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The health and safety of all attendees is of paramount importance. Following recommendations from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health authorities we have made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 Materials Education Symposia. This includes both the International and North American events.

We will be scheduling mini online events for 2020 and look forward to continuing the series in 2021.

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APRIL 1 MORNING CES EduPack Workshop
APRIL 1 AFTERNOON Advanced Materials Selection: Industry Inspired Case Studies
APRIL 1 AFTERNOON Sustainability Assessment with CES EduPack
APRIL 1 AFTERNOON Bioengineering: Introducing the New Medical Device database

CES EduPack Workshop

When: April 1 (9am-12:30pm)

Organizer: ANSYS Granta

Cost: Full Event package includes this workshop, any Wednesday afternoon workshop and the Symposium.

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.

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.

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

  • Learn about a highly visual, interactive and systematic material selection methodology
  • Discover how to support the teaching of Eco Design and Sustainability from a materials perspective
  • Find out about material selection with conflicting criteria (eg. cost, mass, and performance)
  • Get one month's access to all CES EduPack databases and editions.

Outline Agenda

09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:30 Course opens—Welcome, Introductions and Agenda Review
09:45 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 Coffee Break
11:00 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 Tools for Materials Decisions and Innovative Design
Overview of the Eco Audit Tool enabling life-cycle thinking and eco design for greener products. See also how to create hybrids and composites with the Synthesizer Tool. Both tools are used in Advanced Industrial Case Studies on the Education Hub.
12:30 Lunch

Workshop: Advanced Materials Selection: Industry Inspired Case Studies

When: April 11 (1:30pm-5:30pm)

Organizer: ANSYS Granta

Cost: Adds £100 to Symposium fee; included in full event fee

Workshop Leaders: Dr. Claes Fredriksson and Luca Masi

Advanced material selection involves making use of several performance indices simultaneously and consider trade-offs between attractive properties, such as low cost and weight but high stiffness and strength. Professional product developers use our visualization tools for quick and powerful decisions.

In this workshop, we will make use of the features of the advanced Level 3 Aerospace database. We will review external databases on aerospace alloys and composites and demonstrate some temperature-dependent data on mechanical properties. The Synthesizer tool will be discussed in terms of light-weighting, useful both for aerospace and automotive.

We will be taking a closer look at our Advanced Industrial Case Studies, dealing with automotive components and lightweighting as well as high temperature turbine blades and components such as pressure vessels and satellite parts for temperatures in space, near absolute zero.

In this workshop you will:

  • Get an introduction to the Aerospace database in the GRANTA EduPack software
  • Learn how to perform Advanced Material Selection using the Performance Index Finder and multiple index lines
  • See realistic examples of how to engage students with Advanced Industrial Case Studies

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

  • Know what distinguishes the Aerospace database
  • Use the advanced tools for lightweighting and other applications
  • Understand the principles of advanced material selection with multiple objectives and trade-offs

Workshop: Sustainability Assessment with CES EduPack

When: Wednesday, April 1 (1:30pm-5:30pm)

Organizer: ANSYS Granta

Cost: Adds £100 to Symposium fee; included in full event fee

Workshop Leaders: Dr. Mauricio Dwek, Prof. Mike Ashby and Dr. Tatiana Vakhitova

Sustainability is not a simple parameter that can be quantified and optimized in an engineering design. Even the simplest proposal for a “sustainable” development is intrinsically complex. Individual aspects can be explored in a systematic way but, for integration, a final assessment requires debate, compromise and reflection.

This workshop will explore how to handle decisions around proposals for sustainable change. What impact will it have on the environment? What regulatory constraints must it observe? Is it socially acceptable and fair? Is it economically viable? Sustainable development assessment requires acceptance of complexity and the ability to work with it. For this, we use the 5-step methodology, complementing it with socio-economic data from Sustainability Database in CES EduPack.

A Teaching resource package will be showcased, describing methods and tools to help students explore and form their own judgements about proposals of Sustainable Developments. Participants will go through 5-step methodology, learn about our new approach to Social Impact Assessment and use CES EduPack in this process.

In this workshop you will:

  • See realistic examples of how to engage students with a project-based approach and case studies
  • Get an introduction to Sustainability Edition of CES EduPack software
  • Learn about our new Social Impact Audit Tool

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

  • Know what is in the Sustainability Edition of CES EduPack and how to use it
  • Use CES EduPack and the 5-step methodology in your teaching to engage student in a problem based manner
  • Understand the ideas behind the Social Impact Audit Tool and Social Life-Cycle Assessment.

