Vision & Mission

MPI's vision is to be the premier university-based research facility dedicated to advancing the state of the art in near-net-shape manufacturing and materials recovery & recycling. MPI brings fundamental understanding to existing processes, develops new methods, and addresses management-technology interface issues with input from its industrial partners. Though the work is fundamental in nature, the context of the work has well-identified commercial applications. MPI's research is strengthened by the experiential educational program it offers to both undergraduate and graduate students, and by the tutorials and special courses it makes available to the work force of member companies.

Interdisciplinary, innovative and action-oriented, MPI's agenda is developed in close collaboration with its member companies. It includes:

Research Programs

Each of the research centers conducts projects selected by its steering committee, as well as proprietary projects sponsored by individual companies. The centers also conduct basic research on emerging technologies of vital importance to its particular industry. These are typically funded by the federal government and/or foundations.


Results of research projects are presented to the consortium members at two annual workshops, one in the spring and one in late fall. The workshops also provide a forum for discussion of issues facing the industry. Each spring a technical symposium is held on a topical issue.

Technical Education

Programs and seminars are organized for participating industrial members. Customized continuing education courses and technical education programs are offered at the industrial site.

Invited Presentations

Participation in industrial and government forums include presentations at technical conferences, industry associations and government agencies.

Industrial Internship Program

This program is for those in industry who wish to pursue advanced academic degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.). After fulfilling WPI's residency requirement and completing course work, an intern returns to the industrial sector, where thesis research is carried out.

"Our greatest asset is the combined experience of the many people associated with MPI - the industry's representatives, research staff, students and affiliated faculty members. Through these consortia, we pursue and address issues facing the entire technology supply chain."

Diran Apelian, Director, MPI


Research Centers

Research focus is ensured by addressing the fundamental issues facing near-net-shape manufacturing and resource recovery & recycling industries through the three centers of the Metal Processing Institute:

The centers pursue three kinds of research projects:

Each research center is a consortium that includes WPI, university partners, and its industrial members. Various segments of the industry are represented within the consortium--primary and secondary producers of metal, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, manufacturers and processors (casters, parts producers, heat treaters), and end users. Thus, MPI benefits from input and engagement across the spectrum of the metal processing industry and the technology supply chain is fully represented by the institute's corporate partners.

MPI has also established relationships and liaisons with other national and international research centers and researchers, specifically, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oak Crest Institute of Science, Northwestern University, University of Connecticut, Ohio State University, RWTH Aachen University (Germany), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), the University of Queensland (Australia), Northwestern Polytechnic University and Lanzhou University of Technology and Tsinghua University (China), University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Ecole des Mines de St-Etienne and L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Nancy (France), and University of Padua (Italy).

MPI's greatest asset is the combined experience of the many people associated with it--representatives of the industries comprising the consortia, 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, its research faculty represent various disciplines--mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, manufacturing, electrical and computer engineering, chemical engineering, management, and mathematical sciences.

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