Asee peer logo

An Introductory Teaching Resource for Materials Science and Engineering

Download Paper |


2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Materials Division Technical Session 2

Tagged Division


Page Count


Page Numbers

26.201.1 - 26.201.15



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Claes Fredriksson Granta Design, Ltd.

visit author page

Currently working as Senior Materials Education Consultant at Granta Design in Cambridge, UK. Until recently Program Director for a Master's Programme in Manufacturing Engineering at University West in Sweden. Experience in teaching subjects like Materials Science & Technology and Environmental Technology to students of mechanical engineering at the department of Engineering Science since 1999.

visit author page


Hannah Melia Granta Design, Ltd.

visit author page

Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design and has responsibility for the coordination of work on the Educational databases. 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 6 years she has interacted with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.

visit author page

author page

Justinas Cesonis University of Cambridge

Download Paper |


An Introductory Teaching Resource for Materials Science and EngineeringThe academic areas of Materials Science and Materials Engineering have different emphasis atdifferent Universities. Some would argue that the former is more focused on understandingmaterials (why) while the latter is more focused on making use of them (how). Another way oflooking at these areas is that they emphasize the microscopic (or even nanoscopic) aspects ofmaterials or the macroscopic aspects, respectively. Together, they constitute an important part ofmany engineering programs and may therefore be treated jointly as Materials Science andEngineering. In this paper, we have investigated a number of Curricula and Syllabi to identify alist of topics/concepts that appear central to the learning objectives of Materials Science andEngineering. Among the top candidates were: characteristic material properties of the mainmaterial groups, modification of microstructure by various (thermal/mechanical) processes,binary phase diagrams, and materials analysis and testing.Working in a project involving Students of Engineering and Materials Science, databases weredesigned containing facts and visual information for the purpose of introductory materialsteaching. A non-exhaustive review of existing teaching resources for these areas reveal that manyare highly specialized on one topic (e.g., crystallography) or one group of materials (e.g., metals).We are therefore exploring the possibilities to integrate several of the core themes mentioned inthe list above, to facilitate assignments, projects or self-directed studies in Materials Science andEngineering. A standard materials selection software was used as a starting point, since it offeredcomprehensive material property databases and the possibility to add tailor made data records andentire data tables. Furthermore, links between e.g., heat treatments, phase diagrams andmicrographs can be set up.A few examples of data records and tools, the results of a survey and a focus group responding toa non-complete explorative version of the database are discussed and experiences are shared overthe Materials Community with the aim to get feed-back and inspire educational ideas.

Fredriksson, C., & Melia, H., & Cesonis, J. (2015, June), An Introductory Teaching Resource for Materials Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23540

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2015 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015