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Citizen Engineer A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering

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ISBN-10: 0137143923

ISBN-13: 9780137143924

Edition: 2010

Authors: David Douglas, Greg Papadopoulos, John Alonzo Boutelle

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The book helps engineers thrive in today's environment. It systematically addresses crucial business, legal, environmental, and societal issues engineers were never taught about in school.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

About the Authors
Introduction: While You Were Busy Debugging ...
Advent of the Citizen Engineer
"Citizen Engineer" Defined
Responsibilities of the Citizen Engineer
Knowledge Base of the Citizen Engineer
Intellectual Property
Public Policy
How Engineering Got Its Paradigm Shifted
Changes in the Nature of Engineering
Engineering on a Whole New Scale
Pervasive Collaboration
Broader Influence for Engineers
Externally Driven Changes in Engineering
The Green Explosion
Corporate Social Responsibility
Security and Privacy Concerns
Rise of Digital Goods
New Laws, Tighter Controls
Perspectives on an Engineering Transformation
Summary, and What's Next
Environmental Responsibility
Environmental Impact: The Big Picture
Eco-Responsible Engineering: An Enormous Opportunity
Core Challenges of Eco-Engineering
Beyond the Black Cloud: Looking at Lifecycles
The "Cradle to Cradle" Vision
A Pragmatic Approach to Lifecycle Analysis
A Basic Lifecycle Model
Additional Lifecycle Considerations
Supply Chains
"Mini Lifecycles" of Consumables
Hidden Impacts
Design and Prototypes
Embodied Energy and Embodied Carbon
Lifecycle Assessment Tools
Starting a Top-Level Assessment
Deciding When to Stop Assessing
Setting Priorities, Requirements, and Goals
Knowing the Law
Business Requirements and Opportunities
Areas of Greatest Impact
Quick Wins and Low-Hanging Fruit
Energy and Emissions
Common Sources of Energy
Calculating Energy and Power
Energy Impacts: Finding the Cleanest Source of Power
Energy and GHG Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Primer
CO2 Equivalents and Conversions
Calculating GHG Emissions
Putting a Value on Carbon (Dioxide!)
Heat, Noise, Light, and Radio Emissions
Process-Related GHG Emissions
Energy Efficiency in Product Design
Core Efficiency
Energy Transmission and Conversion
Power States
Standby Power
Tracking Lost Energy
An Example: Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
Where Energy Goes in Data Centers
Making Data Centers More Efficient
Example Results
Chemicals, Materials, and Waste
Chemistry and the Law
Packaging and Documentation
Waste and Renewal
Water and Other Natural Resources
Social Considerations
Business Considerations
Calculating the Water Footprint
Trading Virtual Water
Other Natural Resources
An Example of Eco-Engineering: Interface, Inc.
An Aggressive Initiative with Very Specific Goals
Eco-Engineering: The Grass Is Always Greener
Carbon Neutrality: Good Start but Not Enough
Greenwashing and Green Noise
Measure and Label
Read "The Six Sins of Greenwashing"
Measuring and Sharing with OpenEco
Summary, and What's Next
Intellectual Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law Fundamentals
IP 101: Core Concepts
A Closer Look: Why Get a Patent (and Why Not)?
When to Get a Patent
Applying the Standard of Novelty
Do Patents Stifle Innovation?
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Copyright Using Creative Commons Licenses
Additional Concepts: Copyleft and FairShare
Trade Secrets
Nondisclosure Agreements
Employment Contracts and IP Ownership
Previous Inventions
Participation in Open Source Projects
Tip Sheet: Inbound and Outbound IP
How to Protect Your IP in Emerging Markets
Back to Patent Protection: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Open Source Software: Licenses and Leverage
"Free" Software Licenses
Nonfree but Free-Sounding Software Licenses
A Closer Look at the GPL
Contributor Agreements
What Does the CA Do?
Do I Lose the Rights to My Contribution by Signing a CA?
Will I Receive Credit for My Contributions?
Can I Contribute the Same Works to Other Projects?
When Should I Sign a CA?
What if I'm Working for a Company but Contributing as an Individual?
Software Indemnity
Creativity and Control
Maximizing the Cycle of Innovation
How We Got Here
Control over Interfaces
Innovation Commons
The Economics of Open Source
Beyond Software
TCHO Chocolates
The Open Prosthetics Project
Building an Open Source Community: Practical Advice from a Pro
Protecting Digital Rights
Digital Rights Management
Is "Open DRM" an Oxymoron?
Fair Use and Other Concepts for Reducing Restrictions
Summary, and What's Next
Bringing It to Life
Education of the Citizen Engineer
Updating Engineering Curricula
Advice for Engineering Students
Advice for Engineering New Hires
Citizen Engineers in Action
Lifecycle Phase Checklists
The "Make" Phase
The "Use" Phase
The "Renew" Phase
Required Reading for Citizen Engineers
Photo Credits