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Essential reading

Need inspiration? Encouragement? A compelling story to engage your heart and mind?

By Joe Kullman

Convergence magazine > Essential reading

Fulton Schools faculty and staff members recommend these reads to offer insights, inspiration and delight to the ever-curious minds of aspiring engineers and anyone eager to learn something new.

Joshua Loughman

“Technics and Civilization”
by Lewis Mumford

Joshua Loughman, EPICS Director and lecturer, says Mumford’s classic book about technology and society is an important read for anyone working in technology-related fields.

“The Man Who Fed the World”
by Leon Hesser

Rebecca Muenich, assistant professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, recommends this biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug to demonstrate how dedication to science and humanitarian efforts can change people’s lives

“Outliers: The Story of Success”
by Malcolm Gladwell

Samuel Ariaratnam, professor and construction engineering program chair, thinks readers can gain perspective by learning how factors like upbringing, birthplace and birth date can help explain why some people seem to excel more than others.

“Applied Minds: How Engineers Think”
by Guru Madhavan

This recommendation by Tirupalavanam Ganesh, assistant dean of Engineering Education and associate research professor, will show engineering students how their chosen profession is one of heroes, and why the engineering mindset is a superpower.

“The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of Learning Organization”
by Peter M. Senge

Sandeep Gupta, director of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, offers this recommendation for students transitioning from working independently to the team environments common in many workplaces.