Paul Krajewski inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Krajewski was selected "for development and implementation of lightweight automotive materials."
Paul Krajewski inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Paul Krajewski

MSE alumnus Paul E. Krajewski (BSE '89, MSE '91, PHD '94), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the nation’s most prestigious engineering association.

Currently director of global research and development at General Motors Co. and a globally recognized expert in automobile lightweighting, Krajewski was selected by NAE  “for development and implementation of lightweight automotive materials.” 

In his current position with GM, Krajewski 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 U.S. 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.

The Induction Ceremony for the NAE Class of 2020 will be held October 4, during the NAE Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The Induction Ceremony is the formal inauguration of new Members and International Members into the Academy. 

Congratulations, Paul!