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CES EduPack Bulletin

September 2012

Quarterly materials education update from Granta Design


1: Downloads & teaching resources Top

Available for two weeks: JSEE 'Tradition & Innovation' slides and Mike Ashby's latest white paper

The team behind Granta's teaching resources have had a busy summer, attending conferences in Spain, America, Australia, Germany, the UK, and more. In August, they were at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan for the Japanese Society for Engineering Education (JSEE) 60th Annual Conference. Granta's Dr Arlindo Silva was invited to speak on "Tradition and Innovation in the Education of Materials and Engineering Students", drawing on his twenty-year's experience as a Professor in T.U. Lisbon's Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Portugal).

Between conferences, Prof Mike Ashby and the Teaching Resources team have also produced two new white papers and updated two more. 311 exercises have been updated and revised and 16 new CES EduPack Project Files have been created. These are now available to CES EduPack users through the Teaching Resources Website.
  Tradition and Innovation in the Education of Materials and Engineering Students
Teaching Materials and Processes to First and Second Year Students

For two weeks only, all eBulletin readers can download both Dr Silva's JSEE presentation and Prof Ashby's latest white paper: the newly updated "Teaching Materials and Processes to First and Second Year Students".

More details and downloads 

Latest Teaching Resources 

Stay up to date with the latest teaching resources

To keep up to date on the latest teaching resources available for the materials education community through Granta, why not sign up for the Teaching Resource Newsletter—a short e-mail that highlights recent additions or enhancements?

Sign up here 

2: 2013 Materials Education Symposia Top

Final call for abstracts (by October 31), early-bird registration (December 16)

Earlier this year, the Materials Education Symposia were among the world's largest meetings dedicated solely to supporting university-level materials education across science, engineering, and design. Online registration for 2013 has now opened: sign up now to be part of next year's events!

The Advisory Committee is still accepting abstracts for presentations and posters—the submission deadline is October 31. All speakers, session chairs, and poster presenters will be invited to attend a pre-Symposia presenters' dinner.

  Call for Abstracts
At the heart of each Symposium will be a series of talks in which speakers describe successful approaches to materials teaching across a broad range of engineering and related disciplines. Discussion sessions, networking, a poster session, and a social program all provide interactivity, with plenty of opportunities to meet people and exchange ideas.

Early-bird registration runs until December 16.
  Discussion session at the 2011 Symposium held at Cambridge University

Dates Event Venue
March 14-15 4th North American Symposium Philadelphia University, PA
April 4-5 5th International 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.


3: CES Selector 2013 Top

Support for research and advanced teaching

The new release of CES Selector is now here. The Academic Research package of CES Selector and CES Constructor software enables advanced graphical analysis of, and selection from, materials data. You can use your own data, industry standard data, or Granta's MaterialUniverse. You can create and modify databases and apply specialist tools for modeling and eco design.   CES Selector 2013

Additional features include the 'Performance Index Finder', which makes it quick and easy to specify complex objectives for a selection project. CES Selector comes with industrial databases such as the ASME BPV Code materials, MMPDS aerospace alloys, CMH-17 composites, global metals standards and specifications in MI-21 and StahlDat SX, and CAMPUS and Prospector Plastics (previously known as 'IDES Plastics').

This new release provides a range of improvements, with particularly exciting advances for applications relating to metals, lightweight design, and environmental design. New features include: a new 'find similar' tool for identifying potential replacement materials (demonstrated in the tips); new data and tools to address global metals equivalency; extended coverage of materials for lightweighting; new Hybrid Synthesizer™ models to support the study of sandwich panels and other hybrid materials; and improved Eco Audit™, making it easy to compare the environmental impact of alternative designs.

Granta for research & advanced teaching 

What's new in CES Selector 2013 

Web seminars

You can find out more about this software, used by materials and engineering experts in academia and industry, in our current web seminar series. The session on October 17, in particular, will describe how CES Selector can support advanced teaching and research.

Date Web Seminar  
Oct 11 Eco Design: Integrating Environmental Sustainability into Design with Guest Speaker Leigh Holloway, of Eco3 Design Details & Registration 
Oct 17 Research and Innovation for Materials and Lightweight Design Details & Registration 

Full list of Granta web seminars 

4: On the blog... Top

September's material of the month: The not-so-silly science of Silly Putty

After Dr John Nychka's excellent talk on teaching materials with Silly Putty® at the 3rd North American Materials Education Symposia earlier this year, we've all been keen to get our hands on this viscoelastic material. Read our blog to hear about some of the silly experiments we tried out, and how it can be used for some not-so-silly science teaching.   Visit Granta's Blog

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5: CES EduPack Web Seminar Series Top

1. Top 10 things to do with CES EduPack (Wednesday, October 10)

Whether you've been using CES EduPack for some time, or it is completely new to you, come and see the top ten innovative teaching ideas found at universities and colleges using CES EduPack around the world. For web seminars in this series only, all registrants will receive access to the recording afterwards. When you join us live, you will also be able to put your questions to Hannah Melia, leader of the teaching resources team at Granta,  following the short (35 minute) presentation.

More details and registration 

2. Materials selection for eco aware lightweight design (Wednesday, November 28)

At the second CES EduPack web seminar, Dr. Arlindo Silva, Senior Materials Education Consultant for Mechanical Engineering and Design at Granta, will be exploring how best to choose materials for lightweight design in an automotive application. You'll see CES EduPack's material selection tools as well as the Eco Audit Tool in this short (45 minute) presentation. Arlindo will also be on hand to answer your questions when you join us live on November 28.

More details and registration 

6: Events Top

Join Granta's education team at these upcoming events

Date(s) Event Location
Oct 7-11 MS&T Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 15 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Oct 29-31 Journées Annuelles SF2M
(Société Fr. Métallurgie et Matériaux)
Paris, France
Nov 4-7 National Educators Workshop (NEW) Fort Wayne, IN


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:

Community Events page 

7: Tips Top

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

1. Sharing projects

2. Viewing and using functional data in CES EduPack

3. Accessing MMPDS aerospace alloy data (formerly Mil-Handbook-5)

4. For advanced teaching and research: using the new 'find similar' tool in CES Selector 2013

Get the tips  

8: Careers Top

Granta Design is recruiting!

Granta is growing as more universities use CES EduPack and more companies use our materials information software for industry. We currently have job opportunities for bright, enthusiastic, committed people with a background in science or engineering. We're looking for students graduating from bachelor, masters, or PhD degrees, as well as for people with more experience of university teaching or industry. Please pass the message along to students or colleagues who might be interested! See our jobs page for more information.

Visit Granta's recruitment website 

Further Information

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