The CASS lab discovers strategies for connecting broader environmental and social impacts to technical design decisions. Each research project aims to produce industry-relevant and actionable tools and guidelines to create measurable change. Our competencies are in sustainable innovation, sustainable engineering education, life cycle assessment, and the human-technology interface. Dr. Cassandra Telenko also teaches project-based engineering and sustainable design courses.
One of our most impactful works to-date has been the development of a list of design for environment guidelines; this list has been translated into multiple languages and used for both education and practice internationally.
Current exciting projects in the CASS lab look at: (1) the algorithms and design of smart feedback systems that encourage sustainable user behavior; (2) approaches and metrics for models of complex socio-technical systems to understand how to account for human behavior when developing strategies for environmental and social sustainability; and (3) computer aided design tools to support environmentally-aware and systems-aware materials selection and design for sustainable manufacturing.
We’re always interested in connecting with people working towards sustainability goals, so feel free to contact Cassandra Telenko if you’d like to connect. If you are interested in working together on a project, pitch a project idea for a student team, or want to share thoughts on challenges in the field, let me know!
How to Find Us:
The CASS Lab is located in MRDC 3405. Dr. Telenko’s office is in MRDC 4111.