Dr. Brian Thorn completed a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, his M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Thorn’s research focuses on the resolution of technical problems that have sustainability themes. Specific research application areas include sustainable product and process design, life cycle assessment, and applied statistical methods. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW). Dr. Thorn is co-advisor of the ESW student chapter at RIT and oversees, along with Prof. Andres Carrano, the Sustainable Engineering Research Group (SERG), a group of graduate students with research interests in sustainability. He currently serves as the Director of Sustainable Engineering Graduate Programs in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Esterman Jr., M., Fumagalli, M. E., Thorn, B., Babbitt, C. (2012) A Framework for the Integration of System Engineering and Functional Analysis Techniques to the Goal and Scope of Life Cycle Assessment, Proceedings of IDETC ‘12: ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences, August 12-15, 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.
DeVierno, A., Thorn, B.K., Carrano, A.L., Esterman, M (2012). “Combining Life Cycle Assessment and Linear Regression Analysis to Determine Significant Design Characteristics”; Proceedings of IDETC ‘12: ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences, August 12-15, 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.
Sosa, M., Thorn, B.K., Carrano, A.L. “Environmental Impact Analysis of Remanufactured Wind Turbine”; poster session at The American Wind Energy Association for WINDPOWER 2012 conference; June, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia.
Kataria, H., Carrano, A., Thorn, B.K.(2012). Modeling of Tooling-Workpiece Interactions on Random Surfaces. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, vol. 2012, DOi:10.115/2012/807018.
Thorn, B.K., Brownell, S., Carrano, A.L. “Development and Delivery of ‘Engineering for the Developing World’, a course supporting the Masters programs in Sustainable Engineering at RIT”. International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation. November 16, 2011. Madrid, Spain.
Mazeika, A., Carrano, A., Hewitt, M., Thorn, B. (2011). On the Environmental Impacts of Pallet Management Operations. Management Research Review. Vol. 34, Issue 11, pp. 1222-1236.
Thorn, B.K., Carrano, A.L. “Integration of Sustainable Engineering into the Industrial Engineering Curriculum”. International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation. November 17, 2010. Madrid, Spain