Assessing the Eco-impact of a product throughout its lifecycle

with Marc Fry and Mike Ashby

Join this web seminar on Tuesday, May 5 to hear Prof Mike Ashby discuss the integration of eco design into the Engineering curiculum. You will see the CES EduPack tools, which help students to explore the many trade-offs involved in selecting materials for Eco-aware design, including the trade-off against financial cost.

  • Find out how students can access and understand environmental data on materials, from the basic through to the advanced.
  • Watch as Professor Ashby steps through a case study to assess the impact of a product on the environment over its lifecycle, while keeping an eye on cost.

Design for the Environment is a core part of a product’s requirements, just like safety and performance. Accreditation systems are now also demanding its inclusion in Engineering degrees. Companies are asking for graduates with the skills to cut through " green wash" and rationally select materials. But how can we fit this topic into an already packed curriculum and prepare students for the real world?

Professor Mike Ashby, author of Materials for the Environment, Professor Emeritus of the University of Cambridge, and co-founder of Granta Design, will discuss how environmental considerations can fit into the courses that cover the properties of materials, and those that cover the design process.

  Comparing a new composite material with the performance of other composites, plastics, and metals

How to register and join the session

There is no cost but registration is required through the WebEx system. Please ensure you set your local time zone to receive accurate meeting invitations and test your setup in advance of the meeting. How to use WebEx, including setting times zone & language preferences 


About CES EduPack

CES EduPack is the world-leading teaching resource for materials in engineering, science, processing, and design. It provides a comprehensive database of materials and process information, powerful materials software tools, and a range of supporting textbooks, lectures, projects, and exercises. With specialist editions for specific disciplines, and three levels of the database and software to suit varying needs in all years of undergraduate study and in postgraduate teaching, CES EduPack is a curriculum-wide resource.

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CES EduPack is now used at over 800 universities and colleges worldwideWho should join the web seminar?

Anyone new to CES EduPack, including professors, deans, teaching assistants, instructors, accreditation committees, undergraduate and graduate program coordinators, and department heads of university and college courses in areas including: sustainability, design, civil engineering; mechanical engineering; eco engineering; architecture; manufacturing; production engineering; and materials science and materials engineering.

Past CES EduPack users—find out what's new in CES EduPack 2015, and get inspiration for your teaching. See the major developments to the software, associated data, and teaching resources.

This web seminar is not appropriate for students.

About the Presenters

About Marc Fry...Marc Fry is the Director of the Education Division of Granta Design and has ten years' experience at the cutting edge of global materials, engineering, and design-related education. He works closely with Mike Ashby and plays a key role in the development of Granta Education products. Marc was instrumental in the founding of the Materials Education Symposia and represents Granta at the Global Engineering Deans Council and at the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies. He is passionate about education and is a regular conference speaker on topics relating to materials education. He holds a Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering Degree from Cambridge University and an Executive MBA from the Judge Business School at Cambridge, with a specialization in university spin-off companies.


About Prof. Mike Ashby...Michael F. Ashby is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials and the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks, including the recently published Materials and the Environment. Other current texts include Engineering Materials I & II, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials in Design, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing, and Design. He has authored over 200 papers on mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, powder compaction, mechanisms of wear, methodologies for materials selection, and the modeling of material shaping processes, among other topics. He is recipient of numerous awards and honors including Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the American Academy of Engineering. He has been a professor at Harvard University and held academic positions in Germany and France. He is also co-founder of Granta Design and guides development of Granta’s CES EduPack.

Meet the rest of the team