Advanced Casting Research Center

The Advanced Casting Research Center is one of the largest industry-university consortia in North America dedicated to collaborative research in metal processing and manufacturing. Our focus is metal casting and digital manufacturing. We bring fundamental understanding to existing processes, develop new methods, new alloys, and address management-technology interface issues with our industrial partners. ACRC serves the global foundry industry as its educational and research home.



June 3 & 4, 2021

Join us for our next meeting, which promises to be an engaging, virtual exchange. The agenda includes research updates, a keynote speaker and a fun social hour. Open to all members and registered guests. Interested but not a member? Please contact Diran Apelian

Advanced Casting Research Center Relocates to UCI

ACRC has relocated to UCI effective July 1, 2020 and ACRC’s founding director, Diran Apelian, was recently appointed Distinguished Professor at UCI’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He recently retired from his position as Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI after 30 years. Apelian is widely recognized for his innovative work in metal processing and for his leadership as a researcher and educator. His research has helped establish mechanisms and fundamentals in metal processing and helped lay the foundations for significant industrial developments. More recently, his work in the development of technologies to recover and recycle materials has become critically important for a sustainable future. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, European Academy of Sciences, and the Armenian Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous honors and awards, has over 700 publications and serves on several technical, corporate and editorial boards. And he brings all of this expertise to the research that he oversees at ACRC.

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