Manoranjan Misra is Chair of metallurgical engineering and USTAR professor of chemical and mechanical engineering at the University of Utah (U of U). He is also director of the Roger and Dawn Crus Center for Renewable Energy, established in 2014. He received his B. Sc. in chemistry from Utkal University in India, and then went on to receive a M.Sc. in chemistry from Regional Engineering College and a M.S. in metallurgical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and completed his Ph.D at the U of U. He has published two books and more than 200 technical papers and holds 28 patents. Misra has worked for 30 years in the field of energy and materials development, focusing on photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation, radiation detection and nuclear materials an arsenic removal. He is also working on the conversion of waste materials to fuel and the development of rapid, portable sensors for biomedical diagnostics and radiation detection.