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"EngineeringThe practical application of physical, mechanical, and mathematical principles. (Stedman, 25th ed)" Definition from the NCBI MeSH Database.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Engineering Occupations


Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Find an ABET accredited engineering program

Licensure for Professional Engineers

State Licensing Boards

Engineering Organizations

American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)


What is Engineering? (6:20) by the National Science Foundation
Chemical Engineer - Careers in Science and Engineering (6:32) by the National Science Foundation
What Do Civil Engineers Do? (6:23) by the American Society of Civil Engineers  
Electrical Engineers (6:52) by ThinkTVPBS
A Day in the Life- Mechanical Engineer (3:10) by ConnectEd

Engineering and Data


University of Illinois- Chicago Library Engineering
University of Michigan Engineering Libguides
Purdue University Engineering Libguides


Assessing Data Management Support Needs of Bioengineering and Biomedical Research Faculty
Wiley C, Burnette M.
Journal of eScience Librarianship. 2019;8(1): e1132. doi:10.7191/jeslib.2019.1132.
Perceptions and Practices of Data Sharing in Engineering Education
Johri A, Yang S, Vorvoreanu M, Madhavan K.
Advances In Engineering Education. 2016;5(2).
Understanding data sharing behaviors of STEM researchers: The roles of attitudes, norms, and data repositories
Kim Y, Zhang P.
Library And Information Science Research. 2015;37(3):189-200. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2015.04.006

Engineering Metadata

Metadata schemas vary by discipline and repository. See a list of Physical Sciences metadata schemas provided by the Digital Curation Centre at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/subject-areas/physical-science. A menu of disciplines and other metadata types is available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/drupal/resources/metadata-standards.

Engineering Data Repositories

Re3data.org "is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines.”(re3data.org/about) There are over 300 data repositories listed there that contain engineering data. The directory is searchable by keyword, and can be limited by a variety of facets. It can also be browsed by content, subject type or country.

OpenDOAR "is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.”  (OpenDOAR.org) Repositories are vetted by OpenDOAR staff before being included in the directory. The directory can be searched by keywords; and limited by content, discipline, country, or language.

Multi-disciplinary repositories also exist that will accept data from a variety of disciplines. Some examples are figshare, the Open Science Framework, and Zenodo, which accepts scientific data and software.

last edited 9/23/2020