CONTENTS 1. Tools for School Cyber-references Paper-writing mates Love your calculator! Computer maintenance suggestions Online college book vendors
2. Professional Organizations and Info for Individuals Professional societies Resources for female engineers Minorities in engineering Organizations specific to ethnic groups Engineering students with disabilities Engineering students of sexual minority Returning students resources
Some advice on hardware maintenance to improve the life of your PC: arar.essortment.com/computersmainte_rxwv.htm A five-part series on computer care by iVillage.com: www.ivillage.com/click/experts/computingcoach/articles/0,5639,31251,00.html
Online college book vendors
So a mini experiment was done. Two test books were priced at the following online book sellers:
· Book 1 is an excellent little book entitled, The Engineering Student Survival Guide, 1st edition, by K. Donaldson · Book 2 is a thermodynamics classic, Fundamentals of Engineering: Thermodynamics, 3rd edition, by Michael J. Moran and Howard N. Shapiro(4th edition is also available, but 3rd used to evaluate used prices)
Good prices, but few mainstream engineering texts available
Barnes and Noble's textbook.com
About what one would expect to pay for book 1 and cheap price for book 2! Very Good!
Not bad prices for book 2, but of the two books only a used of book 2 was available!
Your Book Connection
Ow! Spend the extra 9 bucks on something else!
Such an incredibly annoying website, gave up before getting to a working link that searched for books.
Some engineering books, but not these
Textbooks at Cost
You'd think these books didn't exist.
Great price for book 1, okay for book 2
Supposed to compare all prices on web-seem to have missed a few.
*Book wasn't "currently available" at search time.
Professional Organizations and Info for Individuals
Professional societies: Appendix A
AAEE American Academy of Environemental Engineers www.enviro-engrs.org ACerS The American Ceramic Society www.acers.org ACSM American Congress on Surveying and Mapping www.landsurveyor.com/acsm ACEC American Consulting Engineers www.acec.org ADDA American Design Drafting Association www.adda.org AHS American Helicopter Society www.vtol.org AIAA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) www.aiaa.org AIChE American Institute of Chemical Engineers www.aiche.org ANS American Nuclear Society www.ans.org ASAE American Society of Agricultural Engineers www.asae.org ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers www.asce.org ASEE American Society for Engineering Education www.asee.org ASEM American Society for Engineering Management www.asem.org ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Air-Conditioning Engineers www.ashrae.org ASME The American Society of Mechanical Engineers www.asme.org ASNE American Society of Naval Engineers www.jhuapl.edu/ASNE ASNT The American Society for Nondestructive Testing www.asnt.org ASQ American Society for Quality www.asq.org ASSE American Society of Safety Engineers www.asse.org ASSE American Society of Sanitary Engineering www.asse-plumbing.org ASTM American Society for Testing Materials www.astm.org ASES American Solar Energy Society www.ases.org/solar AEI Architectural Engineering Institute www.aeinstitute.org ASM ASM International www.asm-intl.org AACE Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering www.aacei.org ACM Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org AEE Association of Energy Engineers www.aeecenter.org AISE Association of Iron and Steel Engineers www.aise.org AES Audio Engineering Society www.aes.org BMES Biomedical Engineering Society www.mecca.org/BME/BMES/ society/bmeshm.html CSA Cryogenic Society of America www-csa.fnal.gov IESNA Illuminating Engineering Society of North America www.iesna.org IEEE The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers www.ieee.org IIE Institute of Industrial Engineers www.iienet.org INFORMS Institute for Operations Research and the
Management Sciences www.informs.org IMAPS International Microelectronics and Packaging Society firstname.lastname@example.org ISA International Society for Measurement and Control www.isa.org SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering www.spie.org MRS The Materials Research Society www.mrs.org TMS The Minerals Metals and Materials Society www.tms.org NAWIC National Association of Women in Construction www.nawic.org OSA Optical Society of America www.osa.org SAE The Society of Automotive Engineers www.sae.org SEM Society for Experimental Mechanics www.sem.org SFPE Society of Fire Protection Engineers www.sfpe.org SIAM Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics www.siam.org SME Society of Manufacturing Engineers www.sme.org SNAME Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers www.sname.org SPE Society of Petroleum Engineers www.spe.org SPE Society of Plastics Engineers www.4spe.org SES Standards Engineering Society www.ses-standards.org/ WEF Water Environment Federation www.wef.org Key: N not available, n/a not applicable, G student members are part of general membership.
