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Hands-on CES EduPack 2020 Workshop
August 5, 2020

COVID-19 Important Information!

The health and safety of all attendees is of paramount importance. Following recommendations from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health authorities we have made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 Materials Education Symposia. This includes both the International and North American events.

We will be scheduling mini online events for 2020 and look forward to continuing the series in 2021.

For anyone that had registered for IMES 2020 or NAMES 2020, you will be contacted shortly with next steps.

If you would like any additional information, please contact [email protected]


In addition to the two-days of the Symposium itself, you are also invited to take part in the workshop which will precede the main event.

This one-day workshop will provide inspirational ideas and teaching resources that will help you to engage students in learning about materials and their use in engineering and design applications.

Whether you already use CES EduPack in your teaching, or have heard about the resources and would like to know more join this workshop and discover CES EduPack and contribute to its future development.

Note: attendees will need to bring their own laptop computers for the hands-on sessions, and will be provided with a 30 day license of the new CES EduPack 2018 software.

Full details will soon be announced.


Background: 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 25 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 freshman to senior level 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 PowerPoints lectures, teaching resource books, student projects and exercises, and textbooks.

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