CES EduPack Workshop, hosted by Northwestern University

From Introductory Materials Teaching to Advanced Material Selection Case Studies with CES EduPack

Workshop Package:

One-day hands-on course

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

Two-month access to all CES EduPack databases and editions


McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston (Chicago), Illinois


Friday, June 24

Join this one-day workshop for inspirational ideas and teaching resources that will help you to engage students in learning about materials and their use in engineering and design applications.

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 workshop turned out to be a very productive day 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

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 Chicago 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 will be led by Hannah Melia,Teaching Resources Team Leader at Granta Design, Dr. Claes Fredriksson, Senior Materials Education Consultant at Granta Design, and Luca Masi, Aerospace Engineer and Development Manager for USA also at Granta Design. You are sure to leave Chicago enlightened and entertained!

Course Content

Friday, June 24

Introductory Level - Morning

Time Topic
08.00 Registration & refreshments
08.30 Course opens - Welcome, Introductions and Agenda Review
08.45 Materials, Data and Charts for CES EduPack
10.00 Hands-on exercises
10.30 Coffee break
10.45 Materials Selection: translation, screening, ranking
12.00 Hands-on exercises
12.30 Lunch

Friday, June 24

Advanced Level - Afternoon

Time Topic
12.30 Registration & lunch
13.15 Welcome, Introductions and Agenda Review
13.30 Objectives in conflict and light-weighting case study
14.30 Coffee break
14.45 Advanced Editions, Aerospace and Synthesizer Tool
15.45 Hands-on exercises
16.15 Wrap up, discussion and information on Granta’s tools for R&D
16.30 Close

About the presenters

Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design and has responsibility for the coordination of work on the Educational databases. 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 8 years she has interacted with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.   About Hannah Melia...
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.



Introductory Level (morning)


Advanced Level (afternoon)


Full day


Both the introductory and advanced level packages include lunch and refreshments.


McCormick School of Engineering,
Northwestern University

633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Directions: northwestern.edu/visit/maps-directions


The Granta team will be staying at the Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston Hotel.

Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston, 1515 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60201

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