June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021
Dr. Delcie Durham is a Professor Emerita in the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Durham's research has focused on environmentally benign design and manufacturing, with a particular emphasis on sustainable product realization through the total product lifecycle. Her early research in microstructure control during material processing through computational and physical modeling, became the basis for her research in design for manufacture and industrial ecology.
Dr. Durham is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and has served as President of the SME North American Manufacturing Research Institute and as an International Director of SME from 2004 to 2007. During her nine years at the National Science Foundation, she developed new programs in nano–manufacturing and sustainable materials. She initiated the WTEC International Study on Environmentally Benign Manufacturing, subsequently sponsoring a series of international workshops on sustainable manufacturing and production research. With other women program directors in the Engineering Directorate at NSF, she co-sponsored a series of training workshops on academic leadership for women engineering faculty at the associate level or above, with numerous participants later assuming chair, dean or other academic leadership positions.