PhD Materials Science, University of Minnesota 1986
MS Materials Science, University of Minnesota 1983
B Tech Metal. Eng., Indian Institute of Technology 1981


Brajendra Mishra’s research focuses on sustainable stewardship of earth’s resources by developing technologies to advance commercially viable metals/materials processing. He is involved in the design and development of industry-oriented methods for energy and materials sustainability, which is one of the greatest challenges in the 21st Century.

At WPI, Professor Brajendra Mishra is the Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, and the Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Prof. Mishra is also the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling (CR3) – the first National Center of its kind.

Prior to joining WPI, Prof. Mishra was a Professor of Corrosion and Physico-chemical Processing in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) where he also served as the Associate Director of the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. Prior to joining CSM in 1990, Prof. Mishra served at Tata Steel in India. Prof. Mishra was the President of the Faculty Senate at CSM and served as a Distinguished Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi for six months.

Prof. Mishra has authored over 600 technical publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds twelve patents and has authored/edited 23 books. Mishra received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minerals Metals & Materials Society (2010) and the highest award of Honorary Membership form the Indian Institute of Metals (2008). He served as the 2006 President of The Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) of AIME and the 2011 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers. Prof.  Mishra received the Presidential Citation of AIME in 2015.

Professor Mishra believes that an academic institution is for the education, growth and nurturing of students – both undergraduates and graduates. Student involvement in research activities is the part of education that allows them to be in concert with the state-of-the art in their field of profession.

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Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 4: Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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Scholarly Work

Professor Mishra’s research and scholarship focuses on sustainable stewardship of earth’s resources by developing technologies to advance commercially viable metals/materials processing.


Gupta, A., & Mishra, B. (2024). Recycling of Tantalum-Coated Steel Bimetallic Composite Using High-Temperature OxidationJournal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 1-17.

Yang, S., Wang, Y., Liu, Z. K., Mishra, B., & Zhong, Y. (2023). Ab Initio Modeling on The Thermodynamic and Temperature-Dependent Elastic Properties of Subsystems of The FCC FeNiCoCr Medium Entropy Alloys (MEAs)Acta Materialia260, 119341.

Q. Ding, H. Das, P. Upadhya, B. Sousa, K. Karayagiz, A. Powell and B. Mishra, “Microstructural, Corrosion, and Mechanical Characterization of Friction Stir Welded Al 6022-to-ZEK100 Mg Joints”, Corros. Mater. Degrad. 2023, vol. 4, pp. .142–157. [2023].

H. Tanvar, K. Merino and B. Mishra, “Extraction of high purity magnetite from bauxite residue”, J. Minerals Engineering, Vol. 199, pp. 1-8,[2023].

H. Tanvar and B. Mishra, “Extraction of Titanium, Aluminum, and Rare Earth Values from Upgraded Bauxite Residue” J. of Sustainable Metallurgy, [2023].

Professional Highlights & Honors
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2017

Fellow, TMS-AIME, 2016

Kenneth Andrew Roe Award of AAES, 2016

University Emeritus Professor, Colorado School of Mines, 2015

AIME Presidential Citation, 2014

EPD-TMS Distinguished Lecturer, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, 2013

President, American Inst. of Mining, Metall. & Petroleum Engineers, 2007 - 2012

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Institute, 2010

President, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, 2006

Fellow, ASM International, 2004


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RED ALERT: Researchers are working to find new uses for red mud, the caustic byproduct of aluminum production

Brajendra Mishra, the Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and the Director of the Metals Processing Institute at WPI, is prominently quoted in this Science article which looks at the growing global problem of what to do with red mud, one of the most abundant industrial wastes on the planet. "The composition of [red mud] varies so much it means one [type of solution] will not work," says Mishra.