Design for Sustainability

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


The 21st century is marked by unprecedented climate change brought about by human activity, especially in the  design, use and retirement of products. Non‐renewable natural resources are being consumed at a rate that is  unsustainable, while greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest levels since the first industrial revolution. Because  of intense hyper competition globally, extremely short product cycles are the norm, exerting considerable pressure on  both designers and fabricators alike. And yet, despite all this, it is still possible for humankind to thrive, provided we  are more circumspect about what we do that impact the natural environment.

The aim of this short course is to introduce participants to contemporary design thinking that preserves the natural  environment through a broad overview of topics as shown in the outline.

PART A: Design for Manufacture (DFM)   
• DFM principles 
• Merits and limitations 
• Manufacturing processes and process capability   

PART B: Design for Sustainability   
• Design for the Environment (DFE) 
• Waste minimization 
• ISO 14000 : eco‐labelling 
• Life cycle Assessment (including a worked example) (LCA) 
• Design for Recovery (Guidelines and principles) 
• Dis‐assembly (DFdA) 
• Remanufacture (DFReman) 
• Recycling (DFRecycle)   
• Extended Producer Responsibility 
• VDI 2243 Recycling‐oriented product development 
• Product‐Service Systems (PSS)   

The seminars will be supplemented by class discussions, tutorials and formative assessments.

Relevant occupations include designers, procurement executives, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers

Standard Course Fee: S$834.60

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Cat-A SSG Funded Courses


Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)


  • All fees stated are inclusive of 7% GST
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click  here for more information. 
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Lee, Siang Guan Stephen

Dr Stephen S-G LEE is an associate professor and head of the manufacturing engineering division of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU. Dr Lee has many years of experience in design and manufacturing at senior management level. He taught and supervised projects involving Design for Assembly at the undergraduate level for several years. His PhD research was in part design for automatic assembly but his current research interests are in product lifecycle management and dynamic enterprise collaboration. Dr Lee is a registered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. An active member of the SME since 1987, Dr Lee held senior appointments in the Singapore Chapter, culminating with the Chapter Chairmanship in 1990. In 1992, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers conferred on him its Award of Merit and in 1998, he was elected to its College of Fellows.