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Dean's Seminar Series and ISEN Welcome Chris Hendrickson

The McCormick Dean's Seminar Series and the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) welcome Chris Hendrickson, Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering and co-director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, who will speak Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. in the ITW room of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.

In his talk, "Green Design and Environmental Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Engineering," Hendrickson will examine several possible applications for sustainable engineering, including power tools that can be remanufactured, reusable LED lights, and greenhouse gas emissions from Marcellus Shale natural gas. He'll also explore different life cycle assessment methods, introducing some current research issues.

Hendrickson's research, teaching and consulting concentrations are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, project management, transportation systems, finance, and computer applications. He is the co-author of three textbooks and two monographs. Hendrickson's current research projects include life cycle assessment methods, evaluation of alternative construction materials, economic and environmental implications of e-commerce, and infrastructure for alternative fuels.