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Prof Gül E. Kremer

Professor of Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University, USA

At the Crossroads of Engineering Practice, Policy & Human Response to Economic and Environmental Sustainability


Although sustainability is a frequent topic in product development and manufacturing literature, the often segmented and narrow scope of prior works limits the potential benefits of the industrial application of methods, models, and tools developed by the research community. Moreover, inconsistent, insufficient consideration of human behavior with regards to sustainability and relevant policy efforts across the globe make the sustainable future a distant dream. This talk is intended to highlight past accomplishments and to be a call for action to the research community for the development of truly integrated methods, models, and tools to support sustainability initiatives across product supply chains. Significant accomplishments spanning product design, manufacturing, and supply operations management reveal critical research needs, which are organized into five highly promising foci addressing product architecture engineering, assembly/disassembly operation modeling, manufacturing process modeling, joint optimization of life cycle activities, and smart sustainability. Potential avenues for future interdisciplinary research will be presented.

Gul Kremer


Gül E. Kremer is a Professor of Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering of Missouri University of Science & Technology. She is a senior member of IIE, a Fellow of ASME. She was a National Research Council-US AFRL Faculty Fellow for the Human Effectiveness Directorate (2002-2004), an invited participant of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers in Engineering Education Symposium (2009), and a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland (2010-2011). Currently, she serves as Program Director of Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Conference on
Sustainable Design
and Manufacturing
Chania, Crete,
4-6 April 2016