Karl Haapala

Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar

218A Dearborn Hall

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing



  • PhD, Michigan Technological University, 2008
  • MS, Michigan Technological University, 2003
  • BS, Michigan Technological University, 2001
  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Technological University, 2006
  • Certificate in International Business, Michigan Technological University, 2001


  • At OSU since December 2008
  • Research Engineer/Instructor, Michigan Technological University,  2008
  • Visiting Researcher, University of Oulu, Finland, 2006

Research Interests:

Dr. Haapala specializes in sustainable design and manufacturing. Broad research topics within this area include life cycle engineering; manufacturing process modeling for environmental performance improvement; evaluation of novel approaches for environmental impact reduction, e.g., micro- and nanomanufacturing and product servicing; and sustainable engineering education.

Dr. Haapala has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, Oregon Metals Initiative, and industrial companies. His work has appeared in more than 40 peer-reviewed proceedings and journals, and he chairs the Life Cycle Engineering Technical Committee of the ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division.