Metals Processing Institute at WPI to Host Technical Innovations Program

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Worcester, Mass. - The Metals Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will host its annual spring symposium "Test Tube to Factory Floor: Implementing Technical Innovations" on May 22 at the university.

This yearís program brings together a group of innovators, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders who will share with the symposium participants their own personal story as to how an idea was turned into a commercial enterprise. The symposium will include presentations on semi-solid processing; injection molding; synthetic diamonds; metallic glasses; and others, including the presentation of the Merton C. Flemings and Ray H. Witt Awards. The Flemings Award is being presented to Professor John Campbell of the University of Birmingham, UK, and the R.H Witt Award to Mr. Jim VanWert of AMCAST Corp. of Dayton, OH.

"MPI is an industry-university alliance whose mission is to educate future leaders of the industry and to advance the knowledge base through research carried out in collaboration with MPIís industrial partners," said. Diran Apelian professor and director of WPIísMetal Processing Institute. "We are bringing together an international group of experts to present the most current research and innovation in this field."

MPI includes three industrial consortia: Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC); Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE); and the Powder Metallurgy Research Center (PMRC). More than 120 corporate partners are members of the institute and represent the leading corporations of the metal processing industry focusing on near and net shape manufacturing.

The day-long program is scheduled for Thursday, May 22 at WPIís Olin Hall 107. For more information or to register for the program, please visit the website.

The symposium is aimed for professionals in the metal processing industries, for CEOs, V.P.s of technology, senior management of manufacturing and processing industries, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists.

About WPI

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPIís innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support masterís and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the regionís biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.