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2016 CES EduPack Short Course at the
2nd Asian Materials Education Symposium

December 10, National University of Singapore

In addition to the two-days of the Symposium itself, you are also invited to take part in the short course which follows the main event. Whereas the main Symposium presentations and posters cover all aspects of materials-related teaching, this optional course introduces and demonstrates the use of CES EduPack.

The course consists of a series of units, each including a short lecture, a software demonstration, discussion time, and a "hands-on session" during which attendees use the CES EduPack software. Members of the Granta education team are present to help and to answer questions. The course is led by Professor Mike Ashby. Read the presenter biography.

Note: attendees must bring their own laptop computers for the hands-on sessions, and are provided with the new CES EduPack software. The laptop should be a Windows system and you will need administrator priveleges.

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Outline Agenda

(Unit numbers below refer to Lecture Units in the standard CES EduPack lecture set).

09:00 Registration, refreshments and software installation
9:30 Course opens—Welcome
9:35 Introductions and Agenda Review
9:50 Unit 1-2: Materials Data and Charts for CES EduPack
10:50 Hands-on exercises
11:10 Coffee & Refreshments
11:30 Unit 4: Manipulating Properties: chemistry, microstructure, architecture
12:00 Hands-on exercises
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Unit 6-7: Materials Selection
14:15 Hands-on exercises
14:45 Coffee & refreshments
15:15 Unit 12: Eco-selection and the Eco Audit Tool: introducing students to life-cycle thinking
16.00 Hands-on exercises
16.30 Advanced CES EduPack Databases: standard, aerospace, polymer and eco design
17:15 Wrap up & discussion
17:30 Close

Background to the course

Who is the course for?

Professors, Lecturers, and Program Directors of university and college courses related to materials and manufacturing.  The courses are relevant to the following disciplines: mechanical engineering; production engineering; aerospace engineering; materials science and engineering; industrial and product design; polymer science and engineering; eco-engineering; chemical engineering; bio-engineering; and architecture and the built environment.

What is the course about?

The CES EduPack package has been created by Professor Mike Ashby of Cambridge University and his colleagues over the past 20 years. Both the resources that it provides and the ideas that it implements are valuable to educators across a broad range of engineering-related courses, and from first to final-year teaching. They have been used to support and reinforce existing courses that use a variety of teaching approaches and texts, as well as in the design of new courses.

At the heart of CES EduPack is a database of materials and process properties, supported by textbook-style explanations of materials attributes and behavior. This provides a rich, interactive information resource that can engage students with the world of materials. The CES EduPack software applies the information in the database, enabling exercises and projects to analyze and compare materials properties, and to select materials for engineering applications. These computer-based learning tools are augmented with Powerpoint lectures, teaching resource books, student projects and exercises, and textbooks.

The course will show, through lectures interspersed with hands-on tutorial sessions using the software, how such resources can assist materials teaching.


Course lecturer

Course leader: Professor Mike Ashby

Mike Ashby, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials being the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks and of over 200 papers on topics including the mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, powder compaction, mechanisms of wear, methodologies for materials selection, and the modeling of material shaping processes. He is recipient of numerous awards and honours including Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the American Academy of Engineering.

  Dr. Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and post graduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the U.S.A, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Programme to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches.