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Short Course and Workshops
9th International Materials Education Symposium

April 4-5, 2017, Cambridge

Optional short courses and workshops precede the main Materials Education Symposium.

Tuesday & Wednesday
Wednesday Afternoon
Wednesday Afternoon
Wednesday Afternoon

CES EduPack Short Course

Course leader:
Prof Mike Ashby

Workshop: Enhancing the blended learning experience through learning design

Mark Endean
Andrew Green
Alec Goodyear

CES EduPack Short Course

When: April 4 (9:30-17:00); April 5 (9:00-12:30)

Organiser: Granta Design

Cost: Full Event package includes this course, the Symposium, and any Wednesday Workshop.

Who is the course for?

Anyone new to the CES EduPack teaching resources, or seeking a refresher. Professors, Lecturers, and Program Directors of university and college courses related to materials and manufacturing.  The course is relevant to the following disciplines: mechanical engineering; production engineering; aerospace engineering; materials science and engineering; industrial and product design; polymer science and engineering; eco-engineering; chemical engineering; bio-engineering; and architecture and the built environment.

What is the course about?

CES EduPack has been created by Professor Mike Ashby of Cambridge University and his colleagues over the past 20 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 first to final-year 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 PowerPoint lectures, teaching resource books, student projects and exercises, and textbooks.

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

Note: attendees will need to bring their own laptop computers for the hands-on sessions, and will be provided with the new CES EduPack software. Please ensure this is a Windows machine and that you have administrator privileges.

Tue, April 4, Day OneIntroduction to CES EduPack

The course will consist of a series of units, each including a short lecture, a software demonstration, discussion time, and a "hands-on session" during which attendees can use the CES EduPack software. Members of the Granta education team will be present to help and to answer questions.

09:30 Registration & refreshments
10:00 Course opens—Welcome
10:05 Introductions, Granta's Education Hub and Agenda Review (Marc Fry)
10:15 Unit 1-2: Materials, Data and Charts for CES EduPack (Mike Ashby)
11:15 Hands-on exercises
11:40 Unit 4: Manipulating Properties: composition, microstructure, architecture (Claes Fredriksson)
12:15 Hands-on exercises
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Unit 7: Materials Selection (Claes Fredriksson)
14:30 Hands-on exercises
15:00 Coffee & refreshments
15:30 Unit 12: Eco design and the Eco Audit Tool: introducing students to life-cycle thinking (Mike Ashby)
16:15 Hands-on exercises
16:45 Advanced CES EduPack Databases: Standard Level 3, Bioengineering, Polymer Aerospace and Sustainable Development (Hannah Melia)
17:15 Wrap up & discussion (Mike Ashby). Course evaluation.
17:30 Close

Weds, April 5, Day Two
Advanced Materials Selection

09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:30 Course opens—Welcome. Brief review of Day 1 (Mike Ashby)
09:45 Unit 8: Objectives in Conflict (Claes Fredriksson)
10:15 Hands-on exercises
10:30 Advanced Industrial Case Studies (Luca Masi)
11:30 The Synthesizer tool (Nicolas Martin)
12:15 Wrap up & discussion (Mike Ashby). Course evaluation.
12:30 Lunch
13.15 Registration for parallel workshop sessions (Introduction to CES Selector, or Materials and Sustainable Development)

Enhancing the blended learning experience through learning design

Mark Endean, Andrew Green,
Alec Goodyear

13:30 Workshops (first half)
15.00 Coffee & refreshments
15.30 Workshops (second half)
17.00 Wrap up & discussion. Workshop evaluation
17.30 Close
18.00 Travel to Clare College, Memorial Court

Workshop: Enhancing the blended learning experience through learning design

When: April 5, 13:30-17:30

Cost: Adds £20 to Symposium fee (covers catering and administration); included free for Short Course attendees.


  • Mark Endean (Open University)
  • Andrew Green (Materials eLearning Technologies)
  • Alec Goodyear (Open University)
  • Abstract

    The student learning experience is becoming increasingly complex. Students routinely use online resources and purpose-designed software to support their studies, either as a planned part of the syllabus or through their own independent enquiries. For students to gain the maximum benefit from the incorporation of such interactive eLearning resources it is important to plan the learning journey carefully.

    The materials community has led the field on the development of eLearning resources. Beginning with Materials Science on CD-ROM in the 1990s and continuing to DoITPoMS, developed at the University of Cambridge, and the CORE-Materials repository of open educational resources, the materials educator has been able to draw on a very wide range of digitised content and active learning resources to incorporate in their teaching.

    The distance learning community has long practised structured approaches to designing learning. With funding from JISC, The Open University has recently developed a programme of workshop activities and resources that is now available to the higher education sector as Learning Design (

    In this workshop you will:

    • Introduce a number of the Learning Design activities that provide a sound basis for a structured approach to developing enjoyable and effective blended learning experiences
    • Review online and interactive learning resources and examine exemplars of current practice in materials education
    • Provide you with an opportunity to apply what you have learnt to create an outline for a new learning activity to develop for your learners.

    The facilitators come from the conventional and the distance learning sectors and together have many decades of experience in developing and presenting learning in Materials Science and Engineering, both traditionally and online.

    The workshop will interleave short presentations and demonstrations from the facilitators with small group work involving the participants.

    At the conclusion of the workshop, you should be able to:

    1. Locate reputable online learning resources with appropriate rights clearances to incorporate in your teaching programme
    2. Apply Learning Design techniques to construct an effective short blended learning experience to meet your learners’ requirements
    3. Engage your immediate peer community in the issues covered by the workshop.

    Teaching Sustainable Development with CES EduPack

    When: April 5, 13:30-17:30

    Organiser: Granta Design

    Cost: Adds £90 to Symposium fee; included free for Short Course attendees

    The workshop will be led by Professor Mike Ashby and Dr Tatiana Vakhitova.


    The workshop will focus on Granta’s sustainability-related teaching resources, including the recently developed five-step methodology to evaluate proposals for technologies, enabling Sustainable Development. The methodology is used in teaching interdisciplinary courses and has been developed by Granta Design in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Barcelona (UPC) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. This approach is now used in several courses with interdisciplinary groups of students around the world.

    The Sustainability Database os CES EduPack will be used to demonstrate the application of the methodology in its fact-finding stage. The Sustainability Database includes comprehensive database of materials with environmental properties for all classes of materials, e.g. carbon footprint, embodied energy, water use and durability. This Database has also a unique set of socioeconomic data to analyse and discuss the key concepts, such as materials criticality, geo-political risk, legislative and social aspects relevant to materials (resources). The Sustainability Database includes an enhanced Eco Audit Tool, which helps to assess environmental performance of products at the design stage, to be able to analyse energy and carbon load of a product at each of its life stages, as well as associated costs.

    In this workshop you will:

    • Learn about problem-based cases on assessing the sustainability of technological developments
    • Gain practical knowledge and skills regarding Ecodata and Ecoinformed materials selection
    • Get insights and tips on how to teach Life-cycle thinking via the Eco Audit methodology
    • Find out about case studies, exercises, lecture units, and other teaching resources available for educators.

    At the conclusion of the workshop, you should be able to:

    1. Implement a problem-based system approach in your materials-related teaching
    2. Know how to use CES EduPack to teach students sustainability concepts
    3. Get a copy of a textbook, a practical guide with the templates and the fully developed case study to use in your teaching
    4. Get a one-month access to the test license of CES EduPack to try out with your students.

    Workshop: Beyond CES EduPack – advanced teaching and research with CES Selector

    When: April 5, 13:30-17:30

    Organiser: Granta Design

    Cost: Adds £90 to Symposium fee; included free for Short Course attendees

    This workshop will be led by Dr Charlie Bream.

    Workshop facilitator: Claes Fredriksson


    This session provides an introduction to the CES Selector software, used in industry and research for materials selection and decision-making, and to support advanced teaching of materials.

    CES Selector is the industrial version of CES EduPack, used to select and compare materials in industry, research and advanced teaching. Here the primary aim is to help people to quickly identify candidate materials, so they can justify and focus their development efforts on the most promising solutions. To support this, CES Selector includes additional efficiency tools that let you get to results and make decisions faster and more effectively. These include the ‘Performance Index Finder’ that enables material indices to be quickly defined and plotted, the ‘Find Similar’ tool for finding drop-in replacements with minimal information on the design requirements, ‘Comparison tables’ for identifying the differences between materials or ‘key’ properties that you may have overlooked, as well as CES Constructor, a software toolkit that lets you add your own data and modify existing databases in the platform.

