The Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM), in conjunction with the United States Army, hosted a two-day workshop titled: “Innovation for Sustainable Manufacturing & Workforce Effectiveness” June 21-22 on UK’s Lexington campus. The University of Utah and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee collaborated with ISM on the workshop. Fazleena Badurdeen, Ph.D., a professor within the ISM, and Ken Wetzel from the United States Army ARDEC served as co-chairs for the workshop which was funded by a grant from the United States Army in support of the PRISM project (Progressive Research Initiative on Sustainable Manufacturing).
Approximately 80 industry, government and university leaders attended the workshop, which was designed to identify partnering opportunities for sustainable manufacturing solutions that will increase global competitiveness. Plenary sessions were led by invited speakers from industry, academia and government and were followed by breakout sessions during the afternoon. Breakout sessions were titled: “Solider/Injury Prevention”; “Workforce Productivity Enhancement”; “Sustainable Manufacturing Processes”; “End-of-life Management”; “Regulatory Compliance and Supply Chain Integration” and “Tools for Design for Sustainability.”
“The workshop was very successful with good breakout sessions and discussions” said Badurdeen. “We really wanted to hear from industry about the challenges they face in sustainable manufacturing and the discussions have helped identify directions for sustainable manufacturing research.”