Innovation in Manufacturing Systems and Sustainability

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The Innovation in Manufacturing Systems and Sustainability course module provides an overview of the changing paradigms of manufacturing in the context of industrial/technical revolutions, and how the industrial internet of things (IoT) will enable smart and personalized manufacturing. Sustainable manufacturing, life cycle assessment, eco-audit, and metrics for assessing manufacturing systems are also covered in detail.


  • Understand importance of manufacturing and today’s manufacturing environment
  • Learn past, present and emerging paradigms of manufacturing, including mass production and mass customization
  • Learn methods on product family design and approaches to product variety
  • Learn methods for manufacturing system configuration analysis
  • Synthesize principles of manufacturing systems
  • Learn definitions and necessary conditions for sustainable manufacturing
  • Learn about environmental areas of concern as they relate to manufacturing
  • Learn how to apply necessary conditions for sustainable manufacturing to additive manufacturing
  • Learn what life cycle assessment is and how it can be applied to manufacturing examples such as the use of lightweight materials
  • Learn what an eco-audit is and how to apply eco-audit to practical manufacturing examples
  • Learn metrics useful in sustainability assessment of manufacturing systems
  • Learn about examples of life cycle assessment and eco-audit applied to sustainable manufacturing processes and systems


Part I: Innovation in Manufacturing – Introduction

  • Industrial Revolutions and Paradigms of Manufacturing (68 min)
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Big Data and Smart Manufacturing (18 min)
  • Personalized Manufacturing (13 min)
  • Summary (7 min)

Part II: Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Sustainability Introduction (30 min)
  • Carbon and Water Footprinting (44 min)
  • Methods for Life Cycle Material/Process Selection (32 min)
  • Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (37 min)

Modules are divided into shorter segments making it easier to learn at your own pace.

If completing a specialization, all four modules must be purchased together and completed in 180 days. For individual modules, you will have 60 days to complete.

Successful completion requires you to receive an 80% passing grade on the module assessment.

Upon successful completion of 4 modules purchased as a group, you will receive the U-M Certificate in Current and Emerging Technologies.

Select 4 modules from one concentration to deepen your knowledge in a subject or area. If you choose a specialization, your certificate will note the specialization you completed.

There are no prerequisites for this module. A bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended, but not required.

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Theodor Freiheit

Theodor Freiheit, PhD

  • Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Steven Skerlos

Steven Skerlos, PhD

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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