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Chemical Engineering Quick Reference Cards by L.E. Wright. Professional Publications Inc. California. 1992. 48 pp

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Business Fundamentals for Engineers, by C. Kuo. McGraw-Hill, UK. 1992.
256 pp. ISBN 0-07-707423-8. f15.95 (paperback).
In 256 pages, this book provides a very clear and relevant introduction to this
subject, it is also very good value at f15.95 (paperback edition). However, the
most important aspect is that it was written by an engineer! This is quite rare for
this type of book, even though all(?) engineering undergraduates must study at
least some basic management principles in their course. Ideally this book should
be required reading prior to a final year of study, in preparation for a formal taught
course. Very wisely the book has chosen not to concentrate on many topics, but
presents particular aspects of management that engineers will find particularly
relevant. The aim is to present management principles dealing with basic issues,
applications, and ideas.
Most management books have a particular ‘catch phrase’. In this case it is the
Four Ms, namely Market, Management, Money and Manpower. Each of these
aspects could (and often do) occupy an entire book (or even a separate course
unit!), this text manages to give an appreciation of the importance and
interrelation of each aspect in a reasonably sized volume.
When teaching engineers about management we should aim to provide useful
ideas and examples, and to create enthusiasm for dealing with this aspect of an
engineers work. Professor Kuo presents examples, applications, and uses of
business (or management) principles so that engineers can gain an appreciation of
the world of industry. However, this book will have two major hurdles to
overcome:( 1) Engineers (and students) traditionally read little outside the narrow
confines of their immediate work;(2) Business topics are often taught by
non-engineers, even to engineering students.
This book does provide an excellent introduction to the subject. It includes
illustrative examples and case studies, and presents only essential information in
a clear and concise way. Get this book, read it, and then inspire your students to
gain full advantage from it!
Martyn S. Ray
Chemical Engineering Quick Reference Cards, by L.E. Wright. Professional
Publications, Inc., California. 1992.48 pp. ISBN 0-912045-36-1.
This book is part of a series produced by the publishers to assist engineers preparing for
the Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensing exam in the USA. It is concept and theory
oriented and does not include worked examples or problems. It provides a basic revision
source, and the necessary problems should be available elsewhere. It covers 8 topics in
chemical engineering including economics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, kinetics, etc.
In a mere 50 pages it is obviously going to omit much, but what is included is a very
useful and concise source of essential information. I would have liked access to this
source as a student, and I suspect many students and engineers think the same today. It
will never replace the traditional textbooks and handbooks but there is a very real need
(and a market) for revision notedreference data, and not just for the P.E. exam. Many
students around the world would purchase such a book - if they knew of its existence!
Martyn S. Ray
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