12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Barbara S. Linke, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will speak at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in 1003 Kemper Hall, on the UC Davis campus. Her presentation is titled “Improving Sustainability in Abrasive Machining and Other Manufacturing Processes.” Admission is free.
Linke completed a German Diplom (combined undergraduate/graduate degree) in mechanical engineering in 2002, with a specialization in production engineering, at Germany’s RWTH Aachen University. She earned her doctorate in the same discipline in 2007, also at RWTH Aachen. She worked as a research associate at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH Aachen from 2002 – 10. She came to the United States in 2010 and spent two years as a postdoc researcher in David Dornfeld’s UC Berkeley-based Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability. She transitioned to UC Davis in November 2012, to join the College of Engineering faculty; she heads the campus’ Manufacturing and Sustainable Technologies Research Laboratory (MASTeR).
Her research interests focus on manufacturing, including sustainable and energy-efficient processes, grinding and other abrasive machining technologies, home-scale 3D printing, surface engineering for aesthetic metal parts, structural components, food-processing equipment, automotive and aerospace parts, biomedical components and more. She is faculty adviser for the student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at UC Davis, and co-founder of the Consortium for Green Research and Technology Advancement (CONGRATA).
Just a few weeks ago, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education awarded a two-year grant of $249,965.00 to Linke and Mohamed Hafez, also a professor in the UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Lee Martin, an assistant professor in the UC Davis School of Education. Linke is the PI on their project, titled An Integrated STEM Approach for Studying Aerospace Engineering Design and Manufacturing.
This Fall 2015 Seminar Series is hosted by the UC Davis Industrial Ecology (IE) Program. Each seminar topic is open to research founded on principles of industrial ecology (even if the research wasn’t originally conceived in terms of IE). Industrial ecology has been defined as “the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, or more broadly to the effects of these flows on the environment, and of the influences of economic, political, regulatory and social factors on the flow, use and transformation of resources.” (White, R. 1994. Preface. The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems, edited by B. R. Allenby and R. J. Deanna. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.) Design practices — such as green chemistry and green engineering; urban metabolism; life cycle assessment; emission or nutrient flow analyses; environmental impact assessment, and nearly all systematic analyses of resource and waste flows (to land, water and air) — all fall within the scope of industrial ecology.
This seminar series gives students, staff and faculty an opportunity to learn more about industrial ecology, and the UC Davis faculty and students who are conducting IE-related research.
Room 1003, Kemper Hall