Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAE 297 Seminar: Sustainable Manufacturing and Process Planning

Professor Barbara Linke

Sustainable Manufacturing and Process Planning


Growing awareness of environmental and social impacts of manufacturing leads to new mind-sets in the production environment. Process planning is the procedure of defining which parts are manufactured, which manufacturing processes are used, and how the processes are carried out (specifying machine tool, parameters, and tools). This presentation will show how single processes are defined and evaluated by unit process life cycle inventories. Similar parts can be produced by very different process chains, including very different manufacturing processes such as subtractive or additive processes. Additive processes have unique performance profiles and environmental impacts, which will be discussed here.

Sustainable process planning is investigated in a new NSF grant (award no. 1505080). This project develops a course to help undergraduate mechanical and aerospace engineering students understand how airplanes fly, by taking the students through the process of designing, modeling, manufacturing and testing a prototype wing.



Barbara Linke got her German Diplom and doctorate in mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She worked with Prof. Fritz Klocke at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL from 2002 – 2010 on grinding technology and tooling engineering. Her PhD thesis was about dressing of vitrified bonded grinding tools. From 2010 – 2012, Barbara was a research fellow at the University of California Berkeley at Prof. David Dornfeld’s lab with a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). She focused on the life cycle and sustainability of abrasive tools. Since November 2012, Barbara has been an assistant professor at the University of California Davis. Her research interests are sustainable manufacturing, abrasive machining technologies and 3D printing of plastics. Barbara received the F.W. Taylor Medal of the CIRP in 2009 and the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award of the SME in 2013.

Date(s) - 10/22/2015
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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