Professor Joyce Cooper’s background combines environmental assessment with product design and management. Her research interests include the development and enhancement of Design for Environment (DFE) methodologies and models, as related to (1) innovative, sustainable, and concurrent technology development, design, and dissemination; (2) life-cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental performance measurement; (3) Industrial Ecology.
Her industrial experience includes product design and development, manufacturing supervision, quality assurance, life cycle management, pollution prevention site assessments, and facility project coordination.
Professor Cooper directs the UWME DFE Laboratory, in the Mechanical Engineering. The facility includes a library of DFE literature and computing resources supported by computer aided design, materials selection, and LCA tools and databases.