Design has announced the release of CES EduPack 2009, the latest version
of the world-leading teaching resource for materials in engineering, science,
processing, and design.
CES EduPack 2009 owes much to an active community of users at 600 universities
and colleges worldwide. The innovative Eco Audit Tool is a great example of
this collaborative approach. Released last year, it helps to teach sustainable
engineering. Users can quickly estimate the environmental impact of a product
throughout its lifecycle. The tool has been widely used, well-received and,
based on feedback, updated in this release. Advances include estimating the
energy and CO2 impact of disposal, recycling, or re-use at the end of a product’s
life. The tool is quick to learn and use, helping to integrate eco ideas into
mainstream engineering courses – a vital goal for many universities.
CES EduPack combines comprehensive materials information, specialist software
to access and use that information, and an extensive series of supplementary
teaching resources. Other new 2009 features include data on durability, enhanced
materials selection, charting and presentation improvements, updated PowerPoint
lectures, and references to a wider range of standard materials textbooks.
The growing and vibrant nature of the CES EduPack community will be evident
in April when EduPack author Professor Mike Ashby hosts the first international
CES EduPack Symposium at Cambridge University. The associated short courses
are already full, with attendees from sixteen countries. At the main Symposium
on April 3, speakers from leading universities will describe their use of EduPack
across many different disciplines, and from first-year to postgraduate levels.
CES EduPack 2009:
- Supports existing teaching - updated lecture materials and new simpler-to-use
software features make it easier than ever to begin using CES EduPack
- Enables introductory courses - new charting tools improve the illustration
of key materials concepts; the Eco Audit Tool introduces eco design ideas
- Offers specialist editions for design, eco design, polymers, aerospace
engineering, bio engineering, and architecture and the built environment
- Is a powerful tool for advanced teaching and research, with enhanced materials
selection and new specialist data – for example, on plastics
"Our aim is to collaborate closely with the growing community of EduPack
users to make the most of the great teaching potential of CES EduPack,"
comments Granta’s Dr Patrick Coulter. "We have worked hard to ensure
that EduPack provides relevant material across the spectrum of engineering courses,
that it can be used alongside any standard materials text, and that we respond
to hot topics such as eco design. We’re pleased that CES EduPack 2009
advances each of these objectives. But we also welcome further input from materials
and process educators as we begin work on next year’s release."
CES EduPack 2009 will be demonstrated and discussed at:
- Feb 19 – Web seminar: "Introducing CES EduPack 2009"
- Mar 18 – Web seminar: "Teaching Sustainable Engineering and Eco
- Apr 1-3 – CES EduPack Symposium and Courses, Cambridge University,
- June 14 – Short course at the ASEE Meeting, Austin, TX, USA
- Sep 6 – Short course at the EUROMAT conference, Glasgow, UK