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CES EduPack: Three educators share their experiences

Earlier this year, professors from across North America gathered at Philadelphia University for two days of discussions, presentations, and networking at the 4th North American Materials Education SymposiumEarlier this year, professors from across North America gathered at Philadelphia University for the 4th North American Materials Education Symposium. This event, focused on undergraduate materials education across science, engineering, and design, provided many insights into the latest trends in teaching. Three of the presenters, who have been using CES EduPack in their teaching, kindly agreed to share some of their thoughts with a wider audience.

The webinars with Dr Paul Eason (University of North Florida), Dr. Hugh Shercliff (University of Cambridge) and Dr Ron Kander (Philadelphia University) have now passed, but we are delighted that Dr. Ron Kander has agreed to make his webinar available 'on demand'. Simply register below.

Interdisciplinary teaching across engineering courses and departments

Dr. Ron Kander – Philadelphia University

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Join our guest speaker to hear about his classroom experiences with CES EduPack. Find out what has worked, and pick up some ideas to support your own teaching. Over 150 colleges across the USA and Canada are now using CES EduPack to support their teaching of materials in engineering, science, processing, design, and sustainability. Read the abstract and presenter bio.

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Archive of these events: abstracts below

  • May 28: Manipulating Properties: Material and process trajectories on property charts
    Dr. Hugh Shercliff University of Cambridge
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  • May 23: Supporting accreditation criteria for engineering programs
    Dr. Paul Eason – University of North Florida
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  • September 5: Interdisciplinary teaching across engineering courses and departments
    Dr. Ron Kander – Philadelphia University
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Abstracts and Presenter Biographies

Interdisciplinary teaching across engineering courses and departments

Dr. Ron Kander – Philadelphia University, Thursday September 5

On September 5, join Dr Ron Kander to benefit from his experiences at Philadelphia University's Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, following the successful merging of the School of Design, the School of Engineering, and the School of Business into one college with a common core curriculum.

One of the common core courses available to the students is a Materials Selection course that is taught from a systems analysis point of view using CES EduPack. In the first two offerings of this course (taught to a mixed classroom of designers, engineers and business students), many valuable insights have been uncovered about learning style differences between these three disciplines and the advantages and disadvantages of having such a diverse mix of disciplines in the same classroom.

At the webinar, 'lessons learned' will be discussed and examples of teaching technique and pedagogies that worked (and examples of things that didn't work) will be discussed. You will also see examples of how CES EduPack helped facilitate learning among the different disciplines.

About the presenter:

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.


Manipulating Properties: Material and process trajectories on property charts

Dr. Hugh Shercliff University of Cambridge (this session has now passed)

Property charts generated with CES EduPack can help engineering students to understand how the properties of materials depend on their composition, microstructure, and architecture. The differences in properties between material classes can be rationalized, highlighting those properties that give most scope for manipulation—by changing composition and process history. The resulting changes are shown on property charts as "composition and process trajectories", neatly illustrating the effects on pairs of properties relevant to important design contexts (e.g., modulus-density, strength-toughness)

Dr. Hugh Shercliff speaking at this year's Materials Education SymposiumOn Tuesday, May 28, Hugh demonstrated how the concept applies to all material classes, and is readily extended beyond mechanical properties. He also showed how the approach has been used in a laboratory on heat treatment of steels. A range of worked examples in CES EduPack were demonstrated, using the facilities in EduPack to define custom subsets, and to colour-code groups of materials.

About the presenter:

Hugh Shercliff is Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Engineering at Girton College, Cambridge. He researches in areas including thermomechanical process modelling and knowledge management, design and manufacturing, sustainability and process selection, and resources for materials and design teaching. He is co-author, with Mike Ashby and David Cebon, of the textbook "Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design".


Supporting accreditation criteria for engineering programs

Dr. Paul Eason – University of North Florida (this session has now passed)

On May 23, Dr Paul Eason shared how he uses CES EduPack to support sustainability and environmental aspects to achieve ABET outcomes. For the vast majority of engineering programs in the U.S., ABET accreditation remains the standard of validation of their degree offerings.  ABET accreditation is the recognized process by which engineering disciplines demonstrate their competence with respect to certain expected skills and traits their graduates possess, and to assess their ability to deliver these skills through analysis of feedback from direct and indirect methods.  Loss of accreditation can be crippling to a program, thus driving many institutions to form their curriculum around the ABET learning outcomes, listed as outcomes a through k.  These outcomes contain expected demonstration of rigor in mathematics and design principles, but in recent years contain “softer” skills, such as to “understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.” Demonstration of direct assessment of these outcomes through traditional engineering coursework can be difficult.

CES EduPack has been incorporated into existing courses in the mechanical engineering curriculum at the University of North Florida (UNF).   As a component of Senior Capstone Design, students receive lectures on lifecycle analysis of products, and the societal benefit of prioritizing sustainable design choices.  Students are required to address the environmental impact of all materials selected in the fabrication of their senior design projects.  Using the Eco-Audit tool, teams report design decisions made on the basis of embodied energy and CO2 output, as well as perform projected lifecycle analyses and recycling potential for all parts in the designs.  Direct assessment of the presentation of methodology and demonstration of attention to eco factors permits a direct assessment tool for many of the ‘h’ through ‘k’ outcomes that are otherwise difficult to capture. Project work from senior design projects and materials elective courses will be presented to demonstrate success of this approach.

About the presenter:

Dr Paul Eason is Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of North Florida. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. Following graduate school, he pursued a career in engineering consulting as well as teaching materials engineering courses. He now serves as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering program. Concurrently, Paul was appointed to the Graduate Faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida, where he also serves on the Distinguished Alumni Advisory Board.


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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You may also be interested in reading professors' reviews and examples of how CES EduPack is being used in areas including: sustainability, design, civil engineering; mechanical engineering; eco engineering; architecture; manufacturing; production engineering; and materials science and materials engineering.
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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