Exploring Engineering

Exploring Engineering, 4th Edition

An Introduction to Engineering and Design

Exploring Engineering, 4th Edition,Philip Kosky,Robert Balmer,William Keat,George Wise,ISBN9780128012420

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Explores important concepts of modern engineering, including ethical considerations and team building, through timely examples and projects

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Key Features

  • NEW: Chapters on Aeronautical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Design Teams
  • NEW: Expanded content in the chapters "Defining the Problem," "Generation of 'Alternative Concepts'," and "Detailed Design"
  • NEW: Material on sustainability issues in engineering
  • Introduces students to the engineering profession, emphasizing the fundamental physical, chemical, and material bases for all engineering work
  • Includes an Engineering Ethics Decision Matrix used throughout the book to pose ethical challenges and explore 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


Exploring Engineering, Fourth Edition: An Introduction to Engineering and Design presents the emerging challenges engineers face in a wide range of areas as they work to help improve our quality of life. In this classic textbook, the authors explain what engineers actually do, from the fundamental principles that form the basis of their work to the application of that knowledge within a structured design process. The text itself is organized into three parts: Lead-On, Minds-On, Hands-On. This organization allows the authors to give a basic introduction to engineering methods, then show the application of these principles and methods, and finally present a design challenge. This book is 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, 4th Edition

Part 1. Lead-On

1. What Engineers Do
2. Elements of Engineering Analysis
3. Force and Motion
4. Energy
5. Engineering Economics

Part 2. Minds-On

6. Aeronautical Engineering
7. Chemical Engineering
8. Civil Engineering
9. Computer Engineering
10. Electrical Engineering
11. Industrial Engineering
12. Manufacturing Engineering
13. Materials Engineering
14. Mechanical Engineering
15. Nuclear Engineering
16. Biomechanical Engineering
17. Electrochemical Engineering
18. Green Energy Engineering

Part 3. Hands-On

19. Introduction to Engineering Design
20. Design Teams
21. Design Step 1. Defining the Problem
22. Design Step 2. Generation of Alternative Concepts
23. Design Step 3. Evaluation of Alternatives and Selection of a Concept
24. Design Step 4. Detailed Design
25. Design step 5. Design Defense
26. Design Step 6. Manufacturing and Testing
27. Design Step 7. Performance Evaluation
28. Design Step 8. Design Report
29. Examples of Design Competitions
30. Closing Remarks on the Important Role of Design Projects


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