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ASM Meeting

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sustainability and Materials Science:
an MS&T ’09 Preview

Amy A. Costello, EIT, LEED AP

Senior Environmental Scientist

Marsha Bischel, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

  Phone: 717.898.2294

to be held at
Armstrong Manor
2025 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
The Manor is 1.5 miles North of Rt. 30 on PA 501
  6:00: Social
  6:30: Dinner
  7:30: Speakers

Dinner: Choice of entrée (indicate your choice when you register)
Apple stuffed pork or Pecan chicken dinner includes: broccoli & cheese soup, spaghetti squash and scalloped potatoes; A seasonal dessert will be served.
Cost: Members & guests: $15, Retirees: $10, Students:$5

Reservations: Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2009
Click on Reservations menu to register, or
 phone: Steve Baumann at Alcoa Mill Products   (717) 393-9641 ext:1889


Sustainability and Materials Science:
an MS&T ’09 Preview

Please join us as Marsha Bischel and Amy Costello share the papers they will be delivering at the Materials Science & Technology conference later this month.

Engineering for life: A case study in the use of Design for Environment
to create a sustainable product

Building rating systems such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Guide for Healthcare are driving material selection and design in construction and building. These systems historically reward single attribute environmental features such as recycled content instead of multi-attribute features. For this reason, many products and materials are re-engineered to be more sustainable based on a single attribute. This case study explores how a holistic “Design for the Environment” approach using life cycle assessment tools can reduce the environmental impacts of a new product; iterative assessments can optimize material selection based on environmental impacts and other product requirements. This case study provides an example of how one manufacturer is reducing its environmental impact through product design. The lessons learned through this process and shared in this presentation can be applied to any product or material development process.

How the Classic Materials Science Stool is being changed
by the Sustainability Stool

A classic way to view materials science is to envision a stool: the three legs are composition, process and structure, while the seat represents the final properties. Sustainability can also be represented by a stool whose legs are economic, social and environmental issues. This presentation will examine materials that have changed because of the requirements that have been imposed by the sustainability building community. While some of these materials perform functions that lower the environmental impacts of buildings, many are not inherently sustainable themselves because the holistic impacts of the raw materials and processes used in their manufacture were not addressed. This presentation will show that it is necessary to simultaneously address the three legs of the sustainability stool and the three legs of the materials stool in order to create materials that are truly sustainable.

About our speakers

Marsha Bischel, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist, whose current responsibilities include managing the organization’s global efforts in codes and standards, overseeing materials-related analyses of new materials, and assessing materials-issues related to sustainability initiatives. She is also involved in educational outreach, regularly performing materials-related science demonstrations in local schools. Marsha has a BChE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, an MS in Materials Science from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Delaware. Marsha is a member of the Executive Committee for the South Central PA Chapter of ASM International; she coordinates the chapter’s science fair program each spring.

Amy Costello, EIT, LEED AP is a Senior Environmental Scientist, responsible for the Technical aspects for the Sustainability Program within the Building Products division. She conducts life cycle assessments of products, materials and packaging, with a goal of systematically reducing the environmental footprint of each item. Amy chairs an ASTM Sustainability Committee task group on Product Communication which is developing Product Category Rules for Building Products and Systems. She is also a member of the US Green Building Council’s Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Committee and a committee developing an ANSI standard for Type III Life-Cycle Impact Profile Declarations. Amy has a BS in biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an MS from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional.

Photos from the September 2009 Meeting

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