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Infusing a Sustainable Green Manufacturing Course into Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Sustainable Product Development and Manufacturing

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25.776.1 - 25.776.10



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Devi K. Kalla Metropolitan State College of Denver

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Devi K. Kalla received a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Wichita State University in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Metro State College of Denver. He has a strong experience on composite manufacturing, machining, and modeling. His research interests include environmentally conscious manufacturing, green manufacturing/sustainable engineering, energy efficient manufacturing processes, and automated design and product development.

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Aaron Brown Metropolitan State College of Denver

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Aaron Brown is Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, at Metro State College of Denver since 2008. He has a M.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2004, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering, California State University, Chico, 2001. He has industry experience from SpaceDev, 2007-2008, where he worked on mechanical design of space systems, including the Mars Science Laboratory (AKA "Curious") landing mechanism. He worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2006-2007, where he was a Design/Test Engineer in the Super Conductor Research Laboratory; the University of Colorado at Boulder department of Physics, 2006-2007, as a research faculty member; and Ball AeroSpace, 2004-2005, where he worked as a Mechanical Engineer on mechanism design.

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1 Infusing A Sustainable Green Manufacturing Course into Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology ProgramABSTRACTGreen manufacturing is an emerging field in recent years and is also the sustainable developmentmodel for modern manufacturing industries. Sustainable green manufacturing encompasses theconcept of combining technical issues of design and manufacturing, energy conservation,pollution prevention, health and safety of communities and consumers. Many industries aredirecting their resources to reduce the environmental impact of their produced products andservices. To remain competitive in the global economy, these industries to train engineering andtechnology professionals who understand the impact of their decisions on the environment andsociety. It is important for universities to prepare these future engineering technologists to meetthis need. Many technology programs do not offer this type of information to their undergraduatestudents. The goal of this paper is to assess the current undergraduate mechanical engineeringtechnology program curriculum at Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) with regard tosustainable green manufacturing predominantly metal working based manufacturing curriculum.In this paper we will discuss key topics that can be infused into manufacturing coursework atMSCD to include sustainability principles. Finally, the ABET process and the existingcurriculum will be reviewed to indentify barriers and inclusion of sustainable greenmanufacturing course into current curriculum.

Kalla, D. K., & Brown, A. (2012, June), Infusing a Sustainable Green Manufacturing Course into Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21533

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