CES EduPack Workshop, hosted by University of California, Irvine

Advanced Material Selection: from lightweighting to Eco Design with CES EduPack


University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA


Friday, February 24, 2017

Early bird:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Workshop Package:

One-day hands-on course

Case Study Papers

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.

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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

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 California 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 Luca Masi, USA Development Manager at Granta Design and Marc Fry, Director Education Division at Granta Design. You are sure to leave California enlightened and entertained!

Universities previously attending CES EduPack workshops in North America


| Northwestern University | Ohio State University | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | University of Pennsylvania | Worcester Polytechnic Institute | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Boston University | Illinois Institute of Technology | University of Louisville | Clemson University | University of Toledo | University of Massachusetts Lowell | University of Florida | University of Michigan-Dearborn | Georgia Institute of Technology | Auburn University | Washington University in St. Louis | The University of Alabama | University of Toledo | Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering | Philadelphia University | University of California, Berkeley | University of California, Davis | San Francisco State University | Santa Clara University |

Course Content

Friday, February 24
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 Objectives in conflict and lightweighting case study
See how this selection methodology is used commercially and inspire your students and fellow researchers with advanced industrial case studies.
14:00 The Eco Audit and Synthesizer Tool case studies
Explore concepts to support your eco design courses using Eco Audit, and explore hybrids and composites with the Synthesizer Tool.
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Knowledge and Ideas Exchange
An opportunity for educators to exchange teaching ideas and personal experiences with CES EduPack. Aimed to complement and strengthen your teaching and syllabus.
16:30 Materials data, charting and selection for R&D
See how product developers find the property data they need, manage materials information for projects and collaborations, and analyze this data to compare, select, and assess materials.
16:45 Wrap up and close

About the presenters

Luca Masi, USA Senior Development Manager, Granta Design
Luca is an Aerospace Engineer working at Granta Design as Development Manager for USA. He has run similar materials selection short courses at universities (Georgia Tech, Northwestern University, Boston University, Sheffield University) and conferences (TMS, ASEE). Before joining Granta, he has collaborated with the French Space Agency on software development for bio-inspired space trajectory optimization, and on computational techniques for multi-objective optimization as part of his PhD at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde (UK). He is author of several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters for AIAA and IEEE on these subjects. He also has R&D industrial experience in spacecraft propulsion systems. Luca also holds a Master’s Degree (first class) in Space Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy).

  Mr Masi
Marc Fry, Director Education Division, Granta Design
Marc is the Director of the Education Division of Granta Design and has ten years' experience at the cutting edge of global materials, engineering, and design-related education. He works closely with Mike Ashby and plays a key role in the development of Granta's Education products. Marc was instrumental in the founding of the Materials Education Symposia and represents Granta at the Global Engineering Deans Council and at the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies. He is passionate about education and is a regular conference speaker on topics relating to materials education. He holds a Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering Degree from Cambridge University and an Executive MBA from the Judge Business School at Cambridge, with a specialization in university spin-off companies.
  Marc Fry


University of California, Irvine
Room 652 Engineering Tower
Irvine, CA 92697

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Parking is available nearby at the Anteater Parking Structure - cross streets Anteater and East Peltason. Visitor parking permits can be purchased at the kisok at the entrance to the garage.

A walking map can be found here showing the pathways to the Engineering Tower from the Anteater Parking Structure.


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Early Bird Rate (before Jan 13)

Normal Rate (after Jan 13)



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.