Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Karthik Ramani

Committee Member 1

Fu Zhao

Committee Member 2

John W. Sutherland

Committee Member 3

Niklas Elmqvist


The challenge of holistically integrating environmental sustainability considerations with design decision-making requires novel representations for design and sustainability-related data that allow designers to understand correlations among them. Challenges such as (1) lack of suitable data & information models, (2) methods that simultaneously consider environmental sustainability as well as design constraints, and (3) uncertainty models for characterizing subjectivity in environmental sustainability-based decision making, pose serious impediments towards this goal.