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Recipient: 2005 LMD Light Metals Technical Service Award

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Light Metals Division's Light Metals Technical Service Award, established in 1995, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding long-term service to the light metals industry by consistently providing technical and/or operating knowledge that has enhanced the competitiveness of the industry.

Recipient PhotoDiran Apelian

Citation: For visionary leadership in the integration of academic and industrial research in metallurgy and metals processing.

Biography: Diran Apelian is Howmet Professor of Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Prof. Apelian’s research interests and expertise are in materials processing, and specifically, solidification and net-shape manufacturing. He is credited for pioneering work in various areas of solidification processing: molten metal processing and filtration of metals; aluminum foundry engineering; plasma deposition; and spray casting/forming.

He has over 400 publications to his credit and four books, which he has co-edited. He has served on, and chaired, several National Materials Advisory Boards for the National Research Council.

“The Service award is most meaningful in that it comes from my peers and my colleagues. It is an honor and a source of great satisfaction and joy to know that the community and colleagues you serve recognize the commitment, a commitment which is sincere and genuine.”

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