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Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
Dr. Karl R. Haapala is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering program in Oregon State University’s School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. He previously served as a Research Engineer and Instructor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Tech in 2008. In 2006, he was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from the Michigan Tech Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI), which recognizes curricular breadth in industrial, environmental, and societal systems.
Dr. Haapala’s research addresses sustainable design and manufacturing challenges, including life cycle engineering, manufacturing process modeling, and impacts of emerging technologies. Haapala has more than a dozen publications focused on sustainability issues, including journal articles in the Transactions of NAMRI/SME, CIRP Annals, and the Journal of Manufacturing Systems. He is a member of SME, ASME, ASEE, and has been inducted into the honor societies of Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi.