The field of electrical engineering is vast and complex. Electrical engineering professionals need to stay abreast of the latest standards and regulations in their own areas of specialization, as well as in the broader engineering community and closely-related fields. And with hundreds of conferences and events, as well as industry publications and professional journals, to keep up with, it’s no easy feat to stay up-to-date in this ever-evolving field.
Paired with the need for continuing professional development in order to stay relevant in this highly technical and advanced field of practice, electrical engineers can easily make a full-time job just out of trying to stay on top of industry news and best practices. To make that task a little simpler, we’ve compiled a massive list of 101 of the most relevant and useful resources for electrical engineers.
In this guide, you’ll find leading resources for electrical engineers and electronics engineers spanning the leading industry publications and journals, the top electrical engineering blogs, directories of conferences and events, resources packed with tutorials and even entertaining hacks for both professional engineers and engineering enthusiasts. Looking for an association or professional network for electrical engineers? You’ll find those here, too. In short, we’ve compiled a list of go-to resources to put all the essential news and information you need for your professional life at your fingertips.
Note: While the resources included here are grouped by category, they are not listed in any particular order of importance or value. The numerical system is used to provide an easy point of reference beyond the overall categorization, but it shouldn’t be considered an implication that #1 is better than #97, and so on. From the top electrical engineering blogs to tutorials and continuing professional education providers, the following 101 blogs, websites, directories, and publications are among the best, most comprehensive resources available for electrical engineering professionals.
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Table of Contents:
- Electrical Engineering Blogs
- Electronics Engineering News Publications, Journals and Magazines
- Electrical Engineering Associations and Professional Networking Communities
- Electrical Engineering Forums
- Electrical Engineering Educational and Multimedia Resources
- Electrical Engineering Databases, Tutorials and Wikis
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Electrical Engineering Blogs
Electronics Blog is home to Vivek R., an engineer from India, who has had a passion for engineering since the 7th grade. Electronics Blog is his space for sharing his work, giving the latest updates and DIY projects and engaging with other electrical engineers in the field of electronics and robotics.
2. Zentech Blog
Zentech Blog is driven by Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., a premier electronics contract manufacturer offering Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Assembly, PCB Testing an PCB design services. The blog itself is billed as a Contract Electronics Manufacturing and PCB Assembly Blog, and it covers a vast array of categories related to the field, including assembly manufacturing, contract electronics manufacturing, PCB assembly and more.
Three posts we like from Zentech Blog:
- Electronic Design Services from Concept to Completion
- Current Trends in the Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry
- How Could Your Electronic Assembly Processes Be Improved?
IEEE Spectrum covers “the latest technology news and analysis from world’s leading engineering magazine.” A valuable source of news and information, IEEE Spectrum is a frequently updated, comprehensive news outlet for the engineering world. You’ll find everything from Silicon Valley news to biotech, hackers, and solar wind power is covered in-depth at IEE Spectrum. If you’re looking to keep your finger on the pulse of the engineering world, this is the blog for you.
Three posts we like from IEEE Spectrum:
- Soon to Join the Internet of Things: the Quantified Cup
- Layer of Nanospheres Enables a Pure Lithium Battery Anode
- Is There Any Way to Avoid Standards Wars in the Emerging Internet of Things?
ENGINEERING.com is a one-stop blog, as it brings influential engineering voices, videos, feature sections, games and puzzles, the CAATIA Education Centre and more to engineers who want to be informed, inspired or entertained.
Three posts we like from ENGINEERING.com:
- A Chance Discovery Might Allow Graphene to be Used in Health Care
- Can Oxygen Be Produced on Mars? MOXIE Will Find Out
- No-power, No Problems. You can Still Get WiFi
Philip J. O’Keefe is the author of the Engineering Expert Witness Blog, which is one of the longest running engineering blogs on the internet; it also commonly is used as a resource by college students. Phil uses his experience as a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Model Law Engineer (MLE) to share educational and technical posts, often with graphics, relating to electric motors, gears and more.
Three posts we like from Engineering Expert Witness Blog:
- Equations Used to Manipulate Torque Relative to Horsepower
- The Relationship Between Torque and Horsepower
- Gear Reduction Worked Backwards
Agilent Technologies recently split the electronics measurement component of the company off as a stand-alone company, Keysight Technologies, while Agilent Technologies remains to serve the life sciences, diagnostics and applied markets (LDA) field. Keysight has its own newsroom, although Agilent’s blog remains the primary source of broader industry news and information related to both segments at the present time. You’ll find information on new technologies, testing, current events, press releases, and even a portal with journalist resources.
Three posts we like from Agilent Technologies:
- The Unfortunate Mathematician
- Agilent Reinvents Optical Spectroscopy
- Agilent Confronts the Growing Shortage of Engineering and Science Students
Electronics Engineering Video Blog, or EEVBLog, is brought to you by David L. Jones, who is known for his unique, over-the-top enthusiastic style. David provides more than entertainment in his blog, though; he shares more than 20 years of electronics design experience through videos and written blog posts that focus on everything from product reviews to electrical engineering news and everything in between.
Three resources we like from EEV Blog:
- Graphene/Lithium Ion Capacitor Kickstarter BS
- uBeam Ultrasonic Wireless Charging – A Familiar Fish Smell
- EEVblog #649 – Power Designs 2005 PSU Teardown
Electrical Engineering Tour is a blog covering a multitude of topics related to the electrical engineering field. A number of downloadable resources from various sources are also available, in addition to posts covering basic and essential knowledge on everything from relays and robotics to satellite and fiber optics. You’ll find definitions, tutorials, and explanations of how various electrical engineering processes and systems function.
Three posts we like from Electrical Engineering Tour:
- A Free Electronics Robotics ebooks for Engineers with semiconductors, digital
- Essentials of Modern Optical Fiber Communication
- Electronics Free Ebooks for Communication like Radio, signal Fiber ETC.
Hackaday, according to its Twitter profile, is “collaborative project hosting, built for hackers, by hackers.” Hackaday’s About page further explains that its daily, fresh hacks from around the web have become the “gold standard in entertainment for engineers and engineering enthusiasts.” It’s not surprising that Hackaday has practically become a household name, as the blog has earned widespread popularity among the engineering community and laypersons alike for its collection of unique and rather genius configurations imagined and created by fellow engineers and hobbyists.
Three hacks we like from Hackaday:
- A Beverage Cooler with a Stereo
- The Berlin Cyberbeetle with Its Own TV
- 3D Printed Virtual Reality Goggles
Kaydee, a professor in college-level engineering courses at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, is the man behind the Engineering Ethics Blog. Kaydee brings a unique angle to the electrical engineering resource world with a focus on engineering ethics, always aiming to discuss how to do the right thing and avoid the wrong thing in engineering.
Three posts we like from Engineering Ethics Blog:
- Israel’s Iron Dome and the Ethics of War
- The Birth Control Chip
- The Robot Says You Flunked: Algorithms versus Judgment
PC’s Electronics Components Blog is run by Pradeep Chakraborty, whose mission with the blog is “helping buyers source quality electronic components from Asia and the world.” With deep archives and content information from around the world, PC’s Electronic Components Blog is a very useful resource.
Three posts we like from PC’s Electronic Components Blog:
- NextG-Com announces first LTE protocol stack to target small cell relay nodes backhaul
- Qolsys announces general availability of IQ panel
- Ultratech ships first ambient control laser spike anneal system
Watt Circuit Blog is the product of two friends who met as students at Brunel University while studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering as undergrads. David and Sajjad are especially interested in LED lighting, RC & autonomous vehicle control (land, sea and air), and new test equipment, and their interests come through their blog in the form of videos for others interested in those components of electrical engineering.
Three videos we like from Watt Circuit Blog:
13. Optomec Blog
Optomec is leading the way in the world of additive manufacturing with its unique 3D printing technology; it has implemented hundreds of innovative designs and products in the areas of electronics, energy, life sciences, and aerospace/defense manufacturing since its first system introduction in 1997. Their systems “provide production grade/production scale 3D printing of fully functional end-use devices in specific areas such as printed electronics and metals,” and their blog provides information specific to their niche in the industry.
Three posts we like from Optomec Blog:
- Industry Conversation on the State of 3D Printing (with video)
- Is Your Company Printing Electronics Today? The Answer Might Surprise You!
- Optomec Users Collaborate on Latest Advancements in Printed Electronics
CircuitLab is an in-browser schematic capture and circuit simulation software tool to help electrical engineers rapidly design and analyze analog and digital electronics systems. Because of the company’s dedication to allowing hobbyists to easily share and discuss their designs through online schematic capture, the CircuitLab also provides an avenue for sharing information through its blog and forums.
Three posts we like from CircuitLab:
- Custom Device Models and SPICE import!
- New MOSFET Schematic Symbols
- Precisewise Linear and Step CSV Sources
For over 40 years, Circuit Specialists has been selling quality electronic components, equipment, and accessories. The company created its blog to provide articles on products, tools, and fields in which their products are useful.
Three posts we like from Circuit Specialists:
- Using FFT in Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
- Ten Uses for an Autotransformer, or Variac
- Getting Started: The Aardvark HD3M Wireless Inspection Camera
Autodesk 123D came about when Autodesk made an offer to acquire circuits.io and became an important player in enterprise and maker 3D design; Autodesk also adds electronics to their repertoire, since it is a crucial element of most projects. The resulting 123D Circuits blog offers posts on a broad range of topics and is easily tailored to your interests by searching the extensive list of Categories, using the search tool, or perusing the archives.
Three posts we like from 123D Circuits:
- Circuit Scribe Modules and Unboxing
- Fab10 Barcelona
- Featured User: Alexander Sharikov’s Rotary Encoder Board
Electronics Lab provides useful circuits with full descriptions, diagrams and PCB, electronics articles, links, and downloads for electronic hobbyists. The blog has a nearly exhaustive list of categories to search, making it an abundantly useful resource for electrical engineering professionals and amateur enthusiasts.
