Following on the popularity of its first audio book, IEEE-USA is releasing a second, new audio book, Women in Engineering—Book 4: Follow Your Curiosities—Finding Success through Learning, and offering it free, for a limited time, as a holiday gift to IEEE members.
In addition, IEEE-USA is offering the companion, award-winning online e-book version of the same title as a second, free holiday gift for members.
A former IEEE/IEEE-USA New Face of Engineering, and an associate–professor of engineering at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., author Jacquelyn K. Nagel, Ph.D., wrote this e-book—the winner of three Silver Awards of Distinction from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts in the 21st Annual Communicator Awards.
Nagel brings us her engineering career journey, from pre-college years to present day. She balances her life between art and science—and shares the opportunities, challenges and lessons learned—that have helped her achieve a satisfying and successful engineering career.
The author recounts the financial challenges of obtaining her education, as well as the cooperative education experiences that introduced her to new engineering disciplines, and developing the right mindset to help her complete graduate school successfully. IEEE/IEEE-USA recognized Nagel as the 2012 New Face of Engineering, for her pioneering research in bio-inspired sensors and processes. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University; and both an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla).
Nagel’s technological interests began early. According to the author, she was always curious and wanted to know how everything worked. In school, science was her favorite class. She loved learning about our world, and the reasons behind the phenomena she observed. Nagel especially enjoyed experiments to test a hypothesis, or to see what would happen during a project. She said it was exhilarating to get the results, especially when it matched her hypothesis.
Growing up, Nagel’s passions were playing games and solving puzzles. She loved board games, brainteasers and logic puzzles. Whenever Nagel and her Mom went out, she always took a puzzle book; or later, a Game Boy. When she got a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and began playing video games, Nagel started strategizing puzzle solutions. Tetris is still her favorite video game, and the author says she can sit for hours putting the blocks together!
“I don’t fear trying things, or of going outside my comfort zone,” Nagel wrote, “but I do fear failure. And when I do fail, I am disappointed—but then I try again. I actually learn more from failure. My whole life is about following my curiosities and learning. Staying true to my interests and myself has allowed me to be successful.”
From 1 December 2017 through 15 January 2018, IEEE members can get their free e-book in two formats:
Download PDF E-Book (Log in with your IEEE account, add the book to your cart, and use promo code DECFREE17, at checkout.)
Or, you can have both! Happy Holidays from IEEE-USA!
Georgia C. Stelluto is IEEE-USA’s Publishing Manager, Manager-Editor of IEEE-USA E-BOOKS, and editor for the InFocus Department in IEEE-USA InSight.