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Engineering Design: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

  • John R. Karsnitz, Ph.D.
  • Stephen O'Brien, Ph.D.
  • John P. Hutchinson, Ph.D.
  • ISBN-10: 1111645825
  • ISBN-13: 9781111645823
  • 576 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

ENGINEERING DESIGN: AN INTRODUCTION, Second Edition, features an innovative instructional approach emphasizing projects and exploration as learning tools. This engaging text provides an overview of the basic engineering principles that shape our modern world, covering key concepts within a flexible, two-part format. Part I describes the process of engineering and technology product design, while Part II helps students develop specific skill sets needed to understand and participate in the process. Opportunities to experiment and learn abound, with projects ranging from technical drawing to designing electrical systems--and more. With a strong emphasis on project-based learning, the text is an ideal resource for programs using the innovative Project Lead the Way curriculum to prepare students for success in engineering careers. The text's broad scope and sound coverage of essential concepts and techniques also make it a perfect addition to any engineering design course.


  • Throughout the text, numerous case studies, career profiles, and featured articles demonstrate how engineers develop career pathways, work through product failures, and innovate to continuously improve various products, giving students critical real-world context for the concepts and skills they are learning.

  • The authors provide extensive coverage of practical techniques related to documenting ideas, technical drawing, human factors, design styles, and additional topics to help students apply what they have learned and prepare for career success.

  • Abundant figures and illustrations in every chapter help clarify key concepts and provide support for visual learners.

  • A special section devoted to applied math and science makes it easy for instructors to integrate key concepts from core academic subjects and support broad-based learning within an engineering context.

  • A useful e-resource contains lesson plans, Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations, and an image library to help instructors relate class work to key text concepts and engage students with interesting, relevant, ready-to-use lecture material.

About the Author

John R. Karsnitz, Ph.D.

John R. Karsnitz, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Technological Studies in the College of New Jersey's School of Engineering, where he coordinates the Professional Studies and Technological Design strand. His teaching emphasizes multimedia, architectural, and civil engineering design, as well as technology education, while his primary research interests include technological literacy in general education, pre-engineering, and STEM education. In addition to authoring several textbooks and presenting at many state and regional conferences, Dr. Karsnitz is an active member of several professional organizations. His current affiliations include the International Technology Education Association (ITEA), the Council on Technology Teacher Education (CTTE), the New Jersey Technology Education Association (NJTEA), and the New Jersey Engineering Education Council (NJEEC). Dr. Karsnitz earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Millersville University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Stephen O'Brien, Ph.D.

Following a successful career in electrical engineering, in 2006 Stephen O'Brien, Ph.D., joined the faculty of The College of New Jersey, where he is an associate professor of technological studies in the School of Engineering. He also coordinates the Electrical Engineering Design strand and is director of the college's Center for Excellence in STEM Education. His teaching focuses on engineering math, analog circuits, digital electronics, robotics and controls, and advanced engineering design. Dr. O'Brien's scholarly work includes over 40 publications and 13 patents, primarily in the field of optoelectronic devices, as well as frequent presentations at national professional conferences. His research interests include the efficacy of STEM training and education, as well as interdisciplinary work combining humanities, engineering, and technology. He earned a B.S. in math and physics from Western Washington University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

John P. Hutchinson, Ph.D.

John Hutchinson is an emeritus professor in the Department of Technological Studies at The College of New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and has authored books on Design and Problem Solving in Technology and Designing with Pro/DESKTOP. Dr. Hutchinson taught at the high school, community college, and college level for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Dr. Hutchinson worked closely with colleagues from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and other countries in design and technology curriculum development.

Table of Contents

Technology: The Human-Designed World.
The Process of Design.
3. Development the Design Team.
Generating and Developing Ideas.
Drawing to Develop Design Ideas.
Reverse Engineering.
Investigating and Researching for Design Development.
Technical Drawing.
Testing and Evaluating..
Designing Structural Systems.
Designing Mechanical Systems.
Designing Electrical Systems.
Designing Pneumatic Systems.
Human Factors in Design and Engineering.
16. Math and Science Applications.
17. Design Style.
18. Graphics and Presentation.

New to this edition

  • The Second Edition features expanded information on current engineering careers, including the unique characteristics of many engineering sub-disciplines and career profiles to help students explore the range of possibilities within the engineering field.
  • Additional information on technical drawing strengthens the text's emphasis on this essential practical skill, including information on measuring and commonly used measuring tools and systems.
  • The text includes extensive updates to provide current coverage of the latest research tools, making it easier for students to find information for design assignments and gain familiarity with resources and concepts used by modern industry professionals.
  • A new chapter on design styles provides useful reinforcement to help students complete design assignments successfully and develop an appreciation for the range and role of styles in modern engineering.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1111645841 | ISBN-13: 9781111645847)

The student workbook was developed to help support Engineering Design: An Introduction with real-world, hands-on activities that build students' basic skills for engineering design and provide opportunities to apply those skills in more challenging projects. This rich resource is brimming with hands-on, directed design activities, drawing and sketching practice, brainstorming and team development exercises, and open-ended design challenges.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 111164585X | ISBN-13: 9781111645854)

The Instructor Resources includes an Instructor's Guide with solutions to text and workbook problems, robust instructional outlines and helpful teaching hints, PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, and STEM mapping guides.

Student Supplements

CourseMate, 2 terms Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133935079 | ISBN-13: 9781133935070)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with ENGINEERING DESIGN: AN INTRODUCTION, 2nd Edition.

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1111645841 | ISBN-13: 9781111645847)

The student workbook will help you succeed by providing real-world engineering design activities and skill-building exercises and problems. Designed to support Engineering Design: An Introduction, this important resource is full of drawing and sketching practice, brainstorming and team development exercises; and step-by-step procedures that will show you how to apply engineering concepts to open-ended design challenges.