Our economy is transitioning from linear (take, make, waste) to circular. This process necessitates a redesign of products and services. The Sustainable Materials track will prepare engineers to use and manage materials that will have the least impact on our environment and economy.

Key knowledge, skills and capabilities include:

  • Understanding the benefits and properties of today‚Äôs materials from a whole-systems perspective
  • Providing alternative materials and designs with the potential to achieve benefits while reducing issues from a whole-systems perspective, including:
    • Renewably sourced materials
    • Sustainable end of life via a circular economic path
    • Elimination of harmful or persistent ingredients or byproducts
    • Elimination of habitat or other ecosystem harm in procurement of feedstocks
    • Material production processes that are energy, cost and ecosystem efficient

Top research areas:

  • Renewably sourced materials
  • Closed loop systems
  • Non-harmful alternatives
  • Additive manufacturing
  • High performance per unit mass
  • Biomimetic materials

Key courses include:



Bill Lorenz
Sustainable Engineering Program Director and Professor of Practice

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