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Luo is elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering


Professor Alan Luo has been elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for the implementation of lightweight aluminum, magnesium, and titanium materials and advanced manufacturing processes for automotive applications.

Professor Alan Luo
Professor Alan Luo​​​​

Alan Luo is internationally recognized for his work in lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing. Lightweighting is a critical technology to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions of vehicles regardless of their energy source. Transportation makes up approximately 8% of gross domestic product in the U.S.1 The carbon emissions associated with automobiles, trains, watercrafts and airplanes are a climate liability that factors into his research.

Professor Luo and his team of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers work with industry partners to provide energy efficient materials solutions for manufacturing automobiles and other transportation vehicles. Undergraduate students in the welding engineering and materials science and engineering programs are also active participants.

Together, their research supports advanced and sustainable manufacturing processes used in automotive applications through the development of energy-efficient process technologies such as thin-wall die casting. It is a material-efficient process that uses advanced lightweight alloys, often rendered from scrap feedstock. He and his team have also developed several novel alloys using the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams)-based computational approach and advanced simulation tools.

Alan Luo is the FEF Key Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering. Prior to coming to Ohio State in 2013, he was a Technical Fellow at General Motors Global Research and Development Center for 15 years.

I am truly honored and humbled to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering. It is an important milestone in my career and a tremendous recognition of our efforts in lightweight aluminum, magnesium, and titanium materials and advanced manufacturing processes for transportation applications. I am extremely grateful for my mentors, team members, colleagues, collaborators, friends and supporters. – Alan Luo

Professors Judit E. Puskas (Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering) and Longya Xu (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) were also elected members of NAE class of 2023.

About the NAE

Founded in 1964, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its mission is to advance the welfare and prosperity of the nation by providing independent advice on matters involving engineering and technology, and by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and public appreciation of engineering.2

Other NAE members from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (or its department derivatives) at The Ohio State University:

Winston Ho (2002)
Rob Wagoner (1995)
Robert Rapp (1988)
James Williams (1987)
Paul Shewmon (1979)
John Hirth (1974)

Mars Fontana (1967)


Luo receives additional appointment, recognition for work in lightweighting

In October, Professor Alan Luo was appointed site director of the new Advanced Casting Research Center at Ohio State, an affiliate of the University of California, Irvine. As activity at the center ramps up, Luo explains that “our team is excited by this tremendous recognition from our peers at NAE for our efforts in lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing.”

Luo was also named a 2023 TMS Fellow for his research and industrial implementation of lightweight alloys and manufacturing processes, innovative teaching and sustained service in materials processing technologies.

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) awarded him with the 2023 Research to Industrial Practice Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in transferring research results or findings in some aspect of the fields of metallurgy and materials into commercial production.


By Libby Culley  |