2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Real-Life Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Product Design Seminar

Wednesday, April 24
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sheraton, Second Level, Camelback A

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Alan Rae

Alan Rae, IncubatorWorks

Many sustainability efforts focus on improving resource efficiency by creating materials and devices that are less energy, water and material intensive; however, to be commercially viable and have a global impact, researchers need to balance adverse short-term impacts with potential long-term gains.

Learn how to incorporate sustainability principles into your research in a more comprehensive way while considering the real-world application of these principles to product design and manufacturing.

This seminar is aimed at materials researchers of all career stages, from students and postdocs to faculty and industry researchers.

About Alan Rae

Alan Rae has worked in the electronics, ceramics, nanotechnology and "clean tech" industries for over 35 years in the United States and United Kingdom, managing global businesses and technology development at startup, operating company and corporate levels.

Rae is Director of the Center for Materials Informatics at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, helping to develop data-enabled materials development, product development, process development and life-cycle assessment.  He is also Co-executive Director of IncubatorWorks, leading the development of the business and manufacturing incubators in Alfred, New York, and Painted Post, New York.

Rae has been involved in sustainability issues throughout his career, for example in developing a business plan for solder recycling, implementing the transition to lead-free solder in a global electronics company, chairing the sustainability group for ISO TC229 for two years, heading up a rare-earth recycling venture and consulting on life-cycle assessments for solar power and solar thermal film companies.