TMS2018 Professional Development Events

Hands On: Interactive Materials Data Visualization and Selection Tools for Research and Teaching Workshop

Part of the Supplier Technology Education Program 

Sunday, March 11, 2018 • 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
TMS Professional Development Committee
Corporate Sponsorship
Granta Design
Luca Masi, Claes Fredriksson, and Jorge Sobral, Granta Design


In this hands-on workshop, attendees will access a comprehensive library of materials data; discover tools to help chart and analyze property data; and support better materials decisions using a systematic multi-objective material selection approach.

Attendees will learn how to find technical materials property data (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites) and processes data (e.g., additive manufacturing). The instructors will also show how this data can be used for materials selection in research and teaching activities, taking into account conflicting objectives, e.g., minimizing mass or cost and maximizing performance. Elements of sustainable development and green engineering will be taken into account as well.

A time-limited license of the CES Selector software will be distributed before the workshop for attendees’ own Windows laptops. Attendees will also get access to Granta Design’s extensive materials education teaching resource community.

Who Attends?

Professors, educators, and teaching assistants in areas including: materials science and engineering, sustainability, design, mechanical and bio engineering, and manufacturing.

Material scientists and engineers in need of materials data and selection tools for academic and/or industrial projects.

Instructor Biographies

Luca Masi is an aerospace engineer leading university-related activities in the Americas for Granta Design. He has run materials selection short courses at universities (Georgia Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Boston University, University of California, Irvine) and conferences (TMS, MS&T, ASEE). Before joining Granta, he collaborated with the French Space Agency on software development for bio-inspired space trajectory optimization, and on computational techniques for multi-objective optimization as part of his Ph.D. at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom). He authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on these subjects. He also has R&D industrial experience in spacecraft propulsion systems. Masi holds a master’s degree (first class) in space engineering and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy).

Jorge Sobral has a background in biomedical engineering with a M.Sc. in biomaterials and biomechanics and a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Cambridge. His technical background is multidisciplinary, and he has been part of several successful research projects, particularly in the field of bone tissue engineering and medical devices. Currently, he manages the account management team and works with research oriented universities in the United States, Brazil, and Portugal. He has also been involved in the Materials Genome Initiative in the United States.

Claes Fredriksson has more than 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 M.Sc. in Engineering Physics and Ph.D. 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 Programme to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches. Fredriksson works with academics across the world, collaborating on producing teaching resources and running CES EduPack training.

Corporate Sponsor

Granta Design is a spin-off company from the Engineering Department of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Originating from Mike Ashby’s work and founded in 1994, Granta supports hundreds of engineering enterprises and thousands of educators and researchers worldwide.


Registering As Advanced On-site
Member $175 $225
Non-member $225 $275
Student $75 $125