Design of Machinery: An Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Mechanisms and Machines 3rd Edition

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mcgraw-Hill College; 3rd edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 832 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0072864478
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0072864472
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.19 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 1.5 x 7.5 x 9.25 inches
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Robert L. Norton earned undergraduate degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial technology at Northeastern University and an MS in engineering design at Tufts University. He was also granted an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from WPI. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and Florida. He has extensive industrial experience in engineering design and manufacturing and many years' experience teaching mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer science, and related subjects at Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

At Polaroid Corporation for 10 years, he designed cameras, related mechanisms, and high-speed automated machinery. He spent three years at Jet Spray Cooler Inc., designing food-handling machinery and products. For five years he helped develop artificial-heart and noninvasive assisted-circulation devices at the Tufts New England Medical Center and Boston City Hospital. Since leaving industry to join academia, he has continued as an independent consultant on engineering projects ranging from disposable medical products to high-speed production machinery. He holds 13 U.S. patents.

Norton has been on the faculty of Worcester Polytechnic Institute since 1981 and is now Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering with emphasis on design, kinematics, vibrations, and dynamics of machinery for 31 years there.

He is the author of numerous technical papers and journal articles covering kinematics, dynamics of machinery, cam design and manufacturing, computers in education, and engineering education and of the texts Design of Machinery, 6ed, Machine Design: An Integrated Approach, 6ed, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery, 2ed, and the Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook, 3ed. Several of these textbooks have been translated into numerous languages. He is a Fellow and life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. In 2007, he was chosen as a U. S. Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, who jointly present the only national awards for teaching excellence given in the United States of America.

His latest books are not textbooks. One is called Automotive Milestones: A History of the Technological Development of the Automobile. It is aimed at an audience of teens to adults with an interest in cars, how they work, and how they developed over the years. He explains how the major systems of the automobile work, when they were first invented, and how they evolved, without using any mathematics. This book is the result of a lifelong interest in automobiles as a certified "car nut."

The second is a short memoir of his engineering career titled The Evolution of Engineering in the 20th Century that describes the technological and educational advances that occurred from 1950 to 2000 and how they have improved the practice and teaching of engineering. The author began his career as an apprentice machinist out of high school in 1956. He retired from Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a chaired, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering in 2012. During the early years he worked for several engineering companies large and small, and also taught engineering at universities for 45 years. During his teaching career, he consulted for many engineering companies and kept abreast of their innovations. He did original research in engineering with his graduate students and published scores of technical papers in the literature. He wrote several engineering textbooks that are still in use around the world in several languages. This book tells the story of a technological revolution in engineering and manufacturing that has made American industry a leader in the world.

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