CES EduPack Training Webinars

The CES EduPack software is easy-to-use, both for educators preparing lectures and student exercises, and for students completing those exercises and exploring the world of materials. Training is not necessary, and there are integrated help and getting started resources to make it even easier. However, training can help educators to get even more from the software and associated resources.

Online monthly training

Regular interactive monthly training webinars provide updates on the latest news from the Materials Education community; case studies and examples with practical ideas you can use with your students; tips and tricks of how to use more advanced features of CES EduPack. Full details below.

If you are an educator using CES EduPack and have not already signed up for this series, please register  to receive your individual ID and password in advance of each session.

Once registered, you will receive automated joining instructions each month. You may like to add messenger@webex.com to your "safe senders" list. More details on how to join a WebEx, including how to test your settings, here.

Feel free to invite your colleagues to register—they will also need their individual registration ID to be able to join the session.


What’s New in CES EduPack 2017
Wednesday, February 8

Prof Mike Ashby shows how the new features and latest developments in CES EduPack 2017 can enhance your materials teaching. The software now includes Electronic structure data and extended information on criticality and restricted materials. There are also improved chart annotations, and new folder-level records, accessible from charts, that contain generic material family information for introductory classes. The Part Cost Estimator now includes machining processes, making it easier to compare manufacturing pathways. A new Learn button gives students easier access to resources that facilitate self-learning. As a bonus feature, last year’s prototype Products, Materials and Processes database will be available this year as a complementary download for classroom use with CES EduPack 2017.

 


Second Wednesday of the month at:
  • 5pm CET (Paris, Berlin, Rome, etc.)
  • 4pm UK time (London, Dublin)
  • 11am Eastern US (New York)
  • 8am Pacific US (San Francisco)

Eco Design and Sustainable Development with CES EduPack
Wednesday, March 8

Dr Tatiana Vakhitova and Dr Claes Fredriksson describe how the CES EduPack platform, with its data and tools, can be used to teach Eco Design and Sustainable Development. The Elements database/datatable constitutes a rich resource for students of science, design, and engineering interested in environmental impact. New capabilities of the enhanced Eco Audit raise awareness of critical or restricted materials for Eco Design and helps discuss materials circularity. The Sustainability database provides a materials perspective to assess and debate projects that claim to be sustainable developments. The methodology and databases are showcased with recent examples.

 


Second Wednesday of the month at:
  • 5pm CET (Paris, Berlin, Rome, etc.)
  • 4pm UK time (London, Dublin)
  • 11am Eastern US (New York)
  • 8am Pacific US (San Francisco)

Teaching Advanced Bioengineering with CES EduPack
Wednesday, April 12

Dr Pippa Newby leads the development of the Bioengineering Edition of CES EduPack and related resources for education. In this training webinar she will highlight useful features in the specialized Bioengineering databases, Level 2 and 3, sharing practical ideas you can use with your students. She will also show how you can use advanced tools in CES EduPack 2017 for bioengineering with a case study on skeletal implants, comparing biological materials with traditional engineering materials.

 


Second Wednesday of the month at:
  • 5pm CET (Paris, Berlin, Rome, etc.)
  • 4pm UK time (London, Dublin)
  • 11am Eastern US (New York)
  • 8am Pacific US (San Francisco)

Campus license training

Educators involved in Granta's campus license program can also sign up for an online session which covers the use of CES EduPack as a multidisciplinary resource. More details 

 

Presenter Biographies

Prof. Mike Ashby, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge Prof. Mike Ashby, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials being the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks and of over 200 papers on topics including the mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, powder compaction, mechanisms of wear, methodologies for materials selection, and the modelling of material shaping processes. He is recipient of numerous awards and honours including Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the American Academy of Engineering. Mike co-founded Granta and remains part of the team putting together teaching resources and driving the development of CES EduPack forward.
   
Dr Tatiana V Vakhitova contributes to teaching resources development in the area of Sustainable Development Dr Tatiana V Vakhitova contributes to teaching resources development in the area of Sustainable Development as well as supporting educational and research institutions in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the 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. 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. 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.
   
Dr. Jorge Sobral has a background in biomedical engineering with a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Jorge Sobral has a background in biomedical engineering with a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. His technical background is multidisciplinary, and he has been part of several successful research projects, particularly in the field of bone tissue engineering and medical devices. Currently working with research oriented universities in the USA, Brazil and Portugal. He has also been involved in the Materials Genome Initiative in the USA.
   
Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge and 6 years of experience interacting with academics that use CES EduPack around the world. Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge, a post-graduate degree in Manufacturing Management, and 8 years of experience interacting with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.
   
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. He 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. 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. He 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.


Archive

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Getting Started with CES EduPack

New course this semester? Want a quick way to learn the basics of CES EduPack and get some ideas of what to do with your students? The leader of the Educational Products team at Granta Design, Hannah Melia, delivers a quick overview of finding information, creating charts, making selections and assessing Eco impact. The training includes a review of where you can find teaching resources, including exercises, lecture units, and white papers; and some tips on getting students started with the Video Tutorials.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Teaching Materials Science with CES EduPack ,

In this training webinar, Dr. Lee Phillips and Dr. Claes Fredriksson discussed how CES EduPack can be used to dig deeper into the topic of Materials Science. They shared ideas, tips and examples with the aim to continue the dialogue with the materials community. They also previewed some features for electronic structure that is planned for the Elements database in the 2017 editions of the software. They also showcased and shared the latest prototype for an interactive phase diagram tool. This new tool enables students to explore common binary phase diagrams and relate them to microstructure evolution during temperature changes, as discussed in common textbooks, for instance, by Callister or Shackelford.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Polymer selection for chemical containers ,

In this training webinar, Dr Nicolas Martin described the material substitution for a plastic chemical container in an advanced industrial case study adapted from Continuum Blue, a UK-based technology development consultancy. It provides an excellent example of how EduPack can be used in teaching to show industrially relevant material selection. This case study highlights chemical resistance of polymers and multiple selection lines. The connection to Finite Element Analysis was also discussed.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, High-performance Skateboard Design,

In this training webinar, Dr Claes Fredriksson shows how to use the Synthesizer Tool to benchmark a new design for a longboard. This is a high-performance skateboard used for high speeds and slalom competitions, for example. We both create composite materials and a structural hybrid in order to optimize the performance. The design has been developed by FORCE Technology in Denmark and is now considered for production in California. This example is taken from our series of Advanced Industrial Case Studies.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Getting started with CES EduPack,

New course this semester? Do you want to learn the basics of CES EduPack fast and get some ideas of what to do with your students? The leader of the Educational Products team at Granta Design, Hannah Melia, will deliver a quick overview of finding information, creating charts, making selections and a tool for Eco Design. The training will include a guide to where you can find teaching resources such as exercises, lecture units, and white papers; and some tips on getting students started with the Video Tutorials.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Beyond CES EduPack – CES Selector and CES Constructor,

Nicola Brand, Material Specialist in the Data Products Team at Granta, has long experience in providing training on our software for Advanced Teaching and Research. In this summer session, she talked about what the differences are between CES Selector and CES EduPack. For instance, powerful databases and tools for materials substitution. There was also an example of how you can edit databases using the CES Constructor toolkit. Finally, some information on the new online CES Selector Certificate program for professionals that might be of interest also to final year undergraduate students and graduates.

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016, Multiple-objective selection in Aerospace,

Dr Claes Fredriksson explores the new possibilities in CES EduPack 2016 to use multiple selection lines in complex material selection problems. This can be used to tackle, for example, alternative objectives for safe pressure vessels. In our case study, up to four objectives can be considered in one chart. It is also possible to investigate several coupled selection charts, if you want to study many objectives or constraints visually. To guide the demonstration, we will use the recently enhanced HELP functions embedded in all 2016 editions of the software.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, The possibilities of the ProcessUniverse,

Hannah Melia and Dr Claes Fredriksson take a good look at how you can use the ProcessUniverse to enrich your materials or design teaching with manufacturing information. They explore the new streamlined process selection in Level 2, and show how processes are linked to finished products in our prototype Products, Materials and Processes database for CES EduPack 2016. They also assess the cost of manufactured products using the Part Cost Estimator model of the Synthesizer tool. This takes into account both material and process costs and is new for 2016.

