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MECH 436 - Green Engineering: Materials and Environment

  • 3 credits

As decarbonization and sustainability become a global emphasis, it is important to gain knowledge in green engineering for career development in both academia and industry. This course will introduce the principles of green engineering with an emphasis in the context of materials since the design of anything essentially requires the use of materials. This course explores human dependence on materials and its environmental consequences and provides perspective, background, methods, and data for thinking about and designing with materials to minimize the environmental impact. Students will learn eco-attributes of materials and the relationship between materials engineering and environment. The course will combine regular lectures, case studies, open discussions, and computer-aided materials and processing selections (via Ansys Granta EduPack) to cover life cycle assessment, cost modeling, eco-selection and eco-design. The students will be trained to perform environmental-impact-oriented material selection.
Credit allowed for only one of the following: MECH 436, MECH 481A4, or MSE 436.


MECH 325 (Machine Design) or MECH 331A (Introduction to Engineering Materials: Lecture)


Kaka Ma

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Dr. Kaka Ma is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and School of Advanced Materials Discovery at Colorado State University (CSU). She earned her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from University of California (UC), Davis in December 2010, and continued her postdoctoral research at UC Davis and UC Irvine before she joined CSU. She was also a lecturer for an upper-level undergraduate course, Materials in Engineering Design, at UC Davis from 2014 to 2015. She received her B.S. in materials physics from University of Science and Technology of China in June 2006. She has strong teaching and research interests in sustainable materials development and manufacturing for energy and aerospace applications. Email:

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