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UWME DFE Lab

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 2013

TTh    1:30-2:50; F  12:30-2:20   MEB 238

Instructor

Joyce Smith Cooper, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

Teaching Assistants

Melicent Stossel (mms33@u.washington.edu) and David Schipf (schipf@uw.edu)

office hours: PENDING times 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.
  • Written team project reports in weeks 3, 6, and during finals week and must be uploaded by 5pm to the class dropbox on the due date (late submittals will not be accepted). 
  • Team oral presentations are in week 9. 
  • Individual comprehensive written design theory examination is in week 11. 
  • Grading: team design reports are 2.5/4.0; the design theory exam is 1.5/4.0.

 

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