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2002-2003

Powder Metallurgy Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to be Named in Honor of Morris Boorky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/March 24, 2003
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706

Worcester, Mass. - March 24, 2003 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received a commitment of $400,000 to fund an existing undergraduate scholarship program in the name of Morris and Gertrude Boorky as well as a new graduate fellowship at the University in powder metallurgy. WPIís Powder Metallurgy Research Center will be renamed "The Morris (Butch) Boorky Powder Metallurgy Research Center" in recognition of the contributions Morris Boorky made to the field and the gift family members made in his memory.

"Morris Boorky was a founder of The Presmet Corporation, a Worcester-area powder metallurgy company that has had corporate ties to us since it was established in 1943," explained Diran Apelian, WPIís Howmet professor of mechanical engineering and director of its metals processing institute. "When Morris started Presmet, he hired Prof. Carl Johnson who was head of the Metallurgy Department at WPI, as a consultant, beginning a relationship that has lasted over many decades."

Presmet was a family owned company employing over 350 peopleuntil its sale to GKN Sinter Metals in January, 2001. A leader in the powder metallurgy industry, Boorky was former president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation and the recipient of its Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award. Morris Boorky died in 1984. Michael Gaffin succeeded Mr. Boorky as Chairman of the Board of Presmet until its sale in 2001.

"Butch Boorky was grateful for the scholarship which enabled him to attend college," said Mr. Gaffin. His wife Gert wished she had had a similar opportunity. The undergraduate scholarship in their names is therefore meaningful to their family," he said. "Throughout his life, Butch was a fervent believer that there were significant commercial applications for powder metallurgy. Presmet always invested significantly in research and development, often in conjunction with WPI. His family believes that the Fellowship Program which has been established at WPI is an important part of his legacy."

In addition to renaming the Center, the gift from the Morris Boorky family will establish the Morris Boorky Fellowship, leading to a masterís degree or doctoral degree in Powder Metallurgy. This fellowship is expected to be very competitive and attract students from around the world.

"Morris Boorky had a significant impact in the powder metallurgy industry, and his gift will continue to shape its future," explained Robert Dietrich, Director of Development at WPI. "We look forward to a dedication of the Boorky Center this spring."

The WPI Powder Metallurgy Center was created in 1992. The center promotes the manufacturing excellence and competitiveness of the powder metallurgy industry, by undertaking research programs that are consistent with the priorities of the industry. Research projects are initiated and/or approved by its industrial members and are carried out by students and faculty members from a variety of academic disciplines, and are guided by the insights of powder metallurgy industrialists. The Powder Metallurgy Research Center conducts two types of research projects: technical projects that focus on scientific and engineering issues relevant to all stages of powder metallurgy processing; and management projects that address issues related to the organization and interconnectedness of the powder metallurgy industry. Technical projects are structured to advance the fundamental scientific understanding of powder metallurgy processes as well as to enhance specific engineering functions.