Alan Lund is the EVP, Magnetics at MP Materials (Fort Worth, TX). He leads the MP Magnetics team in its mission to build a domestic supply chain for rare earth metals and magnets that is the most sustainable, secure, and innovative in the world.
Alan is a seasoned business leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience developing, scaling and implementing innovative technologies in the materials and manufacturing spaces. Prior to MP Materials Alan founded and led Veloxint Corporation and Xtalic Corporation. In these roles Alan raised venture, strategic, and non-dilutive financing, built durable commercial partnerships with multiple blue-chip customers, and provided commercial and technical leadership across the development, scale-up, and roll-out of hard tech products.
Dr. Lund’s academic training was in the area of metallurgy. He has degrees in Materials Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S.) and Northwestern University (Ph.D.), and spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher at MIT.
Developing the North American permanent magnet supply chain for energy technologies:
Industry and government perspectives
This panel discussion will focus on both government and industry efforts to develop a robust North American supply chain of permanent magnets to support the energy sector industrial base (ESIB). Rare earth magnets, such as sintered neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets, are especially important to the ESIB as they are critical components of traction motors in electric vehicles and direct drive generators in offshore wind turbines. Yet, nearly all supply chain stages of sintered NeFeB magnets are concentrated in China, posing a potential vulnerability for ESIB supply chains required to meet climate goals.
Moderator: Braeton J. Smith, Argonne National Laboratory
Helena Khazdozian, Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Jacob Ward, Office of Manufacturing & Energy Supply Chains, U.S. Department of Energy
Alan Lund, MP Materials