MPI’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.


Brajendra Mishra
Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Metal Processing Institute
Director, Center for Resource Recovery & Recycling
Head of Materials & Manufacturing Engineering

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


Maureen Plunkett
Executive Administrator
Maureen supports MPI’s administrative and liaison activities.




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Michael Collins
Laboratory Manager
Michael maintains the laboratory facilities and trains researchers on laboratory equipment.