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.
- Kongar, E. and Gupta, S. M., “A Multiple Objective Tabu Search Approach for End-of-Life Product Disassembly”, International Journal of Advanced Operations Management (IJAOM), Vol. 1, No.2/3, pp. 177 – 202, 2009.
- Kongar, E. and Gupta, S. M., “Solving the Disassembly-To-Order Problem Using Linear Physical Programming”, International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research (IJMOR), Vol. 1, No. 4, 504-531, 2009.
- Kongar, E., Kontogiorgis, P., Russo N., Sobh, T., “Women in Science, Engineering and Technology: Changing Roles and Perception within the Technical Services Industries”, Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences [Medwell], 4 (1): 46-50, ISSN: 1816-949X, 2009.
- Kongar, E., Pallis, J., Sobh, T., “A Method for Evaluating the Performance of Engineering Schools”, Submitted to the International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE), November, 2009.
- Kongar, E. and Rosentrater, K., “Greening the Curriculum: Augmenting Engineering and Technology Courses with Sustainability Topics”, Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, (in review), 2010.
- Kongar, E., Rosentrater, K., “Data Envelopment Analysis Approach to Compare the Environmental Efficiency of Energy Utilization”, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences (SEPS), December 2009 (in review).
- Kongar, E., Gupta, S. M., “Disassembly to Order System Under Uncertainty”, OMEGA, Vol. 34, No. 6, 550-561, 2006.
- Kongar, E., Gupta, S. M., “Disassembly Sequencing Using Genetic Algorithm”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 30, Numbers 5-6 / September, 2006.
- Kongar, E., Mueller, D., “Data Envelopment Analysis for the Anthropogenic Iron Cycle, (to be submitted to Journal of Industrial Ecology).
- Kongar, E., Gupta, S. M., “A Data Envelopment Analysis Approach for U.S. Household Appliance Recycling”, Book Chapter, Web-Based Green Products Life Cycle Management Systems: Reverse Supply Chain Utilization, 2007, Editor(s):
- El-Sayed, A., Kongar, E., Gupta, S.M., “A Genetic Algorithm Approach To End-Of-Life Disassembly Sequencing for Robotic Disassembly”, Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Conference, NEDSI 2010, Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, VA, March 26 — March 28, 2010, (abstract accepted).
- Kongar, E. and Rosentrater, K., “Greening the Engineering and Technology Curriculum via Real Life Hands-on Projects”,ASEE Northeast Section Conference, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, May 7-8, 2010 (abstract submitted).
- Kongar, E., Rosentrater, K., “A Multiple Criteria Decision Making Model For Renewable Energy Technology Selection”,NEDSI 2009, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT, April 1 — 3, 2009.
- Kongar, E., Kontogiorgis, P., Russo N., Sobh, T., “Increasing the Participation of Women in the Engineering and Technical Services Industries”, Proceedings of the ASEE Zone 1 Conference, March 26-27, West Point, NY, 2008.
- Kongar, E., Rosentrater, K., “Not Just Informative, But Necessary: Infusing Green and Sustainable Topics Into Engineering and Technology Curricula”, ASEE Conference, Pittsburgh PA, June 2008.
- Kongar, E., Mueller, D., “A Comparative Study on Production and End-of-Life Cycles of Anthropogenic Iron Cycles”, 5th International Logistics and Supply Chain Congress 2007, November 7-9, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Kongar, E., Mueller, D., “A Data Envelopment Analysis Approach for Material Flow Analysis”, Proceedings of the SPIEInternational Conference on Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, October 1-4, Boston, MA, USA, 2006.