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Engineering Design: An Introduction 1st Edition

John R. Karsnitz, Ph.D., John P. Hutchinson, Ph.D., Stephen O'Brien, Ph.D.

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  • 538 Pages


With an innovative approach that uses projects and student exploration as key learning tools, Engineering Design: An Introduction offers an overview of the basic engineering principles and concepts that shape today's modern world. These concepts are presented in a flexible, two-part format. Part I describes the process of engineering and technology product design, while Part II develops specific skill sets needed to understand and participate in the process. Opportunities to experiment and learn abound, with projects ranging from technical drawing to designing electrical systems and more. With this emphasis on project-based learning, the book is an ideal supplement to Project Lead the Way's innovative series of project-based curricula designed to increase student interest in engineering careers. Engineering Design's broad scope and sound coverage of the essential concepts and techniques used in engineering design making it the perfect addition to any curriculum.

John R. Karsnitz, Ph.D., The College of New Jersey

John R. Karsnitz, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Technological Studies in the College of New Jersey's School of Engineering, where he coordinates the Professional Studies and Technological Design strand. His teaching emphasizes multimedia, architectural, and civil engineering design, as well as technology education, while his primary research interests include technological literacy in general education, pre-engineering, and STEM education. In addition to authoring several textbooks and presenting at many state and regional conferences, Dr. Karsnitz is an active member of several professional organizations. His current affiliations include the International Technology Education Association (ITEA), the Council on Technology Teacher Education (CTTE), the New Jersey Technology Education Association (NJTEA), and the New Jersey Engineering Education Council (NJEEC). Dr. Karsnitz earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Millersville University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

John P. Hutchinson, Ph.D., The College of New Jersey (Emeritus)

John Hutchinson is an emeritus professor in the Department of Technological Studies at The College of New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and has authored books on Design and Problem Solving in Technology and Designing with Pro/DESKTOP. Dr. Hutchinson taught at the high school, community college, and college level for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Dr. Hutchinson worked closely with colleagues from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and other countries in design and technology curriculum development.

Stephen O'Brien, Ph.D., The College of New Jersey

Following a successful career in electrical engineering, in 2006 Stephen O'Brien, Ph.D., joined the faculty of The College of New Jersey, where he is an associate professor of technological studies in the School of Engineering. He also coordinates the Electrical Engineering Design strand and is director of the college's Center for Excellence in STEM Education. His teaching focuses on engineering math, analog circuits, digital electronics, robotics and controls, and advanced engineering design. Dr. O'Brien's scholarly work includes over 40 publications and 13 patents, primarily in the field of optoelectronic devices, as well as frequent presentations at national professional conferences. His research interests include the efficacy of STEM training and education, as well as interdisciplinary work combining humanities, engineering, and technology. He earned a B.S. in math and physics from Western Washington University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
  • Case Studies, Career Profiles, and Boxed Articles are provided to demonstrate how engineers develop career pathways, work through product failures, and innovate to continuously improve various products, giving students a real-world context for the information covered
  • Includes techniques for documenting ideas, technical drawing, human factors, design styles, and more so students can apply what they have learned effectively
  • Abundant figures and illustrations clarify key concepts
  • Section devoted to the application of math and science ensures integration of other fundamental subjects
  • e-resource containing lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and an image library offers additional support for teachers
Chapter 1 Technology: The Human-Designed World
Chapter 2 The Process of Design
Chapter 3 Development of the Team
Chapter 4 Drawing and Documenting
Chapter 5 Reverse Engineering
Chapter 6 Investigation and Research for Design Development
Chapter 7 Generating and Developing Ideas
Chapter 8 Testing and Evaluating
Chapter 9 Manufacturing
Chapter 10 Technical Drawing
Chapter 11 Designing Structural Systems
Chapter 12 Designing Mechanical Systems
Chapter 13 Designing Electrical Systems
Chapter 14 Designing Pneumatic Systems
Chapter 15 Human Factors in Design and Engineering
Chapter 16 Math and Science Applications
Chapter 17 Graphics and Presentation
Appendix: The Nominal Group Technique
Glossary of Terms

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  • ISBN-10: 1418062413
  • ISBN-13: 9781418062415
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $153.75
  • RETAIL $204.95

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.



ISBN: 9781111645847
The student workbook was developed to help support Engineering Design: An Introduction with real-world, hands-on activities that build students' basic skills for engineering design and provide opportunities to apply those skills in more challenging projects. This rich resource is brimming with hands-on, directed design activities, drawing and sketching practice, brainstorming and team development exercises, and open-ended design challenges.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM

ISBN: 9781111645854
The Instructor Resources includes an Instructor's Guide with solutions to text and workbook problems, robust instructional outlines and helpful teaching hints, PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, and STEM mapping guides.


CourseMate 1-Year Instant Access

ISBN: 9781133935070
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.


ISBN: 9781111645847
The student workbook will help you succeed by providing real-world engineering design activities and skill-building exercises and problems. Designed to support Engineering Design: An Introduction, this important resource is full of drawing and sketching practice, brainstorming and team development exercises; and step-by-step procedures that will show you how to apply engineering concepts to open-ended design challenges.