CES EduPack Workshop: Resources for Materials Education

Hands-On Active Learning Using CES EduPack: How to teach it and how to use it in the classroom.

On Friday December 6, educators from across the United States joined Dr. Ron Kander, Executive Dean of the College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and Granta's Michelle Rushe for a 24-hour interactive workshop demonstrating resources for materials education. The focus was three-fold:

  • How CES EduPack can enrich teaching and learning about materials.
  • How the basic functions in CES EduPack work and how to use them together to solve real problems.
  • How to introduce CES EduPack to students using in-class, hands-on, active learning exercises.

On the Friday afternoon, delegates took part in an introduction to teaching with CES EduPack, including hands-on exercises and real-life case studies: as one delegate commented, "it was an excellent chance for hands-on use with guidance." The atmosphere of collaboration continued, for many, over dinner, where conversation covered on topics such as inspiring students, how to encourage thinking about sustainable development, and how to equip students for industry.

A particular highlight was the "excellent take-home exercises", which allowed delegates to consolidate the ideas from the first afternoon, and come to the Saturday morning equipped with further questions. The informal format ensured that all present felt able to share ideas. Many commented that they had picked up suggestions to help inspire and challenge students: "the interactive workshop and product-oriented teaching got the ideas across to everyone easily".

Summing up, one educator commented, "the workshop really gave me the boost I needed to get off to a good start with the academic year.”

The next CES EduPack workshop will be held alongside the upcoming Symposium; in March educators will benefit from two full days of presentations, discussion, and hands-on experience with the new CES EduPack 2014 teaching resources.

Short course dates Venue More details
March 18-19 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL North American course
April 9-10 University of Cambridge, UK International course

Archived Information about the Philadelphia Workshop

Friday, December 6 (from 12:30pm) - Saturday, December 7 (until 1pm), 2013
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107-1901


Agenda

Day One: Introduction to teaching with CES EduPack

Friday, Dec 6 (pm)

Time Topic
12.30pm Registration opens, Coffee
1.00pm Introduction to Granta Design, the development of CES EduPack, and product offerings
2.00pm Interactive hands-on demonstrations and exercises
  • CES EduPack databases
  • Video tutorials and help functions
  • The selection process (limits, trees, and graphs)
  • Property trade-off functions and material performance indices
3:30pm Coffee Break
3.45pm Interactive hands-on case studies
  • CD/DVD plastic case
  • Bicycle frame
  • Water bottles (Eco Audit)
5.15pm Take-home problem assignment #1


Day Two: In-class interactive problem solving using CES EduPack

Saturday, Dec 7 (am)

Time Topic
8:30am Registration opens, Coffee
9:00am Discussion of assignment #1 and its solution
9:30am Problem assignment #2
11:00am Coffee Break
11:15am Discussion of assignment #2 and its solution
12:15pm Q&A and demonstration of additional CES EduPack features


About the presenters

Dr. Ronald G. Kander is Executive Dean of the College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University. His current teaching and research interests are in the areas of design processes, materials selection, engineering education, and composites. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1987. Before becoming Executive Dean at Philadelphia University in 2011, Kander was Director of the School of Engineering at James Madison University (JMU), where his teaching and research interests were in the area of polymer processing, manufacturability, and rapid prototyping/tooling technologies. He has received several awards for teaching excellence, including the 1993 College of Engineering Sporn Award, the 1997 Dean's Teaching Award, and the 1998 William E. Wine Award. He was also inducted into the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence in 1998 and named a Diggs Teaching Scholar in 1999.   Dr. Jorge Sobral has a background in Biomedical Engineering and PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. He currently works in Granta supporting leading universities and research groups in the USA.
     

Michelle Rushe is US Education Manager at Granta Design. She graduated with a BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and MSc in Ergonomics Human Factors for Inclusive Design from Loughborough University in the UK.

Before joining Granta, Michelle spent a few years in industry working for Honeywell, UPS, Alcon Laboratories, and UBS Investment Bank London.

Michelle is now based in California and works with academics all over the USA, helping them make the most of CES EduPack and supporting materials-related teaching.

  Michelle Rushe is US Education Manager at Granta Design. She graduated with a BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and MSc in Ergonomics Human Factors for Inclusive Design from Loughborough University in the UK.

About CES EduPack

CES EduPack is the world-leading teaching resource for materials in engineering, science, processing, and design. It provides comprehensive materials and process information, powerful materials software tools, and a range of supporting textbooks, lectures, projects, and exercises. With specialist editions for specific disciplines, and three levels to suit varying needs in all years of undergraduate study and in postgraduate teaching, CES EduPack is a curriculum-wide resource.

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CES EduPack is usually used as a cross-disciplinary resource to support materials teaching in almost all fields of engineering, materials science, design, processing and sustainability