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Curriculum Design for Sustainability of Globally Integrated Manufacturing

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Engineering Management Division Technical Session 3

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Engineering Management

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26.431.1 - 26.431.9



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Bingbing Li California State University Northridge Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Bingbing Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Management at California State University Northridge. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. His research includes sustainable manufacturing, sustainability analysis of nanotechnologies, life cycle assessment, additive manufacturing (laser additive manufacturing, and FDM 3D printing), CNC machining and CAD/CAM.

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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University, Northridge

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Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge. His research interests and the courses he teaches includes Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship,Sustainability as well as research in the field of Engineering Education. He has over 30 conference and journal publications and has brought in over $500K in research grants to The California State University, Northridge.

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Li Ding California State University Northridge

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Ms. Li Ding is a Part Time Instructor in the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management at California State University Northridge.

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Curriculum design for sustainability of globally integrated manufacturingAbstract:Integrating the scalable micro/nanotechnologies into existing industrial systems is highlybeneficial for improving the quality, capability and performance of almost all kinds ofindustrial sectors. However, significant sustainability issues and challenges exist in thepractical integration and subsequent operations of the integrated macro/micro/nanoindustrial systems, including increased waste generations, extra energy consumptions,additional greenhouse gas emissions, novel micro/nano-particle emissions foroccupational and public exposure, etc.This paper will analyze which competence domains, a curriculum towards sustainablemanufacturing should have and how a certificate program in “SustainableManufacturing” can be accomplished. This curriculum design is based on the experienceof creating new graduate level courses titled “Sustainable Manufacturing” at Texas TechUniversity and “Energy Efficiency and Industrial Sustainability” at University ofWisconsin Milwaukee. All segments of society must be educated to understand,environmental, economic and social connections within manufacturing systemsengineering to facilitate sustainability. The innovations in technology and managementplay a fundamental role in solving the global challenge in economic development, whilesimultaneously preserving life, conserving natural resources and creation of social justice.This pilot study from XYZ University could be a pioneer for further countries in theworld such as China, Indian, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, which would be interested inimplementing sustainable manufacturing.Keywords:Engineering education, curriculum design, sustainable manufacturing

Li, B., & Gandhi, S. J., & Ding, L. (2015, June), Curriculum Design for Sustainability of Globally Integrated Manufacturing Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23770

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