July 11, 2007 08:00 ET

UT CLEE Announces Manufacturing Profit: Productivity and Sustainability Conference

August 30 Event Features Best Practices, Tools, Resources and Implementation Procedures to Identify Sustainable Manufacturing Practices and Resources

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) - The University of Texas today announced the Manufacturing Profit: Productivity and Sustainability Conference will be held at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus on August 30, 2007. The event will feature opportunities to explore the engineering, financial, and process benefits of sustainable manufacturing.

"Sustainability issues are actively being explored by many industries. Companies are attempting to balance the environmental impact of manufacturing while still maintaining a reasonable profit margin. We have gathered academic and business leaders who can support the dialog and examine various aspects of solutions to these very real problems," said Cath Polito, executive director of the College of Engineering's Center for Lifelong Engineering Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Today's businesses are increasingly aware of the impact products and manufacturing processes have on the environment and are seeking a path for sustainable manufacturing practices and resources. This event will examine supply chain, distribution, and maintenance and management practices. Other topics include planning for the management of long-range influences on sustainability including regulatory, energy and raw material availability and substitution, and shifts in technology.

"We will focus on opportunities and the professional and ethical implications of the effects of globalization, corporate culture and relationships between conservation and the bottom line. We hope to expand the opportunity for each individual engineer to impact the entire cycle across multiple levels," said Dr. Steven P. Nichols, Ph.D., P.E., Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Sponsorships are available by contacting Cath Polito by phone at 512.232.5172 or email at Sponsorship levels include a gold level ($2,500), silver level ($1,500) and a bronze level ($500).

Course Registration

The event will be held at the Commons Conference Center, located at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Conference Center, Small Auditorium, Room 1.122, which is located at 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758, Telephone: (512) 471-5898.

Course fee is $200 before August 1, 2007, $250 after that date. Attendees will have the opportunity to satisfy Professional Engineer license renewal requirements by earning .55 continuing education units -- including one hour of engineering ethics in a single day. Register online at

About CLEE

The Center for Lifelong Engineering Education (CLEE) is an innovative leader in the training and professional development industry. For over 30 years, CLEE's commitment has remained simple: to provide training that makes a profound difference in people's lives and work. With more than 150 programs worldwide offered across multi-disciplines, CLEE acts as an information bridge for the top ranked College of Engineering to bring to individuals, organizations, and industry the best the College has to offer: cutting-edge research, solid academic reputation, industry expert support, and extensive faculty experience. The end result is relevant, diverse education opportunities that transform lives. CLEE's services include public classroom training, conferences, eTraining, on-site courses, and customizable training. For more information, please visit

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