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Problem Solving for New Engineers:
What Every Engineering Manager Wants You to Know

Chapter 1: The Great Universal Cook-Off

In this book, Melisa Buie writes about the critical concepts and strategy needed to solve scientific and engineering problems. She likens undergraduate science and engineering labs to cooking classes where students follow recipes and use them to validate what they already know. But engineers and scientists do not want to spend their entire careers following step-by-step instructions. They are hired to solve problems by performing experiments, analyzing data, then developing and implementing solutions. The purpose of this book is to help engineers and scientists transition to independent investigation.

You will learn about the strategy and tools needed to solve problems through experimentation. The chapter covers:

  • Putting context around discovery.
  • The requirements for experimental discovery.
  • The importance of understanding statistics.
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