Published on Thursday December 9, 2010
Alumnus Diran Apelian (B.S. 1968) is the recipient of a 2010 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies.
He was presented with the award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 2010. He is one of two individuals who was honored with the award this year.
The award is given to "individuals who have demonstrated outstanding capabilities and contributions in advancing the multidisciplinary field of materials science and engineering; the effective and economic use of materials in the marketplace and the application of materials developments to national problems and defense; and the development and implementation of national policy that furthers the impact of materials sciences and engineering on society." Apelian was specifically recognized for founding the Metal Processing Institute.
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. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
News about the award also appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.