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The UWME Design for Environment Lab promotes Sustainability and Design for Environment (DFE) through the advancement of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Industrial Ecology (IE).

Life Cycle Assessment Data

Accessibility to LCA data, e.g., for Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), is improving in large part due to national database development efforts.

USDA LCA Digital Commons

Open source data, like that in the USDA LCA Digital Commons, promise more transparency for LCAs. Features include data parameterization and extended meta data.

Design for Environment Courses

In ME515 Life Cycle Assessment, Beren Landaas Wells McKay presented this photo as part of his LCA of photography.  Visit the "Salmon Waves" sculpture at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

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ME395 Introduction to Design

Fall Quarter 2016

Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 1:30-2:50 in BAG 260; Fridays @ 12:30-2:20 in MEB 238


Joyce Smith Cooper, Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

  • email:
  • office hours: Tuesdays @ 12:15-1:15, Thursdays @ 11:30-12:30, or by appointment in MEB 304
Teaching Assistants
  • Melicent Stossel ( and Andrea Willson (
  • office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays @ 10:30-11:30 in MEB 236


Class format
  • Lectures are typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays, recitation on Fridays.
  • Teams of 5-6 students will conduct a project in which the design process is carried out from planning, concept development, and concept selection/justification. All project reports are to be done as a team, due at 5pm in the class dropbox on the date indicated. Late submittals will not be accepted.
  • Team oral presentations are Nov. 29 - Dec. 6. 
  • Individual comprehensive written design theory examination is Dec. 9. 
  • Final report is due Dec. 16.
  • Grading: team design reports are 2.5/4.0; the design theory exam is 1.5/4.0.


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