Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Smart Remanufacturing through AI and IoT: The Future of Sustainable Product Lifecycle Engineering


Dr. Sara Behdad


University of Buffalo


Monday, March 25, 2019 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. Bert Bras


The purpose of this talk is to describe the capabilities of several frontier technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Blockchain on improving the effectiveness of remanufacturing operations and product lifecycle engineering, with a particular focus on solving electronic waste (e-waste) issue. Used electronics or e-waste is regarded as one of the fastest growing pollution problems in the US and worldwide. Inspired by the socio-economic challenges of handling e-waste, the talk provides a summary of lessons learned in the following areas: (1) the concept of data-driven remanufacturing and the role of consumer behavior and product design features on the end-of-use recovery (1) IoT-enabled waste management practices, (3) digital Blockchain platforms for Extended Producer Responsibility, and (4) value-driven outcomes of designing longer-lasting products.


Sara Behdad is Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 before joining UB. She is the founding director of Green Engineering Technologies for the Community of Tomorrow (GETCOT) research lab at UB. Her recent research focuses on data-driven remanufacturing, design for the lifecycle, sustainable design, and design for additive manufacturing. Her research is funded by NSF, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, UB RENEW, UB SMART, and DMDII. Her work has been covered in media in outlets such as PBS, Daily Mail, The Chicago Tribune, and Motherboard. She is the recipient of the 2017 International Life Cycle Academy Award for her contribution to sustainable consumption field, the 2018 UB Early Career Researcher of the Year Award, the 2018 best paper award for human performance modeling from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the 2017 best paper award from the ASME Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Conference. She has over 80 publications in a wide variety of outlets, among them are most-downloaded and most cited papers of their fields. She has served as the conference chair of ASME Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Conference at 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC 2018), and a guest associate editor for the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.


Refreshments will be served.