    In the workshop, you will:

    • Enjoy case studies showing how the tools and features are used to solve real industrial problems
    • See demonstrations on how constructor can be used to create and edit databases
    • Try the software in hands-on exercises, with a time-limited license.

    At the conclusion of the workshop, you should be able to:

    1. Use the Performance Index Finder to select materials efficiently
    2. Set reference materials and make comparison tables, showing nearness
    3. Understand ways that materials can be replaced, for different reasons
    4. Start using constructor to create and modify databases in the CES platform.

    More information on CES Selector »

    Course and workshop presenters

    CES EduPack 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 honors including Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the American Academy of Engineering.

      Mike Ashby

    CES EduPack Course Presenter: Dr Claes Fredriksson

    Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and post graduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the U.S.A, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Program to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches.

      Claes Fredriksson

    CES EduPack Course Presenter: Hannah Melia

    Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge and 6 years of experience interacting with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.

      Hannah Melia

    CES EduPack Course Presenter: Luca Masi

    Luca is an Aerospace Engineer working at Granta Design as Senior Development Manager for USA. He has run materials selection short courses at universities (Georgia Tech, Northwestern University, Boston University, Sheffield University) and conferences (TMS, ASEE). Before joining Granta, he has collaborated with the French Space Agency on software development for bio-inspired space trajectory optimization, and on computational techniques for multi-objective optimization as part of his PhD at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde (UK). He is author of several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters for AIAA and IEEE on these subjects. He also has R&D industrial experience in spacecraft propulsion systems. Luca also holds a Master’s Degree (first class) in Space Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy).

      Luca Masi

    CES EduPack Course Presenter: Dr Nicolas Martin

    Nicolas Martin holds a PhD in material science as well as a master’s degree in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux, France. Nicolas has worked for the alternative energies and atomic energy commission (CEA) and the Safran group before joining Granta. With industrial sponsorship his doctorate involved composite material improvements for aeronautic applications. Nicolas is leading the education and research related activities for France, French speaking countries and China. He is also helping with the development of French Teaching Resources aimed at all level of studies and delivering training to French speaking academics.

      Nicolas Martin

    Sustainability Workshop Presenter: Dr Tatiana Vakhitova

    Dr Tatiana V Vakhitova contributes to teaching resources development in the area of Sustainable Development as well as supporting educational and research institutions in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the Centre for Sustainable Development and an MPhil from the Land Economy Department (University of Cambridge, UK). Tatiana has teaching experience, working as a Teaching Assistant for Engineering Management Division at the University of Cambridge and being a supervisor for students at the Judge Business School, Engineering and Land Economy Departments (University of Cambridge).

      Tatiana Vakhitova

    eLearning Workshop Facilitator: Mark Endean

    Mark has taught materials engineering and manufacturing at the Open University since 1983. He was a member of the MATTER Steering Committee throughout the 1990s. He is currently developing a postgraduate module in manufacturing technology that will be delivered and presented entirely online.

      Mark Endean

    eLearning Workshop Facilitator: Andy Green

    Andy joined MATTER at the University of Liverpool in 1994 and managed the development and publication of Materials Science on CD-ROM in the ensuing years. He co-founded and developed aluMATTER and and more recently helped design and develop CORE-Materials, a repository of open educational resources for materials scientists and engineers. In 2004, he set up his consultancy business Materials e-Learning Technologies.

      Andy Green

    eLearning Workshop Facilitator: Dr Alec Goodyear

    Alec has taught engineering at the Open University since 2001. He specialises in blended learning through online distance teaching and face-to-face residential schools. His current focus is on students' management of their learning towards professional and personal development planning needs.

      Alec Goodyear

    CES Selector Workshop Leader: Dr Charlie Bream

    Charlie is Senior Product Manager for CES Selector at Granta Design. After completing his PhD on recycling of thermoset composites at Brunel University, he spent 14 years in industry working on the development of lightweight materials and structures for British Aerospace (Space Systems), Pera International, and NXT before joining Granta in 2007.

      Charlie Bream