A new book: Engineering Practice in (about) 50 Steps

“The Making of an Expert Engineer” was published nearly five years ago in 2014. I have received lots of complimentary feedback for which I am very grateful.

An early review on Amazon claimed the book could have been written with 100 pages. Maybe. However the book could not have been complete without the research evidence to substantiate its claims. And I think, with respect, that the content that engineers need occupies more than 100 pages, while agreeing that it can be presented in less than 600 pages.

So here are the early drafts of my new book which is shorter and designed to help novice engineers in the first three to five years. The book is designed to be read over 2-3 years, and is presented as a series of short chapters with practice exercises. Ideally the book should also be read by supervisors and mentors so that they can help novices assess their progress.

­­Only the first 20% of the book is available today. For the time being, anyone who wants to boost their career prospects should also purchase “The Making of an Expert Engineer”.

I am providing the chapter drafts here so you can provide some early feedback and suggestions, especially brief anecdotes or case studies that might help novices in future.

Pakistan Launch: Islamabad

“The Making of an Expert Engineer” was officially launched in Islamabad at the Serena Hotel on January 7th before a gathering of 120 engineers, engineering faculty, aspiring engineers, and friends.  The Hon. Ms. Marvi Memon, Minister Chair of Benezir Bhutto Income Support Fund spoke about the potential impact of the research on the poorest 5.8 million people in Pakistan served by the fund. Lieutenant General (R) Syed Shujaat Hussein, former rector of National University of Science and Technology presided at the launch.Close-Comfort-FB-Logo-151207

The event was sponsored by Close Comfort Air Conditioning

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James Trevelyan speaking about the book – transcript of speech appears below.

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