Engineering Book Review/Discussion

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Professional Communication Society Chapter of IEEE Philadelphia is the only PCS Chapter in the United States.

This event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Baltimore Section.

This event is open to all. 

Join us! This engineering book review/discussion explores common themes of two books.

Brilliant!: Shuji Nakamura And the Revolution in Lighting Technology by Bob Johnstone.

Shuji Nakamura is the engineer that discovered how to produce blue LED lights. The blue LED was the gateway to all modern LED applications. It was a theoretical and technological challenge with some practitioners denouncing the prospect of it ever being possible. On the path to its development, Mr. Nakamura decided to publish his work in academic papers. The blue LED origin story is fueled by individual tenacity, academic expectations, societal challenges, and political disruptions which resulted in lawsuits against Mr. Nakamura despite his discovery and its success.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

How to Win Friends and Influence People was originally published in 1936. It is considered one of the first best-selling books published within the self help genre. Nearly a century later, it continues to be printed in multiple editions, selling over 30 million copies. It is on many practitioner’s bookshelves and today remains within the top ten books in Kindle’s Business Leadership category. It remains a highly rated book, in both the rating and the number of reviews. Even though it is a book that has been available for a long time, it seems that it is still relevant today.

How do these two books relate with one another, and what lessons can be learned by combining and contrasting their messages? How can the story in Brilliant! relate to the advice given in How to Win Friends and Influence People? What are potential lessons learned for engineers today who are leading in the edges of innovation? The reviewers explore these two books together by combining common themes for discussion
points and add their own experiences from their engineering careers. Their goals are to link literature to current-day challenges and for participants to:

  • Gain different perspectives, both from literature and from the reviewers.
  • Get inspired toward action: to try something new, read one of the books, or make new connections with others.
  • Inspire others in their engineering work.


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  • Date: 28 May 2024
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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Steven Giako of IEEE


Engineering Book Review/Discussion


Steven Giako is a test engineer at KEMA Powertest in Chalfont, PA. He tests high power equipment for transmission and distribution systems for companies such as ABB and Siemens. Steven has been at KEMA for 6 months now and has begun to specialize in arc-fault tests with
the occasional transformer testing program.

He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2022 with a BSEE and a specialization in power systems before moving to Philadelphia for graduate school at Drexel. Shortly after starting grad school, he decided to take a break from school and engineering before applying to jobs and eventually starting work at KEMA Labs in the Fall of 2023.

Although Steven’s path to the professional engineering world wasn’t a typical transition from school to work, he is thrilled to be working in the testing industry where everyday is a new challenge and lesson. More so, he is excited to be a part of the PCS Philadelphia chapter so early in his career and can’t wait to learn how he can better his professional skills through this organization.

Dianna Deeney


Engineering Book Review/Discussion


Dianna Deeney is president of Deeney Enterprises, LLC and founder of Quality during Design. She coaches product development engineers about awareness and use of quality and reliability methods during the design development process. She also consults with businesses on their
product development processes.

She has worked in manufacturing for over 25 years, developing an engineering career from the manufacturing floor to manufacturing process engineering, product design, quality and reliability engineering, and quality management systems. She is an IEEE senior member and a senior
quality professional as an ASQ certified CQE, CRE, CQA, and CMQ/OE.

She founded Quality during Design as an online resource for practical advice and problem-solving techniques. She hosts the Quality during Design Podcast and publishes articles. She also co-hosts the Speaking of Reliability podcast and is a contributing author to Quality Disrupted (Working It®- Future of Work Series) published by CERM Academy (available on Kindle). Her latest online course is available on Udemy: FMEA in Practice: From Plan to Risk-Based Thinking.


7 pm: book review & discussion