A significant change awaits the College of Engineering that will carry the University of Kentucky to the forefront of new technologies and workforce development for the future of manufacturing. Pending official approval of the college faculty and the UK Board of Trustees, the College of Engineering will soon establish the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) under the direction of I.S. Jawahir, James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The ISM will advance progress toward sustainability for Kentucky, the United States and the world by focusing on sustainable manufacturing.
Sustainable manufacturing is defined as the creation of manufactured products with methods that minimize negative environmental impacts; conserve energy and natural resources; are safe for employees, communities, and consumers; and are economically sound. A sustainable manufacturing sector is not only compatible with a sustainable society, but also plays a key role in developing the technologies so vital to maintaining such a society.
Manufacturing is a key focus for ISM because of its particular importance to Kentucky’s economic, social and environmental well-being as well as the need for rapid development and deployment of new energy-efficient and environmentally-benign technologies for products and processes. The ISM will:
- generate intellectual property and create new business enterprises by developing next-generation products and processes, especially in energy efficiency
- rapidly and effectively transfer/translate this technology to industry and UK entrepreneurs through education and research collaboration and
- prepare the sustainable manufacturing workforce of the future through integrated research, education and service/outcome.
Specifically, the ISM will conduct basic and applied academic research, invest in and commercialize innovative products, processes and technologies, transfer knowledge to industry through extension and outreach, and develop and deliver credit and non-credit education.
As the pace of global change accelerates, established barriers between traditional and non-traditional academic disciplines are breaking down. The ISM will not only bring engineering expertise to tackle challenges in product design, materials, manufacturing processes and systems, but will also include expertise from business and economics, psychology, sociology, public policy, the natural sciences, and other aspects of the broader economic, environmental and societal issues. From this collaboration, new hybrid disciplines and methodologies for products and processes will emerge.
The College of Engineering and UK are proud to take a leadership role in developing the manufacturing technology that is so critical to the economic future of Kentucky.
Dean, College of Engineering