Three posts we like from Electronics-Lab.com Blog:
- Squink – the personal electronic circuit factory
- DIY Etching of Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)
- Build low-EMI prototypes: The essentials
The Digital Electronics Blog is “a popular technology blog on electronics, semiconductor, personal technology, and innovation.” From downloadable e-books to blog articles with tutorials and other electrical engineering tips and tricks, The Digital Electronics Blog is a helpful resource for design inspiration or for finding alternative and innovative methods for solving common design challenges. Unlike more-basic electrical engineering blogs targeted more towards students and new professionals, The Digital Electronics Blog covers in-depth tutorials and design techniques for experienced engineers. Additionally, you’ll find coverage of recent, mainstream electronics news and information.
Three posts we like from The Digital Electronics Blog:
- Memories – Test Patterns & Algorithms – Part 3
- Moisture Barriers for Flexible Electronics
- Virtual Component Websites and Software
Circuit Projects is a blog within the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Community of EEWeb. The site, a Quality Circuits Archive, provides link to new projects, DIY projects, a Circuit Database, and more. Circuit Projects is a great resource for electrical hobbyists and people looking into the world of electrical engineering.
Three posts we like from Circuit Projects:
- Infrared Illuminator Made with LEDs
- Constant Current Dummy Load for Power Supply
- Lamp That Glows Whenever Space Station is Overhead
Shtetl-Optimized is the blog of Scott Aaronson, an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Scott is affiliated with CSAIL and is specifically interested in the capabilities and limits of quantum computers and computational complexity theory. His blog features articles with commentary, including his opinion, and more straightforward articles pertaining to engineering.
Three posts we like from Shtetl-Optimized:
- U. of Florida CS department: let it be destroyed by rising sea levels 100 years from now, not reckless administrators today
- NRC: Nonsensical Ranking Clowns
- Nerdify the world, and women will follow
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) aims to reenergize itself after serving the engineering profession for 80 years; part of the plan is to strive for “organizational innovation and development to effectively serve the license professional engineer and those on the licensure path.” The NSPE Blog is one of the ways in which the organization is serving engineers and future engineers by providing news and information related to the industry as well as additional resources.
Three posts we like from NSPE Blog:
- Nuclear Electric Power
- Engineering Technologists and Engineers – What is the Difference?
- Like Medicine, Engineering Should Focus on Post-Licensure Specialty Certification
Electronics Engineering News Publications, Journals and Magazines
22. Electronics Weekly
ElectronicsWeekly.com is a leading UK website for electronics professionals that provides news, analysis, feature and business stories, plus a broad range of jobs and new products. The site is the electronic version of Electronics Weekly, which has been the leading source of information in the UK electronics industry for more than 50 years.
Three articles we like from Electronics Weekly:
- Web app dev kit supports Android and Ubuntu
- CSRmesh devkit supports Bluetooth Smart in mesh networks
- Freescale aims accelerometer at preventive maintenance
23. EC Online
EC Online is “the Internet’s leading source of business and technical information for electrical contractors.” Information on new products, installation tips, tutorials and company analysis are just a few of the resources you’ll find at EC Online.
Two articles we like from EC Online:
- Formitize Unveils New Electrical Contractors App To Enhance Workflow
- OSHA Institutes Final Rule On Electrical Utility Safety
EE Times is a magazine providing engineers with up-to-date, relevant news, analysis and opinion. Covering topics such as power management, programmable logic, test & measure and more, EE Times is a trusted resource for engineering information.
Three articles we like from EE Times:
- PCIe Disk Drive Needs New Tests?
- Ushering in Big-Data & Giga-Scale Design Challenges
- Power Week: Solar Roadways – Sci-Fi or Future Reality?
A leading resource for the electrical design, construction, operations, and maintenance industry, Electrical Construction & Maintenance offers articles, news reporting, original research, in-depth technical articles, and more. A monthly print publication and eight newsletters make EC&M one of the most prolific electronics publishers in the field.
Three resources we like from Electrical Construction & Maintenance:
- LFI Innovation Award Winners
- What You Should Know About Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards
- The Language of Heat
From trading to regulatory news, ElectricNet is a digital publication with an abundance of news and information for electrical engineers. Engineering, design, startup, maintenance, testing, training, safety, and many other topics are covered, and users can sign up for a weekly newsletter to stay abreast of the latest industry happenings.
Three articles we like from ElectricNet:
- FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Utilities File Rate Plans To Help Ensure Continued Reliability Enhancements
- ETT Files Application To Build Transmission Line From Barney Davis Substation To Naval Base Substation
- PJM Board Authorizes $1.8B In Transmission Upgrades
Engineer Live is one of many publications from Setform, an international publisher of business-to-business magazines, education resource titles and more. As a digital magazine, Engineer Live delivers news, images and resources relating to engineering; it features a handy sidebar allowing you to choose the type of engineering field to narrow your information specifically to your interests.
Two articles we like from Engineer Live:
The New Electronics Blog editorial team offers their take on the latest electronics industry news and puts those developments into context. From the UK, the New Electronics Blog is known for its commentary that sometimes offers “a slightly irreverent look at the latest news or an expression of complete disbelief.”
Three posts we like from New Electronics:
- Verification and validation of autonomous systems software
- Is XMOS about to break out?
