Engineers for More Sustainable Industrial Engineering
Luis Velazquez, Nora Munguia, Javier Esquer Abstract Purpose: The chapter aims at providing insights into the way industrial engineers should be educated and professionally formed in order to not only strengthen productivity and profitability but also to prevent, eliminate and/or reduce the generation of occupational risks or severe environmental impacts that processes, operations or activities can impose on workers, the environment, and society. Design/methodology/approach: Based on almost two decades of promoting sustainability in industrial engineering curriculum, it is theorized that adding environmental and occupational concerns to the production of goods and services results in the strengthening of the field. Finding: The chapter proves that principles and tools of cleaner production and occupational health need to be understood by industrial engineers in order to promote more sustainable industrial engineering. Practical implications: This chapter allows industrial engineer educators to hu- manize the field by incorporating economic, environmental, and social dimen- sions into the current industrial engineering education curriculum content. Originality and value: So far, industrial engineering curriculum deals with topics related to productivity, quality, manufacturing, technologies, statistics, operations research, optimization, robotics, mechatronics, methods, the supply chain, and so on; the chapter supports and enhances the adoption of multidisciplinary learning and teaching in order to shift from unsustainability patterns of production to sus- tainable production and services systems through a better understanding of human health exposures and environmental impacts of materials, processes, and products. Introduction The philosophy of sustainable development is widely understood as a conceptual framework that takes into account economic, social,...
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