The flagship Advanced Casting Research Center, founded in 1985, has the distinction of being the longest-running center of MPI at WPI. ACRC – originally known as the Aluminum Casting Research Laboratory – was formed by Diran Apelian, the Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI. Apelian ultimately launched MPI at WPI in 1996. As founding director of MPI, he continues to direct the activities of ACRC. Read more here.