2018 WPI Innovator of the Year is Diran Apelian

August 20, 2018

WPI is pleased to announce Dr. Diran Apelian as the 2018 Innovator of the Year. Dr. Apelian is the first faculty member to receive the honor. Widely recognized for his innovative work in metalDiran Apelian processing and for his leadership as a researcher and educator, he is the Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI, founding director of the Metal Processing Institute, and director of the Advanced Casting Research Center. He has done breakthrough work in the fields of molten metal processing, plasma processing, spray casting, and shape casting of aluminum alloys. Diran’s development of technologies to recover and recycle materials is critically important for a sustainable future. His scholarship is valued and used by the industrial sector; he has a talent for bridging industrial and academic communities, and for identifying fundamental scientific issues. He is the recipient of many distinguished national and international honors and awards, and was one of four WPI faculty members recognized with the 2016 Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Education. He is a member of four Academies: National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Armenian Academy of Science, European Academy of Science, and National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

WPI faculty are invited to a faculty reception to honor Diran on Thursday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the Bartlett Center. 

All community members are invited to the WPI Innovator of the Year Public Address and Reception on Thursday, November 1 in Alden Memorial. For more information and to register, click here


The WPI Innovator of the Year Award recognizes a graduate or friend of WPI who has demonstrated exemplary accomplishments as an innovator, showcasing individuals who have excelled in driving innovation within enterprises of all kinds. Past recipients include James P. Baum ’86, David P. Norton ’62, Robert L. Diamond ’56, Mark O’Neil ’80, Jeremy Hitchcock ’04, and Kathy Loftus ’86.