The Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is one of four core academic facilities for the American Lightweight and Modern Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I), a new $148 million initiative aimed at helping to revitalize the nation's manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness. MPI is one of the largest industry-university consortiums in North America with more than 80 industry members. It will contribute its unique expertise in heat treatment and lightweight metal casting reflected in the missions of two of its industry-funded research centers: the Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE) and the Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC).