Hands-on workshops

Materials Selection and the Environment


University of Sharjah (UAE)


Monday, January 15, 2018

Early bird:

Friday, December 22

Workshop Package:

  • One day hands-on course
  • A case study paper
  • Course notes
  • One-month access to all CES EduPack databases and editions

Join the first workshop to be held in this region, 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 universities worldwide, including University of Sharjah, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Emirates Aviation University, American University of Middle East, King Abdulaziz University, Qatar University, and Texas A&M University at Qatar.

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 Sharjah 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. Sami Daouk and Dr. Claes Fredriksson from Granta Design. You are sure to leave Sharjah enlightened and entertained!

Universities previously attending CES EduPack workshops


| American University of Sharjah | Ohio State University | King Abdulaziz University | Illinois Institute of Technology | University of Toledo | King Saud University | Georgia Institute of Technology | University of California, Berkeley | University of Florida | University of Cambridge | Boston University | Northumbria University | Northwestern University | University of Wolverhampton | University of California, Davis |

Course Content

Monday, January 15, 2018
Time Topic
09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:30 Course opens - Welcome, Introductions, Granta's Education Hub and Agenda Review
10:00 Getting started with CES EduPack
Learn how to engage students using our interactive, visual software, with access to reliable materials data.
10:30 Hands-on exercises
11:00 Coffee break
11:15 Materials Selection: translation, screening, ranking
Discover the basics of systematic materials selection methodology, teaching transferable skills to your students.
12:00 Hands-on exercises
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Eco design and Sustainability: introducing students to life-cycle thinking
Examine Eco Design and Life-cycle thinking to support material selection for greener products.
14:45 Energy and Resources
Look at the data and resources for power systems and critical elements.
15:15 Developing materials to improve performance
Create hybrids and composites with the Synthesizer Tool.
15:45 Coffee break
16:15 Objectives in conflict and lightweighting case study
Delve deeper into material selection by examining an advanced industrial case study.
17:15 Materials selection for R&D - application to biomedical engineering
See how the CES Selector platform is used by industry to find and analyze data in order to compare, assess and select materials.
18:00 Wrap up and close

About the presenters

Dr. Sami Daouk, Granta Design

Sami Daouk is working as Development Manager for France, Belgium, Middle East and North Africa. He is also helping in developing Teaching Resources in French and delivering training. Sami holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Mechanics of Materials and Structures from ENSTA Paristech. He has undertaken his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay in France. Sami is passionate about technology and education, and has many years of experience in automotive, rail and energy industries in France and Germany. Before joining Granta, Sami worked on a European project led by ‘’Électricité de France Recherche & Développement’’ (EDF R&D) on Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification in dynamic models of assemblies of mechanical structures. He is the lead author of several publications on this subject.

  Dr. Sami Daouk

Dr. Claes Fredriksson, Granta Design

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. Claes works with academics across the world, collaborating on producing teaching resources and running CES EduPack training.

  Dr. Claes Fredriksson


University of Sharjah
College of Engineering

Directions > 


The University of Sharjah has negotiated rates with Centro Hotel, which is near Sharjah airport. The hotel is roughly a 10-15 min walk from the University.



Early Bird Rate (before Dec 15)

Normal Rate (after Dec 15)

Workshop Package



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.