Resources for female engineers
Association for Women in Computing: www.awc-hq.org Clearing House for Financial Aid for Women at FinAid (not engineering specific): www.finaid.org/otheraid/female.phtml Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology: www.diversitycareers.com MentorNet connects women studying engineering and related sciences (in community college, undergrad, or grad school) with male and female industry mentors over email: www.mentornet.net National Academy of Engineering Celebration of Women in Engineering: www.nae.edu/cwe National Association of Women in Construction: www.nawic.org National Science Foundation's reports on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/women/start.htm The Society for Women Engineers (SWE) is the largest professional organization of women: www.swe.org Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN) www.wepan.org "Women Engineering Students Speak" is a report by Mary Madden summarizing discussions by students at the University of Maine in 1999: www.eece.maine.edu/ecews/Women_Engineers_Summary.htm
Minorities in engineering
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc: www.nacme.org Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology: www.diversitycareers.com Clearing housing list for Underrepresented Individuals in Engineering www.mills.edu/ACAD_INFO/MCS/SPERTUS/Gender/wom_and_min.html Purdue University's ESCAPE (The Engineering Specific Career Planning and Problem-Solving Environment) website
www.ecn.purdue.edu/ESCAPE/special/minorities/intro.html The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM): www.nd.edu/~gem/ National Science Foundation's reports on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/women/start.htm A cool resource list from Penn State for minorities in engineering and science: www.geog.psu.edu/~kjordan/minority/minority.html Clearing House for Financial Aid for Minorities at FinAid (not engineering specific)s: www.finaid.org/otheraid/minority.phtml
Organizations specific to ethnic groups
American Indian Science and Engineering Society: www.aises.org Association of Cuban Engineer: www.netside.net/~ace Black Data Processors Associates: www.bdpa.org Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education: www.cahsee.org Chinese-American Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern California: www.cesasc.org A Coalition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Fortune 500 Companies (AMIE) with programs designed to increase the representation of African-Americans among engineers: alexadao.morgan.edu/academic/Special/Amie/AMIE.HTM Haitian-American Engineering Society: www.haiti-science.com/haes/ National Society of Black Engineers: www.nsbe.org Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science: www.sacnas.org Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: www.shpe.org Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists: www.tamu.edu/maes Vietnamese Association for Computing, Engineering Technology and Science: www.vacets.org
Engineering students with disabilities
National Science Foundation's reports on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/women/start.htm Clearing House for Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities at FinAid (not engineering specific): www.finaid.org/otheraid/disabled.phtml EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information): www.rit.edu/~easi/
Engineering students of sexual minority
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals: www.noglstp.org Sexual Minorities in Science and Engineering resource list: www.mills.edu/ACAD_INFO/MCS/SPERTUS/Gender/wom_and_min.html The Journey: One Engineer's Struggle to Be Himself: www.younggayamerica.com/streettalk3.shtml Clearing House for Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students at FinAid (not engineering specific): www.finaid.org/otheraid/gay.phtml
Returning students resources
News and resources for non-traditional and adult students: www.back2school.com
George Washington University's Admissions Department resource page of "Challenges Facing Returning Students": www.gwu.edu/~gsehd/admissions/student_services/challenges.html Opinion Column in Chico State's The Orion: "Re-entry students prove Chico State gets better with a age": orion.csuchico.edu/Pages/vol43issue1/opinion/o.4.old.html McGill University's Mature Students' Association (MSA) links and info: www.ssmu.mcgill.ca/mrsa/details.html The Re-entry Student Center at University of California - Berkeley has an excellent website with resources for prospective and current students: students.berkeley.edu/reentry Tips and information from University of California, Irvine for re-entry students: www.transfercounseling.uci.edu/ResourceFiles/ReEntry.html
Engineering and Engineers
General and discipline-specific info
ASEE's Precollege website: "Engineering Your Future": www.asee.org/precollege/ Discover Engineering Online: www.discoverengineering.org Cartoons accompany explanation of some mainstream and narrower-focused disciplines: www.todays-engineers.org/2001/engineers.htm The Institution of Australian Engineers gives us some explanations from down under: www.ieaust.org.au/engineering/what_do.html Iowa State's College of Engineering answers "What do Engineers Do?" www.eng.iastate.edu/about/engineers.html JETS (Junior Technical Society): www.jets.org National Engineers Week: www.eweek.org Society of Women Engineers overviews engineering disciplines and types of jobs: www.swe.org/SWE/StudentServices/CareerGuidance/EngrForYou/ UKBrochure.html For info on specific disciplines, check out professional society websites and try typing: "What do --- engineers do?" in to search engine like Google.
Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century: www.greatachievements.org A hard-to-find website addressing what material scientists and engineers do: www.crc4mse.org Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology: www.abet.org
The engineering ring
Order of the Engineer (US): www.order-of-the-engineer.org The Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer (Canada): www.ironring.ca
Public perception of engineers
The Harris Poll: A poll done sponsored by the American Association of Engineering Societies to determine the impact of public awareness of engineering upon the size and quality of the U.S. engineering workforce, particularly given the changing demographics of the overall domestic workforce. www.ieeeusa.org/releases/1998/pr0904981.html
Doing your Thang…
Suggestions for note-taking A Study Skills Help website created by Dr. Carolyn Hopper, Learning Strategies Coordinator for the Developmental Studies Department at Middle Tennessee State University: www.mtsu.edu/~studskl/hslisten.html The University of Tasmania Learning Skills Unit's suggestions for better note-taking: student.admin.utas.edu.au/student_services/lsu/notes.html An online "Student Survival Manual": www.luminet.net/~jackp/survnote.htm University of Nevada, Reno gives some good advice in skim-able manner! www.unr.edu/acssv/ASC/skills/notes/notes.html Some excellent info on "Notetaking Skills" developed by a class at Penn State: www.ma.psu.edu/~malc/notetaki.htm
Test and exam references
Stress-busting tips for revision and the exam by the International Stress Management Association (UK): www.isma.org.uk/exams.htm Tips on Taking Multiple-Choice Tests (scroll down to "Taking the Test"): jan.ucc.nau.edu/~haw4/test.html St. Elizabeth High School reminds you of all the good practical advice that you didn't absorb fully in high school: www.sehs.org/testtips.htm University of Texas at Austin compiled a ton of class handouts to create an amazingly comprehensive test-taking advice site that addresses everything from foreign language tests to how to study for math and science: www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/handouts/stutips.html
Richard Felder's webpage Resources in Science and Engineering Education isn't just for Professors and Instructors! Go there to learn about how you best learn by taking the learning styles quiz and reading through techniques for each: www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/RMF
Engineering Co-ops, Internships, and Research-ships
Co-ops and internships
"A little advice about co-ops" by Nick Corcodilos on EETimes.com: www.eetimes.com/story/mentors_at_work/OEG20001214S0032 Penn State has an excellent resource on finding co-ops and internships including a huge list of job-seeking links: www.engr.psu.edu/coop/student/NEW/index.htm Michigan State University's Cooperative Education Program has some interesting tidbits in their co-op newsletters: www.egr.msu.edu/coop/newsletters/ University of Missouri-Columbia's info on co-ops: www.engineering.missouri.edu/co-ops.htm Mount Holyoke's comprehensive list of references for internships and other opportunities: www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/sbrowne/sistahs/links/engineering.html Northwester University's Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Program's "Questions to Ask when Comparing Co-op Programs": www.tech.northwestern.edu/co-op/prospective/comparing.html
Research for undergraduates
National Science Foundation's REU information and program listings: www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/reulist.htm Also see job-searching for more references
Keeping your Batteries Charged…
Engineering your health (some fab Student Health sites) University of Iowa's Health Iowa answers questions on every possible health topic: www.uiowa.edu/~shs/index.html Columbia University's "Go Ask Alice" website: www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/ On caffeine
· How Caffeine Works, A "thorough explanation about a popular addictive drug" on Marshall Brain's website: www.howstuffworks.com/caffeine.htm
Stress and anxiety
· The Academic Resource Center at Sweet Briar College has a quiz to determine how stressed you are and tips to de-stress: www.arc.sbc.edu/stress.html · Stress at Williams (and Elsewhere . . .) also has a test to measure stress, relaxation techniques, and ideas of how to manage exam stress: wso.williams.edu:8000/orgs/peerh/stress/ · Stress-busting tips for revision and the exam by the International Stress Management Association (UK): www.isma.org.uk/exams.htm
