Semesters OfferedFall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023
- Examine the opportunities for engineers in the sustainability arena –globally and in USA by understanding sustainability issues
- Learn the Design for Sustainability (DfS) principles with examples and how these principles can be applied in the systems engineering process
- Learn the methods to measure the greenhouse gas emissions of various manufacturing processes
- Demonstrate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases to calculate greenhouse gas emissions
- Introduce Life Cycle Costing (LCC) to quantify the cost associated with various engineering and manufacturing activities.
- Business Case Analysis (BCA) to develop a project proposal
- Learn state of the art technologies in energy, transportation, and waste management sectors to improve sustainability
- Define sustainability. Facts and figures on depletion of non-renewable resources, ecological damage, risk to human health etc.
- Facts and figures on GDP, poverty, and lifespan. Population growth. Ann and Paul Ehrlich equation. Ray Anderson video etc.
- Carrying Capacity, Tragedy of the Commons, Resiliance, non-linear response, etc.
- Innovation. Lead User Research.
- Three legged stool (Government, Corporations, Consumer).
- Sustainability and Design for Sustainability, Design for Recyclability, Design for Disassembly etc.
- Introduction to LCA and first two steps in process based LCA. Step 1: Goal definition and scoping step 2: Life Cycle Inventory Analysis
- Continuation of step 2 (NREL Database), and complete steps 3 & 4. Epidemiology and toxicology. EPA CAA
- Fuel tank Example to demonstrate process based LCA. Advantages and disadvantages of process based LCA
- Continue process based LCA. Carbon dioxide emission from electricity, natural gas, CNG etc. How much energy and CO2 emitted annually from an average US household?
- EIO-LCA model illustration, example to demonstrate EIO-LCA model, variations of EIO-LCA model, comparison of process based LCA and EIO-LCA
- Variations of EIO-LCA model, comparison of process based LCA and EIO-LCA
- Life Cycle Costing
- Introduction to LCA tools: Gabi and SimaPro (Dr. Mahesh Mani, NIST)
- Design for Sustainability - 12 principles
- Understand each of the DFS principles and the examples to demonstrate the principles
- Apply these principles’ and the examples provided to create more sustainable design in your industry
- Understand how these principles’ apply in Systems V process steps
- DFS principles based on unit process - minimize material consumption, minimize energy consumption, minimize toxic emissions, optimize product lifespan, improve lifespan of material
- Sector Analysis - Additive manufacturing and sustainability (Dr. Mahesh Mani, NIST)
- Enviromentally Benign Manufacturing (Dr. Mahesh Mani, NIST)
- Sector Analysis - Industrial, transportation, energy
- Sector Analysis - Material - Bio plastics
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Additional Course Information
Not required. Class notes and reference material will be provided.
- Two 75 minute lectures per week
Last Updated By
Senthil Arul, July 2017