Granta Design Ltd, an SME, was spun out from the University of Cambridge, producing and selling software and materials data to enable others to manage materials information and for materials education. Granta’s core business involves the design and development of software products including various tools for eco-design, restricted substances, critical materials assessment, information/data management, materials selection and substitution, several of which integrate with CAD/CAE/PLM. Originating as a materials education software company, Granta continues to play a significant role in this area as well providing software and teaching resources to over 1,000 institutions world-wide, Granta continue to host the Materials Education Symposia which are held annually in the UK, US and Singapore and represent the leading international focal point for educators within the materials domain. Granta also hosts the Environmental Materials Information Technology consortium, a group of large advanced manufacturing companies who help to determine Granta’s development priorities in response to emerging environmental needs.
Granta contributes to numerous networks and standardization bodies and supports a number of industry standard commercial databases for materials such as metals, composites, polymers, and medical devices. Granta also produces and maintains several leading data products including Materials Universe (a database of over 4,000 commercially available engineering materials including technical, ecological and cost attributes for each material and its associated processes) and the Product Risk database which incorporates one of the leading resources on restricted substances as well as critical and conflict minerals risks and data needed for streamlined life cycle analysis. Granta supports numerous collaborative projects by providing a centralized materials information management system for the project to enable the pooling and consolidation of project knowledge which would otherwise be dispersed amongst the partners, this approach enables standardization and capitalizes on the value in the project by avoiding duplication of effort and maximizing visibility of results both within the consortium and to external stakeholders.
Prof. David Cebon: David is the Managing Director of Granta Design and founded the company with Prof. Mike Ashby in 1994. He is a professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and was instrumental in establishing the Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) consortium where he has taken an active lead in defining, with key aerospace leaders, strategies, roadmaps and requirements for materials information technology as a means to address environmental, legislative and supply related business risks.
Dr. Donna Dykeman: Donna is a Senior Project Manager for Collaborative R&D at Granta Design. Donna is an experienced researcher with 14 years’ experience in the field of polymer composites manufacturing, characterization, and durability. She was a Research Associate at the University of Waterloo, gained a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. She coordinates Granta's involvement in projects and groups in areas including composites, additive manufacturing, built environment and eco design.
Dr. James Goddin: James is the Collaborative Programme Manager at Granta Design and is responsible for all of Granta’s collaborative projects, leading a small team of collaborative project managers. Dr Goddin is a materials scientist, a registered chartered engineer, a chartered environmentalist and a registered Prince2 Practitioner. James is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and is Granta’s topic expert on critical and conflict materials. He represents Granta on many industrial working groups including the ADS Design for Environment and Hazardous Materials working groups and is the main Granta contact point with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) having worked within the Materials and Structures National Technical Committee to define roadmaps for UK aerospace materials. James is also a member of the Industrial Board for the €1Bn Metallurgy Europe Eureka programme.