John is also diligent in his service to the scientific community, he has held a number of positions within TMS, ASM and AIME.  Most notably he served as president of TMS in 2002.

At U-M, Allison plans to continue the research he began at Ford and also will be developing a University Center for ICME. "This new center will enable like-minded researchers to work together to develop tools that can be used to improve our national manufacturing competitiveness," he said.

"I am excited and honored to be joining this great institution and to work with students in both the classroom and the lab," said Allison. "I also look forward to taking this embryonic international ICME ‘movement’ to the next level at U-M."

Chair of the department, Professor Peter Green says "Our department is fortunate to have attracted John.  He not only brings invaluable experience from private industry but he is an outstanding researcher who will significantly strengthen our research activities in the area of structural materials."