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Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career (Fourth Edition)

Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career (Fourth Edition)

Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career (Fourth Edition)
By Raymond B. Landis

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Book Description

Since "Studying 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:

Ø A Prologue to provide students with a perspective on what this book has to offer and how to get it.

Ø 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 motivational quotations

Ø Incorporation of the University of Maryland human-powered helicopter project to illustrate the engineering design process in action

Ø The adoption of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering to provide an indication of future directions for engineering

Ø 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 study.

The purpose of this innovative and exciting book is to enhance student success. Through its eight chapters it teaches students about:

1. The keys to success in engineering study

2. The rewards and opportunities of an engineering career.

3. An understanding of the field of engineering—past, present, and future

4. Insight into the learning process

5. Academic success strategies needed to excel in mathematics, science, and engineering courses

6. The process of personal development needed to ensure that their behaviors and attitudes support their goal of becoming an engineer

7. 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

8. The 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.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #47874 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2013-01-15
  • Released on: 2013-01-15
  • Format: Kindle eBook

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
RAYMOND B.LANDIS is Dean Emeritus of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology atCalifornia State University, Los Angeles.  He is a nationally recognized expert in thefield of engineering student success and a frequent invited speaker on thesubject.
He has receivedmany honors and awards for his work, including the Presidential Award forExcellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring, and the first WangFamily Excellence Award as the outstanding administrator in the CaliforniaState University System.  He was cited asone of the top 100 educational leaders of the 20th century by BlackIssues in Higher Education.
Dr. Landisreceived his B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D degree from UCLA, allin Mechanical Engineering.  He worked forfive years at the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International, was anengineering professor at California State University, Northridge for 18 years,and served as Cal State L.A.'s Dean of Engineering, Computer Science, andTechnology for 16 years.


Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
5Great resource!
By Jennifer Shaffer
I bought this book primarily for my daughter because she would like to have a better idea of what to major in when she starts college. She is good in math and science, and although I had an uncle who was a chemical engineer, I really had very little idea of what engineers actually study and what they do.

I chose this book because I hoped it would answer not only basic questions about what engineers do, but also serve as a guidebook to help her decide if she would like engineering. There wouldn't be much point in setting out to study it, only to find out somewhere along the line that it wasn't anything like she thought it would be. I think this book does that exceptionally well, not by focusing on the dry basics of what classes she would need to take for this or that major, but by giving examples of what kind of thought processes are used, along with examples of the engineering design process.

I like the way the book is laid out, workbook style, with lots of variety, drawings, reflections, and website references pointing to sources of more information. It is easy to read, skim, and gleen an amazing amount of good advice and motivation for success, specifically success in engineering, but the tools in this book can apply just as well for other disciplines of study as well.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
2Read 1 Page Summary of 200 Pages.
By Secantdatabase
Book is decent, but exceptionally boring and too repetitive.
Books recommends you search "success" in google and youtube, then what's the point of this book really?

Want me to summarize what this book will tell you in 200 pages?
1. Go to class
2. Do your homework
3. Interact with professors
4. Don't be lazy
5. Study (memorize s*** or understand s***)

Now pay me $100 , because I told you those things? Oh, wait I am not charging you here.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
2Skip this.
By Kevin
I bought the Kindle version and am just as fed up with it as the other reviewers. Zero effort was put in to optimize the experience. I would spend the extra money to get it in paper, it's that bad. Speaking as someone who has read an extensive amounts of books online, this was the worst.

Also, as far as content goes, there is little to be gleaned from this book that a half-way competent engineer in the making couldn't figure out for himself/herself. There are whole chapters devoted to teaching the reader the merits of studying in groups/asking your teacher/getting the right amount of sleep. In short, most of it is redundant information that won't make you feel like you've gotten what you paid for.

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