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Diran Apelian
Director CR3

 “Materials recovery and recycling is as good for business as it is for the planet.  We can reverse much of the damage and set up our industry partners for stronger competitiveness.”

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Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Metal Processing Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Diran joined WPI in July 1990 as the university’s provost; today he leads the faculty and activities of the Metal Processing Institute.

He is credited with pioneering work in various areas of solidification processing and powder metallurgy – specifically in molten metal processing, aluminum alloy development, plasma deposition, spray casting/forming, and semi-solid processing of metals. Apelian is the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards, national and international; he has over 500 publications; and he serves on several technical, corporate, and editorial boards. During 2008/2009, he served as president of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). He is a fellow of TMS, ASM, and APMI; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Armenian Academy of Sciences.


Brajendra Mishra
Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering
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An internationally known researcher and educator in metallurgical and materials science and engineering, Mishra is currently engaged in work focused on environmental management through the development of chemically benign processes and the development of materials with enhanced properties. His research over the past 25 years has been supported by more than $40 million in sponsored awards from multiple federal agencies, national laboratories, and industry. He is the author of more than 600 publications, including more than 280 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited 18 books and written seven chapters on chemical processing and extractive metallurgy.

He served as a trustee of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) from 2007 to 2012 and its president in 2011. He was president of TMS (the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) in 2006. His scholarship and leadership has been honored with a number of awards, including Honorary Membership, the highest award bestowed by the Indian Institute of Metals; the Alexander Scott Distinguished Service Award from TMS; Honorary Professor of Kazakh National Technical University and the Presidential Citation from AIME.


Corby Anderson
Harrison-Western Professor, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
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Colorado School of Mines

Corby has over 36 years of global experience in industrial operations, management, engineering, design, consulting, teaching, research and professional service. He is a native of Butte, America. His career includes positions with Morton Thiokol, Key Tronic Corporation, Sunshine Mining and Refining Company, H. A Simons Ltd. and at Montana Tech. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and an MSc from Montana Tech and PhD from the University of Idaho in Metallurgical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He holds 10 international patents covering 6 innovative new technologies along with 5 new patent applications. He currently serves as the Harrison Western Professor in the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy as part of the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. In 2009 he was honored by SME with the Milton E. Wadsworth Extractive Metallurgy Award for his contributions in hydrometallurgical research. In 2015 he was awarded the International Precious Metals Institute’s Tanaka Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2016 he will receive the Distinguished Member Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.


Bart Blanpain
Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Associate Director
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KU Leuven

Bart is head of Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling at KU Leuven and is a full time professor in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM). His research focus is on thermodynamics in materials engineering. He is a member of the Division of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering.