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Timothy Gutowski is from the Midwest United States. He attended college in Wisconsin (B.S. Mathematics), Illinois (MS Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) and Massachusetts (MIT, PhD Mechanical Engineering). He has worked at Wiss, Janney, and Elstner (structural engineer) and Bolt, Berank and Newman (noise and acoustics consultant) and has taught at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional in Quito, Ecuador where he was in the Peace Corps. In Ecuador, he wrote: Conceptos Basicos de La Teoria de Vibraciones.
He is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981. From 1994 to 2004 he was the director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, and from 2001 to 2005 he was the associate head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests have ranged from polymer processing, to advanced composites manufacturing, to manufacturing systems, to his current area of study - manufacturing and the environment. He has over 150 technical publications, three books, and seven patents and patent applications. His most recent books are: Advanced Composites Manufacturing, Wiley 1997 and Thermodynamics and the Destruction of Resources, (with Bhavik Bakshi and Dusan Sekulic ) Cambridge University Press 2011.
His current area of study is focused the climate change consequences of engineered systems including; manufacturing, transportation and buildings. His publications can be found at the website http://web.mit.edu/ebm/www/publications.htm
My current research at MIT is on modeling the energy use, carbon emissions and costs of a manufacturing system related to the used cutting fluid strategy. The focus is to develop a holistic approach to assess the impact of different cutting fluid strategies for different machining scenarios in order to provide decision support.
This research stay is part of my PhD at the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology at Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany). I also received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Technische Universität Braunschweig, a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Rhode Island (USA) and was an exchange student at Universidad del Desarrrollo (Chile).
I studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany as well as Industrial Engineering at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, P. R. China in a dual degree program. I got to work with Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT as well as Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), both located in Aachen, Germany, focusing on additive manufacturing as well as conventional machining technologies.
Since 2012, I has been working as a scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV and is a PhD candidate at iwb - Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). My field of research is process development and product design for additive manufacturing as well as product life cycle assessment. This includes the detailed assessment of additive manufacturing process capabilities as well as the benefits for products regarding resource-, energy-, and cost-efficiency.
My project aims to develop a framework for product sustainability assessment, which combines both conventional product analysis tools (such as LCA), and the broader system context affecting the sustainability of products.
At my home university ETH Zurich (Switzerland), I am concluding my master studies in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on production technologies and industrial management. My past academic experiences include exchanges to the Technion in Haifa (Israel) and the University of Tokyo (Japan), in my bachelor studies my research focus lay in the field of microsystems and nanotechnologies.
My current research is on evaluating the potential energy, carbon and cost savings associated with the successful development of flexible sheet metal forming processes. This research is in collaboration with Ford and Boeing.
I did my undergraduate and masters degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Cambridge (UK). I worked as a navel architect for one year before returning to Cambridge to complete a PhD investigating sustainability in the steel and aluminium industries.
As a PhD student, I am interested in studying the impact of uncertainty on material recovery processes and applying optimization to such processes.
During my Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, I worked on simulation modelling of energy and airflows in buildings. Prior to this, I did my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at Brown University.
I am a visiting graduate student now in the EBM laboratory. My research involves thermodynamics and materials science in manufacturing. My current research has been to analyze materials and energy flows through large manufacturing systems such as automobile factories. The objective is to promote an exergy analysis method suited for evaluating losses of quality (in addition to quantity) of energy resources needed for steady-state manufacturing operations. I have completed my master degree, and I have been currently doing my PhD degree, at the Harbin Institute of Technology, majoring in materials joining.
I dedicate my current research at MIT to the quantitative comparison of additive and conventional manufacturing technologies in terms of costs, resources and time. Besides the metric development, I work on determining the theoretical maximum processing speed of selective laser melting in order to forecast its future potentials and limits.
My PhD at the Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing (IWF) at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich (Switzerland) is on energy efficiency and sustainability of factory-integrated machine tools. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Technical University Braunschweig (Germany) and was exchange student at the Linköping University (Sweden), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm (Sweden), and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney (Australia).
I am a Masters student in Operations Research and I am interested in applying optimization to the recycling sector. My other passion is entrepreneurship and I have been applying data analytics to predict startups growth. Before coming to MIT, I studied Production and Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2013). During my undergraduate degree I joined study-aborad programs, attending industrial engineering classes at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and Chinese marketing courses at LSE in Beijing. I am an active member of the Graduate Women and the Italian students organizations at MIT.
I am a Master of Science student in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. I am studying the environmental impact of global automobile manufacturing. Before this, I worked on mathematical and simulation models of manufacturing systems and transportation networks. I have a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, India, and a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing from MIT.
I graduated from University of Michigan (ME) and Shanghai Jiaotong University (EE) in 2013. I am interested in energy use investigation in additive manufacturing and cryogenic machining.
Fun fact: I enjoy a lot of things in life, yet still struggling to find the one course
I'm a Masters student working on sheet metal forming environmental analysis. Previous to joining the lab, I spent 8 years in environmental compliance, including 4 years onsite at a refinery. I received my bachelors in General Engineering from the University of Illinois.
As a student in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT, I am interested in how policy impacts the effective use of advances in engineering, particularly in the areas of material selection and recycling. My research involves modeling material flows, energy use, and operational costs within a recycling facility. I received a BA in Chemistry from Dartmouth College in 2006, and studied Mechanical Engineering at Boston University from 2012-2014. In the years between academic pursuits, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, worked as a radiochemist for the FDA, and helped manage an electricity distribution startup in Tanzania. When not studying, cooking, or reading, I love being outdoors, usually on a bicycle.
My current research is on analysis of a building based on Second Law of Thermodynamics. The buildings require mostly low quality energy carriers at low temperatures and their energy demand is mainly satisfied by high quality energy sources. The model quantifies the environmental impact of a building or a city. .
This research is in collaboration with University of Florence, Technical University of Braunschweig and University “La Sapienza” of Rome.
I did my undergraduate and masters degrees in building engineering at the University of Florence (Italy).
As a Masters student in Production Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany I will do my final thesis at the MIT. During my Bachelors studies I gained experience in life cycle assessment and in the research area of electric vehicle production. Since the automotive industry applies many innovative manufacturing processes I am currently interested in modeling the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a car manufacturing factory.
I am a Master student in material science at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). While studying additive manufacturing processes I got interested in doing my master thesis in that field. Therefore I started this project in the EBM lab on additive manufacturing for a total of 6 months. I am studying selective laser sintering processes based on polymeric materials in order to get a better overview of available technologies and a better understanding of the actual needs in this fast evolving field.
The Environmentally Benign Manufacturing Group in 2013, with Sahil Sahni, Professor Timothy G. Gutowski, Dr. Kotaro Kawajiri (back row, left to right) and Dr. Malima Wolf, Chris Bolin, Pamela C. Silva (front row, left to right).
The Environmentally Benign Manufacturing Group in 2014 with (left to right) Sumant Raykar, Sheng Jiang, Mariapaola Testa, Prof. Tim Gutowski, Kathleen Eaton, Dr. Dan Cooper, and Gero Corman.