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Book Review: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems

Henry Petroski's latest book asks why engineering doesn't get the respect that science does

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Book Review: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems

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The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems By Henry Petroski; Alfred A. Knopf, 2010; 288 pp.; US $26.95;
ISBN 978-0307272454

If engineering had a poet laureate, it would be Henry Petroski, professor of engineering and history at Duke University, in Durham, N.C. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Petroski is author of more than a dozen books about engineering aimed at the general public.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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