Welcoming Our New Sustainability Intern, Kamyar Raoufi
A Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU), Kamyar has excellent software skills and interest in data modeling and visualization, as well as a passion for teaching, dedication to engineering education research, and commitment to quality learning. His expertise is in the multidisciplinary field of sustainable engineering education, cyberlearning, sustainable product design and manufacturing engineering, and life-cycle engineering.
He’s working with EarthShift Global staff, clients, and other stakeholders to learn about their challenges, priorities, and goals related to interpreting uncertain and complex sustainability analysis results. This is an important topic, because sustainability planning necessarily involves a variety of scenarios and potential events.
Kamyar will use the findings to extend the work he did as a graduate research assistant with Iowa State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Wayne State University on an engineering education project entitled Constructionism in Learning: Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering (CooL:SLiCE). The project created a virtual platform that allows students to visualize the impact of product design changes on manufacturing process and supply chain sustainability performance through team-based and personalized design activities.
Using CooL:SLiCE, and drawing on his experience, Kamyar is developing a profile of stakeholder group needs and communication needs. In addition, to get practical experience in model/tool development and client engagement, he’s working with EarthShift Global R&D and consulting and analytical staff to develop an improved strategy for visually communicating uncertainty to a broad range of stakeholders -- from technical experts to non-expert end users, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR) teams and leadership.
“Working at EarthShift Global has exposed me to some fascinating client situations, and a friendly workplace atmosphere,” says Kamyar. “Conducting research on cutting edge and hot topics in the sustainability area is helping me learn new skills and gain industry knowledge, and it’s also giving me practice in communication and teamwork skills.”
More broadly, Kamyar’s research aims to enhance advanced manufacturing engineering education by providing undergraduate students with analysis modules that evoke better understanding of sustainability performance through active learning, and result in more-effective decision making. The CooL:SLiCE project has provided Kamyar with the opportunity to supervise and mentor two senior project teams - during Fall 2016 and Winter-Spring 2017 as well as three high school students through the Saturday Academy Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering program during the past three summers (2015-2017).
“It’s a pleasure to be able to apply my academic experiences here at EarthShift Global, and I hope to be able to contribute to the company’s training, educational, and outreach materials,” says Kamyar. “The insights I’m getting will also help me improve CooL:SLiCE and its manufacturing analysis module by considering data uncertainty and visualization, which I really appreciate.”
Kamyar hails from Tehran, Iran, and received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering (IE) (2009) and M.S. in IE (2011) from Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology (KNTU) and Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), respectively. At Oregon State, Kamyar has taught undergraduate courses in Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (an upper level lab-based course) and Materials and Manufacturing Processes. He has worked with other faculty and graduate researchers there to publish several peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journal articles, and presented several conference papers and served as session chair/co-chair at two American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) conferences.
Please join us in wishing Kamyar a great internship at EarthShift Global, and a brilliant career!
About the Author: Lise Laurin, CEO and Founder of EarthShift Global
Lise Laurin, a pioneer in Sustainable Return on Investment (S-ROI) and Life Cycle Assessment, founded EarthShift in 2000, adopting these methodologies to support North American industries’ early efforts at sustainability. She continues to develop and leverage EarthShift Global’s training, simplified LCA tools and S-ROI tools to build organizational capacity and drive large-scale change. Lise received the 2017 Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award from the ACLCA, and is currently the driving force behind the LCA Roadmap, working with the SETAC North America Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Group. She was a member of the UNEP SETAC Life Cycle Initiative team working on Organizational LCA (O-LCA) and advocates for a balanced, holistic approach to LCA within the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Advisory Groups for LCA and Ecolabeling.
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