The Resourceful Manufacturing and Design group (ReMaDe) is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. It is headed by Professor Dan Cooper.

ReMaDe works at the nexus between Industrial Ecology (IE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME): we use IE methodologies such as material flow analyses and life cycle assessment to identify opportunities and quantify impacts, and then pursue an experimental and mechanistic modeling approach to generate the scientific knowledge underlying those opportunities.

Most engineering focuses on small-scale analysis and design of a product or process and fails to consider the large-scale (regional and global) impacts that result from these small-scale systems. In contrast, ReMaDe spans whole industry analysis (e.g., identifying material efficiency opportunities from analyzing the global flow of steel), factory level analysis (e.g., opportunities to reduce carbon emissions from car assembly plants and carbon nanotube production facilities), and process level analysis and design (e.g., metal forming and developing experiments in order to understand solid state welding).

If work in this area excites you, get in touch!



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Our activities include material processing research, design for the environment, and material and energy efficiency analysis at the factory and supply chain level.


Most engineering focuses on small-scale analysis and design of a product or process and fails to consider the large-scale (regional and global) impacts that result from these small-scale systems. In contrast, ReMaDe spans whole industry analysis (e.g., identifying material efficiency opportunities from analyzing the global flow of steel), factory level analysis (e.g., opportunities to reduce carbon emissions from car assembly plants and carbon nanotube production facilities), and process level analysis and design (e.g., metal forming and developing experiments in order to understand solid state welding).

If work in this area excites you, get in touch!