CES EduPack Course and Open User Meeting

From Introductory Materials Teaching to Advanced CES EduPack Features

Workshop Package

Hands-on course and User Group Meeting

Papers on how to use CES EduPack with Ashby, Callister and Shackelford textbooks

Free 30 days access to all CES EduPack databases and editions



Philadelphia University


November 6-7, 2015


Introductory & Advanced Courses



Advanced Course



Open User Meeting



This event consists of two days of interactive training and user meetings.

Friday, November 6 (both for current users and for those interested in CES EduPack)

  • Hands-on training at introductory and advanced levels
  • Inspiring presentations from educators that already use CES EduPack
  • Networking with other academics involved in materials teaching

Saturday, November 7 (Open User Meeting)

  • Open user sessions with the agenda set by participants
  • Discussions of key topics in materials teaching today
  • Have a say in CES EduPack future development

Full agenda below

Originating from Professor Mike Ashby's work at Cambridge University and used by 200+ US Universities, including Purdue University, Stanford University, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and University of Michigan, CES EduPack enhances the teaching of materials at all levels of university education across Engineering, Science and Design.

Whether you already use CES EduPack in your teaching, or have heard about the resources and would like to know more, take a trip to Philadelphia and participate in our workshop to discover CES EduPack and contribute to its future development. From simple examples to engage introductory materials and engineering students, to applied design projects using visual, interactive and systematic material selection methodology, the interactive sessions will inspire your teaching.

The workshop and user meeting will be led by Dr. Ron Kander, Executive Dean of the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, Hannah Melia, the Product Manager for CES EduPack and associated resources, and Luca Masi, Aerospace Engineer and Development Manager for USA at Granta Design. You are sure to leave Philadelphia enlightened and entertained!

Feedback from a previous course:

"The workshop turned out to be a very productive two days for me. I strongly recommend that my colleagues, both beginners and seasoned users, participate in the upcoming users workshop. You will learn a great deal, and I guarantee that you won’t be bored!" Professor David Pope, University of Pennsylvania.


Day One: Friday, November 6, 2015

Morning: Introduction to teaching with CES EduPack

Time Topic
8am Registration & Refreshments
8:30am Introduction to CES EduPack
9:30am Interactive hands-on demonstrations and exercises
  • CES EduPack databases
  • Video tutorials and help functions
  • Charting and rational selection methodology
  • Property trade-off functions and material performance indices
11am Coffee Break
11:15am Interactive hands-on case studies
  • Case studies— Two material selection project examples
12:30pm Lunch break


Day One: Friday, November 6, 2015

Afternoon: Advanced CES EduPack features

Time Topic

CES EduPack advanced features and advanced hands-on case studies. Themes may include:

  • CES EduPack Advanced Editions and databases including Aerospace, Sustainability, Eco Design, Bio Engineering, Polymers and much more
  • CES EduPack for Capstone design
  • Introductory materials teaching and engaging non-materials majors
  • Overview of CES Selector for advanced teaching and research
  Users' presentations: short presentations from CES EduPack users will break up the afternoon session
5pm Take home problem assignment

Day Two: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Morning only: Open User Meeting

Time Topic
8am Registration & Refreshments
8:30am Discussion of overnight problem assignment and its solution

Open User Meeting: open format with time for presentations from users and discussion. Possible sessions on:

  • What's new in CES EduPack 2015 and plans for 2016
  • Future horizons: preview and access to prototypes
  • New features brainstorm and prioritization: we value your ideas and feedback
12:30pm Lunch
1pm Open discussion
2pm Close

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.  

Luca Masi is an Aerospace Engineer working at Granta Design as Development Manager for USA. He has previously collaborated with the French Space Agency on software development for bio-inspired space trajectory optimization and on computational techniques for engineering decision-making at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde (UK). He is author of chapters for AIAA and IEEE books on these subjects. He also has R&D experience in spacecraft propulsion systems. Luca holds an MSc in Space Engineering and a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy), and is completing a PhD in computational techniques for aerospace engineering applications.

Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design and has responsibility for the development of CES EduPack and associated teaching resources. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Design, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Cambridge. She has worked in the United States and Germany on medical device design and technology transfer. Over the last six years she has interacted with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.