Sustainable Materials

Our economy is transitioning from linear (take, make, waste) to circular. This process necessitates a redesign of products and services. The Sustainable Materials track will prepare the sustainable engineer to understand that the critical aspect of this redesign is the selection, use and management of materials that will have the least impact on our environment and economy.

Key knowledge, skills and capabilities for a sustainable engineer specializing in the Sustainable Materials track include:

  • Understanding the benefits and properties of today’s materials from a whole-systems perspective
  • Providing alternative materials and designs with the potential to achieve benefits while reducing issues from a whole-systems perspective, including:
    • Renewably sourced materials
    • Sustainable end of life via a circular economic path
    • Elimination of harmful or persistent ingredients or byproducts
    • Elimination of habitat or other ecosystem harm in procurement of feedstocks
    • Material production processes that are energy, cost and ecosystem efficient

Top research areas:

  • Renewably sourced materials
  • Closed loop systems
  • Non-harmful alternatives
  • Additive manufacturing
  • High performance per unit mass
  • Biomimetic materials

Key courses in addition to the EGR7113 core course include:

CHE7570 Polymer Science and Engineering
ME7501 Reinforced Composite Materials
ME7250 Nano/Microscale Material Behavior
CEE8439 CE Materials
ECE7505 Electrical Properties of Materials