Exploring Engineering

Exploring Engineering

An Introduction to Engineering and Design

5th Edition - April 30, 2020

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  • Authors: Robert Balmer, William Keat
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150733
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128150740

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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’s Exploring Engineering explores 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. The 5th edition has been revised to better reflect the knowledge base of incoming freshmen, and new content has been added for several new and emerging engineering disciplines, such as environmental engineering, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, and mechatronics, as well as new design projects

Key Features

  • Multiple award-winning textbook 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
  • Companion Web site includes links to several drawing supplements, including "Free-hand Engineering Sketching," (detailed instructions on free-hand engineering sketching); "AutoCAD Introduction," (an introduction to the free AutoCAD drawing software); and "Design Projects," (freshman-level design projects that complement the "Hands-On" part of the textbook)


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 taking an Introduction to Engineering Course 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

Table of Contents

  • 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
    11. Industrial Engineering
    12. Manufacturing Engineering
    14. Mechanical Engineering
    15. Nuclear Engineering
    16. Bioengineering
    17. Electrochemical Engineering
    18. Environmental Engineering
    19. Green Energy Engineering

    Part 3: Hands-On
    20. Introduction to Mechatronics and Physical Computing
    21. Introduction to Engineering Design
    22. Design teams
    23. Design Step 1: Defining the Problem
    24. Design Step 2: Generation of Alternative Concepts
    25. Design Step 3: Evaluation of Alternatives and Selection of a Concept
    26. Design Step 4: Detailed Design
    27. Design Step 5: Design Defense
    28. Design Step 6: Manufacturing and Testing
    29. Design Step 7: Performance Evaluation
    30. Design Step 8: Design Report
    31. Examples of Design Competitions
    32. Closing Remarks on the Important Role of Design Projects

Product details

  • No. of pages: 656
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: April 30, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150733
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128150740

About the Authors

Robert Balmer

Dr. Robert Balmer has worked as an engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory and at various DuPont facilities. He has over 40 years of engineering teaching experience and has authored 70 technical publications and the Elsevier undergraduate engineering textbook Modern Engineering Thermodynamics.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

William Keat

Dr. William Keat has been teaching design for 20 years, in courses ranging from freshman engineering to a graduate course in design methodology. Has been awarded two Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Teacher Awards and two first place finishes at the Mini-Baja East Competition while serving as an advisor.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Union College, Mechanical Engineering Department, Schenectady,USA.

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