About the Book
Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career exploded onto
the market in 1995, it has become the best selling Introduction
to Engineering textbook of all time.
Adopted by over 300 U.S. institutions, and reaching more
than 150,000 students, the book has made major inroads into the
"sink or swim" paradigm of engineering education.
Armed with the book as a powerful tool for "student
development," large numbers of engineering programs have
implemented Introduction to Engineering courses to improve the
academic performance and retention rates of their students.
Now, this pioneering text has been updated and expanded to bring
students even more clarity in the process of achieving success
in engineering study.
Significant new material has been added to
the Fourth Edition including:
to provide students with a perspective on what this book has to
offer and how to get it.
New sections on topics including fixed vs. growth
mindset, reverse engineering, sustainability, life-long
learning, study abroad, entrepreneurship, teamwork and
leadership, engineering ethics, and inspirational and
Incorporation of the University of Maryland
human-powered helicopter project to illustrate the engineering
design process in action
The adoption of the National Academy of
Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering to provide an
indication of future directions for engineering
Substantially more graphics to make the text more
accessible and readable
Studying Engineering is written for students both those who are already engineering majors
and those who are considering engineering as their field of
The purpose of this innovative and exciting book is to enhance student
success. Through its eight chapters it teaches students about:
The keys to success in engineering study
rewards and opportunities of an engineering
An understanding of the field of engineering—past, present, and
Insight into the learning process
Academic success strategies needed to excel in mathematics, science,
and engineering courses
The process of personal development needed to ensure that their
behaviors and attitudes support their goal of becoming an
Ways to enhance the quality of their education through participation
in student organizations, pre-professional employment,
engineering projects, study abroad, and service the
institution and/or community
engineering education system
and how to take full advantage of that system.
Students can read the book on their own or use it in conjunction
with an Introduction to Engineering course having a “student
development/student success” focus.
Reflections are interspersed throughout each chapter so
that students can read a section and then stop to engage in a
guided reflection about what they just read.
Completion of many of 203 end-of-the-chapter problems
provides opportunity for significant learning experience.
A design project to “Design Your Process of Becoming a
World-Class First-Year Engineering Student” provides a vehicle
for students to become actively involved in their growth and
development as an math/science/engineering student.