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ISBN 9780824723217
Published May 12, 2005 by CRC Press
294 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Every engineer must eventually face their first daunting design project. Scheduling, organization, budgeting, prototyping: all can be overwhelming in the short time given to complete the project. While there are resources available on project management and the design process, many are focused too narrowly on specific topics or areas of engineering. Practical Engineering Design presents a complete overview of the design project and beyond for any engineering discipline, including sections on how to protect intellectual property rights and suggestions for turning the project into a business.

An outgrowth of the editors' broad experience teaching the capstone Engineering Design course, Practical Engineering Design reflects the most pressing and often-repeated questions with a set of guidelines for the entire process. The editors present two sample project reports and presentations in the appendix and refer to them throughout the book, using examples and critiques to demonstrate specific suggestions for improving the quality of writing and presentation. Real-world examples demonstrate how to formulate schedules and budgets, and generous references in each chapter offer direction to more in-depth information.

Whether for a co-op assignment or your first project on the job, this is the most comprehensive guide available for deciding where to begin, organizing the team, budgeting time and resources, and, most importantly, completing the project successfully.

Table of Contents

THE DESIGN PROCESS
B. Eisenstein, S.D. Personick, J.E. Mitchell, and M. Bystrom
What Is a Design Project?
The Steps to a Successful Project
Conclusions
Further Reading
ETHICS AND THE SOCIAL IMPACTS OF DESIGN PROJECTS
M. Kam
Why Ethics?
Social Implications
Questions and Tests
Acting Ethically
References
Further Reading
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
J.E. Mitchell
Introduction
Scheduling: The Key Support Tool
The Basics of Scheduling
How to Schedule
Tools for Scheduling
A Senior Design Schedule Example
Summary
References
Further Reading
TEAMWORK
J.E. Mitchell
Teamwork and Team Roles
Assigning and Rotating Teamwork Roles
Clarify Task Responsibilities and Schedule
Team Dynamics: The Phases of Development
Conflict Resolution
What to Do When You Fall Behind
Communications
Summary
References
Further Reading
ARE WE IN BUSINESS YET?
S.D. Personick
Introduction
Types of Budgets
Project Expenses
Economic Viability Analysis
Are We in Business?
Contingency Plans
Summary
Further Reading
DOCUMENTING YOUR DESIGN PROJECT
M. Bystrom
Documenting a Design Project
Seven Steps to a Successful Document
Documents and Their Components
References
Further Reading
PRESENTING YOUR DESIGN PROJECT
V.M. Arms
Introduction
Planning
Creating a Presentation
Practicing
Presenting
References
Further Reading
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
K.S. Chotkowski
Introduction
Trade Secrets
Patents
Copyrights
Trademarks and Service Marks
Intellectual Property Licensing
References
Further Reading
PLANNING YOUR BUSINESS
R.J. Loring
Introduction
Am I an Entrepreneur?
Planning an Entrepreneurial Business
Summary
References
Further Reading
APPENDIX
The Talking Book: A Final Report
Coreware IPv4 to IPv6 Bridge: Final Report
Coreware IPv4 to IPv6 Bridge: Final Presentation

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