The MPI Team

Diran Apelian

Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, MPI
+1-508-831-5992; dapelian@wpi.edu
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B.S., Drexel University, 1968; Sc.D., MIT, 1972
Solidification processing, spray casting, molten metal processing, aluminum foundry processing, plasma processing, and knowledge engineering in materials processing.

Diran Apelian is Howmet Professor of Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He received his B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University in 1968 and his doctorate in materials science and engineering from MIT in 1972.  He worked at Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories before joining Drexel University’s faculty in 1976.  At Drexel he held various positions, including professor, head of the Department of Materials Engineering, associate dean of the College of Engineering and vice-provost of the University.  He joined WPI in July 1990 as the Institute’s Provost. In 1996 he returned to the faculty and leads the activities of the Metal Processing Institute. 

He is credited with pioneering work in various areas of solidification processing and powder metallurgy – specifically in molten metal processing, aluminum alloy development, plasma deposition, spray casting/forming, and semi-solid processing of metals.  Apelian is the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards – national and international; he has over 500 publications to his credit; and serves on several technical, corporate and editorial boards. During 2008/2009, he served as President of TMS. Apelian is a Fellow of TMS, ASM, and APMI; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the Armenian Academy of Sciences.

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Carol A. Garofoli

Director of Operations, MPI
+1-508-831-5592; garofoli@wpi.edu
A.S., Becker Junior College, 1972; B.S., Worcester State College, 1982; M.B.A., Assumption College, 1998

Carol Garofoli has held various positions in academic administration at WPI and, from 1990 to 1996, was director of academic operations in the Provost's Office. She holds a B.S. in business management and an M.B.A. As MPI's Director of Operations, she is the primary liaison with WPI's accounting, purchasing and human resources offices, and is responsible for interacting with MPI's consortium companies. Garofoli facilitates MPI activities for programs and oversees its web site and communications.

Maureen Plunkett

Administrative Assistant, MPI
+1-508-831-5992; mrp@wpi.edu
B.S. Assumption College, 2008

Maureen Plunkett supports the administrative and liaison activities of the Metal Processing Institute.

Renee Brodeur

Assistant Manager of Operations, MPI
+1-508-831-5003; rbrodeur@wpi.edu
B.S. Electrical Engineering, WPI, 1983

Renee Brodeur has worked in the high-tech computer and network industries for corporations such as Hughes Aircraft, MITRE, Prime Computer, Sequoia Systems, Sonus Networks, and most recently Motorola.  She has experience in many areas of the product development life cycle including firmware/software development, systems engineer, quality assurance, and technical writing.  Renee returns to WPI as part of the MPI administrative team.  In her role as Assistant Manager of Operations, she is responsible for maintaining MPI's financial accounts and web presence, and helping with general activities of the MPI office.

Dolan Murvihill

Information Systems, MPI 
+1-508-831-5003; dpmurvihill@wpi.edu
B.S. Computer Science, WPI, 2015 Currently Enrolled

Dolan is responsible for the management of all the IT assets at MPI including the computers of the administrative staff as well as the hardware and software used to conduct research.

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