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International-editionsThis blog today is about never letting others hold you down or convince you to give up the dream.

In 1998, my last year in engineering school, I wrote a book about going to engineering school and choosing a discipline to study (mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.) Because no one would publish it, I formed a publishing company and did it myself. I had no idea what I was doing but simply believed with all my heart and soul that anyone who wanted to go to college for engineering needed my book. About six months after publishing the book, the phone rang and to my great surprise, the caller ID said NASA. I tentatively answered the phone thinking they must have the wrong number, but no – they asked for me. They told me they loved my book and wanted to give it to everyone. From that moment on, all I had to do was figure out how to ramp up and hang on because I had lift-off. The book quickly became the #1 engineering career guide at Amazon and book publishers were now coming to me.

During that time, I received rejection notices from publishers, the Dean of the college refused to write a foreword and other students seemed less than interested. But, I knew there was nothing like it and that it would’ve been the perfect reference when I was making the decision to study engineering. With only a gut feeling, I sent it out into the world.

Eighteen years later, it is in its fifth edition and now covers 45 types of engineering and engineering technology. About 80,000 copies are in print and Chinese and Asian (India) editions were published last year. It is a testament to believing in yourself and your power to see and contribute to a better future. You may never know who, exactly, you are helping but I guarantee you will sleep well at night if you follow your heart and promote (do!) something good.

The Fifth Edition is Here!

ITAEIY5-coverwebMy very first book, Is There an Engineer Inside You? has been released in an updated fifth edition. It now covers 45 different types of engineering and engineering technology, college options, how to succeed in engineering school, women and minorities in engineering, alternative careers in engineering, salary information and much more.
I wrote the first edition when I was in engineering school. It was the book I wished I’d had when making the decision to go to school. I wrote it because I wanted my fellow students to know what they were getting into and have a clear idea about all the amazing pathways that engineers could follow. It contains information I couldn’t find anywhere.
Some features of this book include helping students choose between engineering and engineering technology; information about college choices, engineering curricula, and articulation agreements; alternatives to traditional engineering such as Engineers Without Borders, Peace Corps, music engineers, entrepreneurial engineers and engineers in politics; and eleven discipline specific sections on engineering technology.
To celebrate the occasion I have several opportunities to entice you:
  1. For every educator who orders this new edition before the publication date (July 22, 2016), you will also receive an Engineering 101 PowerPoint presentation that you can use in class to explain engineering and engineering technology. It’s a broad overview of the book that is colorful, engaging, and designed to save you time. (A download link will be sent when the book ships.)
  2. For the first time, you can also now order small quantities of Is There an Engineer Inside You? with your logo on the front and backs covers at a discount by joining in the yearly printing that takes place in August.
Please join my celebration! As you probably know from the Next Generation Science Standards, engineering is now a bigger part of the educational landscape. Is There an Engineer Inside You? will help you keep the ball rolling!

Customized Engineering Career Books

ITAEIY4_300x450This Fall, you can get copies of Is There an Engineer Inside You?, the leading book on engineering and engineering technology career information, with your logo on the front and back covers for up to 70% off the retail price and support a good cause at the same time.

We only offer this discount in August to take advantage of volume pricing.

If you have you been trying to introduce more students to engineering or trying to recruit more students into your program, this is a great opportunity for you to save time and money.

The fourth year of the 100,000 Book Give-Away Program is on the horizon. The goal of the program is to give away 100,000 books to students, teachers, and school counselors over a five year period.

Advantages of being an outreach partner:

  • Each partner will receive 300+ books with their logo on the front and back covers.
  • Each partner will receive a customized pdf copy for their website.
  • Books are only $7.35 each! That’s over 70% off! There is no other cost saving opportunity like this and it’s only offered once a year.
  • Each partner’s website will be included on the cover page of the website edition and in the acknowledgements of the print edition.
  • After the initial printing, partners can purchase additional books (no logo) for only $5 each.
  • Piggyback on a National Media Campaign and gain greater exposure for your program(s).

This year, as part of the Book Give-Away Program, a 5th Edition will be released! Right now, the book covers 41 types of engineering. The 5th edition will cover 45 types and also include expanded sections on women and minorities in engineering.

By partnering with Universities and organizations who want to promote engineering careers and motivate students to pursue engineering, to date, we have given away close to 50,000 copies! Books have been donated to schools, libraries, guidance counselors and teachers; distributed at engineering competitions, events, conferences and workshops; and are available as downloads from some partner websites.

Is There an Engineer Inside You? can reinforce your message by building on the information you share about what engineers, technologists and technicians do, helping explain the differences between engineering and engineering technology, and showing that engineering and engineering technology are degree paths that can lead to fulfilling careers.

For the first time, you can also now order smaller quantities of Is There an Engineer Inside You? with your logo on the front and backs covers at a discount by joining in the printing in August.

Early Bird Bonus – This renewal offer is coming early to help me manage the program. With 300+ requests for free books last year, I was overwhelmed. To give you an incentive to help, if you renew or join by June 5, you will receive an extra 10 books at no additional cost!

We only have two years left and 50,000 books to go! Become a partner today and by working together, we can ensure that every K-12 student has this valuable resource with your branding front and center. It’s a win-win.

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100K Book Give-Away

ITAEIY4_300x450Have you been trying to introduce more students to engineering or technology?
Have you have been trying to recruit more students into your program?
Have you wanted to share information about what engineers, technologists or technicians do?
Do you regularly explain the differences between engineering and engineering technology?

If you nodded in agreement to any of these questions, the 100,000 Book Give-Away program can help you save time and reach your goals.

If you think that engineering and technology are degree paths that can lead to fulfilling careers, this program will reinforce your message.

Year four of the 100,000 Book Give-Away program is on the horizon. The goal of this five-year program is to give away at least 100K copies of Is There an Engineer Inside You?, the leading career guide for engineering and engineering technology. By partnering with Universities and organizations who want to promote engineering careers and motivate students to pursue engineering, to date, we have given away close to 50,000 copies. Books have been donated to schools, libraries, guidance counselors and teachers; distributed at engineering competitions, events, conferences and workshops; and are available as downloads from some partner websites.

The 100K Book Give-Away is an amazing program designed to help you easily expand your outreach, save money, save time, and provide a proven reference to students, parents, educators, counselors and mentors in your community. Deadline to become a partner is August 8, 2016.

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Win a Book!

BigBookCoverWin a free copy of The Big Book of Engineering Challenges by sharing a strategy on my Facebook contest thread that you use to get students interested in learning more about engineering or STEM careers. We are giving away five books. The winners will be chosen at random. You can enter once per day. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Note: For every 100 comments, I will give away an additional five books! Increase your chance of winning by inviting your friends and colleagues to participate!

Comment: https://www.facebook.com/engineeringcareers

One Word to Win!

RobotMakerscover801x522Win a copy of Robot Makers!

To enter, send an email to me with just one word that describes a robot. It can be a robot you built or one that you saw. It can be any color and programmed to do any task. What do you think of when you see a robot?

Your entry should be just one word.

You can only enter once.

One winner will be picked at random. Tune in next week on Tuesday morning, October 6, 2015 to see if you take home the prize.

Good News!

BigBookCoverGood news today! The Big Book of Engineering Challenges is shipping tomorrow! That’s a few days earlier than expected! Thank you to everyone who placed preorders! The response to this book has been so good that we are almost out of the free engineering activity books you can get with your preorder. There are just a few electrical and aerospace books left so if you want one, be sure to order right away. The free book offer is good until July 31 at midnight.

In the near future, look for materials kits that go along with some of our favorite projects in The Big Book of Engineering Challenges. Because eighty-five percent of this book are brand new, never seen before activities, your next school year is going to be more fun and enticing for students as you dig in and widen your activity base.

And don’t forget, if you’d like to supercharge your engineering instruction, we also offer professional development that goes along with The Big Book of Engineering Challenges. It’s a chance to hit the ground running, increase your confidence in engineering design and/or get different ideas and perspectives. These jam-packed and fast-paced workshops are dynamic, inspiring, cost effective and fun!

Grateful

Penram-editionIt’s official! As of May 10, 2015 my book Is There an Engineer Inside You? is available in an Asian Edition in India. It was published by Penram International Publishing in Mumbai.

This is a feather in my cap and I couldn’t be happier or more grateful for the opportunity. However, the resounding message, the loudest trumpet, and practical encouragement from this good fortune is to remember to follow your dreams. If you write a book and all publishers refuse to publish it, prominent people refuse to write a Foreword, reviews tell you it won’t sell or isn’t needed — if you believe in what you are doing strongly enough, the fruits of your labors will eventually ripen and roll downhill.

My celebration will continue all summer long.

Call for Reviewers

RobotMakerscover801x522Would you be interested in reviewing Robot Makers? If you have a blog, a newsletter, magazine, ezine or website and would be willing to write and publish a review of this new book, just drop me an email with your address and I’ll send a copy your way.

If you want the book, along with a PowerPoint you can customize and use to talk about careers in robotics, order from the EESC before May 1st.

Build it, and They Will Come

Build what? A robot of course!

You may know about robots because you watched a deadly cyborg try to take over the world on television. Or, you are involved in or have seen a robotics competition, played with a Mindstorms LEGO set, or attended a science, engineering, or maker event. Although there are many definitions of a robot, in Robot Makers: An Essential Guide to Choosing a Career in Robotics, a robot is defined as an electromechanical device that can react to its environment and perform operations either on a tether by remote control, autonomously by wireless or Bluetooth connections, or as a hybrid of the two systems.

RobotMakerscover801x522In Robot Makers: An Essential Guide to Choosing a Career in Robotics, you will learn about working in the field of robotics, how it is exciting, and how it is getting more so every day. Because of technological leaps in the computer industry, many new opportunities are emerging. Engineers, programmers, and technicians design and maintain robots, research new applications for robots, and assist people in doing tasks that are less desirable. As such, robots have enormous potential for society. Equipped with the proper sensors, robots can inspect the quality of meat, measure the pollution emissions of manufacturing plants, assist in surgery, detect corrosion in sewer pipes, investigate the depths of a volcano, or assess the speed of a tornado. Robots can be used to improve the standard of living and provide more information about the planet or even the solar system.

Robot Makers explores the possible opportunities available for a career in robotics. It offers and provides students with information to help them determine the course of study they should pursue in high school as well as through college helping each student to make a career choice that will be rewarding as well as offer a life-long learning experience.

Visit the Engineering Education Service Center today to acquire your pre-publication copy of Robot Makers: An Essential Guide to Choosing a Career in Robotics. While there, you can review the table of contents and read a free sample of Chapter One. Take a few extra minutes to visit the other services offered at the Engineering Education Service Center (EESC). The EESC is an engineering education company that specializes in providing products for K-12 schools to teach and share the fun of engineering. From curriculum to books, DVDs, kits, apps and other motivational products, the EESC aims to make engineering understandable and accessible to everyone.

Pre-publication order bonuses!

  1. Everyone who orders before the May 1 publication date will receive a PowerPoint presentation on “Choosing a Career in Robotics” that you can use to talk to students about the available career choices. It’s colorful, graphically powerful, and is designed to save you time. As an extra bonus, on this particular PowerPoint, there are no copyright restrictions – it’s yours to use freely. You can edit it, pass it around or post it online – it’s up to you.
  2. For everyone who orders at least four copies (every library needs a copy), you will receive a Textrix Remote Control or Tetrix Autonomous Robotic Engineering Activity Guide. These guides, published by Pitsco and valued at $39.95, help students learn about robot engineering, simple machines, torque, power, and problem solving. Activities guide students in creating robots that draw, dance, herd golf balls, and more. These full-color guides can be used alone or as a supplement to current curriculum. Supplies are limited. One book per customer.

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My Firstborn

ITAEIY4_300x450I refer to Is There an Engineer Inside You? as my firstborn and the genesis of who I became and what I do today. I began writing it when I was struggling in engineering school. It’s the book that I wish I’d had when making the decision to go to school.

That was back in 1997. The first edition was released in 1999. In 2000, the book was the #1 Engineering Career Guide at Amazon.com and I was asked to speak at a NASA conference.

Sixteen years later, I’m proud to say that it’s in the fourth edition and now published in not only the U.S. but also India and China. Seventeen colleges, schools, and organizations partnered with me last year to give away thousands to copies to students who want to be engineers or are considering an engineering degree.

It’s been, and continues to be, an amazing ride!

Robot Makers!