- Human Brain Project ruffles European research feathers
Appliance DESIGN is a brand for commercial and consumer OEM design engineers that includes a monthly print magazine, the appliance DESIGN site, eNewsletters, and more. Resources available online from Appliance DESIGN are links to the magazine, web exclusives, association reports, and more for electrical engineers.
Three articles we like from Appliance DESIGN:
- 3-D Production through the Cloud
- Design Competition Unleashes “Wild Tech” for Smart Homes
- ISPO Alliance to Focus on IoT Open Standards
A magazine serving the field of electrical construction and all of its related fields, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is the official publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association and serves the entire electrical construction industry. With an editorial mission of providing readers with the most complete information about business management and everyday field-working environments available, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR provides articles and products related to lighting, residential, systems, green building, and more.
Three articles we like from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR:
Part of the Elsevier family, the International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems covers “theoretical developments in electrical power and energy systems and their applications.” Topics covered include generation and network planning, reliability, on-line control including load and switching control, and more of special interest to electrical engineers.
Three articles we like from International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems:
- Input-output signal selection for damping of power system oscillations using wind power plants
- An integrated simulation model for analysing electricity and gas systems
- A % THD analysis of industrial power distribution systems with active power filter-case studies
Electronic Product Design & Test is part of the IML Products family. Covering every area of electronics in the important sectors of the industry, Electronic Product Design & Test is the UK’s leading monthly, technical journal for electronics design engineers.
Three posts we like from Electronic Product Design & Test:
- New class of industrial polymers ideal for electronics
- The cost of compliance
- Spike in Bluetooth penetration in hub devices
Nuts & Volts began was first published in 1980 and has evolved into the “leading magazine for those seriously interested in electronics… being the highest readership, longest running electronics publication left in the US today.” Designed for the hands-on hobbyist, design engineer, technician, and experimenter, Nuts & Volts features topics such as amateur robotics, circuit design, electronic theory, and more.
Three resources we like from Nuts & Volts:
- Turn Your 16-Bit Micro Experimenter Into a Powerful Digital Signal Processor!
- The DIY Differential (blog post)
- New Product Launch! Introducing Raspberry Pi Model B+ (text/video clip)
Engineering News and Mizzou Engineer Magazine are produced by the University of Missouri College of Engineering Communications Office. Both are resources for the latest news in Computers & Electronics when readers click the “Computers & Electronics” link under the Topics menu.
Three articles we like from the University of Missouri College of Engineering:
- Pulsed power research takes aim at brain cancer
- Mizzou-rooted software apps find national appeal
- VIMAN lab pushes the virtual network computer envelope
SDM Magazine (Security Distributing and Marketing Magazine) provides management and technical professionals with the latest news in the security industry through a monthly print magazine, a Buyer’s Guide, three supplemental publications, including smartHOME, Monitoring TODAY, and Solutions by Sector, e-newsletters, virtual trade shows and live events. In other words, it’s a media paradise for security professionals and electrical engineers who work in the security field.
Three articles we like from SDM Magazine:
- SDM’s 2014 Top Systems Integrators Report
- The Challenges of Integrating Access Control and Video Surveillance
- The Security Technology Time Machine: Legacy Devices on Display
Engineered Systems (ES) Magazine covers practical, energy-efficient solutions for engineering projects. Written by engineers for engineers, ES provides novel ideas to help commercial, institutional, industrial, and government buildings achieve LEED and Energy Star certification, regardless of their status as a renovated or new construction.
Three articles we like from Engineered Systems:
- Six Ways to Maximize Your New Electrical Equipment Investment and the Reliability of Your Power System
- Building Program to Basis of Design For a Pharmaceutical Building Warehouse Addition Project
- ERVs, radiant system supply warmth, fresh air to NY utility
Look to Electronic Products for information on important developments in products and product technology. Electronic Products’ editorial is considered a key source for engineers and managers.
Three articles we like from Electronic Products:
- The ideal compiler for microcontroller development
- Design of coin-cell battery holders for miniature handheld medical devices
- New technology transfers magnetic fields over long distances
Engineering Magazine, out of the UK, reports on progress in manufacturing techniques, information technology, product development and other topics related to engineering and manufacturing. Each issue also features expertise and weblines pages.
Three articles we like from Engineering Magazine:
- 3D pioneers
- Working together: To many in the business world, particularly SMEs, the benefits of working with a university can be little known
- A competitive future
The Institute is the IEEE’s member newspaper, available both as a monthly web publication and as a print publication mailed to all IEEE members quarterly. The site is exceptionally user friendly and provides links to the archive, blog, multimedia resources and much more.
Three articles we like from The Institute:
- Life-Saving Devices for Pregnant Women
- Stirring Up Interest in STEM
- Inside the Technology Time Machine
Mission-critical, embedded systems for military, space, and commercial applications are covered in-depth by Military & Aerospace Electronics, a leading publication and news portal delivering updated coverage and analysis via its website, newsletters, and print publication. If you need to know how and when to use military specifications in design applications, and you want to stay up-to-date on design trends, industry news, and best practices, this is the publication for you.
