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Source: John Schlup, 785-532-4319, jrsch@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Abigail Crouse, 785-532-5888, acrouse@k-state.edu

Friday, July 1, 2011

INTERSESSION CLASS GIVING K-STATERS EXPERIENCE MEASURING SUSTAINABILITY OF PROCESSES AND PRODUCTS

MANHATTAN -- What does it take to make production more sustainable, from the initial attainment of raw materials to a product's reuse, disposal and/or recycle?

That's what Kansas State University students will explore in an online class being offered in the upcoming August intersession.

Quantifying the Sustainability of Processes and Materials, CHE 805, looks at product development, process design and life cycle analysis, which is the examination of the impacts -- particularly environmental -- that a product may have throughout its life, said John Schlup, professor of chemical engineering and course instructor. Schlup has researched developing materials from renewable resources for more than 10 years.

Students in his class will create a realistic design problem to solve within an interdisciplinary team. Schlup said this collaborative effort is an important part of the learning process in the field of sustainability.

"I'm hoping to see teams formed between on-campus and off-campus students who have diverse backgrounds," he said. "The projects will involve taking one or more techniques and applying them to processes or products."

Making production more sustainable could yield industry big savings and conserve natural resources, according to Schlup.

"The course provides students with a familiarity of some of the tools at their disposal," he said.

Schlup also was actively involved in the development of a newly launched graduate certificate in biobased products and bioenergy, offered through K-State distance education.

A complete list of classes offered during the 2011 August intersession, Aug. 1-19, can be viewed at http://www.dce.k-state.edu/courses/intersession/students.