December 10, 2018

CES EduPack Bulletin: January 2017

The quarterly update for educators teaching materials-related courses across science, design, and engineering
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CES EduPack Bulletin
January 2017

Find out what's new in EduPack 2017

CES EduPack 2017 – preparing students for industry

The new version of CES EduPack features resources and enhancements to engage students with the world of products, materials and processes, and help prepare them for work. New developments include:

  • New ‘Learn’ tool – this promotes self-study online. Interactive charts and improved materials and process records give students a boost when starting to explore.
  • Products, Materials and Processes – after extremely positive feedback, this new database to engage engineers and inspire designers will be made available to all users of CES EduPack 2017 (see Item 3 below).
  • Eco Design and Sustainable Development – new indicators enable students to understand risks associated with material choice, and consider restricted substances and material reuse. A new intermediate level database and case studies (see Free Download, above right) enable an easier introduction to this complex topic.
  • Preparing students for industry – new tools to compare the economics of different manufacturing processes, develop critical thinking skills, and access advanced case studies with industrially-relevant data.

In this issue:

Download a free sustainability resource


CES EduPack 2017 – preparing students for industry



Symposia: Singapore success, deadlines for Cambridge and MIT



New ‘Products, Materials & Processes’ Database



Sign up for workshops and short courses



Watch Ashby training videos for educators



Register for CES EduPack online training



Meet us at events, conferences, webinars

See What’s New in 2017 >

See CES EduPack 2017 in action

Mike AshbyIf you already use CES EduPack, register for monthly online training and join the webinar on February 8 to be guided around the new features by Mike Ashby.

If you don’t yet use CES EduPack but want to find out more, two upcoming open webinars will help:

These webinars will be repeated at times convenient for those in the Asia Pacific region. There are also webinars in other languages:

Register for Feb 9 webinar >

2. International and interactive Symposia program

AMES 2016Over 70 participants at Singapore Symposium

The 2nd Asian Materials Education Symposium, December, was a great success. More than 70 participants from 10 countries enjoyed excellent speakers and stimulating discussions on materials and design, sustainable development, and the evolution in materials teaching. The event was held at NUS and the local host was John Wang (pictured). The growing Asian materials education community can look forward to the 3rd Asian Symposium at SUTD in December 2018.

Where else but Cambridge?

University of CambridgeWhere else would you find William Callister (Utah, USA), Ke Lu (IMR, China), Lorna Gibson (MIT, USA), and Mark Miodownik (UCL, UK) discussing and presenting on materials education? In a collegiate and open environment, the 9th International Materials Education Symposium, on April 6-7, will include an exciting ‘flipped classroom’ session, an increasingly popular format among educators.

Don’t wait – register today before the early bird deadline on January 31.

Register before Jan 31 deadline >

MIT talk abstract deadline: February 28

MITMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, will host the 8th North American Materials Education Symposium on August 24-25. The theme is Materials Education Innovation. Submit your talk abstract by February 28, and register before April 30 for the early-bird registration rate.

Register and submit abstracts >

Products, Materials and Processes Database

3. Products, Materials and Processes Database launched

The Products, Materials and Processes Database has been created to introduce engineers to product design and inspire designers about materials. We received fantastic feedback on the pre-release version and as a result we will make an updated version available to all educators and students using CES EduPack 2017. Comments included: “The interface is so interactive and intuitive”; “It looks great and will be an excellent addition to CES EduPack”; and “Very interesting database, I look forward to its availability.”

Find out more about the database >

4. Sign up for workshops and short courses

Courses and workshopsCES EduPack workshops and short courses get tremendous feedback – recent comments include: “Excellent mix of hands-on exercises and theory”, “Interesting presentation and exercises, good support from Granta staff”, and “I really see the use I can make of this with my students.”

We have a busy schedule of courses and workshops worldwide in the coming months, including:

  • UCI, Irvine, USA, on Feb 24
  • San Diego, USA (at TMS Annual Meeting), on Feb 26
  • Cambridge, UK, on Apr 4-5.

Check our website for details of upcoming courses, or contact us to arrange training at your university.

See all courses and register >

5. Watch Mike Ashby’s videos for educators

Training videos for educatorsTwo full-length CES EduPack training videos for educators, presented by Prof Mike Ashby, are now available online at the Teaching Resources website as Open Educational Resources (OER). The videos consist of Powerpoint slides with a voice-over.

Lecture Unit 1, The Materials of Engineering, deals with the classification and structure of material and process data in CES EduPack, and a description of associated resources. Lecture Unit 2, Material Property Charts, deals with the visualization of property data in CES EduPack as well as a description of how to create and manage bar charts and bubble charts.

Look out for exciting new developments on the next generation Education Resource site in the next few months!

Watch the training videos >

6. Inspirational online CES EduPack training

CES EduPack online trainingJoin members of the Granta Education Development Team on the second Wednesday of each month for inspirational, interactive, web-based training which is exclusive to educators using CES EduPack.

Feb 8: What’s New in CES EduPack 2017

Mar 8: Eco Design and Sustainable Development with CES EduPack

Apr 12: Teaching Advanced Bioengineering with CES EduPack

Register for training >

7. Upcoming events, short courses and webinars


  22-27 ICACC17, Daytona Beach, FL, USA
  26 Webinar: Managing materials risks for sustainable design and circular economy


  7 Webinar: Cómo gestionar los materiales críticos en el desarrollo sostenible y la economía circular (in Spanish)
  9 Webinar: Preparing Engineering Students for Industry
  15 Webinar: Materials teaching for pre-university courses
  21 Webinar: Preparar estudantes de engenharia para a Indústria (in Portuguese)
  22 Webinar: Préparer les élèves-ingénieurs à l’industrie (in French)
  22 Bioengineering Showcase, University of Sheffield, UK
  24 CES EduPack Workshop, University of California, Irvine, USA
  26-Mar 2 TMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA
  26 Professional Development Course at TMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA


  9 Webinar: Cómo preparar a los estudiantes de ingeniería para la industria (in Spanish)
  9 Webinar: I materiali nell’ingegneria: preparare gli studenti per l’industria (in Italian)


  4-5 CES EduPack Short Course, Cambridge, UK
  6-7 9th International Materials Education Symposium, Cambridge, UK
  26-28 CIMM 2017, Medellín, Colombia


  28-28 ASEE, Columbus, OH, USA

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