475308 Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Panel
The panel will focus on opportunities for sustainable manufacturing improvement given today’s economic climate. These speakers, who are on the forefront of sustainability as it relates to chemical engineering, will offer their thoughts on the role chemical engineers will play in manufacturing of the future. It is imperative that the conversation includes the context for societal and economic influences. The mega-trends of climate change, urbanization and water scarcity each directly affect the ability of manufacturers to conduct business as usual. In light of these issues, they must be addressed in tandem with other initiatives in order to meet the need of tomorrow’s consumer. An interdisciplinary approach is necessary and conversations such as are intended to foster a greater level of critical evaluation in the design and maintenance of manufacturing assets.