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What are case studies?

Case studies (also called "case histories") are accounts of real engineering situations and projects that provide a context for engineers and others to explore problems. Case studies typically involve complex issues where there is often no single correct answer--you may be asked to select the "best" answer given the situation. Case Studies are found in many places, including book collections, scholarly articles, educational videos and the websites of professional organizations, and more.

Case studies allow you to:

  • Explore the nature of a problem and circumstances that affect a solution

  • Observe theories applied in a real-life situation

  • Learn about others' viewpoints and how they may be taken into account

  • Define your priorities and make your own decisions to solve the problem

  • Predict outcomes and consequences