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Dr. Moustapha (Tapha) Mbaye

President, Alcoa Global Rolled Products’ Center of Excellence for Technology, Engineering and Operational Excellence


Dr. Moustapha (Tapha) Mbaye was named President of Global Rolled Products’ Center of Excellence (GRP CoE) for Technology, Engineering and Operational Excellence in November 2011. He has strategic and operational responsibility to continuously improve the group’s worldwide operations performance. He oversees research and development, validation and transfer of standard practices and new technologies, and capital engineering across the group. He serves as Chairman of GRP Technology Management Review Board (TMRB) for the cost sharing research and development programs which include the technology intellectual property and external licensing.

Tapha has held a variety of increasing responsibility and leadership positions in operations and technology management during his Alcoa career across all business groups. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Alcoa Business Excellence/Corporate Strategy (BC) resource unit. Tapha successfully led the Alcoa Technology Advantage program, leveraging parental advantages to accelerate the development and commercialization of technologies that drives profitable growth across all BU’s. In addition, he played an important role in many other Alcoa’s corporate strategies supporting the company transformation.

In an earlier role as Vice President, Global Primary Metals’ Technology, Innovation and Center of Excellence, he successfully initiated that organization in June 2008, and led it through 2011. He had global accountability for the carbon plant, smelter and casthouse research and development, and operational practices that improve the worldwide primary metals operations.

Tapha began his Alcoa career in 1997 as a Senior Process Engineer at the Alcoa Technical Center developing casting process simulations. In 2000, he joined Alcoa Automotive business unit, Engineered Products & Solutions group, where he held increasing leadership roles in engineering and operations management. In 2003, he became the BU Technical Manager and then Director of Global Application Development, in charge of R&D, design, engineering of innovative automotive applications, working very closely with Sales and Marketing. In 2006, he joined Alcoa Primary Metals as Director of Global Casthouse, where he led the development and transfer of technologies and best practices across all 20 casthouses and 2 aluminum powder plants.

Prior to Alcoa, Tapha worked as a Research Scientist at the federal research laboratory, Canadian Center for Mines and Energy Technology (CANMET), as Assistant Professor at École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, and as Operations Manager at the Société Industrielle des Plastiques (SIPLAST) in Senegal.

He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1987 from “École Polytechnique de Thiès” and a Ph.D. in 1994 from “École Polytechnique de Montréal”. He maintains an active role in the international scientific community, with more than 50 technical publications in international journals and granted patents.

Tapha is a member of the Board of Directors for Tennessee FIRST, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology” since 2011, a non-profit organization created to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

Tapha and his wife, Bineta, and their three children live in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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