Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

IME 4570 - Manufacturing for Sustainability

Catalog Description:

Examining how manufacturing enterprises can develop cost-effective strategies for products and processes that address current and future needs for sustainability. The course focuses on manufacturing processes, systems, and tool/machinery, including energy, materials, and supply chain and distribution factors as they impact manufacturing.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites:  IME 2500, IME 3200 and IME 3520.

Credits: 2 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 0)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Investigate, understand, and critique new and ongoing developments in sustainable engineering practices. i, j*  

J3: Evaluates societal impact of proposed solutions.

Identify analysis tools and concepts to apply to manufacturing processes / products in order to develop continuous improvement applications for sustainability a, b, k    
Analyze an existing manufacturing process in an industry setting, and design or develop changes that will result in sustainable improvements. d, f    
Be a member of a project team and apply appropriate skills and techniques to solve a real-world problem. e, f    
Effectively communicate project activities, analysis, and recommendations in professional written, oral, and graphical formats. e, g, i    

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


None. A thorough compilation of handouts and assignments is provided.

Course Coordinator:

Betsy Aller
Western Michigan University
F-227 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3354

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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