WPI Center Director and Professor Diran Apelian Named Fellow of APMI International

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WORCESTER, Mass. - August 3, 2004 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of its Metal Processing Institute Diran Apelian has been elected a fellow of APMI International - the professional society for individuals involved in powder metallurgy technology and particulate materials. The APMI International Fellow status is a prestigious, lifetime award bestowed upon eminent authorities and leaders in powder metallurgy and particulate materials. One of only two individuals in the 2004 class of APMI Fellows, Apelian was awarded the designation at the 2004 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials in Chicago in June. Apelian is the first person from WPI to receive this honor.

A member of APMI International since 1977, Apelian is widely recognized for his innovative work in metal processing, especially in the field of near-net shape manufacturing. He has been credited with pioneering research in various solidification processes, including molten metal processing and filtration of metals, aluminum foundry engineering, plasma deposition, and spray casting/forming.

Apelian joined WPI in 1990 as university provost. After six years as WPI's chief academic officer, he returned to the professoriate and his research in materials processing. He was also instrumental in establishing WPI's Metals Processing Institute, eventually serving as its director. The Metals Processing Institute is an industry-university alliance dedicated to advancing the state of the art in the metal processing industry.

Prior to joining WPI, Apelian earned his undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University and his Sc.D. in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked at Bethlehem Steel's Homer Research Laboratories before joining Drexel'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.

Apelian has received many distinguished honors and awards, has over 300 publications to his credit, and serves on several technical and corporate boards.

About APMI International

APMI International was formed in 1959 as a nonprofit, professional society serving the technical and informational needs of individuals interested or involved in the science and art of powder metallurgy. APMI provides information about the cutting edge developments and advances in the dynamic, expanding technology of powder metallurgy through its publications, conferences and local section activities.