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Research

  • Understanding the economic and environmental consequences of widespread deployment of thin film solar photovoltaics, NSF, 08/15/2013-07/31/2016,$298,388. (RA position available).
  • Sustainability Assessment of Solar Thermal Systems (NSF CBET 1034348, 07/15/2010-06/30/2013, $299,417, as co-PI, PI Ming Qu).

  • Project-based Learning of Eco-design (NSF EEC0935074, 09/01/2009-08/31/2012, $150,000, as PI, co-PI Karthik Ramani).

  • Integrating Sustainability Factors into Conceptual Design (NSF CMMI 1100619, 05/01/2011-04/30/2014, $418,284, as co-PI, PI Karthik Ramani).
  • Electronic Waste Recycling (Electronics Take-back Consortium, NSF I/UCRC Planning Grant IIP 1035027).

  • Enterprise Carbon Footprint Reduction (supported by private company, as PI, co-PI John Sutherland).

  • Developing uplci model for manufacturing processes (supported by DOE/Wichita State University, as PI, co-PI John Sutherland).

  • Soybean Oil Based Metalworking Fluids (Indiana Soybean Alliance, 05/01/2008-04/30/2009, $30,000).
  • Gasification of Waste Biomass for Liquid Fuel Production (Purdue Research Foundation).
  • Shop Floor Scheduling for Reduced Power Consumption and Carbon Footprint.
  • Water Footprint Quantification of Manufacturing Processes.
  • Economic and Environmental Consequences of Wide Deployment of Solar PV Technologies (Purdue Global Policy Research Institute, as PI, co-PIs Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Carol Handwerker, and Chong Xiang).


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