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Sustainable Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector is an engine for economic growth and an important contributor to the country’s economic competitiveness, particularly because growth in the manufacturing sector drives additional activity in other sectors. In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, manufacturing research is focused not only on developing product, process and system technologies to reduce costs, increase revenue and promote economic growth but also on developing more sustainable technologies in these areas. Some examples of on-going research efforts include the development of advanced and more sustainable manufacturing processes (e.g.: machining, brazing, welding, etc.), developing predictive modeling tools for total lifecycle-based product designs to reduce material/energy consumption, developing tools and practices to improve performance at the manufacturing systems and supply chain levels. A number of automotive and aerospace manufacturers as well as their suppliers and many other manufacturing companies are located within a 100 mile radius from the university. With proximity to industry and through strong collaborations with the UK Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM), Institute for Research and Technology Development (IR4TD) and Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK), our program is well positioned to advance manufacturing research in the Bluegrass and beyond.

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Research Centers and Lab Websites

Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing

Institute for Research and Technology Development (IR4TD)

Sustainable Machining Research Lab (Jawahir)

Brazing, Soldering and Heat Exchangers Lab (Sekulic)

Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chain Lab (Badurdeen)

Sustainable Operations Management Lab (Li)


Fazleena Badurdeen

Earl Parker Robinson Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Director of Graduate Studies for Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Frank J. Derbyshire Professor of Materials Engineering and Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Professor and James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems; Director of Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing

Associate Professor

Emeritus Professor

Professor Emeritus, Founding Director of Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD)

Industry Extension Specialist

professional headshot of Julius Schoop

Associate Professor

Secat J. G. Morris Aluminum Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Peng Wang

Assistant Professor, Endowed Robley D. Evans Faculty Fellow