Fix Your Phone

Published November 27, 2017

An article in The Conversation by Sara Behdad, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in industrial and systems engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering, examines why when a computer or smartphone breaks it’s hard to get it fixed and much more common to throw the device away, generating between 20 million and 50 million metric tons of electronic waste every year worldwide.

“Users’ right to repair – or to pay others to fix – objects they own is in jeopardy. However, in our surveys and examinations of product life cycles, my colleagues and I are finding that supporting people who want to repair and reuse their broken devices can yield benefits – including profits – for electronics manufacturers,” she writes.

Read the story here.

Behdad also was interviewed for a story on BYU Radio, part of the Sirius XM network.