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MSE alum Aaron Crumm joins UM Center for Entrepreneurship as first Entrepreneur is Residence

MSE  alum Aaron Crumm joins UM Center for Entrepreneurship as first Entrepreneur is Residence

Aaron Crumm

The appointment of Aaron Crumm (MSE MSE '97,PhD '00), is the first installment of a $1 million program designed for CFE to house an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). Aaron and all future EIRs will play an active role in CFE's entrepreneurship and research acceleration programs. Aaron has extensive experience in launching his own technology company, Adaptive Materials, Inc., out of the research he completed as a PhD student at the University. He not only applies this experience to helping students and faculty transition research to real-world application, but also serves as a faculty member and mentor. Aaron provides students a seasoned perspective on how to approach entrepreneurship and innovation as it applies to the technology and energy industry.


Aaron will be taking a very active role in The Center for Entrepreneurship's programs and education as it's first Entrepreneur in Residence. Beyond teaching courses, he will be serving as an advisor to student startups and looking for opportunities to translate technology into the energy industry.

Crumm’s simple, yet radical, business proposition was to develop a portable solid oxide fuel cell system that ran off of readily available fuel. Crumm’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 Crumm has also individually recognized as an entrepreneur with multiple awards including Executive of the Year in 2011. Prior to founding Adaptive Materials, Crumm 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. Crumm is a highly regarded and respected speaker at many alternative energy symposiums and fuel cell conferences.

Paul Krajewski receives 2014 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Paul Krajewski receives  2014 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Paul Krajewski with his PhD advisors Wayne Jones and John Allison

Dr. Paul Krajewski is a globally recognized expert in lightweight materials, automobile lightweighting, and innovation.   He received a Bachelors (89), Masters (91), and Doctorate (94) in Materials Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Krajewski is currently a Global Manager and Technical Fellow for Vehicle Mass Integration and Strategy at General Motors Company. He leads teams responsible for developing the vehicle lightweight strategy and mass reduction technology plan for future GM vehicles, as well as having responsibility for mass integration on GM’s global vehicles. He was previously an Engineering Group Manager and Technical Fellow for General Motors Product Engineering where he was responsible for Advanced Technology Body and Exteriors as well as managing the Global Body Structures Leadership Team. Before that, he spent 15 years at General Motors Research and Development. He has led projects and production implementations with a variety of lightweight materials including aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber composites. Dr. Krajewski has over 75 publications and has been awarded 38 US Patents.  He led a team responsible for designing and launching body panels for the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Stingray. The carbon fiber hood scoop for the Camaro and carbon fiber hood for the Corvette won Innovation Awards from the Society of Plastics Engineers in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Dr. Krajewski has been recognized by Fortune Magazine (40 under 40) and MIT’s Technology Review (TR35) as a leading innovator, and was elected as a Fellow of ASM International in 2008. He was the first recipient of the Brimacombe Medal from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) in 2012 and won the Mathewson Medal from TMS in 2013 for outstanding published contribution to materials science. He has also appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel's Modern Marvels Aluminum Program. Dr. Krajewski recently led the development of the industry first sheet magnesium decklid which won the 2013 International Magnesium Association Award for innovative application of magnesium and the China Automobile & Parts Industry Development & Innovation Materials Innovation Award.

MSE alum Jon Madison wins Black Engineer of the Year award

MSE alum Jon Madison wins Black Engineer of the Year award

Jon Madison

Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Jon Madison had a strong sense of who he was and where he was going. “I wasn’t an average kid,” he said. “Whatever my peers were doing, chances are I wasn’t doing it. After school and weekends I helped with my family’s business. When it came to performing academically and taking an intellectual route, I always went my own way.”


Madison’s route led to master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a career at Sandia National Laboratories. Today, he also mentors interns at the labs and young people in the community.

He recently was named winner of a Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) for Most Promising Scientist. “This is a high point in my career,” Madison said. “I was excited to win and to represent Sandia in this way.”

BEYA is a program of the national Career Communications Group, an advocate for corporate diversity, and is part of its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) achievement program. The awards annually recognize the nation’s best and brightest engineers, scientists and technology experts. Madison received his award at the 29th BEYA conference in Washington, D.C., in early February.
Madison’s parents were painting contractors who encouraged him to excel. “They didn’t push me into any one field or direction,” he said. “They said whatever you do, do your best, and that stuck with me.”

He worked in the family business and decided it wasn’t for him. He wanted a career in science. Madison went to Clark Atlanta University, one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science. He then headed to U-M to complete his master’s and doctorate in materials science and engineering.

Madison was in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation initiative, a STEM scholarship program of the National Science Foundation. “They said from day one that I would go to grad school,” he said. “The expectations were high.”

He did summer internships at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I was looking for mechanical engineering internships but ended up in materials research programs,” he said. “I got a lot of exposure and opportunity to see materials science in different ways. That’s when it clicked for me that I would like to pursue materials science as a career.”

Madison joined Sandia in 2010. His work centers on destructive and non-destructive techniques to understand microstructure in three dimensions, and using that information in experiments and simulations.

Duane Dimos, director of Sandia’s Pulsed Power Sciences Center, nominated Madison for the BEYA award, saying his research skills “are differentiated from many peers by a mastery of both experimental and modeling expertise with a focus on quantification of defects in materials microstructures.”

“Madison is a tireless advocate for ensuring diversity within his professional field and at work,” Dimos said. “He serves as a role model for aspiring young African-American students.”

Madison is a Campus Executive Fellowship mentor and works with interns from around the country. “I take mentoring really seriously,” he said. “It is our responsibility as scientists to mentor the next generation. It’s close to my heart because I was groomed by mentors.”
He and his wife volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, and Madison is a life member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the NAACP. He is also area director of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, which had Martin Luther King Jr. as a member.

Madison’s message to young people is the one he received from his parents. “It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, just strive to do your best,” he said. “The better you perform now, the more doors will open for you later. You don’t want to close those doors before you have a chance to look through them.”

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

version of this story originally appeared on the website of Sandia National Lab.