Dr. Dwight Burford joined the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI) at UNT in September 2019 as a research professor. After receiving his doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines in 1987, Dr. Burford conducted postdoctoral studies at Ohio State University. In 1989, he joined Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, where, as an Associate Technical Fellow, he conducted research and development in metal forming, machining, welding, and heat treating. Beginning in the fall of 2000, Dr. Burford’s R&D work in friction stir welding led to production flight hardware on 747-400F aircraft in mid-2005. In the fall of 2005, he then joined the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University where he directed the Advanced Joining Lab. Since 2012, Dr. Burford has worked as a metallurgical engineering consultant.