President and CEO, Thixomat in Ann Arbor. LeBeau has spent his entire career in manufacturing and materials processing development and previously held positions with USX Steel, Caterpillar Tractor, Babcock & Wilcox, and Peerless Metal Powders. He holds seven U.S. patents and has published numerous articles in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He joined Thixomat in 1998 as the company's technical director and was elected to his present position in 2004. Thixomat's Thixomolding process in metal molding technology offers parts manufacturers and end-users a viable alternative to plastics injection molding and die casting. Thixomatís recently announced NanoMag, an environmentally friendly process for the production and marketing of high strength, light-weight magnesium sheeting with nanometer microstructures, was developed with the University of Michiganís Department of Material Science and Engineering and National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsorship. In January, the company was granted a phase two grant from the NSF. Thixomat also has a military contract to research lightweight ballistic systems. A fellow of the American Society of Materials, LeBeau was recently named a distinguished alumnus of the University of Wisconsinís College of Engineering. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and American Society for Materials. He holds a bachelorís degree in metallurgical and materials engineering from Michigan Technological University, a masterís from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.