American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference

New Orleans, LA, USA

June 26-29, 2016

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Granta is exhibiting and hosting a workshop at this event.

Founded by Professor Mike Ashby in 1994, Granta today supports over 1,000 universities and colleges worldwide with CES EduPack, the world’s leading resources to support and enhance materials teaching in engineering, design, and sustainability. Granta also coordinates the Materials Education Symposia conferences. We're always interested in meeting the materials education community to discuss how we can work together to further advance the field.

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CES EduPack Workshop

Green Engineering – Materials, Eco-Design and Sustainable Development with CES EduPack

Date: Sunday, June 26
Time: 1pm-4pm
Where: New Orleans Convention Center, 269
Register: online with ASEE

Materials Science and Engineering is a great vehicle for teaching environmental and sustainability issues in engineering education. A widely used computer based tool for materials education, CES EduPack, can be useful since its comprehensive database of material properties include, e.g., carbon footprint, embodied energy, water use and durability properties covering all classes of materials for interactive and time-efficient use by students. It also supports an approach for assessments of environmental performance of products, called Eco Audit, which is applicable already during the design. Finally, a recent 5-step methodology to evaluate Sustainable Development of technologies uses data on criticality, geo-economic as well as legislative and social aspects of the materials and the countries of their extraction, which is available in the Sustainability database of CES EduPack. This methodology has initially been proposed and tested at several Universities including Cambridge University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about CES EduPack and to get hands-on experience of how to use it in problems. It is based on Short Course Lecture Units developed by Professor Mike Ashby and colleagues at the Engineering Department of Cambridge University.

Before the workshop, time-limited licenses for CES EduPack 2016 will be distributed and during the session, there will be an introduction to the software, lectures and demonstrations how to use it to find data for Eco-informed materials selection. We will spend time on a Sustainable Development Case study, as well some hands-on exercises using your own Windows-compatible laptops and, of course, answering your questions.


  • Introduction to CES EduPack and the databases
  • Eco-informed Materials Selection and Eco Audit
  • Sustainable Development assesssment methodology
  • Integrated Demos and Hands-on exercises using CES EduPack

Course Presenters

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.  

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. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge and 6 years of experience interacting with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.