Discovery Park International

Indo-US Workshop on Designing Sustainable Products, Services and Manufacturing Systems

August 18 @ 9:00 AM - - August 20 @ 9:00 PM - Bangalore, India

The primary objective of this workshop is to bring together domain experts from India and the US to discuss the social, economic, environmental, and technological aspects of designing sustainable systems, especially manufacturing systems. Sustainable systems are essential for ensuring quality of life for future generations by taking into account the environmental, societal and economical impacts of the activities or products that the systems control. The essential goal of systems is to significantly reduce the consumption of resources and minimize the effects on the environment to an enduringly affordable level, while maintaining, economic output and social structure.

The workshop will consist of technical sessions, breakout discussions, and industrial showcases that will address important issues necessary for the production of sustainable systems. The topics for the technical sessions will include (subtopics are given as examples):  

Workshop deliverables will include:

1. Design of sustainable products, services, and manufacturing systems.

  Integrating environmental aspects into product design and development, design for sustainability, product lifecycle management and lifecycle analysis, material science, advanced manufacturing technologies, nano-manufacturing, energy efficiency, conservation for production and use of products, reduce, reuse, and recycling, information infrastructure including advanced models and semantics for product and process.


2. Preparing engineering designers and managers for the 21st century.

  Engineering curricula to include sustainability principles and teach national and international standards, multi-disciplinary approach to engineering education.



3. Policies, standards and industry best practices for sustainable systems.

  Standards landscape for product, process representation, national and international standards for sustainability (e.g. ISO 14000, REACH, WEEE,...), risk analysis of policies and regulations.


4. Showcases of sustainable technology: Indian and US case studies and business models.


Workshop proceedings synthesizing the technical sessions, recommendations from panels, and breakout sessions.


1. Clearinghouse (website) which supports a research network among researchers, government policy makers, industries and students in India and the US, who are interested in the design, development and implementation of sustainable systems.
2. Recommendations for strategies to develop engineering curricula incorporating sustainability concerns so as to prepare engineering designers and managers for the 21st century.
3. Recommendations for formalizing Indian and US government policies so as to achieve closer bilateral collaboration for implementing sustainable technologies.
4. Review covering discussion of advanced energy-related issues of renewable energy resources, manufacturing systems, and new materials.
5. Listing of design strategies identified for achieving sustainable products and services.
6. Recommendations for a possible Joint Centre for Excellence for collaborative research in sustainable design and manufacturing between IISc, NIST and other relevant partners.


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