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Director of WPI's Metal Processing Institute to Receive Honors From Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

WORCESTER, Mass., March 8, 2006 -- Diran Apelian, Howmet Professor of Engineering at WPI and director of the university's Metal Processing Institute, has been chosen to receive two of the highest honors bestowed by the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) at the society's Annual Meeting and Exhibition, which takes place in San Antonio, Texas, March 12-16.

The society will recognize Apelian as a TMS Fellow, its highest award. There are only 100 living TM Fellows globally. TMS Fellows are elected by the TMS board of directors for outstanding contributions to the practice of metallurgical science and technology. Apelian is being recognized for his pioneering research in materials processing and his outstanding leadership in materials education and industrial outreach.

Apelian will also receive the 2006 Bruce Chalmers Award. This award of distinction is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science and technology of solidification science. Apelian is being honored for his primary work in molten metal processing, diffusion solidification, spray casting, and solidification processing of light metals.

Apelian received his B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University in 1968 and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He joined WPI in 1990 as provost and led the mission of broadening WPI's academic programs and research agenda. In 1996, he was appointed head of the Metal Processing Institute, an industry-university alliance dedicated to near-net-shape manufacturing with centers in metal casting, powder metallurgy, and heat treating. He has over 400 publications to his credit and has co-edited four books.

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