President, Arconic Global Rolled Products' Center of Excellence for Technology, Engineering and Operational Excellence Alcoa, TN, USA
Dr. Moustapha (Tapha) Mbaye has been President of Arconic Global Rolled Products’ Center of Excellence (GRP CoE) since November 2011. He oversees research and development, transfer of standard practices and new technologies, quality, and capital project planning and execution for Arconic’s approximately $5 billion GRP businesses. He is the Chairman of GRP Technology Management Review Board (TMRB) focusing on R&D projects in aerospace, automotive, brazing sheet, packaging and industrial products, and breakthrough process, including the Arconic Micromill™.
Prior to that assignment, he was Vice President of Alcoa Global Primary Metals’ Technology, Innovation and Center of Excellence in 2008, an organization he successfully built and led through 2011. As Vice President of Technology and Innovation Strategy for Alcoa’s Business Excellence/Corporate Strategy, he successfully led the Alcoa Technology Advantage program designed to leverage parental advantages across businesses and to accelerate deployment and commercialization of technologies.
Tapha began his Alcoa career in 1997 as a Senior Process Engineer at the Alcoa Technical Center, the world’s largest light metals research facility, developing couple fluid flow, mass and heat transfer, and stress computational three-dimensional models. His scientific contribution led to the Alcoa Parallel Efficient Casting Simulator (APECS) used to model casting processes worldwide. In 2000, he took increasing leadership roles, from Process Engineering, Operations Manager and Technical Director for Alcoa Automotive business unit. He joined Sales and Marketing as Director of Global Application Development, overseeing innovative light-weighting applications in automotive. Later in 2006, he transferred to the upstream group, Alcoa Primary Metals, as Director of Global Casthouse Network with over 20 operations across the America’s, Europe and Australia.
Prior to joining Alcoa, Tapha was a Research Scientist at the Canadian Center for Mines and Energy Technology (CANMET) federal laboratory, Assistant Professor at École Polytechnique de Montréal in Canada.
Tapha holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from “École Polytechnique de Thiès” and a Ph.D. from “École Polytechnique de Montréal”. He holds over 50 technical publications and granted patents. Since 2011, he has served on the Board of Directors for Tennessee FIRST, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology”, a non-profit organization.