Industrial Education

Architecture

Aardvark: The RMIT Guide to Contemporary Melbourne Architecture
Click on maps of Melbourne, Australia, and the surrounding area to visit examples of contemporary architecture (1985 and newer). The Aardvark site has more than 2000 pictures and plan drawings.
 
The American Institute of Architects
This is a great site, large but easy to use with the web site navigator. There are articles of interest to architects, home buyers, and students considering career choices. Teachers, note the "Classroom Resources K-12" section.
 
Arcosanti
The site for the "City of the Future" in the Arizona desert; coverage of what's going on in the community that combines ecology with energy-efficient living.
 
Bad Human Factors Designs
A scrapbook of illustated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles. Interesting site that gives solutions to what is wrong.
 
The Castles of Wales
This is a very comprehensive, attractive, and well organized site dedicated to the castles of Wales. It lists more than 170 castles, many with pictures and one with virtual tour, and includes historical information and a section on Welsh Abbeys. Complete with Welsh language version!
 
The Design Center
A resource for illustration, graphics,typography, signs, tradeshow display, printing, promotion and marketing. Fascinating page with loads of helpful items, some of which are downloadable.
 
firstVIEW
firstVIEW is a professional fashion photography publication "providing access to tens of thousands of photos of the world's top designers' most recent collections." Click on one of dozens of designers. You'll have to pay to view fashions on the runways now, but views of those that are in stores now are free.
 
The Frank Lloyd Wright Source Page
A good site containing pictures of most of FLW's works and designs. This is a great source of annotated links to other Wright sites, and has some other architecture links as well.
 
Fundamental Concepts of Persian Architecture
This site, part of the Tour of Isfahan, includes a lot of Persian Architecture information on forms, color, and materials. Good supporting graphics.
 
The Great Pyramid
Many architects who have studied the Great Pyramid contend that even with the wonders of modern technology, we could not build it today! No wonderful graphics, but this is a fascinating study of the ancient pyramid and its history.
 
Home and Design Online
This site offers a number of design and building related chat rooms, as well as information in ten categories from art to trades.
 
Kevan Shaw Lighting Design
Home page of lighting designer Kevan Shaw, based out of Scotland, but internationally known for his work. Site contains many interesting articles on Museum Lighting, Display Lighting, Rock and Roll Lighting and more.
 
Monticello, The Home of Thomas Jefferson
A great interactive tour of Monticello, with historical background of Thomas Jefferson's day and scientific endeavors. This is a wonderful educational site, including such things as his recipes for muffins and ice cream and the written memories of his children and grandchildren.
 
Moyse's Hall
Here you will find an example of Norman domestic architecture. In addition to views of Moyse's Hall and information about it, there is a variety of other information including facts about the first hunters and British Tribal Kingdoms. Very interesting.
 
RASTRA
RASTRA is a building product made of recycled styrofoam and cement with additives. This site extols its virtues and offers technical and contact information. "The only limitation to building with RASTRA is in the mind of the designer/architect."

Construction Trades

AEC Info
In the areas of architecture, engineering, construction, and home building, this site offers a lot: updates on governmental regulation, on-line specs, interactive discussion, a building product library, a search engine, and more.

Aberdeen's World of Construction Information Services
Extensive subscription networks for the concrete, masonry, and construction marketing trades are found in this well organized site. You can also browse in the bookstore or related site listings.

Builder and Developer
"The Voice for the California Residential Building Industry," this magazine offers industry news and trends of interest to construction businesses even outside of California.

Building Industry Exchange
Search thousands of sites in a hundred construction industry categories.

Building Online
Search engine offering more than 50,000 construction-related sites plus FAQ, software information, industry facts, media links, and more.

BuildNET
"Your Internet Link to the Building Industry" offers search, chat, and "add your site" capabilities.

The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
CPWR is the research arm of the Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO. Focusing on construction worker safety, they offer here hazard alerts, a publications list, newsletter, and related links.

Construction Information Sources
This database is devoted to supplying construction information to the architect-engineer-construction group. Search, sites by category.

Construction Monthly Online
"The unlimited information source for the construction industry," Construction Monthly offers articles on products, tools, law, and the state of the industry. Their archives, discussion forums, ads, and links make a good mix.

Construction Site
This site is the handyman's internet tool box for everyone in the construction businesses, with information on everything from products and ordering to contractors and regulations.

Construction Statistics
The U.S. Census Bureau provides monthly statistics on housing construction. You can also get answers here to frequently asked questions about construction statistics.

