The Materials Systems Laboratory (MSL) analyzes the competitive position of materials and the strategic implications of materials choice in the automotive, electronic, and aerospace industries.

To develop this knowledge, MSL has worked extensively on classic engineering process modeling for the past two decades. Modeling elements have been married to elements of product design, material properties, and manufacturing assumptions to yield tools that can estimate the costs of product manufacture under a wide range of conditions.

MSL also has developed techniques for understanding how markets respond to the different combinations of engineering and economic performance available by using different materials. Further, MSL researchers analyze the environmental consequences of materials and process choice, incorporating the emerging life-cycle analysis paradigm.

MSL is a program of the Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development.

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