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Forum Planned on Sustainable Manufacturing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2010) - The manufacturing sector, which lies at the core of industrial economies, must be made sustainable in order to drive innovation and continuous growth in stakeholder value. Who are the stakeholders? They are customers, employees, owners, suppliers, and anyone who may have an impact on businesses, or who may be impacted by businesses. This all begins with sustainable products, processes and systems technologies; an integrated approach to innovation that looks beyond a single product life cycle. To approach this idea and discuss new and innovative ways to improve sustainable manufacturing, the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering will hold its 2nd International Forum on Sustainable Manufacturing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 in the William T. Young Library auditorium at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. This year's theme will be "Creating Roadmaps for Innovation."

The forum will bring together a group of nationally and internationally renowned experts to address the approach to creating roadmaps for innovation in sustainable products, processes and systems from academia and industries.

"Innovation plays a key role to promoting sustainable manufacturing practices," said Fazleena Badurdeen, chair of the forum organizing committee and assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the UK College of Engineering. "By bringing in experts in this area from industry, academia and national labs, we expect to make this a platform to present innovative industry practices and on-going research in the area of sustainable manufacturing. Participants will learn about methods used by progressive companies such as The Boeing Company, Siemens PLM and General Motors to realize economic benefits by adopting sustainable manufacturing practices. Presentations on cutting edge research carried out at U.S. and international universities will bring to light challenges to sustainable manufacturing and methods being explored to address them."

The forum is free to a limited number of University of Kentucky faculty, staff and students. The fee for the general public is $75.00. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Forum speakers include:

Richard Alloo, project general manager for advanced engineering at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA);

Stephan Biller, group manager for sustainable manufacturing systems at the General Motors R&D Center in Warren, Mich.;
John Hryn, principal process development engineer in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory.
Michele Dassisti
, associate professor of engineering at the Politecnico di Bari, Italy;
Pat Doscher, leader of the Environment Health and Safety organization for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management;
Joseph Fiksel, executive director of the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University and principal and co-founder of the consulting firm Eco-Nomics LLC;
John D. Gagel, manager of sustainability for Lexmark International, Inc.;

V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr., professor of operations and supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University;

Mohsen Rezayat, chief solutions architect at SIEMENS PLM and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati;

Todd Rockstroh, consulting engineer for manufacturing technology at the General Electric Aviation (GEA) Laser Material Processing Group;

Günther Seliger, professor at the Technical University Berlin, Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management; and

John W. Sutherland, professor and head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University.


For more information or to register, visit the website at