Looking at our New Books Shelf this morning, four new titles caught my eye that I’d like to share with you. I’ve also added one new title from our stacks that I thought you should know about. All of these titles are relevant to undergraduates who are still exploring where they might like to go in the “World of Engineering.”
First, the title from our General Stack. Stuff You Don’t Learn in Engineering School by Carl Selinger discusses the so-called “soft” skills that don’t often get covered in the engineering curriculum. You know what I’m talking about here: clear written communication; presentation skills; teamwork and brainstorming; negotiation (you’ll do this all the time as engineers); decision making; task and project management. This book is very accessible and quite useful to the undergraduate wondering about what will be expected of her in her future job. Call number: TA 190 .S39 2004.
Now the four books from the New Book Shelf on Waldo’s Lower Level.
Green Building Revolution by Jerry Yudelson. Call number: TH 880 .Y634 2008. This book gives a good overview of this relatively new development in building technology. This is particularly useful for the chapter that discusses the LEED rating system that is used to describe environmental buildings.
Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers: A History of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics…and What Came Before by Tom D. Crouch. Call number: TL 568 .A445 C76 2006. This is a title I personally selected, as I thought it would be good for us to have this detailed history of the AIAA.
Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Successes by Nancy J. Cook and Frank Durso. Call number: TJ 153 .C638 2008. This book provides case studies of how cognitive engineering (a.k.a. human factors, ergonomics or human-centered design) can help solve engineering problems by better understanding how humans interact with technology.
Structural Engineer’s Professional Training Manual by David K. Adams. Call number: TA 635 .A33 2008. This is an excellent introduction to structural engineering as a career, including licensing issues, basic technical background information, project management issues, and suggestions for keep your skills up-to-date. Great intro for undergraduates exploring this as a career option.