Dr. Michael Thurston
Technical Director at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Michael Thurston is the Technical Director at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology and the Director of the NY State Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM). COE-ASM is a NYSTAR Center of Excellence, committed to bring the benefits of advanced and sustainable manufacturing technologies to NY State companies. Dr. Thurston currently participates in the Technical Advisory Committee of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. Dr. Thurston has worked in the areas of sustainability and sustainment at RIT since 2001. Areas of research include: sustainable production, product remanufacturing, smart products and systems, life-cycle engineering, building and manufacturing energy systems, and asset health management. Project work includes collaborations in product design and manufacturing, and in technology development and deployment supporting Department of Defense ground, sea, and air systems. Prior to RIT, Dr. Thurston worked in air-conditioning system development and product noise and vibration in the automotive industry.