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Hands-on CES EduPack 2017 Short CourseShort Course

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
Course date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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In addition to the two-days of the Symposium itself, you are also invited to take part in the short course which will precede the main event.

This one-day short course will provide inspirational ideas and teaching resources that will help you to engage students in learning about materials and their use in engineering and design applications.

Whether you already use CES EduPack in your teaching, or have heard about the resources and would like to know more join this short course and discover CES EduPack and contribute to its future development.

Note: attendees will need to bring their own laptop computers for the hands-on sessions, and will be provided with a 30 day license of the new CES EduPack 2017 software.


9:30 AM Registration & refreshments
10:00 AM Course opens—Welcome
10:05 AM Introductions, Granta's Education Hub and Agenda Review (Marc Fry)
10:15 AM Getting Started with CES EduPack (Mike Ashby)
11:00 AM Hands-on exercises
11:30 AM MaterialsSelection: Translation, Screening and Ranking
12:15 PM Hands-on exercises
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Eco-Design and the Eco Audit Tool: introducing students to life-cycle thinking (Mike Ashby)
2:15 PM Objectives in Conflict and Advanced Industrial Case Study (Luca Masi)
3:15 PM Coffee & refreshments
3:30 PM Knowledge and Ideas Exchange for educators (Discussion)
4 PM Advanced CES EduPack Databases and Future Developments (Hannah Melia)
4:45 PM Wrap up & discussion (Mike Ashby). Course evaluation.
5 PM Close

Background: What is the course about?

The CES EduPack package has been created by Professor Mike Ashby of Cambridge University and his colleagues over the past 25 years. Both the resources that it provides and the ideas that it implements are valuable to educators across a broad range of engineering-related courses, and from freshman to senior level teaching. They have been used to support and reinforce existing courses that use a variety of teaching approaches and texts, as well as in the design of new courses.

At the heart of CES EduPack is a database of materials and process properties, supported by textbook-style explanations of materials attributes and behavior. This provides a rich, interactive information resource that can engage students with the world of materials. The CES EduPack software applies the information in the database, enabling exercises and projects to analyze and compare materials properties, and to select materials for engineering applications. These computer-based learning tools are augmented with PowerPoints lectures, teaching resource books, student projects and exercises, and textbooks.

The course will show, through lectures interspersed with hands-on sessions using the software, how such resources can assist materials teaching.

Course team

Course leader: Professor Mike Ashby

Mike Ashby, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials being the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks and of over 200 papers on topics including the mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, powder compaction, mechanisms of wear, methodologies for materials selection, and the modeling of material shaping processes. He is recipient of numerous awards and honours including Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the American Academy of Engineering.


Presenter: Marc Fry

Marc is the Director of the Education Division of Granta Design. He holds a Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering Degree from Cambridge University and an EMBA from the Judge Business School at Cambridge, with a specialization in university spin-off companies.


Presenter: Hannah Melia

Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design and has responsibility for the development of CES EduPack and associated teaching resources. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Design, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Cambridge.


Presenter: Luca Masi

Luca Masi holds an MSc and a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from University of Pisa (Italy). He has worked with the French Space Government Agency (CNES) and Thales-Alenia Space on space trajectory optimization using innovative bio-inspired computing, and has international research experience in the field of aerospace propulsion and combinatorial optimization.