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"Make Some Noise"

An interview with Bin Wu, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Bin Wu has been responding to real-world problems related to industrial systems design for twenty years. “When we talk about industrial system design,” he explains, “we are talking about how to put facilities, people, and information systems together so that this system can function for whatever purpose it was designed to serve,” whether to manufacture or to supply. Traditionally, says Wu, when designing an industrial system our main consideration was always productivity – how to produce or manufacture things more efficiently. Three years ago, however, the MU Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering received a wake-up call that changed the direction of his work.

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Finding Black Holes

From an interview with Adam Helfer, Professor of Mathematics, Adjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy

A black holes—which are theorized to be a region of spacetime from which nothing can escape—remain somewhat a mystery, but scientists use indirect evidence to describe them.

Coming To Be Interested in Black Holes

From an interview with Adam Helfer, Professor of Mathematics, Adjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Helfer describes how his interest in the problem of energy led him to explore the phenomenon of black holes and Stephen Hawkin’s theories.

The Cost of Implementing Energy Efficiency Measures

From an interview with Bin Wu, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

As to whether energy-efficient measures are more costly, Wu remarks that the IAC tries to identify opportunities that are relatively easy and inexpensive to implement so that “the recommendations normally have a payback period of one year. There are so many things that are not costly. Lighting is one example. It doesn’t cost much to replace regular light bulbs with energy-efficient ones, but the savings are almost immediate because the payback period is only about one year. So after this initial investment it’s all pure savings.” While energy-efficient measures are easy to set up, “in some cases, it does involve a more substantial amount of initial investment.” Even in those cases, Wu says, his group still tries to identify opportunities with a payback period of less than three years.

Requesting an Energy Audit

From an interview with Bin Wu, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

To request an energy audit through the Missouri Industrial Assessment Center , visit the center’s website for details or contact Bin Wu directly. Because the number of audits the IAC can do per year is limited, companies are encouraged to apply early.

Even Small Changes Matter

From an interview with Bin Wu, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Wu says it is important to raise awareness on energy efficiency in an academic setting. “If I have to scream, I will scream,” he says so earnestly. Wu provides an array of helpful examples on how to converse energy, such as replacing one light bulb: “All we need to do is to change our habits, leave our way of living a little bit. In the end, it is quite significant. There are so many things we can individually do that will collectively have an impact on our environment and on the next generation… and I just hope we all begin to take this with a sense of urgency.”

The Missouri Industrial Assessment Center

From an interview with Bin Wu, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Officially opened on September 1, 2006, the Missouri Industrial Assessment Center’s purpose “is to be the center in the state to provide services and resources to promote energy efficiency, particularly industrial energy efficiency.” The IAC carries out activities in the areas of research, education, and outreach. Since its establishment, the IAC has been busy conducting energy audits and workshops for manufacturing organizations throughout the state. Because the IAC provides practical experience for students, helps manufacturers improve energy efficiency, and develops best practices in industry, Wu calls it a “win, win, win situation.”

What Does an Industrial Engineer Do?

From an interview with Bin Wu, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Bin Wu, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, has been researching, teaching, and consulting within the field of industrial engineering for twenty years. “When we talk about industrial system design,” he explains, “we are talking about how to put facilities, people, and information systems together so that this system can function for whatever purpose it is designed to fulfill – for example, to manufacture or to supply. Traditionally, when we designed a system, the main efficiency considerations were related to productivity.” About three years ago, however, Wu received a wake-up call: his son’s birth created a sense of urgency to address environmental issues, and specifically energy efficiency. He realized then that when designing and improving systems, particularly industrial systems, “energy has got to be a very important consideration, if not the most important consideration.”