iNEMI Partners with Purdue and Tuskegee on NSF-Funded Sustainable Electronics Program

  iNEMI Partners with Purdue and Tuskegee on NSF-Funded Sustainable
  Electronics Program

Business Wire

HERNDON, Va. -- January 16, 2013

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, 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.

Read more:

iNEMI press release

Purdue press release

Contact:

iNEMI
Cynthia Williams, +1-207-871-1260
cwilliams@inemi.org
or
Purdue University
Emil Venere, +1-765-494-4709
venere@purdue.edu
 
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