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CES EduPack Bulletin

Winter 2013

Quarterly materials education update from Granta Design


1: CES EduPack 2013 coming soon: get a preview online Top

CES EduPack 2013 is on its way, with new data, models, resources, and great improvements to usability, based on your feedback.

See it in action at three upcoming web seminars: 'Teaching a science-led materials course' (Feb 27); 'We are all designers!' (Mar 6); and ' Integrating environmental performance in your engineering and design courses' (Mar 20).

More details and registration for web seminars 

Updates include...

Support for interdisciplinary teaching:    
CES EduPack 2013 is designed to be a common resource across all years of study in a wide range of materials-related courses. For many universities, sustainability is becoming a common thread that links these courses. A new Sustainability Database helps students appreciate that social and environmental considerations must often be considered alongside engineering equations and optimal material choices.   New sustainability database: Support for interdisciplinary teaching
New ways to get students started quicker:    
A new start-screen gives quick access to the right information. The significantly enhanced search engine helps students to find the data that they need for exercises and project work. Updated video tutorials get them up to speed faster: these will soon be available on YouTube. See some of these features demonstrated in this edition's tips, including the use of logic operators while searching.   New search engine: new ways to get students started quicker
More models, data, and additional attributes for advanced teaching:
CES EduPack 2013 offers more support for courses covering heat treatment (and other means of improving the performance of metals). New lightweighting materials data complements new Hybrid Synthesizer models. You can also now add your own Hybrid Synthesizer models. If you do, let us know: we'd love to share them with other educators on the Teaching Resources Website.   More models, data, and additional attributes for advanced teaching

CES EduPack users with a current maintenance agreement will receive their copy of CES EduPack 2013 in May.

Read about 'What's New' online 

Feb 13: webinar with Prof. Ashby 

The Teaching Resources Website

The Teaching Resources Website continues to be updated, with new white papers, PowerPoint lecture units, and Getting Started Guides in several languages. Many are available as open access resources; others can be downloaded by the CES EduPack community to support their teaching.

Visit the Teaching Resources Website 

2: Download: How is CES EduPack actually used? Top

For two weeks only: download 'The use of CES EduPack at all levels of higher education'

The Granta Teaching Resources Team have been asking educators around the world how they actually use CES EduPack in their teaching. This is already informing development of next year's release. But some of the ideas are too good to keep to ourselves.

For two weeks only, download your complimentary copy of the resulting white paper on 'The use of CES EduPack at all levels in higher education'. Hear, in their own words, how 20 educators use CES EduPack across all years of study in design, engineering, and science.

More details & download 
"…it enabled […] nonengineering, visually oriented students to get a 'feel' for material properties. Furthermore, they used the software to make materials and process choices suitable for their projects."
Dr Dick Groot, U. Pretoria, South Africa
"…a comprehensive perspective on the materials selection process"
Dr Randolph Kirchain, MIT, USA
"…[materials science] comes to life for engineering students by [...] tools that let you do things without you knowing that you are actually studying."
Dr Anja Pfennig, HTW Berlin, Germany

Thank you for taking part in Granta's survey!

Towards the end of last year Granta also carried out a wider online survey—the Teaching Resources team were delighted to get over 600 detailed responses. They are now compiling the results: look out for an update in the next CES EduPack bulletin.

3: 2013 Materials Education Symposia: program online! Top

Two months until the Materials Education Symposia. Space is limited: reserve your place now!

The Advisory Committee have announced provisional programs for these two key events for materials educators being held at Philadelphia University, PA, and the University of Cambridge, UK.

Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. John Abelson (Illinois), Prof. Mike Ashby (Cambridge), Prof. Rudolph Buchheit (Ohio State), Dr. Tim Bullough (Liverpool), Prof. T. W. Clyne (Cambridge), Prof. David Embury (McMaster), Prof. Peter Goodhew (Liverpool), Dr. Ronald Kander (Philadelphia), Prof. Jon Stolk (Olin), Dr. Hugh Shercliff (Cambridge), and Prof. Sybrand van der Zwaag (TU Delft), and Dr Stephen Arnold (NASA Glen Research Center).

