Cassandra Telenko föreläser om hållbar design

Tid: 3 maj 2018 09:00-10:00
Plats: Campus Gräsvik

Cassandra Telenko, gästforskare från Georgia Institute of Technology, föreläser.

The title is: The potential and limitations of current and emerging approaches for addressing human behaviours in sustainable design.

Sal: G340, Campus Gräsvik.

Om föresläsningen
Thanks to decades of work in sustainable design, we have a number of successful strategies for designing products that conserve resources during use and allow for recycling or re-manufacturing. Despite the numerous technological and operations improvements, humans behaviors and responses to technologies often reduce the expected resource savings. This seminar will cover three applied research studies assessing the impact of human behaviors on environmental performance, strategies for addressing human behavior, and tools for understanding that behavior. A study of failures and material waste from 3D printers in maker spaces reveals that user training and organizational strategies can cause material waste to pass 30%. A prototype of water conservation feedback device that tests the trans-theoretic theory of behavior change contrasts the environmental impacts of electronics with the potential of training consumers in resource conservation. Finally, a study of bicycle share systems in the United States explore the potential for machine learning and data analytics to draw causal conclusions on human behaviors and the need for more qualitative studies. These examples illustrate the potential and limitations of current and emerging approaches for addressing human behaviors in sustainable design.


Om Cassandra Telenko
Cassandra Telenko earned degrees in mechanical engineering from the Cooper Union in 2007 (BE) and The University of Texas at Austin in 2009 (MSE) and 2012 (PhD). She worked as a Postdoctoral research at MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) from 2013-2015. She then joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Her work in design for environment, life cycle assessment, design education, and usage context modeling has resulted in 24 publications and is used internationally in sustainable design curricula and by organizations promoting resource efficient design. Cassandra is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Engineering for Global Development forum, and she is a steering committee member of the Design Society’s Sustainable Design Special Interest group where she leads a working group on design methods and tools. She is also a Brook Byers Institute of Sustainable Systems Fellow at Georgia Tech.

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