MSE Seminar Series: Megatrends for Materials Science and Engineering for the 21st Century
Friday, November 6, 2020
Speaker: Diran Apelian, Distinguished MSE Professor, University of California, Irvine
Materials have always been and will continue to be a vehicle for advancing quality of life; as we know, historically, civilizations have been named after materials. In this 21st century, with so many daunting needs and grand challenges that we face, materials will play a huge role in meeting the needs of society, but the key is whether we can do so in a sustainable way. In this seminar, we will review megatrends and their implications as it relates to the field of materials science and engineering. The presentation is divided into three segments: (i) Societal needs and the role of MSE; (ii) Industry 4.0 – the Future of Work, and the Future of the Worker; and (III) Paradigm changes in engineering education.
Diran Apelian is Distinguished Professor of MSE at the University of California, Irvine, Chief Strategy officer for the Samueli School of Engineering, and Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center. He is also Provost Emeritus and Founding Director of the Metal Processing Institute at WPI, Worcester, Mass. He received his B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University in 1968 and his doctorate in materials science and engineering from MIT in 1972. Apelian is a Fellow of TMS, ASM, and APMI; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the European Academy of Sciences, and the Armenian Academy of Sciences. The 2016 Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Education was awarded to WPI (Recipients: D. Apelian, K. Wobbe, A. Heinricher and R. Vaz). With his colleagues and students, he has founded 6 companies: Materials Strategies; Battery Resourcers; Melt Cognition; Kinetic Batteries, Solvus Ventures, and Solvus Global.