MPI TeamMPI’s greatest asset is the combined experience of the many people associated with it – industry representatives and members, steering committees, directors-at-large, research staff, students, affiliated faculty members, and administrators.

Because the fundamental issues addressed by the Institute are multidisciplinary in nature, research faculty represent various disciplines:

  • mechanical engineering
  • materials science and engineering
  • manufacturing
  • electrical and computer engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • management
  • mathematical sciences

Want to learn more about the Institute and its Centers?  Please contact a member of our core team.

diran-apelianDiran Apelian
Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Metal Processing Institute

Life’s Journey Photo Gallery

Diran joined WPI in July 1990 as the university’s provost; today he leads the faculty and activities of the Metal Processing Institute.

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; and he serves on several technical, corporate, and editorial boards. During 2008/2009, he served as president of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). He is a fellow of TMS, ASM, and APMI; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Armenian Academy of Sciences.

carol-garofoliCarol A. Garofoli
Director of Operations
garofoli@wpi.eduCarol heads member relations and oversees marketing and communications for MPI. She is also the primary liaison with WPI’s accounting, purchasing, and human resources offices.
renee-brodeurRenee Brodeur
Assistant Manager of Operations
rbrodeur@wpi.eduRenee maintains MPI’s financial accounts and web presence, and helps with general office activities.
maureen-plunkettMaureen Plunkett
Administrative Assistant
mrp@wpi.eduMaureen supports MPI’s administrative and liaison activities.