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Engineering & Technology

See also: Engineering Standards

Selected Books

Blockley, David
Bridges: The Science and Art of the World's Most Inspiring Structures
TG145.B56 2010x
"The author [a civil engineering professor] provides an excellent history of bridge construction, from primitive rope bridges and Roman aqueducts to 19th- and 20th-century railroad bridges and contemporary achievements like Japan's Akashi-Kaiky Bridge, which has the largest central span of any suspension bridge." -- Publishers Weekly
Carr, Nicholas
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
QA76.9.C66 C38 2008
Just as companies stopped generating their own power and plugged into the newly built electric grid some hundred years ago, today it's computing that's turning into a utility. The effects of this transition will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. The Big Switch provides a panoramic view of the new world being conjured from the circuits of the "World Wide Computer."
Forbes, Peter
The Gecko's Foot: Bio-Inspiration: Engineering New Materials from Nature
T173.8.F63 2006
Arising from a series of articles Forbes wrote for The Guardian aimed at a serious-minded general audience, this book explores topics of materials science and nanotechnology, and new understandings of nature.
Goodell, Jeff
How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate
QC981.8.C5 G666 2010
"Goodell follows Big Coal (2006) with a lively and invaluable introduction to the simultaneously alarming and promising field of geoengineering, the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system, in order to moderate global warming." -- Booklist
Hiltzik, Michael A.
Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century
TC557.5.H6 H55 2010
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Hiltzik uses the saga of the dam’s conception, design, and construction to tell the broader story of America’s efforts to come to grips with titanic social, economic, and natural forces. Listen to an interview with Hiltzik on NPR.
Hoschette, John A.
The Engineer's Career Guide
JCEC TA157.H6183 2010
Hoschette, an engineer who has worked in all aspects of the field and helps engineers advance their career development, offers a detailed and comprehensive guide for engineers and engineering students that contains advice on all stages of a career.
James, I. M. (Ioan Mackenzie)
Remarkable Engineers: From Riquet to Shannon
TA139.J36 2010
This British book tells the stories of 51 key pioneers when engineering transformed the world from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Many of the engineers will be new to you.
Jonnes, Jill
Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the race to electrify the world
TK18.J66 2003
In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire.
Nye, David E.
Technology Matters: Questions to Live With
T14.N88 2006
In Technology Matters, Nye tackles ten central questions about our relationship to technology, including: Does technology shape us, or do we shape it? Are we using modern technology to create cultural uniformity, or diversity? To create abundance, or an ecological crisis? To destroy jobs or create new opportunities? Should "the market" choose our technologies? Do advanced technologies make us more secure, or escalate dangers?
Paul, Clayton R.
Essential Math Skills for Engineers
QA37.3.P39 2009
Essential Math Skills for Engineers features concise, easy-to-follow explanations that quickly bring readers up to speed on all the essential core math skills used in the daily study and practice of engineering. Part of the Wiley-IEEE Press.
Petroski, Henry
The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
T173.8.P467 2010
From the author of "To Engineer Is Human" comes an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address the world's most pressing issues, from climate change to the prevention of natural disasters.
Petroski, Henry
The Evolution of Useful Things
T212 .P465 1992
"How Everyday Artifacts-from Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to Be As They Are"
Regan, Bob and Tim Fabian (photographer)
The Bridges of Pittsburgh
PENNA TG25.P59 R44 2006
Includes background on the history and types of bridges; profiles Pittsburgh's bridge pioneers (Roebling, Lindenthal, Ferris, Richardson); explores historical and contemporary bridges; looks at the variety of bridge types and styles; describes several unique Pittsburgh bridges; and includes 10 self-guided tours.
Schlesinger, Henry R.
The Battery: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution
TK2901.S27 2010
"Obscured by the handheld electronic devices that pervade our high-tech culture is the battery that powers them all. Technology journalist Schlesinger provides an illuminating historical account of a device whose enormous influence has been downplayed or misunderstood." -- Publishers Weekly
Schwartz, Evan I.
The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television
TK6635.F3 S38 2002
Journalist Schwartz tells the story of Philo T. Farnsworth's invention of television technology and the schemes of the president of RCA and founder of NBC, David Sarnoff, to steal the patent rights from him.


