Prof. Jeremy Gregory (MIT) - March, 14 - 2:30 pm

Publication date: 09-03-2017 10:20

Prof. Jeremy Gregory

Auditório do Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica


Incorporating sustainability into building and infrastructure design requires

simultaneous consideration of performance, costs, and environmental impacts.

Sustainable design is an optimization of these three elements. The engineering and

design community quantifies performance in the design process, but cost and

environmental impacts are typically considered when the design is mostly complete,

if at all. This presentation will summarize research on quantitative assessments of life

cycle costs and environmental impacts in the design of buildings and pavements.

Emphasis is placed on incorporating uncertainty into performance, cost, and

environmental impact assessments given the long life of these applications. In

addition, engineering methods to quantifying the operational impacts of buildings and

pavements will be demonstrated, including repairs due to natural disasters for

buildings, and excess fuel consumption of vehicles driving on pavements. The

importance of optimizing performance, cost, and environmental impacts will be

highlighted with examples in both applications.

Short bio

Doctor Jeremy Gregory (PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MIT) is a research

scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the

Materials Systems Laboratory, and is the Executive Director of the Concrete

Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr.

Gregory studies the economic and environmental implications of

engineering and system design decisions, particularly in the area of

materials production and recovery systems. Research topics include

product and firm environmental footprinting, manufacturing and life-cycle

cost analysis, and characterization of sustainable material systems. He has

applied these methods, often with industry partners, to a range of different products and industries

including pavements, buildings, automobiles, electronics, consumer goods, and waste treatment and