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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Eco-Impact Estimator End-of-Project Webinar, Session 1 - April 27

Start Date: 4/27/2021 11:00 AM EDT
End Date: 4/27/2021 12:00 PM EDT

United States 

Organization Name: iNEMI

Mark Schaffer
Phone: (984) 333-0820

Session 1 (Americas & EMEA)
Tuesday, April 27
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT (Americas)
5:00-6:00 p.m. CEST (Europe)
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Session 2 (APAC)
Wednesday, April 28
9:00-10:00 a.m. CST (China)
9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT (Americas) on Tuesday, April 27
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A key in reducing the environmental impact of a product is to be able to measure that impact. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a well-recognized way to assess environmental impacts but is typically expensive and time consuming. iNEMI has developed an eco-impact estimator for ICT products that is based on a simplified approach for estimating impact. It uses simplified techniques and algorithms for estimating global warming potential in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents. The approach is extensible to other environmental impact parameters as well. The project team developed a modular foundation and a viable database driven-tool, and recent work has updated the tool to expand its capabilities. This phase of the project also successfully ported the Estimator to a web-based tool hosted at Purdue University. Join us for this end-of-project webinar to review the tool and how it works.     

About the Presenters

Tom Okrasinski
Senior Manager, Product Environmental Engineering
Nokia Bell Labs

Tom Okrasinski is a Senior Manager of the Product Environmental Engineering Group in Nokia’s Bell Labs Chief Technology Office. Over his career he has been committed to developing eco-sustainable programs and processes for information and communication technologies (ICT) product innovation and development. This includes product environmental life cycle assessment, energy efficiency improvement, eco-beneficial materials research and advancement, and eco-sustainability metrics development.

Prior to Nokia, Tom worked in the telecommunications industry for Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T, and in the energy industry for ExxonMobil. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from Drexel University, and is a licensed professional engineer and planner. 

Fu Zhao, PhD
Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University 

Fu Zhao is a Professor at Purdue University with joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Prof. Zhao’s research interests lie primarily in the area of sustainable design and manufacturing, with focus on developing and applying life cycle assessment methodology to support product design and process improvement. His research has been supported by both federal and private sources including NSF, DOE and EPA. 

Prof. Zhao received two B.S. degrees from Tsinghua University — one in thermal engineering and the other in environmental engineering. He holds an M.S. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Michigan. He is a fellow of ASME.