Many sustainability initiatives are focused on the development of technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. In this interactive workshop, you will learn to expand the definition of sustainability to include aspects that limit sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development. These aspects include materials availability, reuse, recycling and recovery. Additional aspects include environmental and human health effects, such as carcinogenicity and acute water toxicity, which can be used to screen for safer materials selection choices both in research activities and in manufacturing and production. The workshop will entail various modes of learning including presentations, videos, team discussions and direct data access to information sources that can facilitate sustainable materials development in your own research activities.

This workshop is appropriate for materials researchers of all career stages, including faculty and industry researchers, but we encourage students and early-career professionals to attend.

Julie M. Schoenung, University of California, Irvine

Julie M. Schoenung, a pioneer in the field of sustainable materials development, has worked extensively in the area of novel materials processing, testing and characterization. Schoenung is the Department Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD and MS degrees in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and BS degree in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She was recently selected as the recipient of the 2018 ASM International Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship, the inaugural Innovation in Research Award (2017) from Materials Science & Engineering A, and 2016 Hollomon Award for Materials & Society from Acta Materialia, Inc. Schoenung is an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy and has served for more than 15 years as a Key Reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. A Fellow of The American Ceramic Society, Alpha Sigma Mu Honor Society and ASM International, her research seeks to provide insight into structure-processing-property mechanistic relationships in material systems for a variety of applications. Schoenung conducts research into factors that guide the materials selection decision-making process, such as economics, environmental impact and toxicity, cost-performance tradeoffs and market potential.

Alan Rae, IncubatorWorks

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.