Design for Sustainability

NTU Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)

Course introduction

The 21st century is marked by unprecedented climate change brought about by human activity, especially in the design, use and retirement of products. Non-renewable natural resources are being consumed at a rate that is unsustainable, while greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest levels since the first industrial revolution. Because of intense hyper competition globally, extremely short product cycles are the norm, exerting considerable pressure on both designers and fabricators alike. And yet, despite all this, it is still possible for humankind to thrive, provided we are more circumspect about what we do that impact the natural environment. 

Course Benefits

The aim of this short course is to introduce participants to contemporary design thinking that preserves the natural
environment through a broad overview of topics as shown in the outline.

Course Pre-Requisites

To be eligible for SkillsFuture Series subsidy, participants: 
- must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore 
* Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for SkillsFuture Series funding, and are required to pay the course fee in full. 

Fee with NEW SkillsFuture Series Subsidy: S$250.38 inclusive of GST) *conditions apply

Target Audience

Designers, procurement executives, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers 

Course Outline

PART A: Design for Manufacture (DFM)

DFM principles
Merits and limitations
Manufacturing processes and process capability

PART B: Design for Sustainability

Design for the Environment (DFE)
Waste minimization
ISO 14000 : eco-labelling
Life cycle Assessment (including a worked example) (LCA)
Design for Recovery (Guidelines and principles)
Dis-assembly (DFdA)
Remanufacture (DFReman)
Recycling (DFRecycle)

Extended Producer Responsibility
VDI 2243 Recycling-oriented product development
Product-Service Systems (PSS)

The seminars will be supplemented by class discussions, tutorials and formative assessments.  

Cancellation & Refund Policy
A written notification to or fax to
6774 2911 before course closing date.
No cancellation charges (Full refund)
A written notification on or after course closing date. No Refund
SkillsFuture Credit (if applicable):
- Participant to cancel their claim with WDA
- PaCE Collegereserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant
Replacement Policy
Given a 3 days notice before course commencement, companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms and conditions apply.
There is no replacement for participant utilising SkillsFuture Credit. Participant to cancel their SkillsFuture Credit claim with WDA.
Terms and Conditions
• Course is subject to a minimum participation before commencement
• Course is subject to a first-come-first-serve basis in light of overwhelming responses
• PaCE Collegereserves the right to change or cancel any course or trainer, in light of unforeseen circumstances
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Trainer Profile

Associate Professor Lee, Siang Guan Stephen

Dr Stephen S-G LEE is an associate professor and head of the manufacturing engineering division of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU. Dr Lee has many years of experience in design and manufacturing at senior management level. He taught and supervised projects involving Design for Assembly at the undergraduate level for several years.

His PhD research was in part design for automatic assembly but his current research interests are in product lifecycle management and dynamic enterprise collaboration.

Dr Lee is a registered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. An active member of the SME since 1987, Dr Lee held senior appointments in the Singapore Chapter, culminating with the Chapter Chairmanship in 1990. In 1992, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers conferred on him its Award of Merit and in 1998, he was elected to its College of Fellows.