MPI TeamMPI’s greatest asset is the combined experience of the many people associated with it – industry representatives and members, steering committees, directors-at-large, research staff, students, affiliated faculty members, and administrators.

Because the fundamental issues addressed by the Institute are multidisciplinary in nature, research faculty represent various disciplines:

  • mechanical engineering
  • materials science and engineering
  • manufacturing
  • electrical and computer engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • chemistry and biochemistry
  • management
  • mathematical sciences

Want to learn more about the Institute and its Centers?  Please contact a member of our core team.


Diran Apelian
Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Metal Processing Institute

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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.

Dr. MishraBrajendra Mishra
Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MPI Associate Director


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 AIM

Carol A. Garofoli
Director of Operations
1-508-831-5592 Carol heads member relations and oversees marketing and communications for MPI. She is also the primary liaison with WPI’s accounting, purchasing, and human resources offices.
Renee Brodeur
Assistant Manager of Operations
rbrodeur@wpi.eduRenee maintains MPI’s financial accounts and web presence, and helps with general office activities.
Maureen Plunkett
Administrative Assistant
1-508-831-5992 Maureen supports MPI’s administrative and liaison activities.