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CES EduPack Bulletin

May 2012

Quarterly materials education update from Granta Design

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1: Materials Education Symposia Top

Materials Education Symposia bring together the materials education community

Over 200 materials educators contributed to the two Materials Education Symposia held this Spring. The 3rd North American Materials Education Symposia took place in the beautiful surroundings of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In the UK, the 4th International Materials Education Symposium welcomed participants to Cambridge University.

The settings for both Symposia provided plenty of opportunities for relaxation, networking, and the development of new collaborations amongst attendees. Key themes that emerged during discussions included the challenge of balancing breadth and depth, the impact of government initiatives (such as the Materials Genome Initiative), and how best to prepare students for industry. Throughout both events, there was a real willingness to share successes (and failures) as participants sought to enhance materials education across the disciplines. Find out more in the reports now available on the Symposia website.

  Over 200 educators attended the two Materials Education Symposia, which were supported by ASM International, the ASEE Materials Division, Cal Poly, FEMS, Granta, SEFI, TMS, and Cambridge University.
Over 200 educators attended the two Materials Education Symposia, which were supported by ASM International, the ASEE Materials Division, Cal Poly, FEMS, Granta, SEFI, TMS, and Cambridge University.  


Read the report of the 3rd North American Materials Education Symposium 

Read the report of the 4th International Materials Education Symposium 

Download the presentations (attendees only) 



2: Download New Teaching Resources Top

For two weeks only: preview new resources on sustainability

Following successful discussions at the 2012 Materials Education Symposia the Granta team is currently developing extra resources to support sustainability education. A draft presentation, by Mike Ashby (Cambridge University) and Didac Ferrer (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), is available for anyone to download for  two weeks only. We welcome your feedback at this early stage in the process, as we start to develop a lecture unit, white paper, exercises, and an enhanced CES EduPack teaching database.


More details and download 
  We are currently working to develop extra resources to support sustainability education and value your feedback



3: Teaching Resources Updates Top

Latest updates to resources shared within the Materials Education community

The Granta Teaching Resource Website continues to grow with over 250 resources in different formats and languages to support teaching of engineering, design, and science subjects across all levels of study. Some of the recent updates include:

  • Mike Ashby's twenty-two PowerPoint lecture units, which have been completely revised for 2012 and include full notes. Many of these have also been translated into French and Spanish, adding to the resources already available in these languages.
  • Charts of sensory and mechanical properties (pictured) have been fully labelled and stored as easy-to-open project files that can be opened within the CES EduPack software and used in lectures or student projects.
  • The solution manual to the new second edition of Mike Ashby's 'Materials and the Environment' book is now available.
  • Updated versions of the 'CES EduPack Getting Started Guide' and a range of teaching databases to support materials teaching are also available via the Website.

At Granta, we continue to work with the community of educators using CES EduPack around the world and are looking to make an ever increasing number of teaching resources available.

If you have a good idea or data source that you would like to share with the materials education community, please submit these using the 'Submit Feature Request' button in CES EduPack.


Visit the Teaching Resources Website 

Find out about the Latest Resources 
  Charts of sensory and mechanical properties have been fully labelled and stored as easy-to-open project files which can aid teaching and save educators' time.



4: Events Top

Join Granta's education team at these upcoming web seminars and conferences

Date(s) Event Venue
May 24 Séminaire en ligne: Découvrez CES EduPack 2012 et ses nouveaux cours et exercices Web seminar
May 30-Jun 1 XII Congreso Nacional de Materiales – IBEROMAT XII Alicante, Spain
Jun 9-10 ASEE Inaugural International Forum San Antonio, Texas
Jun 10-13 ASEE 2012 Annual Conference San Antonio, Texas

The community events page on the Granta website contains links to all these events, and is regularly updated with information about other conferences and web seminars:


Community Events page 



5: Tips Top

Here are this edition's tips to help you make more of your CES EduPack software and teaching resources.

  1. Accessing Level 2 property information—using subsets to access eco & durability options
  2. Using subsets with more advanced datasets—galvanic potentials for stainless alloys
  3. Graphing penalty functions—plotting curved selection lines in CES EduPack

Get the tips 



6: 2013 Materials Education Symposia Top

Venues announced for next year!

Feedback from this year's Symposia made it clear that many attendees were already looking forward to the 2013 events. The 5th International Materials Education Symposia will again take place at Cambridge University, on April 4-5, 2013. The 4th North American Materials Education Symposia will be held at Philadelphia University, in the new buildings of the College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce (pictured), on March 14-15, 2013.

At the close of the 2012 North American event, Prof. Ron Kander of Philadelphia University highlighted how the interdisciplinary approach involved in creating the new College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce is proving that multidisciplinary teaching is not only possible, but allows innovation and entrepreneurship. With the building work set for completion early next year, it should provide a great setting for the 2013 event!

 
Designs for the new College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, picture by Shepley Bulfinch
Designs for the new College of Design, Engineering,
and Commerce, picture by Shepley Bulfinch
 

Dates Event Venue
Mar 14-15, 2013 4th North American
Materials Education Symposium
Philadelphia University, PA
Apr 4-5, 2013 5th International
Materials Education Symposium
Cambridge University, UK


Sign up to be kept informed on www.materials-education.com 




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