Mechanical engineers create exciting products and solve complex problems. Choosing the right materials is crucial to their success. With over 200,000 engineering materials now available, there are a lot to choose from. Teaching undergraduate students how to select the best materials is a challenge. Mike Ashby’s textbook “Materials Selection in Mechanical Design” introduces a powerful methodology for systematic material selection. Now in its fifth edition, the textbook has been adopted worldwide. Teaching students to apply this methodology is much easier when you have comprehensive materials data and suitable software tools.

Join Susannah Cooke and Luca Masi to learn how Ansys GRANTA EduPack helps academics engage students, deepen their understanding of materials selection with real-world projects and prepares them for careers in industry.

Ansys GRANTA EduPack is the world’s leading resource for materials teaching in engineering and design courses. It provides a comprehensive database of materials and process information, powerful software tools, lectures, projects, exercises, and supports a wide range of leading textbooks.

Topics Include

  • Demonstration of materials selection for a simple mechanical design project
  • The introduction of performance indices to students
  • Accompanying teaching resources, including case studies, to support implementation in your teaching
  • Discussion of extensions to materials selection projects, e.g., involving early-stage design using simulation tools

Who should attend?

Academics involved in teaching materials selection for mechanical design applications.


12 PM EDT / 4 PM BST / 9:30 PM IST


October 28, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Dr. Susannah Cooke is a Development Manager and Specialists Leader in the Education team. She supports UK universities and coordinates the Specialist activities within the Account Management team. She has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering and a DPhil (PhD) in which she studied the fluid dynamics around tidal turbine arrays, both of which she completed at the University of Oxford. Between her Master’s degree and her PhD she also worked in the railway industry, in train maintenance engineering and optimization. Since completing her PhD she has worked for the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, managing investments in fundamental Physics and Materials research.

Luca Masi is a Principal Development Manager at Granta Design, and Aerospace Engineer with R&D experience in multi-objective optimization and bio-inspired computational techniques for automatic design of interplanetary space trajectories (University of Strathclyde, software development for CNES and Thales Alenia Space), as well as spacecraft propulsion (Alta-Space, Universita’ di Pisa).

For the past five years, Luca has run several materials selection workshops and lectures at leading US universities (Georgia Tech, Arizona State, MIT, University of Michigan, etc.), and has published technical papers and book chapters for AIAA, IEEE, Acta Astronautica, and others.