Khurram Mahmood is pursuing Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Management. Before joining this program, Khurram had the opportunity to work as a Maintenance Engineer at an Oil and Gas company in Pakistan for several years, where he had the chance to apply his theoretical knowledge to practice. Khurram earned his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. Upon completing this degree, he moved to the UK to complete his first Master’s degree in Thermal Power and Fluids Engineering at The University of Manchester. Apart from studying full-time at the University of Alberta, Khurram is also working with the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Lab Safety coordinator, where his prime responsibility is to drive the department’s safety program. With Dr. Quershi, Khurram is studying “Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM)” to study the environmental impacts of this process.
The focus of Khurram’s research study is on “Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM)”. AM is a process of creating parts layer by layer, just as making a layered cake, instead of reducing a chunk of material from a bulk part (Conventional Manufacturing, CM). The LCA of a product or a service answers a simple question: How does a product or service affect the environment? The effects involve the study of environmentally hazardous greenhouse gases, energy consumed, effect on the ecosystem, and many other factors, which are studied by analyzing the product/service from cradle (initiation) to grave (end of life). LCA is critical in creating a sustainable environment, as it promotes the manufacturing of products, processes or services, which are environmentally friendlier. It can be applied to almost anything, for example, a very famous study analyzed using tissue papers and the latest hand dryers to see which is more environmentally friendly. Khurram’s study acknowledges the work done so far in this field, analyzes the various forms of AM processes, and aims to propose a process of bridging and standardizing the gap between the current studies performed for evaluating and comparing the environmental impacts and sustainability studies of AM technologies and processes with CM.