Engineering HDR Seminar Series 11, 2011: Development of a TRIZ Based Design Methodology for Innovative Eco-Efficient Product

Mr Issac Lim Sing Sheng, EGT postgraduate student

Date: 2011-09-02
Time: 10:30 to 11:30
Venue: Meeting Room 5-4-22, School of Engineering


With the ever increasing number and types of products being developed, the limited amount of resources are depleting fast. Therefore, products ought to be eco-efficient to reduce their environmental impact. Conventional methods of product design have led to the wasteful usage of valuable resources. Innovation is needed to obtain greater value out of products while minimising the use of resources. A systematic and structural in the form of a design methodology is proposed. The design methodology is based on the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and eco-efficiency is to be developed.  On their own, TRIZ and eco-efficiency has been successful in their independent application in Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung, Intel, Shell, General Electric, and P&G. Both tools of TRIZ and eco-efficiency will be integrated under a single methodology. Industrial collaboration, product case studies, and patent analysis are the research strategies taken to develop this design methodology. Through this research, eco-efficient products can be developed systematically and innovatively.

About the Speaker

Issac Lim is a current Higher Degree Research scholar at Monash University who is pursuing his postgraduate studies since September 2010.  He has completed his engineering degree from Monash University with first class honours at the end of 2009. Upon graduation, Issac enrolled as a volunteer in the National Service Programme. After serving his duties, he began work as a sessional academic staff at his alma mater. Since then he has been tutoring engineering undergraduates in the subject of Dynamics and Thermodynamics.

His affiliations are with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Malaysia TRIZ Innovation Society (MyTRIZ). Outside of his research work of eco-efficiency and eco-efficient product design, his interests lay in change management and corporate training.