Workshop: Bioengineering: Introducing the New Medical Device database

When: Wednesday, April 1 (1:30pm-5:30pm)

Organizer: ANSYS Granta

Cost: Adds £100 to Symposium fee; included in full event fee

Workshop Leaders: Dr. Harriet Parnell and Dr. Lakshana Mohee

Global populations are living longer, and consequently the demand for more sophisticated medical technology is growing. Biomedical materials need to be considered throughout their life-cycle, i.e., from design to testing, through regulatory approvals, production and the end of life.

This workshop will focus on the Bioengineering Edition of CES EduPack and investigate how it can be used to support student learning in this multidisciplinary field. The Bioengineering databases are explored interactively, comparing Level 2 to Level 3. We demonstrate how engineering materials can be visually compared to biological materials in Ashby Charts.

We will also look at the Medical Device database, new to CES EduPack 2020, centred around 50 generic devices. Through hands-on activities, including micro-projects and an advanced industrial case study, we highlight how medical devices can provide an engaging platform from which students can learn about a variety of topics including biomaterials and FDA regulations.

In this workshop you will:

  • Get an introduction to the Bioengineering databases in the CES EduPack software
  • Learn how to use our new medical device database
  • See realistic examples of how to engage students with our micro-projects and case studies

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

  • Know what is in the Bioengineering databases and how to use them
  • Use EduPack in your teaching to engage students in new and interactive ways
  • Understand our new Medical Device database and the ASM medical materials database

Workshop Presenters

Dr. Claes Fredriksson, Education Division, ANSYS Granta

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.


Dr. Harriet Parnell, Education Divsion, ANSYS Granta

Harriet is an Education Specialist within the Education Division, based in Cambridge. She received her PhD in Materials Science and Materials Engineering from the University of Nottingham, during which time she worked with the Mid-infrared Photonics Group, developing high-purity chalcogenide optical fibres for early cancer diagnosis. Her technical background in biomedical materials science continues to support our bioengineering developments, including a new CES EduPack database based around 50 Medical Devices.


Dr. Lakshana Mohee, Education Divsion, ANSYS Granta

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 Universities in Canada, Sweden, and Poland, as well as parts of the USA. She was born in Mauritius and moved to France for her undergraduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering in a French Engineering School called INSA Rennes. She completed her Master’s Degree in Biomaterials at the same institution. During her studies, she had research internships in Canada and Singapore, and an industrial placement in Mauritius.


Luca Masi, Education Disivion, ANSYS Granta

Luca Masi is a Principal Development Manager and Aerospace Engineering specialist with experience in materials (ANSYS Granta), multi-objective optimization and bio-inspired AI techniques for the design of interplanetary space trajectories (University of Strathclyde, developments for CNES and Thales-Alenia Space), as well as spacecraft propulsion systems (Alta-Space, Universita’ di Pisa).

For the past six years, Luca has worked with universities in North America, Europe, Middle East and Australia. He has run several materials selection workshops and lectures at leading US universities (Georgia Tech, Arizona State, MIT, University of Michigan, Stanford, …), and has published technical papers and book chapters for AIAA, IEEE, Acta Astronautica, and others.


Prof. 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

Dr. Mauricio Dwek, Education Disivion, ANSYS Granta

Mauricio holds a PhD in industrial engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, where he worked in the eco-design team on the subject of critical materials, recycling networks and circular economy. He also has an MSc in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, during which he did research on the subject of engineering education and assisted in interdisciplinary projects for social development. His technical background is in chemistry and materials sciences, with first degrees completed in chemical engineering at the ENSC Lille in France and in materials engineering at the Polytechnic School of São Paulo in Brazil. At ANSYS Granta, Mauricio is based in Lyon and works with academics and educators in French universities and lycées, as well as universities in Brazil.


Dr. Tatiana Vakhitova, Education Divsion, ANSYS Granta

Dr. Tatiana V. Vakhitova holds a PhD Degree from University of Cambridge Engineering Department, Centre for Sustainable Development. At ANSYS Granta she leads development of teaching resources in an area of Sustainable Development and Materials, working closely with Prof. Mike Ashby. Tatiana is a principal development manager of the University Relations Team. She is also responsible for coordinating our activities in an EU project on Sustainable Critical Materials (SUSCRITMAT). Tatiana has several publications on topics ranging from social and environmental impact assessment, CSR, circular economy to sustainability teaching. She is an experienced educator and facilitator, has delivered various trainings, workshops and lectures at universities and international events around the world.