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Eco-Friendly Electronics & E-Waste

The global market of electrical and electronic equipment has grown exponentially, while the lifespan of these products has become increasingly shorter. Most of these products end up in landfills and recycling centers. A major driver of the growing e-waste problem is the short lifespan of most electronic products – less than two years for computers and cell phones. GIS researchers focus on developing and testing environmental design solutions aimed at reducing the environmental impact of high-tech products – like consumer electronics – through solutions that extend life, minimize resource use, energy demand, emission generation, and waste creation across the product’s lifecycle.

Areas of Expertise

  • Reverse-engineering consumer electronics to identify components and materials that contribute to the product’s environmental impact
  • Effectiveness evaluation of design strategies using life cycle assessment methods
  • Rapid prototyping new design features to test performance and consumer acceptance
  • Designing systems taking into consideration the entire product life cycle, including reuse, refurbishing, and end-of-life
  • Analysis of existing products to determine their potential for remanufacturing and reuse
  • Development of test and requalification strategies to ensure that sustainable products are just as reliable and have the same long life as single-use designs