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Educating Scientists and Engineers for Academic and Non-Academic Career Success

By James Speight

© 2014 – CRC Press

192 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In an increasingly technological world, the education of scientists and engineers has become an activity of growing importance. Educating Scientists and Engineers for Academic and Non-Academic Career Success focuses on the structure of the current educational system and describes the transformations needed to ensure the adequate education of future science and engineering students.

The book describes how university faculty can make the necessary changes to teach a broader range of skills, technical proficiency, teamwork, adaptability, and versatility within the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. Also covered are approaches to provide a broader exposure to experiences desired by both academic and non-university employers to prepare students for an increasingly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and global job market.

Table of Contents

Scientists and Engineers


Historical Aspects of Science and Engineering


The Concept of a Profession


The Impact of Science and Engineering


Education of Scientists and Engineers


The Preuniversity Experience

The Baccalaureate Experience

The Graduate Degree Experience

Grading and Marking

Postdoctoral Education and Beyond


Professional Societies and Education


Professional Societies

Professional Qualifications

Further Education

Effectiveness of Society Activities

The Future


Gaps in Knowledge


Preuniversity Education

Undergraduate Education

Postgraduate Education

Education and Sports Programs

Teaching Ethics

The Gender Gap


Bridging the Knowledge Gap


Science for Engineers

Engineering for Scientists

The Missing Links

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Strategies for Closing Knowledge Gaps

The Future


The Complete Scientist and Engineer



Interpersonal Skills

Written Communication

Theoretical Knowledge to Practical Experience

Intellectual Property and Its Role in Education


The Future


The Future of Education


Criteria for Success

Overhauling the Concept of Tenure

A National Policy



About the Author

James G. Speight is the author of more than 60 books in petroleum science, petroleum engineering, and environmental sciences. He has doctorate degrees in chemistry, geological sciences, and petroleum engineering. Dr. Speight has served as adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah and also in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming. In addition he has been a visiting professor in chemical engineering at the following universities: the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)