Matt Mlinar MBA

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Professional Title
Interim Minerals and Metallurgy Research Group Leader


Matt Mlinar is the Interim Mineral Processing and Metallurgy Research Group Leader. In this role, he guides the overall strategic planning for the research group and leads a team with broad expertise including minerals researchers, engineers, technicians, research support and central operations staff. 

Mlinar’s research experience includes mineral processing with iron oxides, sulfides, base metals, titanium, and other mineral resources.  He has one granted patent related to iron ore flotation and one patent pending related to fossil carbon replacement in electric arc furnaces. Mlinar also has research experience with renewable energy power production, including solar photovoltaic and biomass solid fuels.

In addition to his technical roles, Mlinar was previously the NRRI Portfolio Management Office Manager from 2020-2022. This role included providing project support and tools for the 150+ concurrent projects at NRRI.

Previous to NRRI, Mlinar worked in the mining industry as a process engineer focused on the concentration of iron ore tailings.


  • MBA Michigan Technological University, 2009
  • B. S. in Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, summa cum laude, 2008 


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