Sustainable Engineering Design

Sustainable Engineering Design

This workshop has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The course will be rescheduled to a later time.

Instructor: Michael D. Ford
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (morning snack and lunch provided)
Location: Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC), ES 2008, Binghamton University, 85 Murray Hill Rd, Vestal, N.Y. 13850
Credentials: You will earn a micro-credential in Sustainable Engineering Design foundations and receive the Sustainable Engineering Design Foundations digital badge if you complete the course by passing the course assignment at the end of the day. A Certificate of Course Completion will be issued to all course participants.
Who can take this course: This workshop is open to all engineers, professionals and students.



Learn the key principles of engineering design that could aid product design, process design, facility design, enterprise design and supply-chain design. Anything a business uses or does should be by design, with efficient allocation of resources to add customer value and promote sustainability. The product must be safe to people and the planet and economically viable in its production and delivery to the marketplace. Today’s globally competitive environment means that businesses cannot afford to make mistakes that delay release to market. We must design it right the first time.

Participants will be engaged in the following topics:

  • The evolution of design to Concurrent Engineering (CE)
  • Capturing the “Voice of the Customer” (VOC) and use of the Kano Model
  • Determining product specification

Describing the range of manufacturing strategies:

  • ETO – engineer-to-order
  • MTO- make-to-order
  • ATO – assemble-to-order
  • MTS – make-to-stock
  • Identifying material acquisition cost, total landed cost (TLC) and total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Make v. Buy and off-shoring considerations
  • Product Life Cycle (PLC) and engineering revision considerations
  • Logistical considerations and the “DFx’s”:
  • DFM – design for manufacturability
  • DFA – design for assembly
  • DFQ – design for quality
  • DFS – design for safety
  • DFP – design for procurement
  • DFW – design for warehousing
  • DFT – design for transport
  • DFRL – design for reverse logistics
  • Additional tips, tools and techniques for engineering design

A comprehensive team exercise will include the following elements:

  • Inventing/designing a new product (good or service) with the relevant value-added features
  • Describing the processes and facility layout to support operations
  • Describing the supply chain to support logistics design

The facilitator will provide value-added opportunities through a combination of slideshow presentation, roundtable discussion, individual and team-based hands-on exercises, and an interactive Q&A summary.


Michael D. Ford (M.S.I.S.E., CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM, CSSGB) is a supply chain expert with TQM Works Consulting. He provides innovative solutions, based on 30 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting.  His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory control, distribution planning, and corporate training.  This includes a broad range of experience from ETO (Engineer to Order) to MTS (Make to Stock), as well as nonprofits, service, and Department of Defense. He has presented at over 350 industry events throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa and Australia, and he has provided over 5,000 hours of classroom training, averaging 4.5/5.0 on evaluations. Ford combines his technical expertise with personal skills, to develop a unique “outside the box” approach to life’s challenges.  He is a charismatic speaker who specializes in delivering training that is “edu-taining.”


  • $295: Standard/Industry Rate (Group rates available, see below)
  • $250: NYSSPE or ASQ members
  • $195: BU faculty/staff/Alumni (Graduated May 2019 or earlier)
  • $95: Binghamton University Students and recent Alumni (Graduated December 2019 or later)

 Group rates for industry available (2-4 participants, 5-9 participants, 10 and up)

For group rates contact the Office of Industrial Outreach at 607-777-6241 or


All cancellations must be received in writing by Monday, March 16 by 5 pm to receive a refund. No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after 5 pm on that date.

Substitutions may be made any time before a certain date by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.

A $20 refund fee will be applied to all refunds requested by registrants.

If the course is canceled by the organizers, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.