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Certificate in Emerging Automotive Technologies

  • Innovation in Manufacturing Responsiveness and Sustainability Online Course

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    Innovation in Manufacturing Short Course

    While in recent years the manufacturing industry has become much more competitive, there have never been so many opportunities available to the prudent manufacturer. New designs and systems have the potential to greatly boost the efficiency of any manufacturing plant. These new technologies, such as Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (RMS) and Sustainable Manufacturing, allow producers precisely the production capacity needed, precisely when needed, in order to increase growth and global competitiveness.


    • Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems
    • Product Family Planning
    • Complexity Management in Manufacturing
    • Economic and Regulatory Drivers for Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing
    • Definitions For Sustainable Manufacturing
    • Close-Loop Manufacturing
    • Sustainable System Design Case Studies

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the current environment for competitive manufacturing
    • Understand the concepts and characteristics of reconfigurable manufacturing systems
    • Understand the importance of product family design and delayed differentiation
    • Understand trends in manufacturing management as they relate to sustainable manufacturing
    • Learn methods to manage complexity in manufacturing
    • Learn definitions of sustainable design and sustainable manufacturing
    • Learn metrics to evaluate sustainability of manufacturing processes
    • Learn concepts of closed-loop manufacturing and sustainable systems design

    Prerequisite Student Knowledge or Experience

    Bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or technical field.

  • Outline

    Session Topic
    Session 1 Introduction and Evolving Paradigms of Manufacturing (Jack Hu)
    Session 2 Assembly System Design for Product Variety (Jack Hu)
    Session 3 Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (Jack Hu)
    Session 4 Manufacturing Complexity (Jack Hu)
    Session 5 Introduction and Drivers (Steve Skerlos)
    Session 6 Sustainability Definitions and Metrics (Steve Skerlos)
    Session 7a Closed Loop Manufacturing (Steve Skerlos)
    Session 7b Closed Loop Manufacturing Case Study (Steve Skerlos)
    Session 8 Design of Sustainable Systems (Steve Skerlos)
  • Instructors

    Dr. Jack Hu

    Dr. Jack Hu

    Dr. Jack Hu is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Operations Engineering, and University Co-Director of the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory on Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing at the University of Michigan. His primary research interests are manufacturing systems including configuring design, performance analysis (quality, productivity, and responsiveness), mass customization; assembly and materials joining including assembly system design, variation propagation analysis, joint design, joining/welding methods; sheet metal forming including stamping and hydroforming; and engineering statistics including statistical process control and monitoring and robust design.

    He received his PhD and MS degrees from the University of Michigan and his BS from Tianjin University.

    Dr. Steve Skerlos

    Dr. Steve Skerlos

    Dr. Skerlos is Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, and Co-Coordinator of the Engineering Sustainable Systems Dual Degree Program, University of Michigan.

    Since 2000, he is Director of the U-M Environmental and Sustainable Technologies (EAST) Laboratory. He has co-authored over 50 scholarly publications, and co-founded a start-up company. His research interests are environmental technology policy, the design of "green" products and manufacturing systems, and the development of sustainable water systems. He is co-director of a $2 million National Science Foundation project studying optimal greenhouse gas policies in the automotive industry.

    He received both his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering and his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.