Environmentally Conscious Design

Increased emphasis on the well-being of the environment for sustained health, quality of living, and wealth of resources is challenging corporations to innovate products that meet customer needs while minimizing their impact on the environment. We are investigating several aspects of environmentally conscious design. In preliminary work, we developed a set of guiding principles to minimize and eliminate environmental impact at all life cycle stages through efficient product function and architecture. In ongoing research, we are also deriving guiding principles from biologically-inspired products and systems. We are also modeling the impact of variability, particiularly with respect to consumer usage patterns, on environmentally conscious design decisions. In complementary work, we are developing system-level modeling and optimization techniques for sustainable off-grid habitations (such as remote military operating bases) and more fuel-efficient, all-electric ships.

Dr. Michael Webber, Dr. Thomas Kiehne

Peter Backlund, Ben Gully, Julia O'Rourke, Nathan Putnam, Cassandra Telenko



UT Advanced Manufacturing Center, McCombs School of Business, Center for Electromechanics, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, DOD SMART Fellowship

Related Publications:

Telenko, C. and C.C. Seepersad, 2010, “A Methodology for Identifying Environmentally Conscious Guidelines for Product Design,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 132, No. 9, pp. 091009. 

Durand, J., C. Telenko* and C. C. Seepersad, 2010, "How Does Modularity Affect Green Design?" ASME IDETC Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Paper Number: DETC2010-28760.

Telenko, C. and C.C. Seepersad, 2010, “Assessing Energy Requirements and Material Flows of Selective Laser Sintering of Nylon Parts,” Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, (D. L. Bourell, J. J. Beaman, R. H. Crawford, H. L. Marcus, and C. C. Seepersad, Eds.), Austin, TX.

Gully, B.H., M.E. Webber, C.C. Seepersad, R.C. Thompson, 2009, "Energy Storage Analysis to Increase Large Ship Fuel Efficiency," 2009 ASME Energy Sustainability Conference, San Francisco, CA, Paper Number: ES2009-90440.

Putnam, N. H., D. D. Jensen, K. L. Wood and C. C. Seepersad, 2009, "A Function-Based Strategy for Analysis of Energy Systems in Transportation Vehicles," ASME IDETC Advances in Design Automation Conference, San Diego, CA, Paper Number: DETC2009-87474.

Telenko, C., C. C. Seepersad and M. E. Webber, 2009, "A Method for Developing Design for Environment Guidelines for Future Product Design," ASME IDETC Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference, San Diego, CA, Paper Number: DETC2009-87389.

Telenko, C., C. C. Seepersad and M. E. Weber, 2008, "A Compilation of Design for Environment Principles and Guidelines," ASME IDETC/CIE, Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference, New York, NY, Paper Number: DETC2008/49651.