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Hands-on CES EduPack 2019 Workshop
August 7, 2019


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

This one-day workshop 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 workshop 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 2018 software.


9:00 AM Registration & refreshments
09:30 AM Course opens—Welcome, Introductions, Granta's Education Hub and Agenda Review
09:45 AM Getting Started with CES EduPack
Learn how to engage students using our interactive, visual software, with access to reliable materials data including hands-on exercises.
10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Materials Selection: translation, screening, ranking
Discover the basics of systematic materials selection methodology, teaching transferable skills to your students, including hands-on exercises.
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Advanced Materials Selection
Objectives in Conflict, The Performance Index Finder and Advanced Industrial Case Study.
2:00 PM Tools for Eco Design
Discover the Eco Audit Tool enabling life-cycle thinking and eco design to support material selection for greener products.
3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM Advanced Editions and exchange of experiences
4:00 PM Wrap-up and Course Feedback
5:00 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: Lakshana Mohee

Lakshana completed a PhD in the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials at the Department of Materials and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. Her technical background is collagen scaffolds for tissue engineering, as well as other bioengineering areas. Currently at Granta, she supports the Universities in Canada, Sweden and Poland and part of the USA.


Presenter: Luca Masi

Luca is an Aerospace Engineer leading Granta’s educational activities in the Americas. He has previously collaborated with the French Space Agency on software development for space trajectory optimization as part of his PhD at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory at the University of Strathclyde (UK), and has R&D industrial experience in spacecraft propulsion systems.


Presenter: Bridget Ogwezi

Bridget is part of the team working with universities in the USA, supporting the use of CES EduPack. She holds a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey. She also holds an Engineering Doctorate from the Technologies for a Sustainable Built Environment Centre at the University of Reading, UK. Her research involved the innovative use of hybrid materials for sustainable design. She has worked with BuroHappold Engineering Facades, assisting in thermal analysis to improve building designs.