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IEEE eLearning Library Series on Engineering Ethics
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    Author: IEEE Standards Education Committee
    Sponsored by: IEEE Standards and IEEE Educational Activities Department
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Mar-2013
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract
    Standards expand consumer choice. They grow markets, and they contribute significantly to interoperability. Standards fuel the pace of technical evolution, and standards contribute significantly by shrinking the world through the creation of global markets, This tutorial discusses the fundamental nature of standards, the value of standards to industry and the role that industry plays in standards development. The various standards development organizations both national and international are also reviewed. Changing industry dynamics—across technology, politics and economics-- add complexity to the standards-development process.

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    Author
    : Fasano, Anthony
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    Career goals are the foundation for your engineering career development. Regardless of your age or experience level, it is imperative that you have clear career goals. Career goals are an absolute must because they act as a destination for your career. Think of this analogy: you get into your car to drive somewhere that you have never been before; what piece of information do you need to get there? Yes – an address! A goal is an address for your career path. Without this address, every time you approach an intersection (or decision in your career) you’ll never be sure which way to turn.

    During this tutorial, you will be taken through a simple goal setting process not only to set your goals but also to get to the true meaning of why certain goals are important to you. You’ll see that once you have set goals that you are truly aligned with, everything in your engineering career and life will seem more purposeful.

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    Author
    : Fasano, Anthony
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    One of the biggest challenges engineers face in their career is the ability (and confidence) to network and build relationships. During this tutorial, engineering career coach Anthony Fasano will:

    • Define what networking really is and why it is critical to engineering career development
    • Provide strategies to build lasting relationships
    • Discuss who you should network with
    • Suggest where you can find these other professionals
    • Discuss social networking: what is it and why must you be doing it in your career
    • Help you to let go of beliefs that you may have about networking that are holding you back
    • Offer strategies for overcoming barriers such as low confidence and English as a second Language

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    Author
    : Fasano, Anthony
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    Very few engineering schools have classes on leadership, yet your ability to lead yourself and others will have a tremendous impact on your engineering career. During this tutorial, engineering career coach Anthony Fasano will:

    • Help you to realize that you are already a leader regardless of your age or experience level
    • Discuss the power of positivity in leadership
    • Provide strategies for seeing opportunities in every situation
    • Give recommendations for delegating the right tasks
    • Discuss the importance of earning respect from your peers

    This tutorial will make it clear that developing your leadership abilities is something that you can start doing immediately in your engineering career regardless of your age or experience level; and you will have all of the strategies needed to do so upon the completion of this tutorial.

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    Author
    : Fasano, Anthony
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    Two of the most important things that you can do to develop as both an engineer and a person are to find and/or become a mentor as early on as possible in your engineering career.

    So many younger engineers try to tackle obstacles in their careers by themselves that hundreds of other engineers have already overcome – so why not ask one of them for help? In this tutorial, engineering career coach Anthony Fasano, will discuss how a mentor can help you to save precious time by facilitating the path to your goals with the help of someone who has already achieved similar goals. Anthony will also discuss how being a mentor can help you to learn new skills and increase your confidence, making you a better engineering leader.

    During this tutorial, you will receive powerful strategies for both finding the right mentor and getting the most out of the mentoring relationship.

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    Author
    : Fasano, Anthony
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    Your communication skills play a key role in your engineering career development. However, with all of the different forms of communication today, it can be a challenge to consistently communicate effectively, especially when engineers receive very little training on communication skills. In this tutorial, engineering career coach Anthony Fasano will:

    • Review the different forms of communication (i.e. phone, e-mail, etc.) and when to use them
    • Provide strategies for effective project/team communication
    • Discuss the importance of HOW you say things
    • Give recommendations for improving your public speaking skills
    • Discuss the role that listening plays in communication
    • Emphasize how important being responsive is in your career and give tips for doing so

    Upon completion of this tutorial, you will have strategies that you can implement immediately to see an increase in the quality of your conversations.

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    Author
    : LoPresti, James
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    Effective leaders not only have good self-management skills, but they also are good at building relationships-for example, among team members, co-workers, organizational units. In this tutorial on peak performance leadership, Dr. LoPresti reviews the role that emotional intelligence plays in building high performing teams. Effective leaders can also improve team performance by strengthening team members’ abilities in managing internal and external relationships. A leader’s communication skills are also critical in managing relationships. Dr. LoPresti offers specific suggestions for improving skills in these areas.

    The tutorial also offers two self-scored questionnaires: one, to assess whether you are a task-oriented or people-oriented type of leader and two, a team skills assessment. The links to both assessments are under "Additional Course Materials." You will find it helpful to complete and score both assessments before beginning the tutorial.

    Dr. LoPresti also includes a link to a speech by the actor Sir Laurence Olivier portraying English King Henry V in Shakespeare's play "Henry V." The speech is notable for how Henry is shown as building his troops into a team and the lessons Shakespeare can teach us about team building. A link to this video is included under "Additional Course Materials." You can view this before or after viewing the tutorial.

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    Author
    : LoPresti, James
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    A good leader can influence his/her followers’ attitudes – for good and for bad. In this tutorial on peak performance leadership Dr. LoPresti examines how a leader’s character and personal values affect leadership ability. Leaders need to be able to recognize their core values as well as develop and communicate a shared vision. Dr. LoPresti discusses how to identify core values and how leaders can create and use visions to improve organizations.

    Dr. LoPresti also includes a video by John Wooden, an American basketball player and coach. In this video Coach Wooden redefines success and urges us to pursue the best in ourselves. A link to this video is included under "Additional Course Materials." You can view this before or after viewing the tutorial.

    To determine your core values, you can take the Core Values Assessment. The link to the assessment is under "Additional Course Materials." You will find it helpful to complete and score the assessment before beginning the tutorial.

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    Author
    : LoPresti, James
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    Emotional intelligence or the ability to connect with people is often cited as a key leadership skill. In this tutorial on peak performance leadership, Dr. LoPresti discusses the four domains of emotional intelligence and how leaders can benefit from improvement in this area.

    To assess your own level of emotional intelligence, you can take the self-scored Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment. The link to the assessment is under "Additional Course Materials." You will find it helpful to complete and score the assessment before beginning the tutorial.

    Dr. LoPresti also includes a video of an investor who lost his life savings in a financial scam, but his response to the disaster is unexpectedly hopeful. A link to this video is also included under "Additional Course Materials." You can view this before or after beginning the tutorial.

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    Author
    : LoPresti, James
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Beginner
    Publication Date: December-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract

    In this tutorial on peak performance leadership Dr. LoPresti discusses how findings from split-brain studies can be used to improve leadership skills. Leaders also benefit from developing a more wholistic perspective and learning how to analyze and use metaphors in facing challenges. A leader will also be able to communicate more effectively by incorporating metaphors through storytelling.

    To assess which brain hemisphere is dominant, you can take the Hemisphere Dominance Assessment. The link to the assessment is under "Additional Course Materials." You will find it helpful to complete and score the assessment before beginning the tutorial.

    Dr. LoPresti also includes a video of a doctor describing her first hand experience of the "split brain" phenomenon. A link to this video is also included under "Additional Course Materials." You can view this before or after beginning the tutorial.

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    Author
    : Laplante, Phillip
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Intermediate
    Publication Date: April-2012
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract
    Engineers, scientists, and technology workers of all types need to produce a variety of documents such as reports, summaries, manuals, and guides. While these individuals may have had some sort of writing course in college, it is less likely that they have had any instruction in the special requirements of technical writing. This course fills the void with easy to follow discussions and examples on improving technical writing and identifying and solving common writing problems.

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    Author: Shoop, Barry L.
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities Department
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Sept-2010
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract
    Leadership can be defined as the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members. Leadership is not dependent on title or formal authority. All too often we think of leadership as something we will develop and apply later rather than earlier in our career. This applies to both leadership within our chosen technical discipline and leadership of our profession. In the early stages of a career, most people naturally focus on the technical aspects of their career. They begin their careers applying the technical disciplinary knowledge and skills they acquired in college and focus on those aspects that will ensure promotion, tenure, and success early in their career. However, leadership is something that should be considered and fostered early and often throughout our entire professional career.

    Leadership is a subject that has been studied, discussed, and debated across a wide variety of disciplines for centuries. There are numerous books, articles, and self-improvement courses on the subject – so many that the interested student of the broad subject of leadership might at first be discouraged. The purpose of this tutorial is not to be exhaustive but instead to provide a practical guide to leadership while providing references to some of the seminal works that form the foundation for both the theory and practice of leadership.

    Keywords: Leadership , behavior , trait

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    Author:Ferrero, Alessandro
    Sponsored by:IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Jan-2005
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    This tutorial covers the basic issues of metrology and measurement activity. The measurement concept is introduced; showing why a measurement result cannot ever be the “true” value of the measured quantity. The uncertainty concept is defined and the way it can be expressed and estimated is analyzed. The recommendation of the present international reference standard (IEC ISO Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement) is also discussed.

    Keywords: calibration , combined standard uncertainty , confidence interval , coverage factor , expanded uncertainty , indirect measurement , level of confidence , measurand , measurement , standard , standard uncertainty , traceability , uncertainty

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    Author: Ma, Matthew
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: March 2011
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract
    This tutorial teaches the basics of patent protection, aiming to help engineers gain some intellectual property awareness and lay a good IP foundation for them. People who complete this tutorial will become active members of a company's innovation source, understand the essence of true patent protection and be able to efficiently capture any valuable intellectual properties from their daily engineering work. This tutorial covers various IP topics in an easy to understand language from unique perspectives of engineers such as:

    • What are patent rights and the basics of patent law
    • What are patentable ideas and what could be valuable patents
    • Basic tips and pitfalls of IP protection
    • How to work with patent attorneys or agents and turn ideas into assets Difference between publication and patents
    • Patent search tools and how to get the gist of a patent

    Keywords: IP , Patents , protection

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    Author: Ma, Matthew
    Sponsored by: IEEE Educational Activities
    Tutorial Level: Introductory - Intermediate
    Publication Date: March 2011
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    A prolific inventor is not just measured by the number of patents being generated, but by how his or her patents truly generate revenues for the business. A prolific inventor has a big picture of the patent value chain and how patents can become a critical part of a company's asset. This tutorial will empower inventors with needed knowledge to be able to play a major role in the monetization of innovation, whether in a corporation or as an individual entrepreneur.

    Keywords: IP , inventors , patents

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    Author:Myerson, Judith
    Sponsored by: IEEE Member Discounts
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Nov-2007
    Run Time: 1:30:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    In this tutorial you will learn how to apply the concept of Risk Management to your business or your organization in order to prevent your exposure to the risks of loss due to the various risk factors that are involved in any engineering disciplines: Electrical, Software, Computer, Environmental, Mechanical, Biotech, and even Packaging. You will also learn how to use various controls in order to mitigate the severity of losses when they do occur.

    This tutorial is grouped into six topics which are:
    • Professional liability
    • Risk identification and evaluation
    • Loss prevention (including quality management) and loss control
    • New business (adjusting to change)
    • Contracts
    • Documentation.
    After completing this tutorial, you will be able to: identify risk factors, implement loss prevention techniques, and deal with changes in the risk management context.

    Keywords: case studies , claims , contracts , documentation , exposures , legal liability , loss prevention , quality management , risks

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    Author:Selinger, Carl
    Sponsored by:IEEE GOLD
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Nov-2007
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    This course is based on the dozen nontechnical soft skills covered in Carl’s book ‘Stuff you Don’t Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World’ (Wiley-IEEE Press; 2004). Perhaps the best single overview of the content … a quote from Tom O’Neill, CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff, on his giving the book to Dartmouth’s 150 engineering graduates in 2005: “It is a good; useful publication about something that I believe very strongly. I was happy to see that someone has written a book about something that should be a fundamental precept for success in the world of engineering, and I was happy to share it with some young people who will shape the world for the next 40 years.” These materials are designed to help younger engineers and emerging project managers – indeed, engineers in all disciplines and all professionals -- learn the soft skills that are important to be more effective and happier in the real world.

    Keywords: Acronym , Audio-visual aids , Eye contact , Fear , Feedback , Handshake , Memo , Presentation , Public speaking , Report , Toastmasters

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    Author:Selinger, Carl
    Sponsored by:IEEE GOLD
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Nov-2007
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    This course is based on the dozen nontechnical soft skills covered in Carl's book "Stuff you Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World" (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2004). Perhaps the best single overview of the content ... a quote from Tom O'Neill, CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff, on his giving the book to Dartmouth's 150 engineering graduates in 2005: "It is a good, useful publication about something that I believe very strongly. I was happy to see that someone has written a book about something that should be a fundamental precept for success in the world of engineering, and I was happy to share it with some young people who will shape the world for the next 40 years."

