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Design for Sustainability (SF Series) 


The 21st century is marked by unprecedented climate change brought about by human activity, especially in the
design, use and retirement of products. Non-renewable natural resources are being consumed at a rate that is
unsustainable, while greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest levels since the first industrial revolution. Because
of intense hyper competition globally, extremely short product cycles are the norm, exerting considerable pressure on
both designers and fabricators alike. And yet, despite all this, it is still possible for humankind to thrive, provided we
are more circumspect about what we do that impact the natural environment. 


The aim of this short course is to introduce participants to contemporary design thinking that preserves the natural
environment through a broad overview of topics as shown in the outline.


PART A: Design for Manufacture (DFM)

DFM principles
Merits and limitations
Manufacturing processes and process capability

PART B: Design for Sustainability

Design for the Environment (DFE)
Waste minimization
ISO 14000 : eco-labelling
Life cycle Assessment (including a worked example) (LCA)
Design for Recovery (Guidelines and principles)
Dis-assembly (DFdA)
Remanufacture (DFReman)
Recycling (DFRecycle)

Extended Producer Responsibility
VDI 2243 Recycling-oriented product development
Product-Service Systems (PSS)

The seminars will be supplemented by class discussions, tutorials and formative assessments.  


Associate Professor Lee, Siang Guan Stephen

Dr Stephen S-G LEE is an associate professor and head of the manufacturing engineering division of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU. Dr Lee has many years of experience in design and manufacturing at senior management level. He taught and supervised projects involving Design for Assembly at the undergraduate level for several years.

His PhD research was in part design for automatic assembly but his current research interests are in product lifecycle management and dynamic enterprise collaboration.

Dr Lee is a registered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. An active member of the SME since 1987, Dr Lee held senior appointments in the Singapore Chapter, culminating with the Chapter Chairmanship in 1990. In 1992, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers conferred on him its Award of Merit and in 1998, he was elected to its College of Fellows.

Who Should Attend

Designers, procurement executives, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers

Fee with NEW SkillsFuture Series Subsidy: S$250.38 inclusive of GST) *conditions apply

To be eligible for SkillsFuture Series subsidy, participants:
- must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore
* Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for SkillsFuture Series funding, and are required to pay the course fee in full.




10 to 11 June 2019 


9:00am to 5:00pm 


NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre 

Closing Date:

27 May 2019 

Course Fee:

Standard: S$834.60  

NTU/NIE Alumni, Staff & Students: S$667.68  

Group (3 & Above): S$751.14

NTUC Member: S$751.14


Registration fees inclusive of:

  • Course materials

  • Light refreshments

  • Complimentary Lunch - applicable at NTU@one-north campus only

  • Prevailing GST

Online Registration

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Methods of Payment

1. Credit Card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard only)

2. Cheque made payable to Nanyang Technological University

3. Invoice to Company (for Company Sponsored Participants)

4. E-invoice (for Government Organizations)

5. Telegraphic Transfer or Bank Draft (Note: All related charges are to be borne by participant)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A written notification to pace@ntu.edu.sg or fax to

6774 2911 before course closing date.

No cancellation charges (Full refund)



A written notification on or after course closing date.

No Refund

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Replacement Policy

Given a 3 days notice before course commencement, companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms and conditions apply.


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