The Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing ( ECDM ) Program was established as part of Georgia Tech's commitment to creating a more prosperous and sustainable society. Affiliated with the Manufacturing Research Center (MaRC), the ECDM Program is composed of a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students from several engineering disciplines as well as management and technology and science policy. Our research group seeks to understand how corporate and government commitments to economic prosperity and sustainability cascade through the organization, are implemented from the board room to the shop floor and influence the web of upstream and downstream organizations linked in the supply chain. Our goal is to develop long-term relationships with corporate and government partners that allow us to examine the organization from a sustainability perspective using the organization's own products, processes, and facilities as our research laboratory. This structure offers a high level of industrial relevance to our research agenda and is an effective method of talent development for the students, faculty, and company professionals participating in the studies. In addition to providing valuable work experience for our students, our approach enhances the pool of talented individuals available for recruiting to the company's work force.

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  • ECDM Research [3]

    Our goal is to work in partnership with corporate leaders to identify methods for characterizing and selecting options for achieving economic prosperity in a more socially just and ecologically sustainable manner

Recent Submissions

  • Research Strategies: Understanding and Measuring "Performance" in the Paper Industry 

    Carmichael, Carol; Bras, Berdinus A.; Shipley, Scott; McGinnis, Leon F.; Zhou, Chen; Newcomb, P. J.; Bargmann, Melissa Ann (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001-10-23)
    From a sustainability perspective, we would define "performance" in the pulp and paper industry by the relative effectiveness of a mill or enterprise in transforming its capital resources— financial, technological, ...
  • Sustainable Packaging for Global Sourcing 

    Ford Motor Company; Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-05-17)
    Project charter: more sustainable alternatives to conventional cardboard containers for parts sourced internationally ; alternatives must meet Ford packaging specifications and part quality requirements ; assessment with ...
  • Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing Program Overview 

    Georgia Institute of Technology. Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing Program (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-04-29)
    Environmental issues can be considered earlier in the development cycle if we move from reactionary analysis of existing systems to developing predictive models. Incorporating industry internships and case studies with ...