"The Economic, Environmental, and Safety Aspects of Materials Selection" by Prof. Kapusta

The selection of materials for a product or for a complex engineering project requires the careful consideration of conflicting advantages and limitations, with various compromises and trade-offs; as a consequence, different satisfactory solutions are possible. How do we go about evaluating these solutions and arriving at the “best” for a specific context? The answer lies at the intersection of engineering with economics and often politics and social science. This Seminar intends to introduce students of Materials Science and NanoEngineering to fundamental concepts that are critical to making decisions in materials selection, such as: net, present and future value of capital; life cycle assessment; environmental and economic factors in materials selection; fitness for service; and performance vs. cost curves. Students will be capable of identifying the factors that engineers can and cannot control in deciding materials selection, and how to evaluate competing materials options. At the end of the Seminar, students will be presented with a short take-home quiz and materials selection problem to assess their understanding of the topic.

 

by Professor Sergio Kapusta

 

Speaker: Sergio Kapusta
Speaker Sergio Kapusta
Sergio has more than 30-years experience in the oil and gas business, as Technology Manager and Chief Scientist of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. He has worked internationally in all sectors of oil and gas, including research, engineering, operations, and strategic planning. During his time at Shell he was also ...

Sergio has more than 30-years experience in the oil and gas business, as Technology Manager and Chief Scientist of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. He has worked internationally in all sectors of oil and gas, including research, engineering, operations, and strategic planning. During his time at Shell he was also a consultant for many of the largest National and International oil companies, including Petrobras, Petronas, BP, and ConocoPhillips. He is a world-recognized expert on materials, asset integrity, corrosion control, and process safety and reliability of operations. As Chief Scientist, he was responsible for advising the Shell CEO on science and technology challenges affecting Shell’s bottom line. As a member of Shell Science Council and the CTO Advisory Board, he drafted the “Grand Challenges” report that summarizes the technology needs for the oil and gas industry, with a view on the business implications of technology disruptions, renewable energies, and transportation trends. After retiring from Shell in 2015, he has joined the faculty of Rice University in Houston, and Skolkovo Business School in Moscow. He is also a visiting professor at Technion in Israel. Sergio holds PhD and MBA degrees from Rice University. He is the author of over 70 publications and presentations at recognized scientific and industry venues. His focuses of interest are innovation, technology and research.

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When?

Thu, Nov. 3, 2016
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

Where?

Dell Butcher Hall, room 180