Exploring Engineering

Exploring Engineering, 3rd Edition

An Introduction to Engineering and Design

Exploring Engineering, 3rd Edition,Philip Kosky,Robert Balmer,William Keat,George Wise,ISBN9780124158917

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Explore the concepts of modern engineering, and engage in the engineering design process through examples and projects. 

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Key Features

    • NEW: Additional discussions on what engineers do, and the distinctions among engineers, technicians, and managers (Chapter 1)
    • NEW: Re-organized and updated chapters in Part II to more closely align with specific engineering disciplines
    • NEW: New chapters on emerging fields of engineering, including Bioengineering and Green Energy Engineering
    • NEW: Discussions of Design for Six Sigma integrated into Part III on the design process
    • An Engineering Ethics Decision Matrix is introduced in Chapter 1 and used throughout the book to pose ethical challenges and explore ethical decision-making in an engineering context
    • Lists of "Top Engineering Achievements" and "Top Engineering Challenges" help put the material in context and show engineering as a vibrant discipline involved in solving societal problems


Engineers solve problems, and work on emerging challenges in a wide range of areas important to improving quality of life; areas like sustainable energy, access to clean water, and improved communications and health care technologies.  Kosky et. al. explore the world of engineering by introducing the reader to what engineers do, the fundamental principles that form the basis of their work, and how they apply that knowledge within a structured design process.  The three part organization of the text reinforces these areas, making this an ideal introduction for anyone interested in exploring the various fields of engineering and learning how engineers work to solve problems. 


* Freshman undergraduate students entering 4-year engineering programs, including those with declared or intended majors in all engineering areas such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial, and civil engineering
* Freshman undergraduate students who are taking an Introduction to Engineering Course either as a requirement for a technical degree or as an elective for science and technology requirements for other degree programs in liberal arts, business, life sciences, and so forth

Philip Kosky

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., USA; formerly Staff Scientist, GE Research Laboratory, Niskayuna, N.Y., USA

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Robert Balmer

Affiliations and Expertise

Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus,University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Dean Emeritus, Engineering and Computer Science, Union College, Schenectady NY

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William Keat

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Mechanical Engineering, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., USA

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George Wise

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., USA; also Technical Staff and Communication Specialist, GE Research Laboratory, Niskayuma, N.Y., USA

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Exploring Engineering, 3rd Edition

Part 1: Lead-On

Chapter 1: What Engineers Do.

Chapter 2: Elements of Engineering Analysis.

Chapter 3: Force and Motion

Chapter 4: Energy Conversion

Chapter 5: Engineering Economics

Part 2: Minds-On

Traditional Engineering Fields

Chapter 6: Chemical Engineering:

Chapter 7: Civil Engineering:

Chapter 8: Computer Engineering

Chapter 9: Electrical Engineering

Chapter 10: Manufacturing Engineering.

Chapter 11: Materials Engineering

Chapter 12: Mechanical Engineering

Chapter 13: Nuclear Engineering

Emerging Engineering Fields

Chapter 14: Bioengineering

Chapter 15: Electrochemical Engineering

Chapter 16: Environmental Engineering

Chapter 16: Green Energy Engineering

Part 3: Hands-On.

Chapter 17: Introduction to Engineering Design.

Chapter 18: Design Step 1: Defining the Problem.

Chapter 19: Design Step 2: Generation of Alternative Concepts.

Chapter 20: Design Step 3: Evaluation of Alternatives & Selection of a Concept.

Chapter 21: Design Step 4: Detailed Design.

Chapter 22: Design Step 5: Design Defense.

Chapter 23: Design Step 6: Manufacturing and Testing.

Chapter 24: Design Step 7: Performance Evaluation.

Chapter 25: Design Step 8: The Final Design Report

Chapter 26: Examples of Design Competitions

Chapter 27: Closing Remarks

Quotes and reviews

"This book introduces students to the profession and practice of engineering. In Part 1, called "Minds-on," the introduction covers principles and ideas. It describes engineering in general and devotes chapters to several specific disciplines of engineering, including mechanical, civil, electrical, and electrochemical."--Mechanical Engineering Magazine


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