Published on Monday February 9, 2009
Alumnus Dr. Diran Apelian (B.S. 1968) has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He joins 65 new members and 9 foreign associates in being honored this year.
Dr. Apelian was honored "for contributions to solidification processing and for outstanding leadership in engineering education and university-industry collaboration." Election to the NAE is one of the highest honors an engineer can receive for his or her contributions to engineering.
He is past president of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and the Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition to graduating from Drexel in 1968, he served as a faculty member and in several administrative positions at Drexel University from 1976 until 1990.