Andre is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. His research interests include sustainable manufacturing and materials processing, multiphase flow and heat transfer (liquid/liquid and solid/liquid mixtures), and the design and modeling of new separation equipment. He works on developing technology that improves the sustainability of modern society such as the separation and treatment of oil-compromised waters and new systems for the identification, sorting, and reuse of products at their end of life (recycling and remanufacturing).
His research program has developed a focus on the identification, sorting, and remanufacturing of materials such as plastics, metals, and glass arising from products at their end-of-life. In particular, his group is interested in improving the separation of mixed plastics, their reuse in manufacturing systems such as in 3D printing, and the chemical recycling of plastics through benign processes such as hydrolysis (PET and PLA). Such approaches reduce the energy needed for manufacturing new products while mitigating their environmental impact.
He has significant experience in working with industry through centers and partnerships. He has taught numerous courses in multiphase flows, thermo-fluid sciences, and alternative energy systems. He has over 75 publications related to these fields. Dr Benard earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He was also a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory.