Friday, March 6, 2009

Learn from Failure: Engineering Case Studies

"What went wrong?" should be the first question we ask after any catastrophe so we can make certain that it doesn't happen again.

James R. Chiles's Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology has been embraced by professors because it teaches students to analyze failure with case studies on such disasters as the chain reaction crash of the Air France Concorde, the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, and the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Inviting Disaster is being recommended for a wide variety of engineering courses. Here are just a few: