CES EduPack Workshop, hosted by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

From Introductory Materials Teaching to Advanced Industrial Case Studies


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Early bird:

Friday, June 30

Workshop Package:

One-day hands-on course

A case study paper

Course notes

One-month access to all CES EduPack databases and editions

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.

See universities previously attending this workshop >

Originating from Professor Mike Ashby's work at Cambridge University CES EduPack enhances the teaching of materials at all levels of university education across Engineering, Science and Design. CES EduPack is used by over 1000 across the globe, including leading universities across Europe from TU Delft in the Netherlands, University of Manchester in the UK, Chalmers in Sweden and the hosts of this short course, KIT in Germany.

Dr Dean "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, University of Sheffield

WorkshopWhether you already use CES EduPack in your teaching, or have heard about the resources and would like to know more, take a trip to Karlsruhe 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 Dr. Tatiana Vakhitova, Dr. Nicolas Martin and Markus Hantschmann from Granta Design. You are sure to leave Karlsruhe enlightened and entertained!

Universities previously attending CES EduPack workshops in Europe


| Han University of Applied Sciences | IUT Lyon | Jönköping University | TU Delft | Nottingham Trent University | Karlstad University | Universität Paderborn | Université d'Artois | Université de Liège | KU Leuven | Linköping | ENSAM ParisTech | De Haagse Hogeschool | KEA, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology | Shrewsbury College | Northumbria University | University of Brighton | Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | University of Wolverhampton | Universidad Rey Juan Carlos | Universidad de Salamanca | Universidade Nova de Lisboa | Bergische Universität Wuppertal | San Francisco State University | Karlsruhe |

Course Content

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time Topic
08:30 Registration & refreshments
09:00 Course opens - Welcome, Introductions and Agenda Review
09:30 Getting started with CES EduPack
Learn how to engage students using our interactive, visual software, with access to reliable materials data.
10:00 Hands-on exercises
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Materials Selection: translation, screening, ranking
Discover the basics of systematic materials selection methodology, teaching transferable skills to your students.
11:30 Hands-on exercises
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Guest Speaker: Dr.-Ing Stefan Dietrich, KIT
Materials Selection for Composite and Hybrid Materials
In this talk the basics of material selection for composite and hybrid materials will be illustrated. Several material examples from sandwich composites to fibre reinforced materials are outlined and the mathematical and graphical selection in material property charts is explained. Using the synthesizer tool of CES Edupack the participants will learn how to create material selection charts for different composites and how to compare and select composite materials.
14:00 The Eco Audit Tool
Explore concepts to support your eco design courses using Eco Audit.
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Introduction to CES Selector for Research
Learn how those in research access a comprehensive library of authoritative materials data and tools to plot, compare, and apply this data.
16:00 Guest Speaker: Industrial guest speaker
Materials data, charting and selection for R&D
Industrial guest speaker with a case study on novel fibers and composites, showing CES Selector software for data analysis and visualization.
16:45 Wrap up and close

About the presenters

Dr. Tatiana V Vakhitova, Education Development Manager, Granta Design
As a part of Education Division, contributes to teaching resources development in the area of Sustainable Development. Tatiana supports educational and research institutions in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Middle East. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the Centre for Sustainable Development and an MPhil from the Land Economy Department (University of Cambridge, UK).

Tatiana has teaching experience, working as a Teaching Assistant for Engineering Management Division at the University of Cambridge and being a supervisor for students at the Judge Business School, Engineering and Land Economy Departments (University of Cambridge).
  Dr. Vakhitova

Dr. Nicolas Martin, Education Development Manager, Granta Design
Dr Nicolas Martin holds a PhD in material science as well as a master’s degree in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux, France. Nicolas has worked for the alternative energies and atomic energy commission (CEA) and the Safran group before joining Granta. With industrial sponsorship his doctorate involved composite material improvements for aeronautic applications. Nicolas is leading the education and research related activities for France, French speaking countries and China. He is also helping with the development of French Teaching Resources aimed at all level of studies and delivering training to French speaking academics.

Markus Hantschmann, Education Development Manager, Granta Design
Markus is leading the Education and Research related activities in German speaking countries and helps to develop the German and Science driven Teaching Resources with a focus on material science for all level of studies.

He holds MSc degree from TU Berlin in Physics during which he spend time at the Chemistry department at Queens University Canada. Markus worked in various countries on topics related to correlated materials and especially on the development of new X-ray based experimental methods for their further understanding.
  Markus Hantschmann
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Dietrich, Head of the Department Production and Component Behaviour, KIT
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Dietrich’s research focuses on the characterization, simulation, and stability and impacts of the process related microstructure of components. He also investigates shot peening and its modifications for the use of hardening and for local thermal treatment, as induction hardening or laser edge layer hardening. At KIT he is involved in teaching different lectures, seminars, and tutorials related to material science and engineering. He is giving the lecture on systematic material selection for mechanical, economic and materials engineers.
  Dr.-Ing. Dietrich


Institute for Applied Materials – Werkstoffkunde (IAM-WK)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Campus Süd Engelbert-Arnold-Straße 4
Building 10.91
Karlsruhe 76131

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Registration includes the workshop package, lunch and refreshments.

Discounted Registration for Groups

Please contact Abbie Fung (Event Manager) for group discount registration. To qualify:

  • All attendees must be from the same university.
  • Group size must be of three (3) or more.
  • All attendees must register at the same time.
  • Full payment must be received at the time of registration.