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016, Tools for teaching - the embedded treasures in CES EduPack,

Dr Claes Fredriksson shares concrete tips for teaching materials using the features inside EduPack 2016, almost as an interactive textbook. He shows how to make the most of the new enhanced help functions and how to use assignments to encourage self-study. A 3-step progression through the taxonomy of EduPack is suggested and backed-up with examples. The new help features can be used to teach, for example, how to derive performance indices for the most important cases or help you manage a surprise CES EduPack computer lab class with minimal preparation.

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016, Adding your own data and models in CES EduPack and CES Selector,

Dr Claes Fredriksson gives a guided tour of how, in CES EduPack, you can add up to 10 data records to any property chart. These can be from imaginary materials or based on test data. In CES Selector, up to 25 records can be added and the CES Constructor toolkit can be used to modify, extend or add your own data records to the databases. Finally, the facility to add your own models in the updated Synthesizer tool is highlighted with recent examples.

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016, What's New in CES EduPack 2016,

Prof Mike Ashby demonstrates how the new features and latest developments in CES EduPack 2016 could enhance your teaching. Multiple selection lines and boxes are now included in the software, as a result of user feedback. There are also improvements regarding Chart annotations, including trade-off curves, as well as Selection within the ProcessUniverse. The new Part Cost Estimator will help you compare the cost of components made via different processing routes, across different material classes. Furthermore, the CES Help is improved to facilitate self-learning.

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016, Getting Started with CES EduPack,

New course this semester? Want a quick way to learn the basics of CES EduPack and get some ideas of what to do with your students? The leader of the Teaching Resources team at Granta Design, Hannah Melia, delivers a quick overview of finding information, creating charts, making selections and assessing Eco impact. The training includes a review of where you can find teaching resources, including exercises, lecture units, and white papers; and some tips on getting students started with the Video Tutorials.

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015, Engaging Engineers and Inspiring Designers

Prof Mike Ashby introduces the new Products, Materials and Processes Database. This database will be integrated into the CES EduPack 2016 software and aims to inspire and engage students by showing examples of innovative use of materials in product design. Educators can use links to more in-depth information on the materials involved and the processes used to make the product.

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015, Advanced Industrial Case Studies

Dr Claes Fredriksson and Dr Jorge Sobral show how CES EduPack’s Advanced databases can be used for industrially relevant teaching. An in-depth case study on automotive lightweighting for a high-spec applications is shown in which metal parts are replaced by polymers. CES EduPack will be compared with CES Selector, which is used to find suitable substitutions in industry.

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015, Introductory Teaching Approaches

Dr Claes Fredriksson shows the new lecture unit on Introduction to Materials and selected exercises for introductory materials teaching. These are intended for pre-university or some early undergraduate teaching to support learning activities over a wide range of materials-related topics on a very basic level. These can be used as a complement to your textbook or lecture notes to stimulate self-learning by, e.g., assignments.

Wednesday, Sept 9, 2015, Getting Started with CES EduPack 2015

New course this semester? Want a quick way to learn the basics of CES EduPack and get some ideas of what to do with your students? The leader of the Teaching Resources team at Granta Design, Hannah Melia, delivers a quick overview of finding information, creating charts, making selections and assessing Eco impact. The training includes a review of where you can find teaching resources, including exercises, lecture units, and white papers; and some tips on getting students started with the Video Tutorials.

Thursday, July 2, 2015, The Functional Materials Database

Professor Mike Ashby will present a new database on Functional materials and demonstrate a few cases of how it could be used in teaching. The database, so far, contains Thermoelectrics, Piezoelectrics as well as Magnetostrictive, Magnetocaloric and some other examples of Functional materials that are used in interesting applications. A prototype has already been made available on the teaching resources website for you to try out before this training and to give feed-back.

Thursday, Jun 4, 2015, Physical Resources with CES EduPack—Energy, Elements and Circularity

Dr. Claes Fredriksson reviews CES EduPack’s capabilities for teaching related to physical resources: The new 2015 Elements Database, The Power System Data Table in the Energy and Sustainable Development Editions as well as how to use the Advanced Eco Audit in teaching to model a Circular Materials Economy for a more efficient use of material resources.

