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Nanyang Technological University Center for Continuing Education

Design for Sustainability

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Next dates

Jun 10—11
2 days
Singapore, Singapore
SGD 834 ≈USD 614
SGD 417 per day


The 21st century is marked by unprecedented climate change brought about by human activity, especially in the design, use and retirement of products. Non-renewable natural resources are being consumed at a rate that is unsustainable, while greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest levels since the first industrial revolution. Because of intense hyper competition globally, extremely short product cycles are the norm, exerting considerable pressure on both designers and fabricators alike. And yet, despite all this, it is still possible for humankind to thrive, provided we are more circumspect about what we do that impact the natural environment.


The aim of this short course is to introduce participants to contemporary design thinking that preserves the natural environment through a broad overview of topics as shown in the outline.


PART A: Design for Manufacture (DFM)

  • DFM principles
  • Merits and limitations
  • Manufacturing processes and process capability

PART B: Design for Sustainability

  • Design for the Environment (DFE)
  • Waste minimization
  • ISO 14000 : eco-labelling
  • Life cycle Assessment (including a worked example) (LCA)
  • Design for Recovery (Guidelines and principles)
  • Dis-assembly (DFdA)
  • Remanufacture (DFReman)
  • Recycling (DFRecycle)

Who should attend

Designers, procurement executives, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers


Dr Stephen S-G LEE is an associate professor and head of the manufacturing engineering division of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU. Dr Lee has many years of experience in design and manufacturing at senior management level. He taught and supervised projects involving Des...