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Nelson Granda-Marulanda

Nelson Granda-Marulanda

College of Engineering and Technology

Engineering and Technology

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3118
Office: 109 Belk Building
Pronouns: he/him/his


Dr. Granda is a Colombian native raised in Puerto Rico currently is a faculty member in the School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University. Nelson has leadership experience working as the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region Young Professional Chair, and a Board member of the Sustainable Development Division for IISE. Before becoming an assistant professor, Nelson worked for several years in the Eolic and Aerospace industry. Nelson’s research interest revolved around Sustainable Development looked through the lens of the triple bottom line and a system thinking approach. Nelson believes that education is the key to achieve a sustainable and equal world.


  • Ph D, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Teaching Interests

My teaching interest intersects between Engineering, Enviroment, and Social Sciences. Topics related to Lean Manufacturing, Sustainable Engineering, and Renewable Energy Engineering are of high interest to me.

Research Interests

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),<br>Life-Cycle Assessment,<br>Lean Six Sigma techniques for sustainable development,<br>Dynamic Systems Simulation (Queuing theory),<br>STEM/STEAM activities and methodologies

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