Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

GT Courtesy Listing


Characterizing the Energy Consumption of Manufacturing Processes and Systems to Inform Decision-Making


Dr. Nancy Diaz-Elsayed


CIRP, the International Academy for Production Engineering and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:00:00 AM


MARC Building, Room Auditorium


Ms. Katherine Woolfe, WSGW


Manufacturing accounts for more than one-third of the global energy demand, and initiatives for boosting manufacturing are underway around the world to improve economic performance and create jobs. The increasing use of renewable energy sources and the introduction of energy-efficient technologies in manufacturing operations result in some savings, but having a comprehensive understanding of manufacturing systems and processes is necessary to maximize the impact of green strategies. In this TECH Talk, methods to characterize the energy consumption of production equipment and factory operations will be presented in order to inform the development of effective strategies to lower energy consumption.


Nancy Diaz-Elsayed graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Management in 2008. She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and 2013, respectively, from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), where she also received certificates in Engineering and Business for Sustainability and the Management of Technology. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at UC Berkeley in 2011 and was the recipient of the MIT Albert G. Hill Prize in 2007.


Refreshments will be served.