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Supporting and Enhancing Materials Teaching

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Teaching Materials Science Using Innovative Methods

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23.1116.1 - 23.1116.7



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Michelle Rushe Granta Design


Arlindo Silva Granta Design

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Dr. Arlindo Silva is a Senior Materials Education Consultant for Engineering and Design at Granta Design Ltd since January 2012. He had previously been a Professor for 20 years at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon, in Portugal, with experience in teaching Materials, Design and other Engineering related topics at all levels of higher education. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He has written three books, published over 100 articles in journals, conferences and book chapters on these topics, and filed over 50 patents with his students on innovative designs. He received the MIT-Portugal Education Innovation Award, 2009. He is an active member of PDMA, ASEE, DS, DRS and SPEE.

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Supporting and Enhancing Materials TeachingAs engineering education in general and materials teaching in particular become broader inscope in todays’ higher education institutions, the need for teaching resources increases.Instructors across the globe can enhance their teaching by sharing experiences and supportingeach other with various resources. A platform has been created – the Teaching ResourcesWebsite – that focuses on the teaching of materials to a broad community of academics.The Teaching Resources Website contains a collection of hundreds of exercises, teaching aidsand background reading material on the topic of materials across many different disciplines andfor all years of study.This growing collection includes, to date:• 363 - English language exercises• 226 - Individual resources• 82 - PowerPoint presentations/lectures• 51 - Resources contributed by academics in the community• 31 - Booklets containing exercises with worked solutions• 8 - Number of countries contributors are fromMany of these resources are open access. A number of them have been made available under acreative commons license. These can also be found through the CORE Materials website and onother teaching resource websites in the US and France, as well as on YouTube and Scribd. Weare aiming to release further Open Educational Resources during the next 12 months and arelooking for project suggestions and possible partners.The majority of resources have come from Professor Mike Ashby and colleagues at theUniversity of Cambridge. However, a growing number (25% at present) have been contributedby educators from other institutions. We have also worked with the UK Centre for MaterialsEducation and DoITPoMS, who focus on the ‘Dissemination of IT for the promotion ofMaterials Science.’The poster will highlight the types of resources available and how they may be accessed by theacademic community.(This submission is intended for a poster)

Rushe, M., & Silva, A. (2013, June), Supporting and Enhancing Materials Teaching Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22501

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