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Introduction To Engineering Design and Problem Solving Paperback – August 8, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072402216 ISBN-10: 0072402210 Edition: 2nd
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Product Details

  • Series: McGraw-Hill's Best: Basic Engineering Series and Tools
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (August 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072402210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072402216
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Roberts on November 13, 2005
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I actually ended up reading this book after getting my master's degree in aerospace engineering, and even after a few years of work in industry. This was because my first crack at doing real aircraft structural design work put me completely in over my head, and this book was the first step of getting a handle on everything. In retrospect I'm completely aghast that in six years and two degrees of engineering schooling, nothing like this was taught at my particular school (which shall go un-named for it's own sake), yet it is required for the freshman year at U of Iowa.

Engineers are tasked with developing systems that produce value in a nutshell. The way you configure and define that system, iteratively dealing with the bigger parts first and sequentially working your way down to defining the smallest details last, is engineering design. This book explains the whole philosophy behind design, and how to do it. It's essentially a decision-making process, that can actually carry over into practically anything you do in life so even non-technical people could probably benefit from this book. Politicians, policy wonks / analysts, and people who debate politics in particular could have much more meaningful and productive discussions if they actually employed a design framework. (Maybe they do, but I haven't seen much evidence of it . . .)

This book lays out a ten step process of design that is iterative. Meaning you can always (and actually will have to do so many, many times) go back and repeat steps. Although these ten steps are not written in stone, and I would highly recommend any engineer / designer to develop their own steps, they are an excellent guide to improving the quality and reducing the difficulty of design work.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Limpeteeprakarn on August 20, 2004
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It is a must read for a freshment engineering student. If you can get a copy, it will be a good reference for your entire engineering study.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jaguar on September 27, 2011
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I was looking for a book about this subject to read but this one does not have the "look inside" feature. This book looks a bit overpriced at $145 for having only 240 pages.
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