Harrison Kim, PhD-University of Illinois Photo
Segal Seminar Series

Harrison Kim, PhD-University of Illinois

February 14, 2012, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
1.350 (ITW)
2133 Sheridan Rd. Evanston , IL 60208

Green Profit Design — Can “Green” be “Sustainable”?


"Being Green" generally implies "Being Un-sustainable" in the industry due to additional cost of product stewardship. Prof. Kim and his team have shown that this could be a missed opportunity for the US design and manufacturing industries in their recent research publications. Green Profit Design – a new term coined by Prof. Kim’s team – shows that there is a strong link between sustainable product design, user generated contents in the social network service, and corporate profit generation. Green Profit Design has been shown to be successful in designing optimal, sustainable product portfolio by use of engineering design optimization and knowledge discovery for user preference capture. In this presentation, the speaker will present an overview of the new research directions based on the findings from the recent studies sponsored by the National Science Foundation – green, sustainable design and recovery; sustainable product family design and recovery; trend mining design for product portfolio.


Harrison M. Kim earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan in 2001 in the area of Engineering System Design and Optimization in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the University of Illinois in 2005 and has been leading the Enterprise Systems Optimization Lab. Prior to joining Illinois, he held positions in research and consulting -- the US Army Automotive Research Center, Northwestern University, and a Business-IT consulting company.

His research interests include a variety of areas of system design and optimization utilizing mathematical programming, simulation, data mining, and informatics. Dr. Kim's current research topics are sustainable product design and recovery; system of systems design for product, process and service; enterprise systems for product/process planning, design and development; multidisciplinary, multilevel optimization; green product portfolio design. Application areas are automotive, consumer electronics, national security, commercial/military system of systems, and information technology. Research sponsors and collaborators include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sandia National Labs (SNL), Caterpillar Inc., National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), and San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC).

Prof. Kim has received numerous recognitions including the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, Best Paper Award in ASME Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Conference, and news media coverage in the USA Today and the Chicago Tribune.

Contact Wei Chen at 847-491-7019 or weichen@northwestern.edu for further questions.