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Dwpi019Diran Apelian
Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Founding Director, Metal Processing Institute
Director, Advanced Casting Research Center
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Drexel University, 1968; Sc.D., MIT, 1972

Diran Apelian is Howmet Professor of Engineering and the Founding Director of the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at WPI.  He received his B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University in 1968 and his doctorate in materials science and engineering from MIT in 1972.  He worked at Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories before joining Drexel University’s faculty in 1976.  At Drexel, he held various positions, including professor, head of the Department of Materials Engineering, associate dean of the College of Engineering and vice-provost of the University.

He joined WPI in July 1990 as the Institute’s Provost. In 1996, he returned to the faculty and leads the activities of MPI. He is credited with pioneering work in various areas of solidification processing and powder metallurgy – specifically in molten metal processing, aluminum alloy development, plasma deposition, spray casting/forming, and semi-solid processing of metals.  Apelian is the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards – national and international; he has over 500 publications to his credit; and serves on several technical, corporate and editorial boards. During 2008/2009, he served as President of TMS. Apelian is a Fellow of TMS, ASM, and APMI; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Armenian Academy of Sciences.

Research Expertise: Solidification processing, spray casting, molten metal processing, aluminum foundry processing, plasma processing, and knowledge engineering in materials processing.


Brajendra MishraDr. Mishra
Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Metal Processing Institute
Director, Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
B. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, 1981
M.S., University of Minnesota, 1983, PhD., University of Minnesota, 1986

Brajendra Mishra received his B. Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1981, his M.S. in Material Science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Minnesota.   An internationally known researcher and educator in metallurgical and materials science and engineering, Mishra is currently engaged in work focused on environmental management through the development of chemically benign processes and the development of materials with enhanced properties. His research over the past 25 years has been supported by more than $40 million in sponsored awards from multiple federal agencies, national laboratories, and industry. He is the author of more than 600 publications, including more than 280 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited 18 books and written seven chapters on chemical processing and extractive metallurgy.

He served as a trustee of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) from 2007 to 2012 and its president in 2011. He was president of TMS (the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) in 2006. His scholarship and leadership has been honored with a number of awards, including Honorary Membership, the highest award bestowed by the Indian Institute of Metals; the Alexander Scott Distinguished Service Award from TMS; Honorary Professor of Kazakh National Technical University and the Presidential Citation from AIME


At-Large Members

dave-weissDavid Weiss
Advanced Casting Research Center
Eck Industries
P.O. Box 967
Manitowoc, WI 54220

David Weiss is responsible for development and application of high performance alloys and casting concepts for the foundry and their customers. Eck Industry is an acknowledged leader in the production of high strength aluminum alloy and aluminum alloy composite castings. Weiss participated in the development of the lost foam casting process for magnesium alloys for which he shared the Howard Taylor Award from the American Foundry Society (AFS), has worked on modified low pressure casting techniques for sand molds and has patented a hybrid high-pressure shell casting process. He received a second Howard Taylor Award for his work on low pressure casting of magnesium.