Seminar on Design for Sustainability

Date: 26 Mar 2013 - 26 Mar 2013

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower block, Level 3

Design for Sustainability

Seminar on Sustinable Design Strategies aimed at Mainstream Manufacturing

This half-day seminar explores the intellectual foundations and the practical execution of creating sustainable product design solutions, as well as the challenges of manufacturing taking into account of the ethical impact and social responsibility of companies.  The talk will present various approaches for attendees who want to translate academic ideas, theories and methodologies into on-the-ground projects in sustainability for organisations. It draws on case study experiences of moving sustainable, low-carbon projects forward in collaboration with stakeholders and business enterprises.  It investigates both strategies of sustainability and reduction of climate change risk in product design at various phases of a project and how market forces hinder or improve progress. 


8.30am            Registration

9.00am            Introductions by Mr John Lim, Senior Consultant, PE-COI, SIMTech

9.15am            Modularity assessment and product architecture, considering
                       criteria including reliability, assembly and disassembly, sourcing
                       and variety of product offers
                       - Prof Kevin Otto, Singapore University of Technology and Design

10.15am          Tea break and Networking

10.30am          Design for ethical impact and social responsibility
                      - Prof Ricardo Sosa, SUTD

11.15am          The carbon footprint of running shoes: a case study in using life
                       cycle assessment for product design for environment
                       - Dr Lynette Cheah, ICES

11.45am          Sustainable manufacturing process - Remanufacturing
                       considerations and its impact
                        - Dr Tan Boon Kiat, SIMTech

12.15pm          Final Q& A End of session

About the Speakers
Dr Kevin Ottois the Associate Professor of Engineering Product Development at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).  His interests include robust design, complex systems, dynamic systems, innovation, new product development. Also strong interests in low energy building design, building controls, urban infrastructure simulation, new technology introduction, market adoption simulation and modeling.  Kevin previously held professorship positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech.

Dr Ricardo Sosais Assistant Professor at SUTD. He specializes in design creativity and innovation. His other interests include human-centred design, collaborative creative processes and rapid prototyping. Ricardo is an Industrial Designer and holds a PhD in Design Computing from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Dr Lynette Cheahis currently a researcher with the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), part of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor with SUTD. Her research interest is in assessing the life-cycle energy and environmental impacts of new technologies, with a focus on transportation systems.  Lynette got her Ph.D. in engineering systems from MIT

Dr Tan Boon Kiatis the Senior Industry Development Manager at SIMTech.  He is responsible for Remanufacturing Initiative under the Sustainable Manufacturing Centre.  His interest includes augmented reality application in remanufacturing, design for sustainability and adaptive remanufacturing process.  Boon Kiat holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Glasgow, UK.

Who Should Attend
Registration for this seminar is free of charge and seats are available on first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place, please 

Contact Us

For more details, please contact Mr John Lim Kee Yong, Senior Consultant, PE COI, Email:; Tel: 6793 8248

For general enquiries: Alice Koh, Email:, Tel: 6793 8249