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

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.


Dr. Karl R. Haapala is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, where he directs the Industrial Sustainability Laboratory and is Assistant Director of the OSU Industrial Assessment Center. He received his B.S. (2001) and M.S. (2003) in Mechanical Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an NSF IGERT trainee (2004-2008), from Michigan Technological University. He has served in a variety of capacities within ASME, IIE, and SME, and has been inducted into the honor societies of Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi. His research addresses sustainable manufacturing challenges, including life cycle engineering methods, manufacturing process performance modeling, and sustainable engineering education. He has received funding from DOE, NIST, NSF, the U.S. Army, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oregon Metals Initiative, and industry. His work has appeared in more than 90 peer-reviewed proceedings and journal articles.