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The latest on materials education CES EduPack Bulletin
May 2010
Quarterly materials education update from Granta Design

Download—Symposium presentation Top

Symposium presentationAvailable for two weeks

You can download Professor Mike Ashby's keynote presentation from the recent Materials Education Symposia in Cambridge, UK, and Hoboken, NJ. There is more information on these events below. As well as providing a record of Professor Ashby's talk, the PowerPoint presentation includes some graphics and slides that you may find useful in your own teaching. Presentations from all Symposium speakers have been sent to Symposium attendees and are available to EduPack users via the CES EduPack teaching resources site.


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Materials Education Symposia 2010 Top

Cambridge SymposiumThank you to the materials educators from around the world who joined the two Materials Education Symposia in March. These proved to be great venues for exchanging ideas and experiences related to materials teaching. Based on the extremely positive feedback from attendees, we will hold these events again next year with an extended format. Initial details of the 2011 events and the call for papers are at the bottom of this Bulletin. Here you can read reports on the two recent events and access presentations.

Cambridge Short CourseInternational Symposium, Cambridge University
(March 24-26)

Delegates from 20 countries attended the second running of the Cambridge Symposium, together with the associated Short Courses (pictured, right). It was once again a hugely enjoyable and informative three day event. An excellent panel of eight speakers from across Europe and a well-populated poster session stimulated discussion on a wide variety of topics. With most attendees staying on campus at Murray Edwards College and a social program including a dinner at the historic Trinity Hall, there was also plenty of opportunity for networking. With around 100 people present on the Symposium day, many participants commented that this may have been the largest event in the world solely dedicated to materials education in 2010.

Cambridge Symposium—report, presentations, pictures  »

US Symposium, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ (March 18-20)

Professors from six leading US and Canadian universities discussed varied approaches to teaching materials and processes, and touched on topics ranging from eco design to aerospace engineering at the first ever US Materials Education Symposium. Held at Stevens Institute of Technology, the event combined a one day Symposium with two days of Short Courses, led by Professor Mike Ashby. The Symposium dinner offered the chance to discuss materials education in a relaxed environment, while admiring the Manhattan skyline. This was the first such event in North America and, based on participant feedback and interest from other faculty, a second event is planned at Worcester Polytechnic Institute next March (details below).

US Symposium—report, presentations, pictures  »

Upcoming events Top

CES EduPack Workshop at the Canadian Materials Science Conference, June 7-8

Professor Mike Ashby will be giving the prestigious K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecture at the 22nd Canadian Materials Science Conference at the University of Waterloo on June 9. On the two days preceding the conference, Granta will present a CES EduPack workshop—a hands-on course led by Professor Ashby that demonstrates and discusses the use of innovative teaching resources and software in materials education.

Event details  »

Granta at the ASEE Annual Meeting, June 20-23

Granta will once again attend the ASEE Annual Meeting, this year in Louisville, KY, from June 20-23. You can find us on Booth 622 in the exhibition, where you can see the latest CES EduPack software and teaching resources, and discuss how CES EduPack can help your teaching. We’ll be happy to share our experience of working with over 700 universities and colleges worldwide. Why not pre-arrange a meeting to ensure that the right Granta contact is there to meet you?

Event details and pre-arrange a meeting  »

XI Congreso Nacional de Materiales, June 23-25

Granta’s Romain Elleboode will present in the Materials Education session at the XI Congreso Nacional de Materiales, this year in Zaragoza, Spain, from June 23-25.

Event details and pre-arrange a meeting  »

CES EduPack community Top

New teaching resources – PowerPoint lectures, Papers, Recordings and more…

Image from a new lecture unit—Using Charts as a General Teaching ToolThe CES EduPack teaching resources are available to all users of CES EduPack. During March, new and updated PowerPoint lectures were added. There are now 18 of these lectures, with new topics including “Using Materials Charts as a General Teaching Tool” (an image from this unit is shown right) and “Filling the Boundaries of Materials Space”. Other recent additions include the booklet "Teach Yourself Phase Diagrams" and a new white paper on “Materials for Nuclear Power Systems”. You can also listen to recordings of two recent web seminars (on CES EduPack 2010 and Teaching Sustainable Engineering) with Professor Mike Ashby. All of the presentations from the recent Materials Education Symposia are also available for download.

See "tips" below for information on accessing teaching resources.

New campus licenses

The number of universities and colleges taking campus-wide licenses of CES EduPack continues to grow. Membership of this program enables the use of EduPack across the whole faculty, department, or entire university. Recent additions include: National University of Singapore, Georgia Institute of Technology, James Madison University, AIP Primeca Lorraine, University of Derby, Ecole des Mines d'Albi , Ecole des Mines d'Ales, and Ecole des Mines de St Etienne.

Full list of CES EduPack customers »

EduPack tips Top

Here are this edition's tips to help you make more of your CES EduPack software. This month's theme is links to additional information, reference, and teaching resources

1. Accessing teaching resources This tip reminds you of the various routes to access the CES EduPack teaching resources (PowerPoint lectures, teach yourself guides, white papers, student projects and exercises, and more)
2. Links to reference sources It can be important to know where the data shown in CES EduPack has come from—particularly for more advanced project work or teaching. Find out how to see the reference sources for EduPack data, using the example of the Nuclear Power Edition.
3. Links to online information sources For project work and advanced teaching, you often want to explore a material in more detail. The "Search Web" tool links records in EduPack to high-quality Internet sources such as the ASM Handbooks and the Materials for Medical Devices Database.

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2011 Materials Education Symposia Top

First announcement and call for presentations

We are delighted to announce preliminary dates and arrangements for the 2011 Materials Education Symposia. Following the positive feedback from this year’s events, each Symposium will be extended to two days. Two days of optional CES EduPack Short Courses precede the Symposium. Each Symposium will be organized in collaboration with an Advisory Committee of leading academics, and we are inviting abstracts from materials educators who wish to present – please submit these before July 30, 2010.

Event Venue Symposium Short Courses
US Materials Education Symposium Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA Mar 24-25, 2011 Mar 22-23, 2011
International Materials Education Symposium University of Cambridge, UK Apr 7-8, 2011 Apr 5-6, 2011

Full details  »

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