First Cohort of Cerritos College Students Receive Certified Sustainable Design Associate Title

47 Cerritos College students successfully passed their Certified SolidWorks Sustainable Design Associates and earned a CSDA title. The students are enrolled in the New Products Development (NPD) class, NPD 103.
Cerritos College Certified SolidWorks Sustainable Design Associates
Cerritos College Certified SolidWorks Sustainable Design Associates
NORWALK, Calif. - Jan. 27, 2014 - PRLog -- CSDA associates certification is awarded to an individuals who demonstrated mastery of the theoretical and applied knowledge in the growing area of sustainable and environmental friendly engineering design.

“Sustainable design is an approach to engineering design, in which designers or engineers are trying to minimize environmental impact of a product and to make it more sustainable by designing the “greener” products. These products are imperative to satisfy the needs of the current generations and assure sustaining the needs of the future,” said Dr. Miodrag Micic, Sc.D., Ph.D., M.T.M., CSWP., Department Chair and Instructor of Engineering Design Technology at Cerritos College.

“Life Cycle Assessments (LCA’s) are becoming a normal part of the product development documentations, required by many customers especially for consumers and medical products goods, and especially in the European marketplace. At this moment in time there is a very short supply of sustainability design experts in the US, and it is great advantage for a job seeker in an engineering design area to present himself as a knowledgeable in the field, and to have a certificate which assure employers that the candidate have basic understanding of the principles of sustainable design,” said Dr. Micic.

The Cerritos College NPD103 class “Materials and Tooling for New Products Development” is sustainability-centric class, and is one of the first classes like this in the Southern California. The students enrolled in the NPD103, gain the basic understanding of materials and processes used for new products development, how to choose the right materials, and the tooling and processes for the right applications with a minimum environmental impacts.

“Cerritos College also practices Sustainability in our Plastics and Composites department, in which the students can learn practical hands-on experiences in plastics recycling.  And Cerritos College provides sustainable source of engineering designers for the cutting edge 21st centuries professions, in the only New Products Development AA and Certificate program in the State of California,” said Professor Dr. Nick Real, Ed. D. Dean of Technology Division of Cerritos College.


The mission of Cerritos College New Product Development Department is to provide students with a theoretical, practical, hands-on, and research-based education in product/service development. The program teaches students the complete process of bringing a new product to the market.

New Product Development is a combination of Cerritos College departments of Engineering Design Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Plastics/Composites, and Welding. New Product Development combines skills and knowledge from various fields to prepare students for and fiercely competitive and evolving business world.

To learn more about New Product Development, visit and or call Dr. Mickey Micic at (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2910.

Raquel Lizarraga
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