Presentations at the (left)  4th International and (right) 3rd North American Materials Education Symposia

After five successful years, the Materials Education Symposia are probably the biggest meetings focused on materials education in the world. This Spring, join two days of talks, discussion sessions, networking, poster sessions, and a social program with plenty of opportunities to meet people and exchange ideas.

There is still time to submit a poster abstract. If accepted, you will be invited to give a one-minute presentation of your work in the main auditorium, as well taking part in a full day's poster session. All poster presenters and speakers will also be invited to the Presenters' Dinner.

  Call for Poster Abstracts
Dates Event Venue
March 14-15 4th NAMES—North American Materials Education Symposium Philadelphia University, PA
April 4-5 5th International Materials Education Symposium University of Cambridge, UK

The Symposia are being coordinated by Granta Design with the support of ASM International, ASEE Materials Division, Philadelphia University, University of Cambridge, SEFI, and FEMS.


4: Short courses with Prof. Mike Ashby Top

Short courses put CES EduPack into practice, supporting your existing materials teaching

Prof. Mike Ashby, Hannah Melia, Dr. Hugh Shercliff, and Dr. Arlindo Silva will lead two short courses alongside the Materials Education Symposia in March and April. Professors, Lecturers, and Program Directors of university and college courses related to materials and manufacturing are all welcome to take part, working through 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 latest CES EduPack software.

  Professor Mike Ashby leading one of the North American short courses

Dates Venue Link to the website
March 12-13 Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce, Philadelphia University, PA North American course
April 2-3 Engineering Department,
University of Cambridge, UK
International course

The short courses immediately precede the Materials Education Symposia. There will also be a development meeting enabling you to help guide development of CES EduPack 2014.

More details on the Symposia website 

5: Webinars and events Top

Join Granta's education team at these upcoming web seminars and conferences

Dates Event More details
Feb 13 Introducing CES EduPack for 2013
You thought you knew CES EduPack?
Webinar with Prof. Mike Ashby
Feb 27 Teaching a science-led materials course
Project ideas with CES EduPack
Webinar with Hannah Melia
Mar 3-7 TMS: 142nd Annual Meeting & Exhibition
San Antonio, Texas
Granta's Philippe Radlovic will speak on 'Education, Materials, Sustainability: Joining the dots'
Mar 6 We are all designers!
Interdisciplinary project ideas with CES EduPack
Webinar with Dr. Arlindo Silva
Mar 20 Integrating environmental performance
in your engineering and design courses
Webinar with Philippe Radlovic

The community events page on the Granta website contains links to all these events, and is regularly updated with information about other conferences and web seminars, including those in other languages:

Community events page 

6: On the blog: what's best for shopping bags? Top

In January's 'Material of the Month' Prof. Mike Ashby asks what's best: plastic, paper, or jute?

On the Blog...  

"Few products get a worse press than plastic shopping bags. They are distributed free, and in vast numbers. They are made from oil. They don't degrade. They litter the country side, snaring water-birds and choking turtles. Add your own gripe..."

But what is the best solution? In this month's blog article, Prof. Mike Ashby takes a look at the true eco-credentials of shopping bags.

Visit the Blog 

7: Tips Top

Here are this edition's tips to help you make more of your CES EduPack software and Teaching Resources.

Video tutorials
Almost 50% of respondents in Granta's recent survey didn't know about the video tutorials. See where to find them in CES EduPack 2012, and get a preview of what's happening for the 2013 release with the new video tutorials on using graphs in CES EduPack.
Searching in CES EduPack 2013
The new search engine in CES EduPack 2013 allows you to quickly search all available information. Combine a text-search with logic operators and recoloring records, and students will be able to easily highlight materials with a particular application on a materials property chart. In this tip, we'll search for text in the new 'Condition' attribute to look at the effects of heat treatment.
Using electrical components in Eco Audits
The Eco Audit Tool helps students explore 'what if' scenarios as they select materials and processes for a particular project. Did you know you could include electrical components?

Get the tips 

Further Information

Information pack (background information, recordings, papers) | See a demonstration

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