Alumnus Diran Apelian Receives 2010 Robert Earll McConnell Award from AIME

Published on Tuesday January 5, 2010

MSE alumnus  Dr. Diran Apelian (B.S. 1968) has been selected to receive the 2010 Robert Earll McConnell Award from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). The award will be presented during the AIME's annual banquet and awards ceremony in Seattle on Feb. 16.

Apelian will be recognized "for working tirelessly for over 40 years dedicated to teaching, mentoring future engineering leaders, advancing the science and technology of material science and engineering (MSE) by conducting and supervising fundamental and applied research, publishing and presenting many technical papers, books, and patents, applying fundamental knowledge to industrial applications, establishing several academic-industry consortia, and advocating the broader role of MSE in solving global human challenges."

Dr. Apelian is 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. 

More information on Apelian and the award can be found at and Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.

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