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MIE Seminar: Sustainable Manufacturing: A Pathway to the Sustainable World by Dr. Shiren Wang

~~ The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Presents

Dr. Shiren Wang

Associate professor at Texas Tech University

Topic: Sustainable Manufacturing: A Pathway to the Sustainable World

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm (Refreshments from 10:30am to 11:00am)

Location: 306 Egan Center


Abstract: Sustainability is a worldwide concern and also a big challenge for us. Particularly, increasing energy demand brings a grand challenge to the sustainability. Innovation-based sustainable manufacturing provides a pathway to the sustainability challenges. In this seminar, Dr. Wang will present his research efforts and achievements toward sustainable manufacturing. Firstly, Dr. Wang will discuss environmentally-benign manufacturing of energy systems for sustainability. Electrical vehicles (EVs) could significantly reduce the dependence on traditional fossil fuels, mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, and increase the efficiency of transportation. However, current EVs significantly suffer from limited vehicle range (miles per charge) and long charging time. Dr. Wang will present the innovative design and fabrication of high-performance supercapacitors to meet the EV demand and sustainability requirements. Secondly, Dr. Wang will also present his efforts toward energy-efficient manufacturing through recycling of waste heat. Currently, more than 60% of the primary energy of fossil fuels is lost worldwide as waste heat in the industrial processes, such as glass fabrication. Wang will present his efforts on recovering of waste heat for power generation through thermoelectric conversion. The material design, processing, and characterization will be presented for improving thermoelectric conversion and thus energy-efficient manufacturing. Lastly, Wang will also present innovative solutions on water purification for conservation of water resources and thus sustainability.


Bio: Dr. Wang is currently an associate professor at Texas Tech University. He joined Texas Tech University at 2007 as Assistant Professor, and promoted to associate professor at 2012. He received BS and MS in Materials Science at BeiHang University (China), and also a second MS degree in Manufacturing Systems and PhD in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering from Florida State University. He is recognized with a series of awards. He is a recipient of Ed & Linda Faculty Fellow award in 2012 and 2013, Growing Graduate Program (GGP) award from Texas Tech University in 2011, National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2010, Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship in 2010, as well as 3M Young Faculty award in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He is a member of Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME), Society of Advanced Materials Process Engineering (SAMPE), and Material Research Society (MRS). He is also a member of editorial board for two international academic journals, Composites-Part B Engineering, and Journal of Nanomaterials.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:00am to 12:30pm

Egan Research Center, 306
120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA, Boston

Event Type



COE, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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