|[January 16, 2013]
iNEMI Partners with Purdue and Tuskegee on NSF-Funded Sustainable Electronics Program
HERNDON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI),
an industry-led consortium, is partnering with its member, Purdue
University, and with Tuskegee
University on an international effort to replace conventional
electronics with more sustainable technologies and train a workforce to
make the transition possible.
The Global Traineeship in Sustainable Electronics program is funded with
a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)
program. The Purdue-led program combines education and training of
future engineers with research to develop new, more environmentally
friendly and sustainable materials. Carol Handwerker, professor of
materials engineering at Purdue and co-chair of the iNEMI Research
Committee, is principal investigator for the project.
"The rapid proliferation of smart phones, laptops, tablets and other
electronic devices connects the world in positive ways, but the
electronic waste is piling up," said Handwerker. "We want to create
materials that will allow computer components to be disassembled,
recycled and reused. There is a growing realization that the traditional
model of consumption - design it, build it, use it, throw it away - has
long ceased being viable for electronics. That is why we proposed this
program to educate and train a Ph.D. workforce with an unprecedented
capacity for analyzing complex dynamic systems."
iNEMI and six industry partners - iNEMI members Alcatel-Lucent,
Celestica, Cisco, Dell and Intel (News - Alert), plus Heritage Environmental Services -
will participate throughout the IGERT program, providing, for example,
sponsorship of cross-disciplinary project topics for the IGERT student
teams and industrial internship experiences.
"Working with industry is critical to the program's success, and
programs like these are critical to industry," said Bill Bader, CEO of
iNEMI. "As industrial research continues to shrink, it is important to
aggressively encourage and support academic research programs such as
this one that focus on innovation to meet technology needs. This is
exactly the kind of collaborative opportunity we are looking for on
behalf of our members."
The Sustainable Electronics program will focus on three areas of
research: creation of polymers from nature for construction and
disassembly, development of methods and metrics to support sustainable
product design and manufacture and system and supply chain issues.
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