Contractor Network
This is a great source if you are in the home improvement business or need someone who is. Use the home improvement search tool or ask your own HI question. In the "Nightmares" section, you can share your most frightening contractor story!

Contractors Hot Line
Contractors and others in need of construction equipment can come to this site and find a searchable database of 30,000 items for sale. Equipment auction results, pricing information, links, and a bulletin board are available.

FacilitiesNet
"For professionals who design, construct, manage and maintain buildings," this site offers news, bulletin boards, industry magazines, search capabilities, and even a monthly "Test Your Facility IQ."

Undergroundinfo.com
This is a great resource for the underground construction industry. Read underground construction and pipeline publications, learn about upcoming conferences and exhibitions, and get the latest underground construction business news.

Engineering

The American Nuclear Society
The American Nuclear Society's Worldwide Electronic Resource (the ANSWER) is the official web source for information on nuclear sciences, technologies, issues.
 
The American Society for Engineering Education
ASEE is a nonprofit organization of individuals, institutions, and companies dedicated to improving all aspects of engineering education. This site has a very interesting precollege section which attempts to explain what engineers do and to help high school students determine whether they have the interest and the aptitude to study engineering.
 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is dedicated to ensuring that mechanical engineers are current, safety conscious, and committed to improving international technical safety. This impressive site has information about the organization, jobs, FAQ, a magazine, lots more of interest to current and prospective engineers.
 
The Art of Motion
Motion control is the process of computer controlled kinetics-- the foundation of robotics. The ability to precisely control the path of a tool enables fabrication of objects that would not be possible or practical by hand held methods.
 
Computational Fluid Dynamics Resources Online
Just as titled, this is a collection of links to information related to Computational Fluid Dynamics.
 
Computer Engineering by Nerd World Media
Tons of computer and engineering sites here, but also a 27-category index search tool with site summaries. Excellent.
 
Crazy About Constraints
A web site dedicated to providing resources and information about the Theory of Constraints, the Thinking Processes, Synchronous Manufacturing, and other techniques developed by Dr.Eliyahu Goldratt.
 
Electric Power Research Institute
The Electric Power Research Institute delivers the science and technology to make the generation, delivery, and use of electricity affordable, efficient, and environmentally sound.
 
Engineering Case Studies
This site contains accounts of real engineering projects written for use in engineering education.
 
Engineering Information Inc.
Engineering Information Inc. identifies, organizes, and facilitates easy access to published engineering literature.
 
Engineering: Mechanical and Industrial
Summaries of useful texts in the field of Engineering, covering many topics: experimental versus computational mechanics, numerical methods in fluid mechanics, heat mass transfer, biofluid mechanics, and more.
 
Industry.net
Industry.net is "the Internet's largest provider of value-added services for the industrial market." Engineering news and resources as well as business search.
 
Input Shaping
Input Shaping is a feedforward control technique for reducing vibrations in computer controlled machines.
 
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Self-proclaimed as "the world's largest technical professional society," IEEE here provides a website offering information on their upcoming conferences, education, and organization. For a fee they provide a "Career Asset Manager" for engineers. This site is also available in text-only from.
 
Institute of Industrial Engineers
This site is for anyone interested in the field of Industrial Engineering. They even answer the question, "Why become an Industrial Engineer?" You'll find all the IIE's recent publications, but in order to join one of their forums, you must be a member.
 
Integrated Manufacturing Lab
In the interest of improving U.S. industrial capacity, the Integrated Manufacturing Lab gives designers the tools to move products to market faster. Electro-mechanical types, read all about it here.
 
MEMS Microelectromechanical Systems Clearing House
An online respository of information about MicroElectroMechanical Systems.
 
NIST Virtual Library
The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers you surprisingly easy, clearly instructed access to a wide range of scientific data. In addition to evaluated links, you get electronic journals, databases, and other online resources.
 
Online Learning Environment
Geared for grade 9-12 science, engineering, and technology students, this site allows you to select from dozens of subjects from robotics to hovercraft, study the information provided, and then take an online quiz to test your comprehension.
 
Process Pumps & Filtrations OnLine
Process Pumps & Filtrations is an electronic publication. Here you can find information regarding positive displacement pumps and centrifugal pumps along with lots of other information pertaining to pumps and filtration systems.
 
SRS: The Division of Science Resource Studies
This part of The National Science Foundation collects and interprets data and provides "information on the nation's science, engineering, and technology enterprise." Included here: US Government statistics, data briefs, survey descriptions, working papers, related sites, and more.
 
Semiconductor Subway
This site provides links to all manner of information related to semiconductors and microsystems, including fabrication facilities, research activities, standards work, etc.
 
