- Communication and Persuasion in My Field Communication is essential for electrical engineers who work in both technical positions and business positions. Several tools, such as email, phone, conferences, and messaging are used to communicate and persuade across different customs and cultures in today's global economy.
- Storytelling in My Field An engineer uses the story of the Nixon scandal to persuade his coworkers into doing the right thing. Scandals are common, and strong emotional appeals through stories can be an effective tool in preventing them.
- My field within the history of civilization While major developments of electrical engineering have mainly taken place within the last 200 years, society has always been interested in electricity and its implications. Electrical engineering has driven society to a higher standard of living and motivated discovery and exploration throughout the ages.
- Institutional Authority and Communication Professional organizations such as IEEE help regulate engineers to both protect their ideas and improve productivity. They publish magazines, hold conferences, and create committees that update the field on new developments and commit everyone to a code of ethics.
- Hotspot #1 (in the field): Engineering isn't always black and white; sometimes unethical decisions are made that can harm many people. Effective communication can persuade engineers to make ethical choices.
- Hotspot #2 (historical): The greatest developments in Electrical Engineering have occurred during times of war and destruction. Ironically, the need to be destructive has fueled today's dependance on technology and production.
- Hotspot #3 (personal): The story of me building a robot arm. I realized that engineering was more about working constructively with others than actually developing a product.