Our interdisciplinary program originated and has grown from the Manufacturing Research Center which provides the infrastructure for all types of manufacturing related research on campus.
Our research agenda is shaped by the need to understand, plan, and implement sustainability strategies in the corporate sector. Corporate leaders are drawn to the concept of sustainability for a variety of reasons: in response to regulatory drivers and customer demands or in anticipation of potential competitive advantages that may be gained through proactive consideration of triple bottom line (environment, economy, and society) implications of their activities. Our goal is to work in partnership with corporate leaders to identify methods for characterizing and selecting options for achieving economic prosperity in a more socially just and ecologically sustainable manner.
We envision an economy where companies and stakeholders make decisions and use technologies that move their collective, and society, closer to sustainability in a world impacted by the globalization of business, greenhouse gas emission, dwindling resources, and global climate change.
Our mission is to help industries and businesses transform toward sustainability by using science, engineering, innovation, and education to drive technology, its application, decision-making and human resource development to positively impact the environment, customer value, quality of life, and the business bottom line.
Specifically, in the context of our mission we:
- Define, measure, evaluate, and benchmark impacts of technologies, practices, and policies
- Research and explore innovative solutions to complex problems
- Demonstrate and verify solutions in practice
- Integrate solutions into corporate practices
- Extract core principles
- Educate stakeholders and policy makers
- Leverage synergies through collaboration