Karl Haapala

Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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.