    These materials are designed to help younger engineers and emerging project managers -- indeed, engineers in all disciplines and all professionals -- learn the soft skills that are important to be more effective and happier in the real world.

    Keywords: Accountability , Agenda , Alternatives , Creativity , Critical issues , Delegating , Effectiveness , Efficiency , Meetings , Negotiate , Responsibility , Split the difference , Synergy , Teamwork , The big picture , Win-win

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    Author:Selinger, Carl
    Sponsored by:IEEE Educational Activities Department
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Aug-2009
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    This presentation is based on the dozen nontechnical soft skills covered in Carl's book Stuff you Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2004). Perhaps the best single overview of the content ... a quote from Tom O'Neill, former CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff, on his giving the book to Dartmouth's 150 engineering graduates in 2005: "It is a good, useful publication about something that I believe very strongly. I was happy to see that someone has written a book about something that should be a fundamental precept for success in the world of engineering, and I was happy to share it with some young people who will shape the world for the next 40 years."

    These materials are designed to help younger engineers and emerging project managers - indeed, engineers in all disciplines and all professionals -- learn the soft skills that are important to be more effective and happier in the real world.

    This final course in the series discusses understanding yourself and others, motivating people, dealing with conflict, leadership skills, managing stress & having fun, and action planning.

    Keywords: Action planning , Aggressiveness , Assertiveness , Difficult people , Exercise , Leadership , Motivation , Passive , Personality , Procrastination , Recognition , Responsibility , Stress , Understanding

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    Author:Selinger, Carl
    Sponsored by:IEEE GOLD
    Tutorial Level: Intermediate
    Publication Date: Sep-2006
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    The real world is different from engineering school and engineers can benefit from learning soft skills to complement their technical skills. This tutorial is designed to help younger engineers and emerging project managers learn the soft skills that are important to be more effective in today's fast-paced world. The soft skills include: decision-making, setting priorities, running meetings, speaking, writing and listening more effectively, running teams and negotiating.

    Keywords: Alternatives , Analysis , Criteria , Critical issues , Decision-making , Effectiveness , Efficiency , Engineering , Fear , Feedback , Information , Perfectionism , Planning , Priorities

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    Author: Sydow Campbell, Kim
    Sponsored by:IEEE Professional Communications Society
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Apr-2010
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time

    Abstract
    The system of leadership communication introduced in this course is designed to increase your ability to influence people. This system, called TILL, was introduced in the book, Thinking & Interacting Like a Leader. In essence, the system focuses on interpersonal communication skills. However, it addresses any situation in which a manager delivers a message to organization members, whether that message is delivered face-to-face, in writing or electronically.

    Keywords: dynamic , leader , manager

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    Author:Aucoin, B. Michael
    Sponsored by:IEEE Engineering Management Society
    Tutorial Level: Introductory
    Publication Date: Jan-2005
    Run Time: 1:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    Most engineers become managers in their careers; and typically they are unprepared for the transition. This tutorial offers the audience the knowledge and tools needed to quickly gain skill and confidence in the world of management. This transition calls for the engineer to exercise six core principles that are critical for success as a manager which are: Mastering Relationships; Seeing the Big Picture; Getting Things Done; Communicating Effectively; Using Assets Wisely; and Taking It to the Next Level.

    Keywords: Hawthorne Studies , Theory X , Theory Y , constraint management , hygiene theory , needs hierarchy , project

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    Author:Gaynor, Gus
    Sponsored by:IEEE Engineering Management Society
    Tutorial Level: Intermediate
    Publication Date: Jun-2005
    Run Time: 2:00:00
    CEUs: .3
    PDHs: 3
    ECSA CPD (Category 1 - Development Activities): 1 - Includes study time


    Abstract
    This tutorial considers the fundamental issues that need to be addressed by innovators and their organizations as they attempt to use innovation as a means for sustaining high levels of performance. This tutorial is divided into two sections; the first deals with capturing the innovator's spirit and the second covers how to develop a culture that fosters innovation. The course characterizes the scope and complexity of being the innovator from a systems perspective and presents a set of concepts and tools that can be applied in formulating, evaluating, and implementing innovation - as related to the innovator. The course also underscores the importance of the innovation process - understanding, creating, and promoting innovation. Finally, the course reviews the skills necessary for understanding the nature of technological uncertainty and the issues that determine success or failure.

    Keywords: innovation , innovation process , sources of innovation

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