MPI Newsletter

CR3 Annual Spring Meeting May 19-20

The upcoming CR3 Spring Meeting will be held at WPI, Worcester, MA, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19th and will adjourn Wednesday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. For meeting details, please visit the CR3 homepage. If you are not a member and want to learn more, please contact Carol Garofoli at 508-831-5592.

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Rod Riek Awarded Merton C. Flemings Award

ACRC member Rod Riek is the winner of the 2015 Flemings award, which is given to individuals who significantly contribute to the commercial application of the solidification processing fundamentals. Rod has an impressive career. He is currently the principal at Material Insights LLC, a consultancy advising clients in materials and processing related issues, product development, […]

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ACRC Posthumously Honors Jerry Kucharczyk with Witt Award

The prestigious ACRC Ray H. Witt Award is given every two years to those who exhibit leadership in the aluminum casting industry, who invest resources in its future, and educate and train new talent. At the 2015 ACRC June meeting, Jerry Kucharczyk will be honored posthumously. His family will be in attendance. “Jerry was a […]

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David Weiss Awarded AFS John A. Penton Gold Medal

ACRC member David Weiss received the John A. Penton Gold Medal from the American Foundry Society (AFS) for pioneering work and his willingness to explore new technologies in aluminum, magnesium and metal matrix composite alloys, and leadership within AFS and the premium aluminum casting industry. Dave received the award at the 2015 MetalCasting Congress.

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Eck Industries and Magna International Win Best in Class

ACRC members Eck Industries and Magna International win Best in Class at the 2015 AFS/Metal Casting Design & Purchasing Magazine Competition. Magna International Magna won best in class for its high pressure vacuum diecast multi-material lightweight vehicle front kick down rail for the automotive industry. This is a significant accomplishment for the casting industry. The […]

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Apelian Receives Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal

On April 20, the 2015 Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal, the Audubon Society’s award, was presented by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) to Diran Apelian, Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Apelian was “selected for articulating an inspiring vision of sustainable stewardship of our earth’s resources and then rallying […]

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Brajendra Mishra Appointed Associate Director of MPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) today announced that Brajendra Mishra, PhD, has been appointed associate director of the university’s Metal Processing Institute (MPI). Mishra, who will also serve as Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will join the WPI faculty in August. As associate director of the MPI, Mishra will help oversee the largest industry-university […]

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Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy

In March 2015, the premiere issue of the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy was published. The new journal is dedicated to presenting metallurgical processes and related research aimed at improving the sustainability of metal-producing industries, with an emphasis on materials recovery, reuse and recycling. Editors-in-chief: Diran Apelian, WPI, Worcester Bart Blanpain, KU Leuven, Belgium Shin-ya Kitamura, […]

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Emmert and Bandara Develop a Novel Method to Separate REEs from Magnets

Marion H. Emmert and H. M. Dhammika Bandara, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with support from the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3), have developed a novel method to separate rare earth elements, specifically Neodymium and Dysprosium, from the magnets they are used in to enable straightforward and efficient recycling. The technology has the […]

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