Sustainable Manufacturing   MAE 409 / IE 459 / MAE 509 / IE 500

Course Description: The course is designed for engineering undergraduate/graduate students who are interested in furthering their knowledge in green engineering techniques. The approaches presented in this class are from the levels of manufacturing, machine and systems, as well as the overall product lifecycle and supply chain perspective. The main goal of this course is to help students understand the importance of green and sustainable manufacturing. The course will discuss some practical aspects of sustainability and green engineering with students and encourage them to look at the processes and systems around them more carefully and think about opportunities to improve, reuse, replacement and reduction of the environmental impacts of the processes, systems, and behaviors.

This course discusses the principles of green manufacturing including (1) lower usage of materials and energy (2) substitution renewable input materials with non-renewable (3) reduce unwanted outputs/waste (4) close the loop (convert outputs to inputs through recycling, recovery, reuse) (5) re-engineering the structure of the systems through revised supply chain structure and changing the ownership concept in the system (introduction of product service systems).

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Recommended books:

  •  MID-Course Correction: Towards a Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Anderson, Ray C., White River Junction, VT, 2008, ISBN: 0-9645953-5-4.
  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, Michael Braungart, M., and McDonough, W., North Point Press, New York,  2002, ISBN 0-86547-587-3


Decision-Based System Design   MAE 526 / IE 500

Course Description: The course is designed for engineering graduate students who are interested in furthering their knowledge in decision making methods during engineering design process. The Decision-Based Design (DBD) approach models design as a decision-making process with the aim of maximizing the performance of a designed artifact. The main question addressed in this course is: ‘what design alternative is the best considering both the performance of the design artifact and the consumer preferences?’

This course emphasizes the role of uncertainty in engineering design and reviews different approaches to decision-based design through discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Various topics including Robust Design, Suh’s Design Axioms, Multi-Attribute Utility Theory, Discrete Choice Analysis, Simulation-based Approaches, and Analytical Techniques for Modeling Consumer Preferences and Choices will be discussed in this course. Moreover, this course discusses the challenges that decision maker’s irrationalities and cognitive biases can bring into the design process.

 Main Textbooks:

  • Fundamentals of Decision Making for Engineering Design and Systems Engineering, Hazelrigg, G.A., 2012
  • Decision-Making in Engineering Design, Lewis, Chen, and Schmidt, 2006
  • Making Hard Decisions: An Introduction to Decision Analysis, Clemen, R.T., Duxbury Press, 2001
  • Decision-based Design: Integrating Consumer Preferences into Engineering Design, Chen, W., Hoyle, C. and Wassenaar, H-J., Springer, 2012



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