Norwich University trustee honored by peers

By Mark Albury, February 2005

Trustee ApelianNorwich University Trustee Diran Apelian has been recognized by his peers for outstanding work in his profession. Apelian is the recipient of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Light Metals Division's Light Metals Technical Service Award.

The 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. Apelian, of West Boylston, MA, is a Professor of Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Professor Apelian's research interests and expertise are in materials processing, and specifically, solidification and net-shaping 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. Apelian 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.

Apelian has been a member of the Norwich University Board of Trustees since 1993.