Leadership Showcase results

I’d like to acknowledge the faculty that mentored the winning teams:

Graduate Competition
1. Bohlmann/McCreery – Product Innovation Lab
2. Dianna Wentz – BUS – Supply Chain
3. Tracy Freeman – BUS – Supply Chain

Undergraduate Competition
1. Tracy Freeman – BUS – Supply Chain
2. Lewis Sheats – Entrepreneurship
3. Cecil Bozarth – BUS – Supply Chain

Full details here: http://poole.ncsu.edu/index-exp.php/news/article/top-projects-in-poole-colleges-sixth-annual-leadership-and-innovation-showc/

Rob Handfield and Eda Kemahlioglu-Ziya awarded sustainability research grant

Full abstract…

Landfilling continues to be the predominant disposal route for many products. Recently, take-back legislation has been introduced as a policy tool to divert used products from landfills. Legislation holds manufacturers responsible for collecting and properly disposing of their products at end of use. While diverting potentially dangerous substances from landfills is an environmental benefit, the true environmental impact of take-back legislation is not well understood. Recent research suggests that actions taken by companies in response to legislation may increase a product‘s total environmental impact. However, life cycle analysis studies these papers refer to were not conducted to understand the environmental impact of legislation, and hence, do not fully capture key aspects of take-back such as reverse logistics or remanufacturing operations. Our goal is to establish a methodology to estimate life cycle impacts and costs associated with take-back legislation decisions, in order to frame government legislation and manufacturer product disposition policies alike. We propose to conduct the life cycle analysis first hand and integrate the environmental impact data into the supply chain model of the product. We will use this framework to optimize the supply chain design with the simultaneous objectives of cost and environmental impact minimization.