Dr. Gardiner's interests cover aspects of the whole design or manufacturing systems engineering cycle, from concept to delivery of products (or services) that yield customer satisfaction, out to end-of-life. His studies of manufacturing systems encompass business and management aspects as well as international strategic issues. He teaches courses in organizational planning and control, manufacturing management and systems, and micro-manufacturing. Dr. Gardiner’s research interests include product, process and systems design, materials and process selection, micro-manufacturing, sustainability, and bioengineering. Dr. Gardiner serves as the Director of the Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and the associated cross-disciplinary Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering program, while also coordinating the first year practical engineering course. Dr. Gardiner joined the faculty in 1987.