Major buildings, energy supply systems, chemical plants, food processing, and aircraft are all examples of engineering today. Despite such diversity, nearly all engineering fields rely on common principles and methods, and there is remarkable similarity in the daily work of engineers. Engineers spend most effort organising and coordinating collaborative work by all the diverse people involved, guided by their technical knowledge and experience. Unlike physics or biology, where immutable laws underpin the study, the essence of engineering is found in how theory is applied judgementally. To quickly grasp the nature of engineering the fifty summaries in 30-Second Engineering outlines types of engineering from mechanical to chemical; the universal stages of a collaborative engineering project; and the key ways engineering can solve the challenges of our future earth.
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Series: 30 Second
05 November 2019
Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Engineering Methods Glossary Divide and conquer Applying mathematics Beyond science Problem solving, design Standards and specifications Technical coordination Engineering finance Engineering thinking PROFILE: Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, Charles Yelverton O'Connor, or Gaspard Monge Chapter 2: Civil & Environmental Engineering Glossary Civil engineering Equilibrium principle Geotechnical engineering Engineers, architects and designers Historic achievements Eliminating disease Conquering rivers Project management Environmental engineering PROFILE: Thomas Telford, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, Emily Warren Roebling, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Rudoph Diesel, or Andre Citroen Chapter 3: Mechanical, Materials, & Mechatronic Engineering Mechanical engineering Materials and mechatronic engineering Defense readiness Thrust bearings and terabytes Wind power Robots and sheep PROFILE: Henry Ford or Shigeo Hirose Chapter 4: Chemical Engineering & Energy Production Chemical engineering Power generation Nuclear power Organisational safety Chemical plant safety Plastics and fertilizers PROFILE: Nicolas Leonard Sadi Carnot Chapter 5: Electrical, Electronic Engineering & Informatics Electrical and electronic engineering Computer engineering Software engineering Nanotechnology Information technology Molecular engineering PROFILE: Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, Edith Clarke, or Kristina M. Johnson Chapter 6: Aerospace & Transport Engineering Great railways Great ships Flight Metal fatigue Lessons from space Space travel Self-driving cars PROFILE: Deborah Limb Chapter 7: Engineering the Future Thinking differently Energy revolutions Scarce resources Feeding our world Water management Controlling pollution Future transport PROFILE: TBC Index & Acknowledgments
James Trevelyan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Western Australia. He is best-known for pioneering sheep-shearing robots, remote access laboratories, and landmine clearance methods. He won the pre-eminent award for robotics-the Engelberger Science and Technology Award-in 1993. An expert in the theory of engineering practice, Trevelyan has won several national awards for teaching excellence and awards for papers on engineering education. He is author of The Making of an Expert Engineer (CRC Press, 2014) which summarises his pioneering research on how engineering work is actually performed.