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.