Diran Apelian, founding director of WPI’s Metal Processing Institute, is recognized in a leading trade outlet for being named WPI’s Innovator of the Year.
WPI alumnus Aaron Birt, co-founder of Kinetic Batteries and Solvus Global, was profiled in an article highlighting companies that are develop processes to help make recycling everything from scrap to batteries more efficient and less environmentally harmful. Birt, a past “Forbes 30 Under 30” honoree, credits Diran Apelian, who received WPI's 2018 Innovator of the Year Award, saying, “Diran and I are both passionate about people, technology, education, and making an impact.
The Telegram & Gazette reported on Diran Apelian, Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who was nominated for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Award. Apelian is the founder of the Metal Processing Institute at WPI, and is the first faculty member to receive the award, which was launched in 2011 to recognize graduates and friends of the university who have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments as innovators.
In a Sunday feature story about the future of manufacturing in the Worcester area, Diran Apelian, the Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Engineering and founding director of the Metal Processing Institute, discussed WPI’s emphasis on teaching students entrepreneurship.
The article, co-written by Diran Apelian, founder of the Metal Processing Institute, and graduate student Sean Kelly. “By manufacturing aluminum components from secondary material streams, 95% less CO2 is emitted and the energy consumed is reduced by 92% compared to primary production [2-3]. The complete benefit of automotive light-weighting using aluminum cannot be fully achieved without an efficient and effective end-of-life collection and recovery process,” the article stated.