Thursday, May 7, 2015, Challenging Concepts in CES EduPack

Dr. Claes Fredriksson takes a thorough look at Materials Indices for selection and Penalty Functions to handle trade-off as part of our regular online training for Educators using CES EduPack. This has been requested by several users, who seek to get a deeper understanding of these challenging but extremely useful concepts in teaching.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, CES EduPack for Bio Engineering

Dr Ana Pereira leads the development of the Bio Engineering Edition and related resources for education. She will highlight new features in the Bio Engineering Edition CES EduPack 2015. She will do this by an in-depthcase study showing Materials Selection for a medical device, sharing practical ideas you can use with your students. She will also tell how you can participate in the development of resources on Bio Engineering in the future.

Thursday, February 5, 2015, What's new with CES EduPack 2015?

Prof. Mike Ashby and Hannah Melia will be showing you what's new in the soon to be released CES EduPack 2015. Find out about how CES EduPack has been improved to support real-world teaching, including updated Eco Audit tool, new additive manufacturing records, better help resources, and much more. Join the webinar to view demos of the new features and find out how CES EduPack 2015 can enhance your teaching.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, Project Based Teaching and Capstone Design

The Teaching Resources Team Leader at Granta Design, Hannah Melia, will talk about how CES EduPack could be useful in Project Based Teaching and Capstone Design courses. Capstone design projects, or other final year project courses that engineering students typically undertake, try to bring together and cement the knowledge the students have acquired over the course of their studies. Our Software can be used to support students going through this process in many ways. Methodology and databases will be illustrated by examples and a case study.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, Sustainability from a Materials Perspective

Prof. Mike Ashby and Dr. Tatiana Vakhitova will describe a framework for exploring sustainability from a Materials perspective. The aim is not to define a single metric or index of sustainability; rather it is to improve the quality of discussion and debate on projects that claim to be sustainable developments. This suggests a methodology for the sustainability-analysis of products or projects, supported by a new CES EduPack Sustainability database. The methodology and databases will be illustrated by a case study.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, Getting Started Interactive Webinar

Prof. Mike Ashby will be running an interactive webinar specifically designed for educators that have not yet used CES EduPack in their teaching. This will be a unique extended session (~1hr 30 mins). To benefit fully, you will need to have CES EduPack installed on your own computer, ready to use in real time. Follow along with the step-by-step exercises, and share in the discussions.

Thursday, September 4, 2014, Beyond the MaterialUniverse

Dr. Jorge Sobral will show you how to add records into CES EduPack, how to access other databases (such as the New, Emerging, and Unusual Materials), and even how to make your own!

Thursday, July 3, 2014: "Enhancing Product Development Teaching"

Dr. Claes Fredriksson will discuss how CES EduPack can be used for Project-based learning in courses on Product Development and address typical Learning Outcomes from this approach.

Thursday, June 5, 2014: "A Picture Tells a Thousand Words"

Hannah Melia, who leads the Teaching Resources Team will show you different ways you can use diagrams, charts and images in CES EduPack to convey Materials concepts. She’ll cover general tips and tricks and make sure you are up-to-date with what is going on in our community. Hannah will be able to answer any questions you might have after the session.

Thursday, May 1, 2014: "Trade Offs and Q&A"

Dr Claes Fredriksson, our Senior Materials Education Consultant will walk you through an advanced case study using penalty functions to handle trade offs. We’ll also offer a few tips and tricks and make sure you are up to date with the resources and events available to you. Claes will be available afterwards to answer any question you might have directly.

Thursday, April 3, 2014: "Advanced Case Studies (part 2)"

Dr Ana Pereira is an Education Manager and is part of the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design. She leads the developments for the Bio Engineering Edition and related resources. She will give an update on the latest news from the Materials Education community and explore in-depth case studies exploring Biopolymers, Woods, and Materials Selection for Pacemakers, sharing practical ideas you can use with your students.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, Advanced Case Studies (1):

Dr. Claes Fredriksson, Granta's Senior Materials Education Consultant, covered an in-depth, advanced case study, as well as offer a few tips and tricks for advanced features of CES EduPack. He'll also make sure that you are up-to-date with the teaching resources that are available to you.

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014, Getting Started

New course this semester? Want a quick way to learn the basics of CES EduPack and get some ideas of what to do with your students? Hannah Melia shared a quick overview of finding information, creating charts, making selections and assessing Eco impact; a review of where you can find teaching resources, including exercises, lecture units, and white papers; and some tips on getting students started with the Video Tutorials.


Additional web training for participants in Granta's campus license program.