Professor Sami Kara is a researcher and a lecturer in the School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW. He is also the founder and academic-in-charge of the Sustainable Manufacturing & Life Cycle Engineering Research Group at UNSW (LCE@UNSW). In addition, Professor Kara, together with Prof Christoph Herrmann, is the joint-director of the Joint German-Australian Research Group (JGARG) "Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Management".
Professor Kara is an engineer with a PhD in manufacturing. He has a professional background of 30 years in industry, research and tertiary education, including several engineering and management positions in manufacturing companies in Australia and around the world. In 2000 he joined UNSW and since then has successfully completed s number of projects, mainly industry-driven, in the area of Reuse and Recycling of products, Energy and Eco-efficiency of product and processes, Life Cycle Assessment and Costing, with various applications such as nanotechnologies, composite materials and aircraft components.
Professor Kara is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP).
Professor Kara's research interests include:
Life Cycle Engineering
Sustainability in Manufacturing, Energy and Resource Efficiency in Manufacturing, End-of-Life Product Collection and Management, Life Cycle Design, Design for disassembly, Design for environment / Eco-design, Logistics and reverse supply chain, Environmental impact assessment, Cleaner production.
Additive Manufacturing (AM)
Design for Additive Manufacturing, Energy and Resource Efficiency in AM, Process Design for AM, Rapid Prototyping, 3D printing, Laser Sintering, Stereolithography.