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Hands-on CES EduPack 2016 Short Course (Archived Information)

Berkeley City Club, Berkeley, CA
Course date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016


(Unit numbers below refer to Lecture Units in the CES EduPack lecture set).

09:00 Registration & refreshments
9:30 Course opens—Welcome
9:35 Introductions, Teaching Resources Website and Agenda Review (Mike Ashby)
9:45 Unit 1-2: Materials, Data and Charts for CES EduPack (Mike Ashby)
10:45 Hands-on exercises
11:10 Unit 4: Manipulating Properties: composition, microstructure, architecture (Mike Ashby)
11:45 Hands-on exercises
12:00 Advanced CES EduPack Databases: Standard Level 3, Bioengineering, Polymer, Aerospace and Sustainable Development (Marc Fry)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Unit 6-7: Materials Selection (Hannah Melia)
14:30 Hands-on exercises
15:00 Coffee & refreshments
15:30 Unit 12: Eco-selection and the Eco Audit Tool: introducing students to life-cycle thinking (Mike Ashby)
16.15 Hands-on exercises
16.45 Wrap up & discussion (Mike Ashby). Course evaluation.
17:30 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.


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.


Michelle Rushe

Michelle Rushe is based in California and works with educators in North America, helping them make the most of CES EduPack and supporting materials-related teaching. She graduated with a BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and MSc in Ergonomics Human Factors for Inclusive Design from Loughborough University, UK.