Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAE 297 Seminar

Life Cycle Assessment for More Sustainable Design: Case Study of Advanced Vehicles 

Alissa Kendall
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a powerful tool for holistic environmental assessment, but it is often applied to existing products and systems. When used during the design stage of product development, it can help guide more sustainable design decisions, for example by understanding the effects of material selection over the entire life cycle of a product. The greatest benefits of LCA may be realized when applied at this earlier stage by anticipating unintended consequences of design decisions and by realizing cost-effect solutions for improving the environmental performance of products. This talk will introduce the LCA methodology and then discuss a case study that applied LCA to a future vehicle design to guide recommendations on material selection. Then, future directions for continued research on LCA of electric vehicles will be presented. 
Alissa Kendall is an Associate Professor at University of California Davis in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is a faculty affiliate of the University’s Institute of Transportation Studies and Fellow of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute. She joined UC Davis in 2007 after completing a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. from University of Michigan in Natural Resource Policy and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include life cycle analysis and other structured environmental assessments of transportation, energy, and agricultural systems, and the development of new methods for carbon accounting.

Date(s) - 04/16/2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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