Materials Education Symposia bring together materials educators and industry thought-leaders

Events support teaching of materials and processes in undergraduate engineering, design, and science courses

Cambridge, UK—May 14, 2012 Over 200 materials educators took part in the two Materials Education Symposium held this Spring. The 3rd North American Materials Education Symposia took place in the beautiful surrounding of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In the UK, the 4th International Materials Education Symposium welcomed participants to Cambridge University.

 
Workshop

An interactive workshop during the North American Materials Education Symposium fired enthusiasm, passing on practical suggestions that participants are taking back to their classrooms.

Presentations and posters covered a wide range of subjects (materials science, the Materials Genome Initiative, materials selection, architecture and built environment, sustainability, advanced teaching and research, manufacturing and processes, mechanical engineering, industrial design, aerospace and nuclear engineering, bio engineering, plastics, sustainability, and more) with particular emphasis on engaging and inspiring students, crossing disciplines, and bridging industry, academic, and government initiatives. A range of international perspectives and a collaborative atmosphere made each two-day event a focus of discussion, debate, and renewed enthusiasm.

The combination of highly engaging presentations, workshops, discussion sessions, and extended poster sessions (this year adding 60-second 'poster teasers' during the main program), drew many of the thought-leaders in materials education to these events. The settings for both Symposia also provided plenty of opportunities for relaxation, networking, and even the development of new collaborations amongst attendees. There was a real willingness to share successes (and even failures) as participants sought to enhance materials education across the disciplines represented.

Full reports of both the 3rd North American and 4th International Materials Education Symposia are now available on the Symposia website, drawing out some of the highlights from each event. As in previous years, both were preceded by short courses led by Prof. Ashby of Cambridge University. These focused on 'Introducing Materials and the Environment', and 'Advanced Materials Selection and Eco Design', and were well received by those designing new courses and seeking to enhance their existing teaching patterns.

The Symposia were supported by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Materials Division;
ASM International (the Materials Information Society);
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly);
European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI);
Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS);
Granta Design; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS); University of Cambridge (Department of Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy)
Short Courses were held at the Cambridge University Engineering Department
on the two days preceding the International Materials Education Symposium.

The Symposia programs were established by the international academic Advisory Committee, following an excellent response to the call for abstracts. The organizers are very grateful for the enthusiasm of all the participants and the support of following organizations:

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Materials Division
  • ASM International (the Materials Information Society)
  • California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) 
  • European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
  • Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS)
  • Granta Design
  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
  • University of Cambridge (Department of Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy)

The Symposia were supported by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Materials Division;
ASM International (the Materials Information Society);
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly);
European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI);
Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS);
Granta Design; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS); University of Cambridge (Department of Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy)
Nearly 150 educators and thought-leaders gathered at Cambridge University for the
4th International Materials Education Symposium.


Looking forward to 2013!

Feedback during the events and on-going discussions make it clear that educators appreciate being able to share ideas and practical tips at an event entirely dedicated to materials education. The academic Advisory Committee have already started to put together plans for the 2013 events. The North American event will be held at Philadelphia University, in the new buildings of the College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, on March 14-15, 2013, while the International event will again take place at Cambridge University, UK, on April 4-5, 2013.

The event organizers would like to thank all those whose presentations and contributions made these Materials Education Symposia such interactive and collaborative events—and look forward to more of the same next year! Those interested in attending the 2013 events can now sign up to be kept informed.

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