Who We Are

Rajiv S. Mishra

Site Director & University Distinguished Research Professor

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Dr. Rajiv Mishra, Distinguished Research Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, is an expert in the development of alloy microstructures and the processing of materials properties. He earned a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India; a M.S. in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India; and a Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.


Dwight A. Burford

Research Professor

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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.


Ravi S. Haridas

Ravi S Haridas

Research Assistant Professor

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Dr. Ravi Sankar Haridas is a Research Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at University of North Texas, a position he has held since the spring of 2022. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2019. His research interests include experimental solid mechanics, additive manufacturing, mechanical characterization, friction stir welding/processing, solid-state processing of metals, microstructure-property correlation, high strain rate deformation, and high entropy alloys. He has published around 30 research papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences which includes two review papers.