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Incorporating Sustainability Principles into Your Research

Monday, November 28 AND Tuesday, November 29
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Commonwealth

Mike AshbyMike Ashby
University of Cambridge,
Co-founder of Granta Design
Tatiana VakhitovaTatiana Vakhitova
Granta Design, Ltd.
Alan RaeAlan Rae
IncubatorWorks Inc.

Mike Ashby, University of Cambridge and co-founder of Granta Design, Tatiana Vakhitova, Development Manager and Sustainability Specialist at Granta Design, Ltd., and Alan Rae, Executive Director of IncubatorWorks Inc., offered two seminars on this innovative approach to sustainable materials research at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.


New Speaker for the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting

Mike Ashby, University of Cambridge, Co-founder of Granta Design
Mike Ashby, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials, being the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks and of over 200 papers on mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, powder compaction, mechanisms of wear, methodologies for materials selection, and the modeling of material shaping processes, among other topics. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Fellow of The Royal Society and member of the National Academy of Engineering. Ashby has been a professor at Harvard University and has held academic positions in Germany and France. He is also co-founder of Granta Design and guides the development of Granta’s CES EduPack.

Many materials researchers strive to contribute to technologies that are more “sustainable” than ones we use today. Often, these efforts focus on improving resource efficiency by creating materials and devices that are less energy, water and material intensive. But for more sustainable technologies to be commercially viable and have a global impact, there are additional considerations, including raw material availability, product lifetime, social and economic dimensions, and how best to balance adverse short-term impacts with potential long-term gains.

Attendees joined instructors Ashby, Vakhitova and Rae to learn how to incorporate sustainability principles into your research in a more comprehensive way while considering the real-world application of these principles to product design and manufacture. This seminar was aimed at materials researchers of all career stages, from students and postdocs to faculty and industry researchers.

Learn more about Tatiana Vakhitova and Alan Rae »