Course Descriptions
MECH_ENG 389: Selected Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing (ChBE 495)

Quarter Offered

None : TTh 12:30- 1:50pm ; E. Masanet


ME 220/ CHEM ENG 211 (Thermodynamics); MatSci 201 (Principles of the Properties of Materials); ME 377/CHEM ENG 322 (Heat Transfer) or instructor consent


ME 495Quantitative analysis of industrial energy and resource systems. Modeling approaches for improving the energy, economic, and resource efficiencies of these systems in manufacturing plants, supply chains, and industrial ecosystems and for a variety of industries.

Who Takes It

Students interested in understanding, analyzing, and optimizing the efficiencies of major uses of energy and resources in manufacturing plants, supply chains, and industrial product systems.  Typical students will be interested gaining modeling skills for assessing and improving these systems in practice, and applying, engineering, economic, and systems theory to enable more environmentally and economically sustainable manufacturing processes and products.  Most students will take this course in the first or second year of graduate study.

What It's About

ME 495

This course will teach students how to characterize and analyze the energy use, resource use, and environmental emissions of manufacturing operations at different scales, including the regional and societal levels.  This course will also stress the role of advanced technologies, innovation, and engineering leadership for reducing the environmental impacts of the manufacturing sector on society, and for producing and managing products that can lead to sustainability improvements across societal techno-economic systems.


Me 495

This course meets two days a week for 80-minute lectures.

Selected topics

  • Industrial energy and resource use
    • Regional and sector overviews
    • Trends and challenges
  • Energy efficiency in major plant energy systems
    • Motors, fans, and pumps
    • Steam systems
    • Process heating systems
    • Compressed air systems
    • Refrigeration systems
    • Electrochemical processes
    • Balance of plant: HVAC, lighting, conveyance
  • Materials efficiency in energy-intensive industries
  • Energy and resource analysis of manufacturing systems
    • Materials Flow Analysis
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Supply chain environmental modeling
    • Technology penetration and equipment stock modeling
  • Energy and resource efficiency potentials analysis
    • Systems modeling approaches
    • Measure characterization
    • Techno-economic analysis and cost curves
    • Industrial energy-water and energy-materials nexus characterization
  • Next-generation materials, processes, and industries
    • Additive manufacturing
    • Biofuels and biochemicals
  • The role of modeling in industrial energy and resource policy design


Homework assignments and a final exam.