Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Project Management Decision-Making Tools

Remil Aguda 1 , Samantha Bonilla 2 , Jalel Ben Hmida 3 , and Emmanuel D. Revellame 4
  • 1 Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA, 70504 USA, Lafayette
  • 2 , Quality Coordinator, CEMEX USA, New Braunfels, TX, 78132 USA
  • 3 Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA, 70504 USA, Lafayette
  • 4 Department of Industrial Technology, The Energy Institute of Louisiana, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA, 70504 USA, Lafayette


Including sustainability criteria for making decisions in project management poses challenges in the areas of bioenergy, biotherapeutics, and biomaterials. This is mainly due to chemical heterogeneity of bio-based materials, technoeconomic feasibility, and triple constraint of time, cost, and product quality. However, bio-based technologies create opportunities as sustainable processes because they involve upvaluation of locally available renewable and biodegradable materials. This work was conducted to identify challenges and opportunities in incorporating project management tools in bioproduct development with the goal of integrating measurable sustainability criteria scores in decision-making. The scores or metrics from these tools can be used by project managers for decision-making in engineering process scale-up, evaluation of social impact, and commercialization of processing technologies.

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