"Subodh Das has wealth of experience, particularly in the field of Aluminum, has worked on various assignments in the field of aluminum, sustainability, and environment."

Sachin Satpute
Novelis- Korea

"Subodh is extremely knowledgeable about his space and added tremendous value to an aluminum-related transaction we executed at Houlihan Lokey in 2009. Our metals practice would definitely consider hiring Subodh again for diligence support, operations analysis, industry overviews or other expert assistance within the aluminum and light metals industries."

Michael Jenny
Executive Vice President
Houlihan Lokey

"I have known Subodh for several years as he has made several presentations at Metal Bulletin and American Metal Market conferences including events in Chicago, Detroit, and Vienna. He will also be speaking at our International Aluminum Conference in Bahrain. With many years of experience in diverse roles within the global aluminum industry, Subodh is knowledgeable in the several areas of the aluminum process."

Raju Daswani
Managing Director
Metal Bulletin

"SUBODH developed a creative approach to solve the nation's dependence on foreign oil and brought together a group of Fortune 500 CEOs to implement a successful technology advancement effort in the Aluminum production industry. SUBODH brings a rare combination of charisma and deep technical acumen to the field of energy efficiency and technology development. I would partner with SUBODH any time. He is a dynamo!! When I partnered with SUBODH, I was the Department of Energy official leading the nation's efforts to reduce industrial energy consumption by 25%. SUBODH was the major reason that we achieved our goals in the Aluminum industry."

Buddy Garland
Program Manager
US Department of Energy

"Subodh was a driving force behind the Sloan Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry at the University of Kentucky. It was a great pleasure to partner with him on the development of the grant and get the Center off the ground. He has enormous energy and a true passion for his work, is knowledgeable, and exhibited great devotion to his employees. He is a doer and I would gladly work with him again on any project."

Paul Jarley
Dean College of Business
University of Nevada at Las Vegas

John Gilbert Kaufman Jr., Delaware, USA

Director of Alloy Development

Technical Expertise:

  • Metallurgy and engineering properties, especially of aluminum alloys;
  • Materials properties data system, including electronic information exchange;
  • Specialties include: aluminum alloy development; fracture mechanics; cryogenics;
  • Technology planning and forecasting;

Business Career Summary:

Fifty four years in the aluminum and related materials industries, focusing on alloy and product development and performance, including (a) twenty years at various levels of aluminum industry R&D management, including five years as VP/Director of Research and Development, (b) eight years as CEO of a computerized worldwide materials database, and (c) four years as VP Technology for the Aluminum Association in Washington, DC. Author or coauthor of a number of books and more than 140 other publications on aluminum alloys and materials performance.



  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1953.


  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1954
  • Masters Degree in Metallurgy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1976 Technology Forecasting, TFI Course, 1978
  • Research Management, Harvard Business School, 1980

University Honors:

  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Graduation with honors

Brief Summary of Career History:

  • Kaufman Associates (Consulting; address as above) – 1997-2008
    President & CEO, managed consulting business in materials metallurgy, properties, performance, and applications; numeric material property databases.

  • The Aluminum Association, Inc. Washington, DC. - 1993-1997
    Vice President, Technology; Director, responsible for entire technical program including specifications, databases, publications, environment, and design.

  • The National Materials Property Data Network, Inc., New York and Columbus, 1985-1993
    President and CEO; created and managed electronic online network of 26 interactive single-search materials property databases (independent business until collaboration with ACS/CAS in 1987)

  • Chemical Abstracts Service, American Chemical Society, Columbus, OH, 1987-1993
    Manager, Numeric Data Services; built and managed component of STN International involving 25 materials property databases, including a mechanical properties cluster and physical properties cluster, with search interfaces (concurrent with MPD Network activity)

  • Atlantic Richfield Metals Co. (ARCO Metals), Schaumberg, IL;
    • 1984-1985 – Vice President, Technology; managed $15.0MM R&D program plus engineering and material services.
    • 1982-1984 – Director of R&D; created total R&D program and 120 staff; total budget ~$10.0MM; built R&D centers in Arlington Heights, IL and Tucson, AZ; created information network among ARCO facilities.
  • Anaconda Aluminum Co., Louisville, KY; 1980-1982
    Director of R&D; built and managed 3.5MM R&D program and hired 45 staff

  • Aluminum Company of America, Pittsburgh and Alcoa Center, PA, 1954-1980
    • 1979-1980 - Manager, Fabrication Technology Research; managed 3.0MM R&D program on rolling, extrusion, forging and powder metallurgy.
    • 1975-1979 - Manager, Technical Development, managed planning and approval process for $40.0MM R&D program for entire corporation; managed major special projects.
    • 1970-1974 - Manager, Engineering Properties Research; managed group of 30 engineers and technicians in determination of design properties of aluminum alloy products.
    • 1954-1970 - Research Engineer and Assistant Manager, Mechanical Testing Research; program manager for materials evaluation programs.

Major Technical Society Honors and Awards:

  • 1995 - Named Life Member of ASM International
  • 1979 Named Honorary Member of ASTM
  • 1978 Named Fellow of American Society of Metals
  • 1973 Received ASTM Award of Merit

Major Technical Associations and Responsibilities:

  • Chairman, MatML Coordination Committee, 2003-2006
  • Chairman, MatML Steering Committee, 2001-2003
  • Chairman, ASM Materials Database Committee, 1996-1998; continuing as member to present time
  • Chairman, CODATA Task Group on Materials Database Management, 1994-1997
  • Chairman, ASTM (National) Committee E-49 on Computerization of Materials Property Data 1986-1990
  • Chairman, USA Technical Advisory Group TG 79 on Mechanical Testing 1974 1976
  • Member NBS Evaluation Panel for Metallurgy Division,1974 1977
  • Member National Materials Advisory Board Panel on Ship
  • Materials, Construction & Inspection, 1975 1977
  • Director, Louisville Chapter of ASM, 1980 1982
  • Keynote Speaker, Invited Speaker
    • 1975 NATO ACARD Conference, Brussels Alloy Design
    • 1975 Sagamore Conference, New York Fracture Testing
    • 1977 Sagamore Conference, New York Application of Fracture Mechanics
  • Technical Advisory Committee, Metals Properties Council, 1970-1990
  • Technical Committee, Aluminum Association, 1980-1985
  • Board of Directors, ASTM , 1981-1985
  • Member, ASM MEI Committee, 1983-1985


Technical books:
  • Properties of Aluminum Alloys - Tensile, Creep and Stress Rupture Properties at Subzero and Elevated temperatures, ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 1999
  • Introduction to Aluminum Alloys, ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2000
  • Fracture Resistance of Aluminum Alloys – Notch Toughness, Tear Resistance and Fracture Toughness, ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2001
  • Aluminum Alloy Castings – Properties, Processes, and Applications, ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2004 (with Elwin L. Rooy)
  • The Application of Parametric Analyses to the High Temperature Properties of Aluminum Alloys, ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2008.
Also more than 140 technical papers and book chapters, including chapters in:
  • Handbook of Materials Selection, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2002.
  • Mechanical Engineering Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2006
  • ASM Handbook, 2007

Pennsylvania 1957-Current
Ohio 1990-Current
Delaware – 2008-current