Free ticketed event
Materials science and engineering is a great vehicle for teaching environmental and sustainability issues in engineering education. A widely used computer-based tool for materials education, CES EduPack, can be useful since its comprehensive database of material properties include, among others, carbon footprint, embodied energy, water use, and durability properties covering all classes of materials for interactive and time-efficient use by students. It also supports an approach for the assessment of environmental performance of products, called Eco Audit, which is already applicable in the design. Finally, a recent five-step methodology to evaluate sustainable technology development uses data on criticality and geo-economic aspects, as well as legislative and social aspects, of the materials and the countries of their extraction. This is available in the sustainability database of CES EduPack. This methodology was initially proposed and tested at several universities, including Cambridge University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the CES EduPack and to get hands-on experience using it in problems. It is based on the short-course lecture units developed by Professor Mike Ashby and colleagues at Cambridge University's engineering department.
Before the workshop, time-limited licenses for CES EduPack 2016 will be distributed and during the session, there will be an introduction to the software, lecture, and demonstration on how to use it to find data for eco-informed materials selection. We will spend time on a sustainable development case study and some hands-on exercises using your own Windows-compatible laptops and, of course, answering your questions.
• Introduction to CES EduPack and the databases (distributed to registered participants)
• Eco-informed materials selection and Eco Audit
• Sustainable development assessment methodology
• Integrated demos and hands-on exercises using CES EduPack
The Workshop will be led by Dr. Claes Fredriksson, who is a Senior Materials Education Consultant at Granta Design in Cambridge (UK). He has over 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 Program to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches. He regularly delivers short courses at the Annual Materials Education Symposia in Cambridge and in the U.S.A.
Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design and has responsibility for the development of CES EduPack and associated teaching resources. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Design, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Cambridge. She has worked in the United States and Germany on medical device design and technology transfer. Over the last six years she has interacted with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.
Luca Masi is an Aerospace Engineer working at Granta Design as Development Manager for USA. He has previously collaborated with the French Space Agency on software development for bio-inspired space trajectory optimization and on computational techniques for engineering decision-making at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde (UK). He is author of chapters for AIAA and IEEE books on these subjects. He also has R&D experience in spacecraft propulsion systems. Luca holds an MSc in Space Engineering and a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy), and is completing a PhD in computational techniques for aerospace engineering applications.