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


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

Carol 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

Renee maintains MPI’s financial accounts and web presence, and helps with general office activities.

maureen-plunkettMaureen Plunkett
Administrative Assistant

Maureen supports MPI’s administrative and liaison activities.