Society for Experimental Mechanics
This is the extensive Web site of SEM, an international professional association dedicated to furthering the knowledge of material response (stress/strain) phenomena and the failure of materials and structures from a research and current technology perspective.
 
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Primary mission at the NRC is to ensure that public health and safety are protected in the many different peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Environmental Science

Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory
In addition to "Earth's Biggest Environment Search Engine," this site offers 30 subtopics from agriculture to wildlife, each with multiple links.
 
Arctic Circle
This is a comprehensive look, in text and photo, at the lands and people of the Arctic Circle using three themes: natural resources, history and culture, and social equity and environmental justice. You'll find very interesting information on indigenous peoples and their situations in the face of natural resource exploration.
 
Bio Online
Biotechnology information supplied by industry, government, and research sources is offered here. Includes a Career Center with job search and HR links.
 
Earth Communications Office
This organization puts the slogan "Think globally, act locally" into practice--its mission is to encourage everyone to do something to help the environment.
 
Earth and Environmental Science
The US Geological Survey provides this directory of earth and environmental science Internet resources to the research community as a service.
 
Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet
Weekly, this site offers a global map of natural and manmade events in the environment, along with some background information about each event. The events range from extreme temperatures to lion plagues to tropical storms to earthquakes. You can also look at an archive of past weeks. Interesting!
 
Ecotrust
This organization focuses on helping communities rebuild their economies on foundations that don't harm the environment. Their conservation strategies are explained on the site. Their primary focus is on North American rain forests.
 
EnviroLink
This is the largest online environmental information resource on the planet, according to its creators.
 
The Environment
The is The Mining Company's Environment site, and your guide has prepared features on a number of environmental topics, answered questions, and put together a nice set of annotated links to environmental sites.
 
The Environmental Careers Organization
This nonprofit organization offers information, links, and help with placement in environmental careers.
 
Environmental Defense Fund
The official site for the EDF, which focuses on saving the environment by educating populations and by working with industries and governments to modify environmentally harmful practices.
 
The Environmental Education Network
Educators, the EnviroLink Network, and the environmental community have come together to bring environmental education online. Not only are resources gathered for teachers, but for students, too!
 
Environmental News Network
Daily environmental news stories are covered on this very current site. A great source of information, and a look at the future of the Internet.
 
Environmental Science
Nerd World Media offers earth science, ecology, and environment sites with summary information.
 
Exploring the Environment
Supported by NASA, this project offers a number of interactive modules relating to topics such as rainforests, El Nino, the Mars landing, Water Quality, and Earth on Fire. The aim is to engage high school students in creative learning and problem solving using GIS and other technologies. There's also a middle school section, plus lots of teacher help and opportunities for interaction.
 
Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability
UC Irvine wants to help students understand and deal with the environmental problems we'll all face in the 21st century. In addition to course description, this site offers related current events articles, including the El Nino brewing in the Pacific and the Cassini launch at the time of this review.
 
National Geographic
In addition to their famous features on individual cultures, the folks at National Geographic offer here a wide range of options including talk, answers to your geography questions, and scenic drive information with lodging, maps, and even car games. A great site.
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The NOAA's goal is to promote global environmental stewardship in order to conserve and wisely manage the nation's marine and coastal resources.
 
Natural History Museums and Collections
You can link from here to hundreds of museums, botanical gardens, conservation sites, and libraries around the world. Many of these are truly spectacular. Sources are divided by continent and arranged alphabetically.
 
Rainforest Action Network
There's some good research information on rainforests here, and a lot of links. Kids' Corner offers an art gallery, stories of rainforest life, and ways kids can help. Also very helpful (for those of us who are lazy) are their online letter writing campaigns. Just fill out a form with your e-mail address and sign the pre-written letter and it is faxed or e-mailed for you.
 
Real Goods
Information on renewable power sources such as solar energy, including some awesome animated gifs and some good, thought provoking material.
 
Recycler's World
Information on how to recycle most recyclable materials and links to many recycling organizations.
 
Residential Energy Efficiency Database
This is a great site for information and encouragement in being as energy efficient as we can "to help ourselves, our children, and our environment." Of a dozen categories, Residential Indoor Air Quality alone has dozens of subtopics. There's also an extensive glossary of housing terms. Altogether, an excellent resource.
 
Save the Earth
Learn about the environment, talk about the issues in specific chat rooms, and place bids in their online auction gallery. (All proceeds go to undergraduate and graduate programs that are environment related.) Cool.
 
