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Center for Sustainable Energy and Environment

The Center for Sustainable Energy and Environment serves as an interdisciplinary research facility at the School of Engineering conducting extensive research on energy and environment related issues. The mission of the center is to contribute to the body of knowledge in related areas while increasing awareness on greening activities.

The research areas include: life cycle analysis, End-of-life (EOL) products, disassembly for environment, disassembly sequencing, disassembly scheduling, greening curricula, increasing participation of women in engineering.

The center also serves as a bridge between researchers and the community aiming at creating enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The center's SWE counselor and faculty advisor aim at increasing the female participation in STEM related research.

Genetic Algorithm for Disassembly Sequencing

End-of-life (EOL) processing options include reuse, remanufacturing, recycling and proper disposal. In almost all cases, a certain level of disassembly may be required due to possible changes in the original product structure. Thus, finding an optimal disassembly sequence is crucial to increasing the efficiency of the process. Disassembly operations are labor intensive, can be costly, have unique characteristics and cannot be considered as reverse of assembly operations. Since the complexity of determining the best disassembly sequence increases as the number of parts of the product grow, it is crucial that an efficient methodology for disassembly sequencing be developed.

Creating and Environmentally Benign Campus

“Establishing an Environmental Sustainability Program at the University of Bridgeport” project will enrich engineering research at the University with the goal of promoting sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems which provide ecological services vital for human survival.

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