Robot Makers: An Essential guide to Choosing a Career in RoboticsAt long last, my new book, two years in the making, is finally ready! Robot Makers: An Essential Guide to Choosing a Career in Robotics is here and ready to help students choose a career in robotics. Robot making is a practical and engaging way for students to learn STEM subjects. Robotic competitions allow students to apply the skills inside or outside of the classroom. The experience is ideal preparation for entering the workforce, which is why participating students are frequently offered internship and employment opportunities while still in school.

If you have students that build robots, enjoy the experience and want more, Robot Makers is essential to helping them learn about the abundant opportunities in robotics, the many types of robots, what robots can do for us, what degree is needed to work as a roboticist, and how much money they can make.

The careers that support the industry offer opportunities to be creative and are challenging, prestigious, and satisfying.

In my excitement to share this title, I have two special give-aways for my readers.

  1. Everyone who orders before the May 1 publication date will receive a PowerPoint presentation on “Choosing a Career in Robotics” that you can use to talk to students about the available career choices. It’s colorful, has great pictures, and is designed to save you time. As an extra bonus, on this particular PowerPoint, there are no copyright restrictions – it’s yours to use freely. You can edit it, pass it around or post it online – it’s up to you.
  2. For everyone who orders at least four copies (every library needs a copy), you will receive a Textrix Remote Control or Autonomous Robotic Engineering Activity Guide. These guides, published by Pitsco and valued at $39.95, help students learn about robot engineering, simple machines, torque, power, and problem solving. Activities guide students in creating robots that draw, dance, herd golf balls, and more! These full-color guides can be used alone or as a supplement to current curriculum. Supplies are limited. One book per customer.

The Table of Content and a Glimpse of Chapter One are Online.

Book Title Contest Results

cuterobot1Last week we held a book title contest for my new book about careers in robotics. We had 42 titles submitted. The competition was fierce. We investigated, tried and explored each entry. In the end, we decided upon…… (drum roll please),

Robot Makers: Careers in Robotics

The prize goes to Mark Piotrowski for submitting RobotKeepers: Careers in Robotics. Although Mark’s submittal was not the title we ultimately selected, it served as the genesis of the idea.

Congratulations Mark!

Pre-publication copies will be available for Engineers Week 2015! Stay tuned for more about it in the coming months.

 

Book Title Contest

Want to win a free book? Help me name my new book. Post your ideas in the comments of this posting or email them to me and you’ll be in the running to win a free autographed copy when it is released in March! Title should be snappy, descriptive and enticing. You can enter as many times as you want.

Written for high school students, the book is about career opportunities in robotics. It covers who works in robotics, the types of robots, applications of robots, and the degrees usually associated with careers in robotics. To give you a better idea of what is inside, a rough table of contents is below.

You have until midnight on Monday, Dec 15. I’ll announce the winner next week. Good Luck!

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Part One – All About Robots

  • What is a Robot
  • Who works in Robotics?

Part Two – Types of Robots

  • Fixed Robots – Factory and Industrial Manipulators
  • Mobile
    • Ground
    • Aerial
    • Marine

Part Three – Applications

  • Robots in the Military
  • Robots in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Robots in Space
  • Disaster Robotics
  • Sporting Robots
  • Educational Robots

Part Four – The Many Approaches to Careers in Robotics

  • Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electromechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Robotics Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
    • Biomedical Engineering Technology
    • Computer Engineering Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Electromechanical Engineering Technology
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Computer Science

Part Five – Getting Started

 

 

Engineers Decide

Awaken the young engineer within your student or child! Ideal for ages five through ten, Engineers Decide explains that engineering isn’t about “things” but about individuals, inspired to bring forth the discoveries that will change our world. By instilling the joy of designing the future – whether as part of a team or working solo – Engineers Decide ignites children’s curiosity to the wonders of applying their imagination to meet fresh challenges. Engineers deciding upon solutions for product development, as well as all sorts of inventions familiar to children, are described simply and depicted with colorful artwork. And photos show children actively participating in the adventure of discovering next-generation technology. Filled with interactive graphics and videos, Engineers Decide stirs tomorrow’s engineers to realize their potential by exploring this exciting field.

Engineers Decide by David Janosz, was recently released in the interactive iBook format for the iPad and is free in the iTunes Bookstore until October 13.

Offer Extended: Amazing Outreach Potential

The deadline to become a partner in the 100,000 Book Give Away Program has been extended to July 31!

There is still time to become a part of this amazing outreach venture.

Have you been trying to introduce more students to engineering or technology?
Have you have been trying to recruit more students into your program?
Have you wanted to share information about what engineers, technologists or technicians do?
Do you regularly explain the differences between engineering and engineering technology?

If you nodded in agreement to any of these questions, this program can help you save time and reach your goals.

If you think that engineering and technology are degree paths that can lead to fulfilling careers, this program will reinforce your message.

In a nutshell, because engineering and technology degrees are altruistic (you can make a better world), confidence building (the hard work pays off), expansive (all degrees in STEM can lead to diverse opportunities) and inventive, partners in this program will naturally stand out as the lead resource for students that want to take the next step.

There are several benefits for partners that can multiply your outreach efforts. You will save time, have immediate access to this handy reference, get your message in front of 100,000 students, have an informational resource for your local teachers or school counselors, and have a ready-made relevant gift or prize for your STEM conferences, competitions or events.

The participation deadline is July 31. Space is limited.

It’s easy to become a partner. Simply fax or email us the partnership agreement to get started.
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Light a Fire

I had a friend in engineering school that really struggled in her classes. She studied hard and did everything she was supposed to but had trouble taking tests. She didn’t pass a few classes and this delayed her graduation because so many classes were held in sequence and only offered once a year.

Many people would have quit or changed majors. Somewhere deep within her, she knew she could do it and that she wanted to be an engineer. She had a fire inside that refused to be quenched. She knew what an engineer was and decided that nothing would stand in the way of her becoming one.

You can light that fire in 100,000+ students! You can help them connect with their passion and dreams for the future by becoming a partner in the amazing 100,000 Book Give Away Program. Let students know about your program(s), give them the resource they need to make an informed decision, connect with parents, share the information with school counselors and provide this critical community service.

Don’t delay! The deadline for partnering is July 15 and space is limited.

Join the team, it’s a win-win situation.

John Green Award

I’m happy to announce that earlier this year, I was the recipient of the John Green Award from the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering “for thoughtful and diligent work in the cause of advancing the public understanding and appreciation of engineering through her book Is There an Engineer Inside You?

The focus of the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering is to increase the awareness of engineering careers and promote engineering programs, activities, and competitions to students in area middle schools and high schools, and challenge students to be “college ready” upon graduation; to develop a 2+2+2 program which would strengthen the educational alliances between the Tulsa Technology Center and Tulsa area High School Pre-Engineering Programs, Tulsa Community College, and the 4 year Tulsa area Engineering schools – Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of  Tulsa; develop partnerships with businesses to secure speakers and engineering mentors, internships, and scholarships; and ultimately to assist new engineers in obtaining employment in Tulsa.  The Tulsa Alliance for Engineering was created in June 2010 and is coordinated through Tulsa Community College.

This alliance in Tulsa is bringing like-minds together to advance engineering education in the state. It’s a rare and wonderful sight to see communities work together in this way.

Thank you Tulsa Alliance for Engineering!

100,000 Book Give Away!

ITAEIY4_300x450It’s my dream to see my first book, Is There an Engineer Inside You?: A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering in the hands of every student that could benefit so I’ve decided that over the next 5 years, I’m going to give away 100,000 or more copies of the Fourth Edition to all students that want to study engineering or engineering technology! This will include both printed and downloadable copies.

I’ve poured my heart and soul into writing this book. It’s my best selling publication. And yes, I want to give it away. What could be better than knowing it is helping so many students make an informed decision?

Do you want to be a part of this? I need sponsors to help me with the production costs and events that are willing to allow me to give each student a book at their national competition.

The advantages for sponsoring include ad space, free books and a custom downloadable copy for your website visitors.

The books will be given away books at competitions such as the USA Science and Engineering Festival, FIRST Robotics, Mathcounts, Future City, BEST Robotics, Bridge Building Competition, Design Squad, Solar Car Challenge, ToyChallenge, Seaperch and/or any other national competition that throws its name into my hat if I can find a way to pay for it.

I’m already 1/4 of the way there in making this happen for the 2013-2014 school year. Please help me reach my goal of giving away 100,000 books! If you are reading this blog, I know you care about engineering education. Reach out to those that you know will help! We can do amazing things by working together.

I can’t think of anything more worthy than celebrating each student’s desire to enroll in engineering or engineering technology school.

More information on being a sponsor or if you are a competition that would like to give away books to our future engineers.