Engineering is challenged by high innovation rates, constant product cost pressure and increasing complexity of products. Systems engineering as method and discipline set out to get complexity under control. However, faced with conflicts of objectives finding the right tradeoff appears to be challenging. In the past the tradeoffs were inbetween product functions, product cost and reliability. With sustainability entering the stage the conflicts of objectives become even bigger. Sustainability as a holistic principle with its three equal objectives in ecology, society and economy is hardly achievable. The talk will present the ecological, social and economic consequences of system engineering decisions in a recent product development project of TRUMPF Hüttinger and will highlight how policy needs to support that sustainability can finally be achieved.
Time: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Department of Engineering, Building 101, Room 00 036 (1st floor), Georges-Köhler-Allee 101, 79110 Freiburg