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Melissa Deal, MBA, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Melissa Deal serves as the Senior Administrative Coordinator for the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processing Institute (AMMPI). She started with AMMPI in July 2023. Melissa is responsible for a number of duties, including ordering research and office supplies, billing for research equipment use, hiring of staff and students, as well as budgetary responsibilities and administrative tasks. Prior to this position, she was at TWU as a Grant Accountant, before that she was at UNTHSC as a PreAward Analyst and she started at UNT in 2019 as the Senior Administrative Specialist for Facilities Maintenance. She also obtained her MBA in Strategic Management from UNT. GO MEAN GREEN!

Phone: 940.369.8438 | Email: | Office Location: Discovery Park Annex


Krenare Skivjani, Proposal Manager

Krenare Skivjani is the Proposal Manager for the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processing Institute (AMMPI). Prior to joining the University of North Texas in late 2021, she worked for several years in proposal development and grant management for higher education and private sector entities including The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Alabama. She has vast experience in working and managing state and federal grants, as well as in project management and process improvement. Currently, Krenare supports the AMMPI by overseeing the full life cycle of proposal development and managing proposal collaboration between multiple institutions.

Phone: 940.369.8934 | Email: | Office Location: Discovery Park E132C


Richard Brannock, Scientific Instrument Technician

Richard Brannock serves as a Scientific Instrument Technician for the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processing Institute (AMMPI). In this role he manages and maintains AMMPI equipment, while also training new users. Richard has an extensive background with technical leadership and training. Before coming to UNT he has worked all over Texas and Oklahoma for companies such as; Texas Instruments, Raytheon, and ARI/Amethyst Research Inc. He was also an independent contractor/process engineer at JP analytical. Richard is excited to be at UNT to be able to guide and train the students of  AMMPI and Materials Science. 

Phone: 940.565.2499 | Email: | Office Location: Discovery Park Annex