CES EduPack Workshop

From Introductory Materials Teaching to Capstone Design Projects

Do you want to minimize time spent preparing for interactive in-class materials selection exercises?

Do you want to spend more time helping students learn and explore in an active, collaborative classroom environment?

Do you want to get more students interested in materials and the materials selection process?

Do you want to flip your materials classroom?

Venue: Philadelphia University

Dates: June 12-13, 2015

Cost: $270

This training event consists of two half-day sessions, beginning at lunchtime on Friday June 12, and concluding with lunch on Saturday June 13.

Originating from Professor Mike Ashby's work at Cambridge University and used by Top USA Engineering Universities, including the Ivy League, University of Michigan, and Purdue University, CES EduPack enhances the teaching of engineering materials at all levels of university education.

Philadelphia course, 2013

Whether you are a user of the CES EduPack software and teaching resources, or have heard about the package and would like to know more, take a trip to Philadelphia and discover CES EduPack 2015: from simple examples to engage introductory materials and engineering students, to real life design projects using visual, interactive and systematic material selection methodology.

This workshop will be delivered by Dr. Ron Kander, Executive Dean of the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and Luca Masi, Aerospace Engineer and Education Manager at Granta Design. You are sure to leave Philadelphia enlightened and entertained!

Course Content

Day One: Introduction to teaching with CES EduPack

Friday, June 12 (pm)

Time Topic
12.30pm Registration opens, Coffee
1.00pm Introduction to CES EduPack
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
  • Case study 1—Material selection example
  • Case study 2—Material selection example
  • Case study 3—Eco Audit example
5.15pm Take-home problem assignment #1

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

Saturday, June 13 (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.

Luca Masi holds an MSc and a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from University of Pisa (Italy). He has worked with the French Space Government Agency (CNES) and Thales-Alenia Space on space trajectory optimization using innovative bio-inspired computing, and has international research experience in the field of aerospace propulsion and combinatorial optimization, as well as teaching experience as private tutor for a number of engineering undergraduate courses in London. He is also PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Luca supports universities in US, Europe and Middle East.

  Luca Masi