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September 13, 2018

Received two peer-review awards by Publons

Received on September 13, 2018, two peer-review awards by publons: (1) “Top Reviewer for Environment/Ecology” and (2) “Top Reviewer for Engineering.” Publons award’s page is available at https://publons.com/community/awards/peer-review-awards-2018
September 6, 2018

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) class at Ritsumeikan University

My class on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), entitled “Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Comprehensive Class: Theory, Software, and Data” will start on September 10th  at Ritsumeikan University, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Systems Engineering, for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. It is a comprehensive LCA class that covers (1) the LCA method, the theory, and the approach; (2) The Life Cycle Impact Assessment Methods; (3) the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data; and (4) practical case studies on LCA software.
August 4, 2018

[NEWS & Updates] My talk and workshop on electric cars at JEEIT 2019, Amman, Jordan in April 2019, IEEE Jordan International Joint Conference on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (JEEIT 2019)

I was invited by the 2019 IEEE Jordan International Joint Conference on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (JEEIT 2019) to deliver a talk and a 6-hour workshop on Electric Cars held in Amman, Jordan, April 8th-11th, 2019. JEEIT 2019 is the joint conference organized by IEEE – Jordan Section, Jordan Engineers Association, and Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan. JEEIT 2019 merges the following three conferences. The 5th IEEE Jordan Conference on Applied Electrical Engineering and Computing Technologies (AEECT 2019). The 11th Jordanian Int’l Electrical and Electronic Engineering Conference (JIEEEC 2019). The 9th Int’l Conference on Information Technology (ICIT 2019). My talk and workshop will be on the environmental impacts of Electric Cars with comparison to the traditional cars, the life cycle assessment (LCA) theory and approach in evaluating the entire life cycle of those types of cars from mining to end-of-life, how to assess their environmental performance and how LCA can be used to enhance the development of the technology for environmental and sustainable perspectives as will discussion on the materials involved. Further, the talk will address the electronic components of those cars and the electricity used from an environmental aspect. This would be a unique discussion from an LCA perspective especial in the MEN region (the Middle East and North Africa). I am also pleased to participate and to contribute to the joint conference as an 8-year member of IEEE, international and as a member of the Jordan Engineers Association. Update 1, Friday, August 31, 2018: The talk and the workshop content is now available at https://jeeit.net/tutorial-workshops. More details on the joint Conference and the registration information are available here: http://www.jeeit.net. Further info and details on my talk and the workshop program will be expected to be available shortly on my website at www.mahdi.ikhlayel.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any […]
June 15, 2018

Joined Cimbria Consulting

I have joined Cimbria Consulting, Texas, U.S., as a Senior Consultant, a sister company of Cimbria Capital (http://www.cimbriacapital.com). Find out more here. Cimbria Consulting, LLC website: http://cimbria-consulting.com.
June 15, 2018

Joined Ritsumeikan University

I have joined Ritsumeikan University as an Assistant Researcher. I belong to College of Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Systems Engineering, the Laboratory of Resource Circulation and Recycling Systems and the Sustainable Resource and Waste Management Laboratory. Shiga, Japan. Ritsumeikan University The Laboratory of Resource Circulation and Recycling Systems. The Sustainable Resource and Waste Management Laboratory.
May 13, 2018

Website resesigned

The website was redesigned featuring a more modern and flat design. The new design focused on readability, navigation, content, and better presentation on mobile devices. Please feel free to send me feedback.
May 10, 2018

Thoughts on Education for Sustainable Development

The concept of sustainability was first introduced to education at an international level by the UNESCO-UNEP International Environmental Education Programme in 1975, jointly administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) (Yarime & Tanaka, 2012). The term “Education for Sustainable Development; ESD” the United Nations first mentioned it in its Agenda 21, which was developed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and is now widely used (McKeown, 2002). In Chapter 36 of the agenda, ESD was described as a key strategy for meaningful, sustainable development in developed and developing nations. The United Nations realized that the strategy was important to help countries shift from the conventional to a sustainable form of education. It was also essential to take into consideration education into the process of sustainable development to tackle the environmental challenges and other development issues such as equity. The goal of ESD was to promote sustainable development and to improve the capacity of people to respond to environment and development challenges. For that to be attained, Agenda 21 articulated four components: (1) improvement of primary education, (2) reorientation of basic education to address sustainable development, (3) development of public awareness, and (4) training of capacities. These components focused on enriching human wealth through improving education, reducing environmental impacts, and improving the economy, while society is the starting point for all. However, since then, the concept of ESD and its implementations have shifted, advanced and changed as new concerns rose up.
May 5, 2018

My article “An integrated approach to establish e-waste management systems for developing countries” appeared as one of the “Most Downloaded Journal of Cleaner Production Articles” by the Journal of Cleaner Production” within the past 90 days

My article “An integrated approach to establish e-waste management systems for developing countries” appeared as one of the “Most Downloaded Journal of Cleaner Production Articles” by the Journal of Cleaner Production” within the past 90 days as of Saturday, May 5, 2018 (last update) Article URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652617321315 The Most Downloaded Journal of Cleaner Production Articles URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-cleaner-production/most-downloaded-articles
April 29, 2018

Received five rewarding certificates from three journals published by Elsevier

I have received on April 26, 2018, five rewarding certificates for my contributions to the peer review process for three journals published by Elsevier during 2017. The certificates as below: Title: Recognized Reviewer Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production May 2017 Title: Outstanding Reviewer Journal of Cleaner Production June 2017 Title: Recognized Reviewer Journal: Resources, Conservation & Recycling August 2017 Title: Outstanding Reviewer Journal: Journal of Environmental Management December 2017 Title: Recognized Reviewer Journal: Journal of Environmental Management December 2017 My full peer-reviewed records and reviewing activities for several journals are available on my verified Publons profile.
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