Dr. Claes Fredriksson

Broadcast 1


  • LA: 09:00
  • New York: 12:00
  • London: 16:00
  • Paris: 17:00

Broadcast 2


  • London: 08:00
  • Paris: 09:00
  • Singapore: 16:00
  • Canberra: 19:00
Plastic waste: the material challenge

The challenge of plastic waste accumulating in landfills, on beaches, and in the sea has many dimensions – economic, social and environmental. Public campaigns, government initiatives, and global media coverage contribute to the growing awareness of this type of material life-cycle problem. Real-world concerns like this are a potent way of engaging students on engineering and design courses, and encouraging them to consider the (sometimes unintended) consequences arising from materials decisions. Open to anyone teaching materials in engineering, science, design or sustainability, this live web seminar on October 30 (repeated Nov 1) focuses on this type of material challenge.

What you will learn

  • Encourage students to consider the unintended consequences arising from materials decisions
  • Discover the extensive data available in CES EduPack for a wide range of materials, including plastics
  • Find out how engaging and interactive charts can be used to compare materials based on physical and environmental properties
  • See how students can be engaged with real-world problems, in this case: plastic waste.

Who should take part?

  • Anyone teaching materials in engineering, science, or design.

About the presenters

Bridget Ogwezi  

Dr. Bridget Ogwezi is part of the team working with universities in the USA, supporting the use of CES EduPack. She holds a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey. She also holds an Engineering Doctorate from the Technologies for a Sustainable Built Environment Centre at the University of Reading, UK. Her research involved the innovative use of hybrid materials for sustainable design. She has worked with BuroHappold Engineering Facades, assisting in thermal analysis to improve building designs.

Dr. Claes Fredriksson  

Dr. Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and post graduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the U.S.A, 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 Programme to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches.

How to register and join the session

There is no cost but registration is required through the WebEx system. Please ensure you set your local time zone to receive accurate meeting invitations and test your setup in advance of the meeting. How to use WebEx, including setting times zone & language preferences 

This web seminar is not appropriate for students.

About CES EduPack

CES EduPack is the world-leading teaching resource for materials in engineering, science, processing, and design. It provides a comprehensive database of materials and process information and powerful tools to visualise data, select materials, assess environmental impact, and model hybrid materials and the cost of manufacturing. A range of supporting lectures, projects, case studies, and exercises are provided via Granta’s Education Hub. With specialist editions for specific disciplines, and three levels of the database and software to suit varying needs in all years of undergraduate study and in postgraduate teaching, CES EduPack is a curriculum-wide resource.

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