John Allison



Office: 2465 MEK
(801) 581-4163




John E. Allison, is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Michigan where he is Director of the Center for PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science (PRISMS). He joined the faculty in September 2010. Prior to that he was a Senior Technical Leader at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, where he was employed for 27 years. Dr. Allison was the 2002 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of TMS and ASM and a past-member of the US National Materials Advisory Board.


  • PhD, Carnegie‑Mellon University (Metallur­gical Engineer­ing and Materials Science), 1982
  • MS, Ohio State University (Metallurgical Engineering), 1977
  • BS, US Air Force Academy (Engineering Mechanics), 1972


Research Interests:
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)
  • Integrated Multi-Scale Modeling and Experimentation
  • Lightweight Metallic Materials: Aluminum, magnesium, metal matrix composites, titanium.
  • Microstructural evolution: recrystallization and grain growth, precipitate evolution
  • Mechanical behavior, especially fatigue and creep.
  • Processing-microstructure-property relationships.
  • Modeling: process simulation, microstructural evolution, property modeling, durability and residual stresses
  • Use of high energy X-ray diffraction and tomography to characterize metallic materials