(DVD) TG147.5.B853 2004x
Examines the history and technical aspects of some of the great monuments of bridge engineering, covering the Golden Gate Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Scotland's Firth of Forth Railway Bridge.
DC Electricity: Discovery and Developments
(DVD) TK1111.D356 2006x
Looks at the discovery of direct current and a number of its uses, such as electroplating and electrolysis.
Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse
A discussion of Jill Jonnes's book Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Electrify the World, which profiles the principal individuals involved in the birth of the electrification.
Extreme Engineering. Collection one
(DVD) TA148.E945 2007x
This Discovery Channel documentary includes: Widening the Panama Canal; Boston's big dig; Building Hong Kong's airport; Tunneling under the Alps; Iceland tunnels; Container ships; Oakland Bay Bridge; and Venice flood gates.
Free Energy: The Race to Zero Point
(DVD) TJ163.3.F7155 2005x
Explore the latest free energy breakthroughs including: technologies based on working with nature instead of against it, radical inventions that emit hydrogen and oxygen as by-products that neutralize radioative waste, and electric vehicles with magnetic motors that recharge their own batteries.
Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh
(DVD) TA24.P4I583 2008x
This WQED documentary surveys Pittsburgh's historic accomplishments in engineering and also features Engineer's Week at Carnegie Science Center, George Ferris and the Ferris wheel, the Mellon Arena, and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania.
Investigating Electricity and Magnetism
(DVD) TK148.I58 2004x
Explores various aspects of magnetism and electricity, covering: magnets and magnetism; the earth's magnetic field; lightning and thunderclouds; electrical power grid; electricity and magnetism; spinning turbines; electronics and television.
Investigating Motion, Forces, and Energy
(DVD) QC133.I6385 2004x
An introduction to the field of mechanics from the Discover Channel. Topics covered in this program include: speed and acceleration; buoyancy; engineering the modern bridge; potential and kinetic energy.
Investigating Sound and Light
(DVD) QC243.2.I585 2004x
An introduction to the science of sound and light, covering various technical applications. Also touches upon electromagnetism and other wave-related topics.
Seven Wonders of the Industrial World
(DVD) TA19.S483 2008x
Presented in a BBC docudrama, Seven Wonders of the Industrial World examines seven of the most important feats of civil engineering of the 19th and early 20th centuries: the SS Great Eastern, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bell Rock Lighthouse, the Transcontinental Railway, the London sewer system, the Panama Canal, and the Hoover Dam. A book is also available.
Tesla: Master of Lightning
(DVD) TK140.T4 T4479 2007x
Recounts the life of scientist, inventor, and visionary Nikola Tesla, often remembered as more of an eccentric cult figure than an electrical engineering genius. Tesla's surprising inventions are revealed in his autobiographical and scientific writings.
(DVD) TA807.T863 2004x
Looks at the feats of engineering that made possible some of world's greatest tunnels, covering: the English Channel Tunnel, New York's Holland Tunnel, and the Thames Tunnel in London.

Web Sites

  • American Society for Engineering Education
    A nonprofit member association founded in 1893 and dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Books and Journals
      The Tables of Contents and abstracts are available to the public, full-text by subscription.
  • EEVL: Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library
    A UK-based guide to engineering information on the Internet, created and run by a team of information specialists from Heriot-Watt University.
  • Engineer Girl
    A website from The National Academy of Engineering geared towards getting girls to go into engineering.
  • Engineer Your Life
    A guide to engineering for high school girls.
  • Engineering News-Record
    Current (mainly civil) engineering top stories.
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    The major professional organization for electrical engineers with more than 300,000 members worldwide. It is divided into 36 more specialized technical societies in 15 areas.
  • IEEE Global History Network
    The IEEE Global History Network intends to be the world’s premier site for the documentation, analysis and explanation of the history of electrical, electronic, and computer technologies.
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Library of Congress: Bridges
    The Library of Congress has created this "Science Tracer Bullet" to help you find information on bridges and their construction.
  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
    Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that serves as advisor to the federal government and conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology.
    • WTOP Radio Series Archive
      Listen to weekly radio features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.
  • National Society of Black Engineers
    The premier organization linking Black engineers and the African American community to technology and opportunity.
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
    Founded in 1934, NSPE is the only engineering society that represents individual engineering professionals and licensed engineers (PEs) across all disciplines. NSPE serves some 60,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters
  • New York Times: Engineering and Engineers
    News about engineering and engineers, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
  • Science Conference Proceedings Portal
    Search science and technology conference proceedings and conference papers from a number of authoritative sites (professional societies and national labs, largely) whose areas of interest in the physical sciences and technology intersect those of the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • A Sightseer's Guide To Engineering
    The National Society of Professional Engineers has created this fun website to highlight destinations around the U.S. to visit for their engineering worth.
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting lifelong manufacturing education. Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, SME has members in 70 countries.
    • Manufacturing is Cool!
      This website for kids promotes the importance of engineering and manufacturing and the interesting, desirable and challenging careers they present.
  • is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive in K-12 settings. is a collaborative project between five universities and the American Society for Engineering Education.

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