Computer Dealer News article, "Hand injuries reduced with ergonomics" includes preventative tips: www.findarticles.com/m3563/n28_v14/21033824/p1/article.jhtml 10 steps for computer users from Cornell University's ErgoWeb: ergo.human.cornell.edu/ergoguide.html An excellent website at University of Minnesota addressing ergonomics for laptop usage: www.dehs.umn.edu/ergo/office/laptop.html Stanford University's Environmental Health and Safety website, Key to Safe Computer Usage, includes the proper set up of equipment, healthy work habits and practices, and office stretches: www.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/work/ergo/keys.html University of Waterloo's Health and Safety Program Manual online covers all important ergonomic issues for computer usage (including pictures!): www.safetyoffice.uwaterloo.ca/hspm/documents/officeergo/ergo/vdt.html
The End (Graduation) is Near…
Licensing For EIT/FE information go to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website. Click on "Funadmentals info for information on becoming a licensed engineer, the FE/EIT, and statistics on engineering by the Labor Bureau. Click on "Site Map" to find information specifically on the FE/EIT: www.ncees.org Passing rates for FE/EIT: www.ncees.org/professional/principles.html The Society of Professional Engineers tells you about the licensure process and why you would want to be licensed: www.nspe.org/lc1-how.asp
Finding a job
The most up-to-date engineering salaries can be found at this National Society of
Careers and the Technology Undergrad magazine put out by BrassRing Campus Publications: www.cbacareer.com/magazines/magsceng.html Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology: www.diversitycareers.com Graduating Engineer and Computer Careers comes out monthly and covers job-seeking and grad school-seeking activities and issues: www.graduatingengineer.com For negotiating your salary and other excellent advice start at J. Steven Niznik's articles on technical job searching at jobsearchtech.com and surf the site:: jobsearchtech.about.com/careers/jobsearchtech/library/weekly/aa101298. Tips for Technical Job Interviews by Allan Hoffman on Monster.com: technology.monster.com/articles/interviewing/
· Info on scannable job resumes on Quintessential Careers website: www.quintcareers.com/scannable_resumes.html · Tips for Creating a Scannable Resume on Monster.com: content.monster.com/resume/resources/scannableresume/ Regular resumes:
· Resumes 101 at jobsearchtech.com: jobsearchtech.about.com/careers/jobsearchtech/library/weekly/ aa070599.htm · If you read all this and implemented it you will definitely get the job! See University of Waterloo's website for preparing resumes and for job interviews: www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infocecs/CRC/manual/resumes.html
Thinking about grad school?
Clearing House for Financial Aid for Graduate School at FinAid:www.finaid.org/otheraid/grad.phtml Graduate Student Survival Kit: www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lakes/6007/Survival.htm A hilarious comic strip about being a graduate student in engineering by Jorge Cham called Piled Higher and Deeper: phd.stanford.edu The official GRE website has all the info you need to know short of the answers to the exam: www.gre.org Lots of info for folks thinking about grad school from William & Mary: www.wm.edu/csrv/career/stualum/guidschl.html A good brief overview of considerations when thinking about grad school by Boston College: www.bc.edu/bc_org/svp/carct/gradartsci.html "Useful tips on how to succeed in graduate school and your subsequent research career
(somewhat slanted towards signal processing)": nexus6.cs.ucla.edu/~huijuan/IMPORTforANDREW/mainPage.html
Other Fun Things
The Medieval Technology Pages. scholar.chem.nyu.edu/technology.html The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive: www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/ Everything on NASA's website: www.nasa.gov What is a slide rule anyway? Check out these two sites:
· This site has pictures and instructions should you ever use one: www.hpmuseum.org/srinst.htm · The Slide Rule Homepage: www.photobooks.com/~slipstick/slipstik.html Some footage from the 8-minute video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse: www.civeng.carleton.ca/Exhibits/Tacoma_Narrows/