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Development of a minor in Sustainable Manufacturing for Manufacturing Systems Engineering program

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Engineering Management In The Classroom

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Engineering Management

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23.418.1 - 23.418.8



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Mazyar Aram California State University Northridge

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Mazyar Aram is the director of Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) at the Associated Students Inc. at California State University Northridge (CSUN). EAC pursues the ultimate goal of Zero Waste campus through implementing green projects on campus. Currently Mazyar is the project manager of two green projects, Smart Parking (developing a technology for students to navigate them to vacant parking spots in parking structures in order to minimize the cruising and cut the CO2 footprint of school) and Food Waste Composting Machine ( building a machine which will convert the pre- and post-consumer food waste of dining services to compost which can be used in gardening and landscaping around campus).
He also works as research assistant at the Institute for Sustainability. He studied the energy consumption trend of CSUN for last two decades and analyzed the impact of green and renewable energy generation sources, as well as green constructions (LEED Certified buildings) on the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the campus. The results of the research will be used as the benchmark for energy managers of the school to obtain suitable strategies to meet the required limits of AB32 (Global Warming and Climate Change Act). His conducted research, “CSUN Comprehensive Energy report” won the 2nd place in the 16th Research Symposium and Creative Work at CSUN and represented the school in the CSU Research Contest in May 2012 at California State University at Long Beach. He also presented the results of his research at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHES 2012), June 18th, 2012 at UC Davis. Mazyar obtained his B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 2008 and has four years of experience in concrete machinery industry. He is currently pursuing his masters in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. His specialties include energy efficiency in industries, alternative energy resources, TPS, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Management and Life Cycle Assessment and entrepreneurship.

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Ileana Costea California State University, Northridge

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Ileana Costea is currently Professor of Automation Engineering and Chair of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Computer Science, California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Ileana has a Ph.D., in Decision Analysis/Operations Research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has done undergraduate instruction in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and graduate instruction in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Professionally active internationally, including Visiting Professor appointments at several universities in Europe and membership on organizing committees for international conferences. Researched and published extensively on artificial intelligence, interactive computer graphics, and other areas associated with CAD/CAM/CAE, and recipient of the Engineer's Council Merit Award for work in these areas. She was a reviewer for NSF and IEEE and editor of several special journal issues. She has been actively involved with the WESTEC manufacturing Trade Show and Conference of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). She has organized numerous technical sessions and session tracks at various national and international events, and has been a judge several years for the Manufacturing Challenge student competition of SME. Ileana is a member of ASEE, ASQ and SME.

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Development of a minor in Sustainable Manufacturing for Manufacturing Systems Engineering program Max Aram, California State University, Northridge Ileana Costea, California State University, Northridge S. Jimmy Gandhi, California State University, NorthridgeA growing wave of companies in all sectors such as technology, financial services,energy, retail, and manufacturing are embracing environmentally safe practices andsaving hundreds of millions of dollars. Alongside the green trend of the market,Manufacturing Systems Engineering department at California State UniversityNorthridge has decided to design a minor in Green Manufacturing Engineering to educatestudents about the fundamental concepts of environmentally conscious manufacturing. Itis designed to supplement education in other disciplines and to provide knowledge of theconsiderations necessary to make decisions in a world where resources are limited. Theprogram will comprise three newly designed core courses and three electives to beselected from existing courses within departments throughout the university. The designof these three courses is based on the fact that it is crucial to reconsider the environmentalimpact of the manufacturing processes.These courses will discuss briefly various domains of sustainability which includeenvironmental, social and economic (Triple Bottom Line) – all of which are required toco-exist for sustainability to be truly effective and feasibly implemented. Specific topicsunder the above mentioned domains would include green energy, energy efficiency, andsocially-conscious system design. The main focus of the courses will be on practicalconsiderations for implementing sustainable practice and design in the manufacturingprocess field, as well as a summary of the three domains of sustainability in order tofacilitate decision making for sustainable projects.Sustainable manufacturing focuses on different issues such as Material and Solid WasteManagement, Energy Management, Climate Change and Air emission Management,Water waste in Industries as well as Environmental Business Management.These courses will address the three most popular topics in sustainable manufacturing:a) Material and Solid Waste Managementb) Energy and Water Management in Industriesc) Environmental Business Management

Aram, M., & Costea, I. (2013, June), Development of a minor in Sustainable Manufacturing for Manufacturing Systems Engineering program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19432

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