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Top 10 most helpful engineering books for 2017

The following ten books from 2017 are some of the best that I have found to be very educational and timely for engineers. I hope you can enjoy some of them.

1 The IEEE Guide to Writing in the Engineering and Technical Fields

Copyright Year: 2017 
Author(s):   David Kmiec; Bernadette Longo 
Publisher:   Wiley-IEEE Press 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   General Topics for Engineers

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): David Kmiec; Bernadette Longo

Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press

Content Type: Books

Topics: General Topics for Engineers

I like this book because it is good for both engineering students and practicing engineers. Many engineers I went to school with and many in the industry do not have adequate writing skills. This book can help improve that.

You need to know your audience as well as the purpose of the document you are writing. That’s not always obvious to writers. Section one of this book addresses writing as an engineer would understand it—in a logical view of writing a good document. This first section also allows the engineers to focus upon the purpose of the document they are writing. The second section shows the writer how understand a rhetorical situation and generic forms to inform, train, persuade, and collaborate.

2 Modernizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure

Copyright Year:   2017 
Author(s):   Mason Willrich 
Publisher:   MIT Press 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems ;  Fields, Waves & Electromagnetics ;  Power, Energy, & Industry Applications

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): Mason Willrich

Publisher: MIT Press

Content Type: Books

Topics: Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems ; Fields, Waves & Electromagnetics ; Power, Energy, & Industry Applications

America has an aging electricity infrastructure that is deteriorating rapidly while the need for highly reliable electric service—driven by the explosion of digital technology—is continually increasing. We, as a nation, need a coherent, comprehensive national strategy for modernizing our critical electricity distribution infrastructure. Energy expert Mason Willrich presents a viable strategy in this book, connecting the dots across electric utilities, independent suppliers, government bureaucracies, political jurisdictions, and academic disciplines. He explains the need for a coherent approach, offers a framework for analyzing policy options, and proposes a step-by-step strategy for modernizing electrical infrastructure, end-to-end, in a way that ensures the delivery of affordable, reliable, secure, and environmentally sustainable electricity services.

I have written a few articles on Planet Analog regarding the re-building of Puerto Rico’s Power Distribution infrastructure recently (Tesla wants to re-build Puerto Rico’s Power system infrastructure and Hurricanes and Power distribution system architecture: Puerto Rico); this book has some excellent ideas that can help there too.

Willrich says that an effective electrical infrastructure modernization strategy must incorporate flexibility, adaptability, and the capacity to coordinate policies at local, state, and federal levels.

He goes on to review the history of America’s electrification, from Edison’s demonstration of the incandescent light bulb through the recent expansion of wind, solar, and energy efficiency as carbon-free energy resources. The author also describes the current ownership and operation of the electric industry and the complicated web of federal and state policies that govern it.

3 Design and Advanced Robust Chassis Dynamics Control for X-by-Wire Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Copyright Year:   2018
Author(s):   Jun Ni, Jibin Hu, and Changle Xiang 
Publisher:   Morgan & Claypool 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   Technology and Engineering

Copyright Year: 2018

Author(s): Jun Ni, Jibin Hu, and Changle Xiang

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool

Content Type: Books

Topics: Technology and Engineering

X-by-wire Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) have their potential in civilian or military applications. The x-by-wire techniques (drive-by-wire, steer-by-wire, and brake-by-wire techniques) provide the possibility of realizing innovative vehicle design and advanced dynamics control, which can significantly improve the overall performance, maneuverability, and mobility of the UGVs. The problem is, there are few full x-by-wire UGVs prototype models reported in the world. Therefore, no book exists that can fully describe the design, configuration, and dynamics control approach of full x-by-wire UGVs, which makes it difficult for readers to study this hot and interesting topic.

In this book, the author uses a full x-by-wire UGV, developed by their group, as the example. This UGV is completely x-by-wire with four in-wheel motors driven and a four-wheel independent steer. The overall design of the UGV, the design of the key subsystems (battery pack system, in-wheel motor-driven system, independent steer system, remote and autonomous control system), and the dynamics control approach is introduced in detail, and the experiment's results are provided to validate the proposed dynamics control approach.

4 Microcontroller Education: Do it Yourself, Reinvent the Wheel, Code to Learn

Copyright Year:   2018
Author(s):   Dimosthenis E. Bolankis 
Publisher:   Morgan & Claypool 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   Technology, Education and Engineering

Copyright Year: 2018

Author(s): Dimosthenis E. Bolankis

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool

Content Type: Books

Topics: Technology, Education and Engineering

Microcontroller education has changed and grown significantly in recent years. This book attempts to keep pace with the most recent technology while holding an opposing attitude to the No Need to Reinvent the Wheel philosophy. The choice strategies are in agreement with the employment of today's flexible and low-cost Do-It-Yourself (DIY) microcontroller hardware, along with an embedded C programming approach able to be adapted by different hardware and software development platforms. Modern embedded C compilers employ built-in features for keeping programs short and manageable, thus, accelerating the development process. However, those features eliminate the reusability of the source code among diverse systems.

The recommended programming approach relies on the motto Code More to Learn Even More , and directs the reader toward a low-level accessibility of the microcontroller device. The examples addressed herein are designed to meet the demands of Electrical & Electronic Engineering disciplines, where the microcontroller learning processes definitely bear the major responsibility. The programming strategies are in line with the two virtues of C programming language; i.e., the adaptability of the source code and the low-level accessibility of the hardware system.

5 Thomas Edison – Man of the Millennium – Volume 2: Lifetime Partnerships

Copyright Year:   2017
Author(s):   Harry T. Roman 
Publisher:   IEEE-USA 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   Technology, Biography, and Engineering

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): Harry T. Roman

Publisher: IEEE-USA

Content Type: Books

Topics: Technology, Biography, and Engineering

What most influences the commercial success of a creative genius? It that genius happens to be Thomas Edison, you can sum up the answer in one word: partnerships. According to Harry T. Roman, author of the e-book series Thomas Edison: Man of the Millennium, Edison's relationships with others both influenced and invigorated the great inventor. In Volume 2 of the series–Lifetime Partnerships–Roman postulates that not only Edison's fellow inventors and technicians in the lab; but also, his mother and his second wife were fundamental to Edison's creative growth and business success.

6 The Fundamentals or Power Supply Design

Copyright Year:   2017
Author(s):   Robert A. Mammano 
Publisher:   Texas Instruments 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   Technology and Power Supply Engineering

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): Robert A. Mammano

Publisher: Texas Instruments

Content Type: Books

Topics: Technology and Power Supply Engineering

This book is excellent for students, recent engineering grads entering the field of power electronics, or a seasoned power supply designer. It is a significant resource. From a basic definition of a power supply, Mammano’s book covers voltage regulation and the components necessary for implementation, and continues by describing the many circuit topologies and control algorithms. There are separate chapters on feedback-loop compensation and magnetic design as well as in-depth descriptions for complying with regulations for electromagnetic compatibly, human safety, and energy efficiency. Final chapters will describe the value proposition for digital control and the practical aspects of power supply construction. The information contained within this book has been drawn from the knowledge generated through forty years of Power Supply Design Seminars developed and presented by Unitrode and Texas Instruments, with references in the book’s chapters linking to TI’s library of past seminar topics.

7 Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882—1952

Copyright Year:   2017
Author(s):   Jennifer L. Lieberman
Publisher:   MIT Press 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   Technology, Electricity and Power Engineering

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): Jennifer L. Lieberman

Publisher: MIT Press

Content Type: Books

Topics: Technology, Electricity and Power Engineering

This book covers some of the most arresting scenes in American letters, from the mass electrocutions that conclude Mark Twain's 1889 novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court through the electrical power siphoned to light 1,396 inefficient bulbs in Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man, arise from the meanings that characters project onto electric light and power.

