CES EduPack—Reviews, examples, and where is it used?

Reports from the North American Materials Education Symposia

The North American Materials Education Symposia are unique conferences, supported by Granta Design, fully focused on discussing ideas, experience, and practical examples relating to the university-level teaching of materials. Reports from past events are available via the links below.

You can also browse the Archive of past presentations (download of presentations is restricted to past Symposium attendees).

Details on the 6th Materials Education Symposium at The Ohio State University (March 26-27) 

Reviews and comments from CES EduPack users

View the full worldwide list of reviews, reports, and comments from CES EduPack users  

This list includes the following selected comments from users in North America:

Professor Lyle H. Schwartz, former Director of Air Force Office of Scientific Research, writing in JOM: "If you've never taken the time to do so, make a visit to www.grantadesign.com/education/ and find the enormous array of materials education 'stuff' that will amaze and delight you  Nurtured by the continuing genius and energy of Mike Ashby, Granta and the educational resources it provides have been used by 600 universities world wide." Read the full article on the JOM website 

Professor Paul Predecki, University of Denver, USA, Engineering Department "The CES package is used in an introductory Materials Science course: ENME 2410, Materials Science I, which is taught to all 3rd year Mechanical Engineering students and a few Physics students… The students really like the package as do I. " Read Professor Predecki's full report 

Professor Dana Elzey, University of Virginia, USA, School of Engineering and Applied Science "CES EduPack has been incorporated into the curriculum of ME339 which is taught to third year engineering undergraduates, and into the third year Aerospace Engineering option AE439. We use the CES selection software both in the form of case studies, emphasizing a particular aspect of material behavior, and as an aid in performance of term projects requiring a Design study."

Professor John R. Abelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Seniors and graduate students from many engineering backgrounds used Mike Ashby's new textbook (Materials and the Environment) to guide their analysis of the role of materials in terms of embodied energy, CO2 footprint, and sustainability criteria.  We supplemented the book with the CES EduPack Eco Edition, and detailed examples of materials selection methods.  The combination put into the hands of the students what they needed—a systematic understanding of the issues, coupled with quantitative methods to select materials that simultaneously meet engineering requirements and reduce the environmental burden.

Professor Stephen H. Carr, Northwestern University, USA "CES EduPack is used extensively at Northwestern in undergraduate service courses, upper class electives, and professional masters programs. The reason for this widespread implementation is that this software is simply the best available for making complex decisions among a large array of possible materials. CES engages students in rigorous analyses of desired functions, and shows them how multiple materials properties combine to provide the needed performance. CES allows students to engage in materials selection activities in cases where this performance involves, for example, electrical, mechanical, and economic considerations."

California Polytechnic State University—"We (BL, KC, RS) have already piloted the limited use of the CES software in 210. It is very popular with students, particularly mechanical engineering, as it provides a vast, easy-to-access database of materials. Even students who have not taken 210 regularly come to our department and request to purchase a copy of the software."

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PI: L. Vanasupa, co-PIs: K.C. Chen, B. London, R. Savage

David Dornfeld, Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability, U. of California, Berkeley "We are, in my lab, using this software... because it is one of those products that is very useful and enables us to do things we otherwise would not be able to do." Read his blog entry entitled "less is more" to find out more about how Ashby methods and the CES EduPack software are helping his lab, and his students, to answer engineering challenges. This is especially so in the area of sustainability, where "linking... to material properties, then to the design or production requirements, lets [them] chose the best, least impactful, material." more 

Richard Griffin, Texas A&M, USA "I like the quantity of data and the large number of materials available. Students can get an intuitive feel for the range of materials properties that different materials exhibit. The ease with which properties can be multiplied or divided makes it exceptionally nice to examine combinations of properties and see, from the plots, how the materials vary and their ranges."

Prof Rajesh Bhaskaran, Cornell University, USA, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering "The enrollment license works well for us because it allows our students to run CES on their own computers while they are at Cornell. Anecdotal evidence suggests that students really appreciate having the software on their personal machines since this makes it convenient for them to access the software."