Apelian Wins Scientific Merit Award

Diran Apelian is widely recognized for his innovative work in metal processing and for his leadership as a researcher and educator.

Feb. 19, 2021 - The American Foundry Society has recognized Diran Apelian with the 2021 Scientific Merit award for his “gold-standard contributions to the foundry industry in molten metal processing and solidification, alloy development and fatigue behavior of cast materials.”

Apelian, Samueli School Distinguished Professor in materials science and engineering, conducts research that has helped establish mechanisms and fundamentals in metal processing and lay the foundation for significant industrial developments. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, European Academy of Sciences and Armenian Academy of Sciences, he is widely recognized for his innovative work in metal processing and for his leadership as a researcher and educator. More recently, his work in developing technologies to recover and recycle materials has become critically important for a sustainable future.

The AFS presents Awards of Scientific Merit for “outstanding technical papers, meritorious technical contributions or services, and the development of a new process, production method or engineering advancement having future possibilities."

“The Scientific Merit award is truly a testament to the team that has made the Advanced Casting Research Center the successful and impactful research hub that it is,” said Apelian. “This award recognizes the work of my past and present students, collaborators and colleagues, and the industry members of ACRC whose support has established a learning platform, and educational and research ‘home’ for the metal casting and digital manufacturing industry.”

The AFS is a leading voice and resource on technical, management and advocacy priorities pertaining to the metal casting industry.  It works to advance the success of its members and the industry through advocacy, education and innovation.  

– Lori Brandt

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