8 Designing for Gesture and Tangible Interaction

Copyright Year:   2017
Author(s):   Mary Lou Maher, Lina Lee 
Publisher:   Morgan & Claypool 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:   Interactive technology, Engineering,

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): Mary Lou Maher, Lina Lee

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool

Content Type: Books

Topics: Interactive technology, Engineering,

Interactive technology is increasingly being integrated with physical objects that do not have a traditional keyboard and mouse style of interaction, and many do not even have a display. These objects require new approaches to interaction design, referred to as post-WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, and Pointer) or as embodied interaction design.

This book provides an overview of the design opportunities and issues associated with two embodied interaction modalities that allow us to leave the traditional keyboard behind: tangible and gesture interaction. We explore the issues in designing for this new age of interaction by highlighting the significance and contexts for these modalities. We explore the design of tangible interaction with a reconceptualization of the traditional keyboard as a Tangible Keyboard, and the design of interactive three-dimensional (3D) models as Tangible Models. We explore the design of gesture interaction through the design of gesture-base commands for a walk-up-and-use information display, and through the design of a gesture-based dialogue for the willful marionette. We conclude with design principles for tangible and gesture interaction and a call for research on the cognitive effects of these modalities.

9 Women in Engineering – Compilation Volume 4: Books 13-16

Copyright Year:   2017
Author(s):   Susan Delafuente, Monique J. Morrow, Rowena Track, Nathalie Gosset
Publisher:   IEEE-USA 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:    Engineering, Women in Engineering

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): Susan Delafuente, Monique J. Morrow, Rowena Track, Nathalie Gosset

Publisher: IEEE-USA

Content Type: Books

Topics: Engineering, Women in Engineering

There's a point in life where the scale tips–from wondering where your career and personal life is heading–to having a purpose and a plan.

In the foreword for the newest compilation, Monique J. Morrow writes, “Each of the four women featured in this compilation is remarkable in her own way.” Morrow is president and co-founder of The Humanized Internet, and she contributed one of the e-books included in this anthology.

“Each woman is an example of creativity and persistence, and each has a narrative that inspires one to pursue the paths that are often dreamt of and never acted upon,” she adds.

The authors of Books 13 – 16 are: Susan Delafuente, a Silicon Valley engineer; Monique J. Morrow, formerly Chief Technology Officer – Evangelist for Cisco Systems’ New Frontiers Development and Engineering; Rowena Track, Global Vice President of Digital, Channel and Partner Strategy and Marketing at Cigna Corporation; and Nathalie Gosset, a respected emerging technologies innovator.

10 Human Factors in Healthcare: A Field Guide to Continuous Improvement

Copyright Year:   2017
Author(s):   Avi Parush, Debi Parush, Roy Ilan
Publisher:   Morgan & Claypool 
Content Type:   Books 
Topics:    Engineering, Healthcare

Copyright Year: 2017

Author(s): Avi Parush, Debi Parush, Roy Ilan

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool

Content Type: Books

Topics: Engineering, Healthcare

Have you ever experienced the burden of an adverse event or a near-miss in healthcare and wished there was a way to mitigate it? I have! This book walks you through a classic adverse event as a case study and shows you how to reduce these events and ultimately, I hope, it will eliminate these occurrences.

It is a practical guide to continuously improving your healthcare environment, processes, tools, and ultimate outcomes, through the discipline of human factors. Using this book, you as a healthcare professional can improve patient safety and quality of care.

Adverse events are a major concern in healthcare today. As the complexity of healthcare increases-with technological advances and information overload-the field of human factors offers practical approaches to understand the situation, mitigate risk, and improve outcomes.

The first part of this book presents a human factors conceptual framework, and the second part offers a systematic, pragmatic approach. Both the framework and the approach are employed to analyze and understand healthcare situations, both proactively-for constant improvement-and reactively-learning from adverse events.

This book guides healthcare professionals through the process of mapping the environmental and human factors; assessing them in relation to the tasks each person performs; recognizing how gaps in the fit between human capabilities and the demands of the task in the environment have a ripple effect that increases risk; and drawing conclusions about what types of changes facilitate improvement and mitigate risk, thereby contributing to improved healthcare outcomes.

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