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makhloufMakhlouf M. Makhlouf
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director Advanced Casting Research Center
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
B.S., American University (Cairo), 1978; M.S., New Mexico State University, 1981; Ph.D., WPI, 1989

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf is professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center at WPI.  Before joining WPI, Makhlouf was senior research engineer at Bay State, a division of Dresser Industries.  He received the BS degree, with high honors, from the American University in Cairo and the Ph.D. from WPI.

Makhlouf’s teaching and research focus on materials processing, particularly solidification of metals, and the application of thermodynamics, kinetics, and the concepts of heat and mass transfer to modeling mechanisms and processes in materials science and engineering. Makhlouf received several awards including the Hall-Heroult Scientific Merit Award and the Best Paper Award from the American Foundry Society (AFS), the Flemings Award, and the Uhlig Award from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).  He was the Foundry Engineering Foundation (FEF) Professor at WPI between 1992 and 2003, and serves on several committees of the American Foundry Society and the North American Die Casting Association.

Research Expertise: Solidification of metals, the application of heat, mass and momentum transfer to modeling and solving engineering materials problems, and processing of ceramic materials.


Apelian-120x150Diran Apelian
Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Metal Processing Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
B.S., Drexel University, 1968; Sc.D., MIT, 1972

Diran Apelian is Howmet Professor of Engineering and 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.

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.