Advanced Materials and Processes for Manufacturing Lightweight Structures

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A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of 4 CCET modules.

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Reducing the weight of the machines that move people and goods is a key enabler for improving fuel economy and payload. Advanced Materials and Processes for Manufacturing Lightweight Structures reviews the development of new materials and the associated means of manufacturing them into structural components.


  • Understand current structural lightweighting trends and associated challenges
  • Gain essential knowledge for critically evaluating emerging dissimilar materials joining techniques for their own applications
  • Apply basic joint design principles for improved manufacturability and joint performance
  • Implement effective joint performance evaluation techniques for supporting design and manufacture of multi-materials structures


  • Historical Perspective on Introducing New Materials and Manufacturing Processes in Automotive Industry (39 min)
  • Selecting the Best Material and Manufacturing Process (22 min)
  • Modeling of Material Changes during Manufacturing and Integrating those Models to Optimize Design (22 min)
  • Advanced Metallic Sheet Materials (18 min)
  • Advanced Polymer Composites (38 min)
  • Advanced Cast Materials (24 min)
  • Summary: What We Have Learned (34 min)
  • Longer Term Lightweighting Opportunities (41 min)

Modules are divided into shorter segments making it easier to learn at your own pace.

If completing a specialization, all 4 modules must be purchased together and completed in 180 days. For individual modules, you will have 60 days to complete.

Successful completion requires you to receive an 80% passing grade on the module assessment.

Upon successful completion of 4 modules purchased as a group, you will receive the U-M Certificate in Current and Emerging Technologies.

Select 4 modules from one concentration to deepen your knowledge in a subject or area. If you choose a specialization, your certificate will note the specialization you completed.

There are no prerequisites for this module. A bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended, but not required.

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Alan Taub

Alan Taub, PhD

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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