Worcester Polytechnic Institute Names New Metal Processing Institute Director

NEC Member Worcester Polytechnic Institute recently named a new Director of its Metal Processing Institute (MPI), former Mechanical Engineering Professor Brajendra Mishra.

MPI is an alliance between private industry partners and the university that focuses on researching materials processing, heat treating, metal casting, and resource recovery and recycling. Mishra said his initial focus will be on expanding the institute’s membership base, developing a robust materials science graduate program curriculum, and developing the Center for Materials Processing Data (CMPD) with a focus on aerospace and automotive industry needs. Mishra is taking over as MPI is set to expand globally with a new center set to open at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, in 2017. The center in China will focus on non-destructive evaluation.

“The primary purpose of MPI is to solve industry problems, to develop new methods or materials for the industry, or even to share fundamental results that companies are seeking,” said Mishra. “I’m elated to become the director and am looking forward to the challenge.”

The New England Council congratulated WPI for naming such a dedicated professor to lead the institute towards continued growth and expansion. Read more in Worcester Business Journal and Crossroads Today.

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