2006-2007

The Engineering Profession in the 21st Century: Educational Needs and Societal Challenges Facing the Profession

Being selected to present the Charles Edgar Hoyt Memorial Lecture at the annual Metal Casting Congress of the American Foundry Society (AFS) is one the casting industry's highest honors. The 2007 lecture was presented in Houston, Texas, on May 18 by Diran Apelian, Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI and director of WPI's Metal Processing Institute.

The recognition by AFS is one of several major honors that have been bestowed upon Apelian over the past year. In February, for example, he was one of six Anniversary Laureates asked to address the 50th anniversary meeting of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) on the topic of advancements in materials science over the last 50 years and the prospects for the future of the field. his essay was titled "Looking Beyond the Last 50 Years: The Future of Materials Science and Engineering." At the same meeting, Apelian was formally presented with the 2006 Brimacombe Prize, which recognizes a single or sustained contribution to materials process engineering that is deemed outstanding by the judges.

In his Hoyt Memorial Lecture, titled "The Engineering Profession in the 21st Century: Educational Needs and Societal Challenges Facing the Profession," Apelian looks at the engineering profession from a historical perspective, explores the global economy and the impact it is having on America's competitiveness, and presents several recommendations for bolstering the nation's approach to engineering education (including curricular reforms modeled after ideas pioneered at WPI), for as he notes, "the education of engineers is critical to every nation to ensure the prosperity of their citizens."

The lecture will be published in AFS Transactions as paper 07-155(00), pp 1-10 (American Foundry Society, Schaumburg, IL, 2007).

May 23, 2007

 
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