CES EduPack Short Course, hosted by Northumbria University

Materials Teaching from Undergraduate to Postgraduate


Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


September 15, 2016


£150—limited spaces available

Short Course Package:

One-day hands-on training

One copy of an Ashby textbook

Course Notes

One-month access to all CES EduPack databases and editions

One-month access to CES Selector

Join this one-day of interactive training, providing an introduction to teaching with CES EduPack. The day will provide you with inspirational ideas and teaching resources that will help you to engage students in learning about materials, their use in engineering applications, and their relevance for life-cycle thinking and eco-design.

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

"The interactive sessions were well put together, run by helpful and friendly staff. These helped me and my colleagues get to grips with the software at both a basic level and then onto a more advanced level by the end of the 2nd day. This has not only helped in my understanding of what is possible but given me ideas of how to change my assessments and teaching to get the most out of it for both myself and our students. This session is great for those that lack confidence in the software and want to be able to teach with it. "
Dr Julian Dean, Lecturer in Material Science from the University of Sheffield

WorkshopThis Course is ideal for those who are new to CES EduPack or seeking a refresher on its use. As part of the course package, participants will receive access to All Editions of the software for 30 days after the course. The course will be led by Dr Claes Fredriksson and supported by Dr Pippa Newby.

The course will take place in the Department of Mechanical and Construction at Northumbria University. All participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.

About the Hosts and Location

This short course is hosted by the Mechanical and Construction Engineering Department at Northumbria University, a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students.

The University has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880. Today, by putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.

Northumbria is top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment and nine out of ten of our graduates are working or studying six months after graduation. Northumbria is ranked 21st out of 111 universities in the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey.

Course Content

Thursday, September 15
Time Topic
09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:35 Course opens - Welcome, Introductions, Teaching Resource Website and Agenda Review
09:45 Materials, Data and Charts for CES EduPack
11:00 Hands-on exercises
11:35 Manipulating Properties: Chemistry, Microstructure, Architecture
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Materials Selection: Translation, Screening, Ranking
14:15 Hands-on exercises
14:30 Coffee & Refreshments
15:00 Eco-Selection and the Eco Audit Tool: Introducing Students to Life-Cycle Thinking
15:45 Hands-on exercises
16:15 Advanced Databases and Selection using CES Selector
17:15 Wrap up & Discussion
17:30 Close

About the presenters

Dr Claes Fredriksson, Senior Materials Education Consultant, Granta Design
Dr Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the USA, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Program to enable him to teach in the USA and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches.

  Mr Masi
Dr Pippa Newby, Education Development Manager, Granta Design
Dr Pippa Newby supports Educational institutions across the globe including the UK, Northern Europe Canada and Asia. She holds a PhD in Materials from Imperial College London and an MPhys in Physics from the University of Kent. Pippa has teaching experience through laboratory demonstrating, supporting first year material science students with their maths studies, tutoring at a range of levels and taken part in various outreach programs including space school, cool physics and forensic crime labs.
  Dr Phillips



Early Bird Rate(before Aug 12)

Normal Rate (after Aug 12)

Full day



The day will include lunch and refreshments.


Department of Mechanical & Construction Engineering
Northumbria University
Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne

Meeting Room: WJ 301 in the Wynne Jones Building

Map » Location 36 on the map

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The Granta team will be staying at the Staybridge Suites Newcastle. The hotel is within a 15 minute walk to the venue.

Staybridge Suites Newcastle
Buxton Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

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To book, please visit their website directly, or try a hotel booking agent for special rates.

Alternative Nearby Hotel Options:

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  1. Staybridge Suites Newcastle (host hotel)
  2. Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre - New Bridge Street
  3. Grey Street Hotel
  4. Malmaison Newcastle
  5. Travelodge Newcastle Central
  6. The Vermont Hotel