Sierra Club
The official site of the organization that works to save the environment by influencing public policy. One of the oldest and best known conservation organizations, and a pretty good Web site.
 
Solstice
Solstice is "your online source for sustainable energy information" and it's very impressive. Among the many gems here: interactive multimedia CD-ROMs like The Greening of the White House, The Sun's Joules multimedia encyclopedia on renewable energy (with teaching helps), School Energy Doctor software, tons more.
 
Surfrider Foundation USA
This organization focuses on saving the world's oceans and beaches. There's a wealth of information about their mission, efforts, and policies on this site, which features a lot of updated news and events.
 
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Policy is easily available to the public on this very informative but mostly text-based site. Still, a great source for research. Sections on state, local, and tribal governments, statistics, and areas for students and teachers are offered.
 
US Environmental Protection Agency Water Resources
A searchable online database and a huge store of publicly available information about wetlands, wastewater, etc., from the EPA. Maps are also available as part of this useful resource.
 
US Environmental / Recycling Hotline: "Earth's 911"
Graphics intensive, but worth it--this site is full of information on how to reduce waste and environmental pollution. Contains links to other environmental and conservation sites as well.
 
US Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
 
Water Quality of San Francisco Bay
This site details the water quality component of efforts by the U.S. Geological Survey to research the coastal ecosystems of the Bay area and how they are impacted by human disturbances. It's interesting reading and well presented, with an excellent glossary to help with technical terms.
 
The Weather Channel
A neat way to get the latest weather in your area and elsewhere in the world.
 
Wired for Conservation
The website of The Nature Conservancy is a great place to find out what's new in the area of nature conservation from the organization that works to conserve natural habitats and species by purchasing the land and waters they need to survive. A really nice feature of the site is the full availability of The Nature Conservancy's monthly magazine.

Mechanics

Alternative Design
On this page you will "find information on design and modeling of structures for a variety of applications." These include Refractors, MLC Capacitors, Hydrophones, Extrusion, and Residential Structures.
 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is dedicated to ensuring that mechanical engineers are current, safety conscious, and committed to improving international technical safety. This impressive site has information about the organization, jobs, FAQ, a magazine, lots more of interest to current and prospective engineers.
 
Bad Human Factors Design
A scrapbook of illustated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles. Interesting site that gives solutions to what is wrong.
 
Center for Design Research
The Center for Design Research facilitates individual creativity and understanding of the team design process, and works to develop advanced tools and methods. This site offers information regarding many of the research projects which CDR is coordinating.
 
Crazy About Constraints
A web site dedicated to providing resources and information about the Theory of Constraints, the Thinking Processes, Synchronous Manufacturing, and other techniques developed by Dr.Eliyahu Goldratt.
 
Engineering: Mechanical and Industrial
Summaries of useful texts in the field of Engineering, covering many topics: experimental versus computational mechanics, numerical methods in fluid mechanics, heat mass transfer, biofluid mechanics, and more.
 
Input Shaping
Input Shaping is a feedforward control technique for reducing vibrations in computer controlled machines.
 
Institute of Mechanics
Two useful areas of this site are the Research Projects area and the Publications listings from 1980 through 1997. Most of the publications have an English abstract and some have both an English and German abstract. You will need to so some searching as they are listed only by year of publication.
 
Integrated Manufacturing Lab
In the interest of improving U.S. industrial capacity, the Integrated Manufacturing Lab gives designers the tools to move products to market faster. Electro-mechanical types, read all about it here.
 
Internet Finite Element Resources
Here you will find listings and descriptions of Finite Element Resources in the public domain and available as shareware via the Internet.
 
MEMS Microelectromechanical Systems Clearing House
Looking for an online repository of information about MicroElectroMechanical Systems? We just happen to have that right here.
 
NIST Virtual Library
The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers you surprisingly easy, clearly instructed access to a wide range of scientific data. In addition to evaluated links, you get electronic journals, databases, and other online resources.
 
Popular Mechanics: The PM Zone
This is Popular Mechanics online, with sections like science and technology, automotive, home improvement, and electronics. Lots of tips and how-to pages, as well as news and events, are organized in an easy-to-use manner. There are a lot of graphics, so download time could be a drawback.
 
Process Pumps & Filtrations OnLine
Process Pumps & Filtrations is an electronic publication. Here you can find information regarding positive displacement pumps and centrifugal pumps along with lots of other information pertaining to pumps and filtration systems.
 
Society for Experimental Mechanics
This is the extensive Web site of SEM, an international professional association dedicated to furthering the knowledge of material response (stress/strain) phenomena and the failure of materials and structures from a research and current technology perspective.