Three articles we like from Military & Aerospace Electronics:
- Pentagon’s lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) guideline is latest attempt to attack costs
- Air Force asks industry for new ways to protect computers and embedded systems from cyber attacks
- Intelligence experts reach out to industry for tools that could help predict brain performance
Control Engineering is a leading industry publication with a comprehensive web portal providing a plethora of resources for engineering professionals. From events and awards to tools and training, coverage of new products and industry research, Control Engineering is the premier source for information on air control, machine safety, robotics, mobility, sustainable engineering, and much more.
Three articles we like from Control Engineering:
- How to write a good process operation description document
- More connected than ever: 6 billion new Internet-enabled devices to be produced in 2014
- Motion control and robotics integration
The leading publication targeting the highly specialized area of machine design, Machine Design magazine is packed with useful resources like data sheets and white papers, and it’s also a great place to learn about upcoming industry events and conferences. An experienced editorial team of engineering professionals manages several blogs, with guest contributions from industry thought leaders as well as ongoing coverage of news and updates in the machine design industry.
Three articles we like from Machine Design:
- Cloud-based Communities Are Opening Up the Engineering Process
- Boeing discriminating against older engineers?
- The 7 Warning Signs of B(ogus) S(cience)
Electrical Engineering Associations and Professional Networking Communities
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the “world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.” IEEE strives to reach the community of engineers at large through its publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, and its IEEE Xplore Digital Library contains more than 3,775,000 items to further advance the association’s mission.
Three articles we like from IEEE Explore:
- Holographic Displays Coming to Smartphones
- Stashing Energy in Underwater Bags
- Antigravity Glitter Build a Levitating Disco-Ball Night-Light; Bell-Bottom Pants Optional
The U.S. Navy’s Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility (EMPF) was established in 1984, originally with the objective of promoting the improvement of electronics manufacturing processes required for the manufacture of military systems. Today, it’s a manufacturing center of excellence, combining the resources of government, industry, and university leaders with the goal of improving responsiveness to the needs of DoD electronics systems, furthering and promoting the impact of manufacturing industry best practices, and developing and expanding technology to the manufacturing floor.
Three resources we like from the Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence:
- Benchmarking the Manufacturing Process of Chip Scale Atomic Clocks
- Manufacturing of Light Activated Semiconductor Switches Phase 3
- Power Electronic Module
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is an organization for engineers and technicians. The IET’s mission is “to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society,” and the IET website advances many of those goals. From a vast library of journals, books, magazines, standards and regulations, to resources for educators, and a multitude of workshops, conferences, and other professional development opportunities, the IET is a valuable resource for electrical engineers.
Three resources we like from The Institution of Engineering and Technology:
- Adaptive pulse signal shaping of tag response signal for RFID tag test system
- Transfer of Power
- Fractional normalised filtered-error least mean squares algorithm for application in active noise control systems
A global educational networking community for engineers, the Engineering Exchange features a forum and blog, along with videos, images, events, resources and more. Developed for engineers by engineers, Engineering Exchange has the content engineers search for most on the web.
Three posts we like from Engineering Exchange’s Blog:
- 11 Principles and Guidelines in Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
- Sustainable Design
- Architectural 3D Animations of Lavish Bungalows
A premier electrical engineering community intended for hardware designers, EEWeb was founded in 2010 by Joe Wolin and Cody Miller of Aspen Labs, LLC when they partnered with Digi-Key Corporation. By 2011, Aspen Labs, LLC premiered EEWeb Pulse Magainze, which highlights content from the EEWeb Community. Since then, EEWeb has grown to include news, a forum, tools, articles and more, all with content dedicated to electrical engineers.
Three resources we like from EEWeb Community:
- A Hybrid-Electric Camaro? (blog post)
- Simple FM receivers –– 3 that refuse to function at all (forum thread)
- High Performance Enterprise NAND Memory Solutions (video)
A web-based content platform delivering real-time new product news to the electronics industry, Electropages was established in 1999. The site provides news and information on electrical components distribution to established component buying engineers and designers, plus hosts a professional forum for buyers and sellers to get the best information to the right people at the right time.
Three news posts we like from Electropages:
- Mouser – Advanced technology automotive connectors offer cost-efficient reliability
- Digi-Key – Nano-power op amps provide ultra low-power consumption over full temp range
- Saellig – Handheld 3.6GHz/6GHz RF spectrum analyzers are powerful and easy to operate
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) was founded in 1964. A private, independent, non-profit institution, the NAE promotes the engineering profession and provides engineering leadership in service to the U.S. government. With more than 2,000 peer-elected members, the NAE is a premier leadership institution in the field of engineering. The NAE’s website is a source of information on research initiatives, projects, meetings, and engineering publications.
Three resources we like from the National Academy of Engineering:
- The Importance of Engineering Talent to the Prosperity and Security of the Nation
- Frontiers of Engineering
- The Bridge
The largest educational and scientific computing society with more than 100,000 members, ACM aims to advance computing as a science and a profession by providing a premier Digital Library and serving its members and the computing world with publications, conferences, and career resources. As if the site itself were not a comprehensive resource, ACM’s Digital Library, alone, includes links to ACM Publications, Special Interest Groups, Special Collections, and more for electrical engineers to peruse and read.
Three resources we like from ACM:
Organized in 1933, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is an association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. EEI provides public policy leadership, strategic business intelligence, and essential conferences and forums. EEI offers resources and multimedia in an effort to continue to provide information to individuals involved in the industry, including electrical engineers.
Three resources we like from EEI:
- Electric Perspectives Magazine
- The Electric Generation
- Smart Meters and Smart Meter Systems: A Metering Industry Perspective (white paper)
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) is an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts research, development and demonstration (RD&D) that relates to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the public’s benefit. EPRI works to bring together scientists and engineers, along with experts from academia and the industry, to address challenges in electricity. EPRI offers white papers, general information, and links to research relating to the world of electricity for everyone with a stake in the industry.
Three resources we like from EPRI:
- HRSG Design: Creating an Industry Standard
- Engineering Fundamentals – Electrical Engineering, Version 2.0
- Electrical and Pneumatic Signal Loops
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. In relation to electronics and telecommunications, NIST “provides the standards, develops the instruments, and performs the calibrations necessary to keep both the smallest electronic components and the largest power grids running smoothly and safely.” NIST offers resources for electrical engineers, including information on programs, projects, products and services.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a nonprofit member organization whose goal is to help members of the engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and careers. ASME strives for collaboration among engineers across all disciplines so that knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development are done more easily in the electronics industry.
Three resources we like from ASME:
The Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) is one of the most widely-used Power System Transients simulation programs in the world, and the Alternative Transients Program (ATP) ATP is the royalty-free version of EMTP. ATP and its related utilities and information are available from the ATP User’s Group by individual country, and you must be licensed to use ATP or access their secure information and materials. Electrical engineers who are interested in simulating controls, power electronics and hybrid situations involving electrical power programs will especially find ATP useful.
Three resources we like from ATP:
Founded in 1902 as an international non-profit, The Electrochemical Society has thousands of members, including 8,000 scientists and engineers in over 70 countries along with more than 100 corporations and laboratories with corporate memberships. The organization’s primary goal is to bridge the gaps between academia, research, and engineering, advancing the theory and practice of electrochemistry, solid-state science and related subjects.
Three resources we like from The Electrochemical Society:
- Journal of The Electrochemical Society
- Electrochemical Science & Technology Technical Interest Areas
- Professional Development Workshops
The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is a t”rade association that promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure.” Members include vehicle and equipment manufacturers, technology developers, and others who represent the “entire value chain of electric drive.” EDTA works to advocate for public policy, provide education, enhance awareness, and more. The site offers news, facts, and figures, plus a Members Only section, including a reports library, EDTA publications, and more that electric engineers would find useful.
Three resources we like from EDTA:
SIGDA is a resource for electronic design automation professionals and students through a variety of efforts, such as organizing and sponsoring workshops, conferences, and other events, archiving industry publications, pioneering the maintenance and distribution of electronic design automation benchmarks, and more. Electrical engineers interested in or working in the field of design automation may find the annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) of interest, or you may become a SIGA member or sign up for the SIGDA newsletter to stay abreast of professional development opportunities and the latest updates on benchmarks and other news.
Three resources we like from SIGDA:
- Computer Generation of Hardware for Linear Digital Signal Processing Transforms, ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES)
- Ph.D. Forum at DAC
- Pioneering Achievement Award
The EDA Industry Working Groups website is a one-stop resource for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and Electronic Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) professionals on the web. It’s sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative, “an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to create, support, promote, and advance system-level design, modeling, and verification standards for use by the worldwide electronics industry.” Dedicated to the support and dissemination of in-development standards from EDA Industry Working Groups, you’ll find up-to-date information on design automation standards right here.
Three groups of interest from EDA Industry Working Groups:
- P1735 Design Intellectual Property (IP) Encryption and Rights Management.
- P1603 Standard for an Advanced Library Format (ALF) Describing Integrated Circuit (IC) Technology, Cells, and Blocks
- Interface Technical Committee
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, develops and disseminates national standards on myriad measurements, including everything from length and mass to acoustic, ultrasonic and ionizing radiation. The NIST PML undertakes a range of activities centered on fundamental measurement research through provision of measurement services, standards, and data. The website itself is a wealth of information, including publications, industry news, information about current programs and projects, and comprehensive portals for specialized areas such as energy, nanotechnology, and electronics and telecommunications.
Two resources we like from NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory:
- CMOS Device and Reliability
- Microwave-Based Metrology Platform Development: Application of Broad-Band RF Metrology to Integrated Circuit Reliability Analyses
Electrical Engineering Forums
Forum threads, message boards and news for Electrical Engineering are the features of Topix Electrical Engineering Forum. The Electrical Engineering News section contains links to news that is continually updated from thousands of internet sources, while the forum is constantly changing as users post new threads and comment on existing threads.
Three selections we like from Topix Electrical Engineering Forum:
- New prosthetic arm controlled by neural messages
- RMH Chooses Gridstore and Gets Faster Access to Engineering Customer Files and a 37.5% Decrease in Backup Time
- New Innovations in Electrical Engineering
Of course, electrical engineers need to be aware of policy and technical information relating to electrical energy. The Electricity Forum is dedicated to the exchange of that information through various channels, including published electrical energy magazines, handbooks and training conferences. Link to Electricity Today Magazine and Electrical Source Magazine from the Electricity Forum.
Three Articles we like from The Electricity Forum’s Magazines:
- Real-time Monitoring is Key to Reducing Energy Consumption
- Fiber-Reinforced Composite Cross Arms for Transmission Structures
- IEEE Method Vs. the NFPA 70E Tables
The Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange is a perfect resource for sharing insight into the world of electrical engineering. Completely free and requiring no registration, the site is a forum for anybody seeking to ask or answer questions related to electrical engineering.
Three threads we like from Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange:
- Large Wires on a Perfboard
- Making 12V DC from 6V AC
- Can we replace the pulse transformer with some other circuit element in this circuit?
A community of engineers, the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Society is a gathering place for engineers interested in the sharing of information. While primarily targeting Instrumentation and Control engineers, the ICE Society is open to engineers spanning all disciplines. Registered members can access job postings, free e-books and software applications, a database of engineering suppliers, manufacturers, and universities, and discuss news and related engineering information in the community forum.
Three resources we like from the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Society:
- High speed digital design
- Electronics – Theory and Design of Electrical and Electronic Circuits
- The Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics
Electrical Engineering Educational and Multimedia Resources
Presented by ABB, Electrical Engineering Resource is an educational tool full of videos and white papers with solutions for electrical engineers. The ultimate goal of Electrical Engineering Resource is to help engineers reduce cost, but the information contained on the site goes beyond cost reduction to include safety, protection, technological advancements and more.
Three resources we like from Electrical Engineering Resource:
- DC Data Centers (video)
- Arc flash protection and outcome minimization (video)
- Keys to designing a solar combiner box
The Engineer is “the UK’s leading online resource for the engineering industry offering users the latest news and features, product news, video, blogs, podcasts” and more. With an archive containing more than 30,000 articles, the site is a wealth of information for engineers; electrical engineers can find information most useful for them by selecting the electronics sector in the helpful sidebar or searching “electrical engineering” in the search bar.
Three posts we like from The Engineer:
Kirt Blattenberger singlehandedly runs RF Café, one of the most highly rated engineering websites on the internet. RF Café has achieved its popularity in large part due to its massive collection of resources and fresh content uploaded daily. With links to vendors, archives, references, news and more, it is easy to see why RF Café is such a popular internet destination for electrical engineers.
Three articles we like from RF Café:
- Researchers enable robots to see through solid walls with Wi-Fi
- Anticipating Future Military Electronics Needs
- Wireless Networks Advance with a Software Backbone
Electronic Design is the blog of the Penton Electronics Group, a source for electronic design engineers looking for ideas and solutions, new technology information, and engineering essentials. The group includes Electronic Design, Microwaves & RF, Power Electronics, Mobile Dev & Design, Auto Electronics, Defense Electronics, and a data product for engineers, SourceESB. Because Electronic Design can take an engineer from intent to action, it provides a wealth of information for electronics engineers, including web sites, blogs, email newsletters, and more.
Three posts we like from Electronic Design:
- Consumer Perception Inhibits Electric Vehicle Adoption
- DIY movement Sparks Engineering Education
- Collaborators Seek Air Power for Electric Cars
Medical Electronics Design (MED) is a daily resource for the medical electronics market, “including those involved in the design of medical electronics products from next-generation imaging, diagnostics, implantables and others.” MED provides original web content, e-newsletters, print editions, and its blog for design engineers and other people from medical electronics OEMs.
Three posts we like from Medical Electronics Design:
- The Role of Reverse Software Engineering in Medical Devices
- Continua Health Alliance Executive Director Talks Low-Power Wireless and What’s Next in Connected Health
- Oscilloscopes Enable Accurate Microvolt Biomedical Measurements
With information, tools, courses, and professional courses crucial to engineers getting their jobs done and their ideas from a concept to reality as quickly as possible, EDN Network is an electronics community for engineers, by engineers. The EDN blogs are just as useful, with engineers weighing in on topics relevant to electrical engineering, including products, testing and design.
Three resources we like from EDN Network:
- Antenna ring-down time measurement for medical applications
- The Circuit Designer’s Companion: RF cables, twisted pair and crosstalk
- Autonomous vehicles: Are they ready for road challenges yet?
A cloud-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, Knovel drives innovation and delivers answers engineers can trust. Knovel continuously updates its expansive collection of content and reflects the needs of users, so it has become a leading online technical reference resource for engineers. Guests may browse content, but to access content, you need to log in to the site. For access to articles and news, you can visit KExchange, the Knovel Blog.
Three resources we like from Knovel:
- Interactive Equations for Electronics & Semiconductors
- Engineers: The more at stake, the less you can assume
- What’s Wrong with Computer Science?
The Engineering ToolBox is offers resources, tools, and basic information for engineering and design of technical applications. Covering an extensive list of topics, the information source is arranged alphabetically and includes a custom search feature to make accessing the information tailored to your needs faster and easier.
Three resources we like from The Engineering ToolBox:
- AWG to square mm Wire Gauge Conversion
- Maximum Current for Wire
- Relative Permittivity – Dielectric Constant
A resource for students, parents, teachers, and school counselors, TryEngineering is a portal dedicated to engineering and engineering careers with the goal of helping young people better understand what engineering is and how a career in engineering can be in their future. While TryEngineering provides a wealth of information about what it means to be an engineer and connects students with engineering students and practicing engineers, it also provides early practice in engineering with hands-on experiments and activities, referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities, and more.
Three resources we like from TryEngineering:
- Turning Smartphones into Microscopes
- Solar Car Racing Game
- Google and IEEE Challenge Engineers to Think Small
SupplyFrame’s mission is to serve the electronics industry with the best information, tools, and technology so that engineers can continue to pursue innovation. Specifically, SupplyFrame connects electronics professions and builds tools to help engineers design great products faster.
Tools we like from SupplyFrame:
TechOnline is part of UBMTech, a company that delivers business information, events, media, training, and marketing and data services to the technology industry. TechOnline is incredibly user friendly, as there is a search bar at the top of the page and a drop-down menu to choose the topic of most interest to you: electrical engineers may be most intrigued by the Power/Power Management, RF Wireless, or Test/Measurement topics.
Three resources we like from TechOnline:
- Embedded IA Board Layout Checking Guide (technical paper)
- Protecting Against Electrical Transients in Outdoor Power Applications – LED Streetlights
- Maximizing Solid State Media Life, Part 2
Electrical Engineering Educational and Multimedia Resources
76. eCircuit Center
eCircuit Center is a design resource that combines fun and hands-on electronics learning. With the SPICE circuit simulator at its core, eCircuit Center is a great resource for people who would not necessarily have the means to build circuits in their homes; the “virtual” breadboard makes it possible for people to experiment and create circuits to download and explore.
Three resources we like from eCircuit Center:
- Optimize a transimpedance amplifier
- Create a SPICE model for a thermocouple
- Create waveforms with the Fourier Series
Electricity and Electronics Teaching Tools is dedicated to making learning electricity and electronics interesting and engaging. With a hands-on philosophy, ETCAI Products develops and distributes software intended for teaching electricity and electronics to school districts and companies. Whether you teach electrical engineering or want to learn more, Electricity and Electronics Teaching Tools more than likely has a useful tool for you. *Please note: the programs work with Win 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Vista and XP.
Three tools we like from Electricity and Electronics Teaching Tools:
78. IDC Technologies
IDC Technologies is an educational provider focused on providing technical training and professional development opportunities for a variety of technical fields, from instrumentation and process control to electrical engineering and industrial data communications. You’ll find training, books, information on conferences, e-learning software, and more to further your career and enhance your engineering knowledge.
Three resources we like from IDC Technologies:
79. SMPS Technology
SMPS Technology focuses on power supply circuit design problems, solutions, tutorials, tips and resources, as issues are discussed in a unique problem-solving format. Jarrold Foutz is responsible for the site; with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics (Electronics Option) from UCLA and decades of experience with power supply design, as well as his experience in hypertext systems, Jerrold ensures that his solutions, tutorials, and resources for power supply designers are of the utmost quality.
Three resources we like from SMPS Technology:
- Power Supply Instability
- Underestimating Complexity of Power Supply Design
- Energy Loss in Charging a Capacitor
The University of Liverpool offers LibGuides, which include reading lists, for dozens of subjects, including Electrical Engineering & Electronics. A Liaison Librarian, Zelda Chatten, is the contact person for more information, but the resources available Reading Lists for Electrical Engineering & Electronics and in the database for Electrical Engineering are extensive.
Three resources we like from LibGuides at University of Liverpool:
- Electrical Engineering and Electronics Reading List
- AskUs Question Forum #1
- Digital and integrated electronics design reading resources
81.Electrical and Electronics Engineering Virtual Library
The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the “oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva.” Run by a group of volunteers who are experts in their fields, VL is a compilation of links for particular areas of the web and is known as one of the highest quality guides to the web. The VL suited for electrical engineers is the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Virtual Library; it contains
Mike Holt created Mike Holt Enterprises in 1975, after Mike discovered how difficult it was to find well-written and properly-illustrated materials to help him study for a local electrical exam. The organization’s mission is “to change the lives of Electrical professionals through our products… (so) our customers learn what they need to know to take their careers to the next level.” Mike offers products, publications, videos forums and more so that his company con continue to help both students and instructors in the electrical industry.
Three resources we like from Mike Holt Enterprises:
Dr. Amin Dharamsi of the Laser Application Laboratory offers a site describing continuing research and graduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. The research focuses on non-intrusive laser based sensors and involves the use of various types of lasers, spectroscopy, and single-mode diode lasers. Electrical engineers will appreciate the technical nature of the publications from Laser Sensors and Research in Electrical Engineering.
Three resources we like from Laser Sensors and Research in Electrical Engineering:
- Non-Intrusive Sensing publications
- Remote Sensing Publications
- Non-Intrusive Measurements of Electric Fields
Held annually, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the “premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for EDA and silicon solutions.” DAC provides training, education, exhibits, and networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers, and vendors, so they are a perfect resource for electrical engineers.
Three resources we like from DAC:
85. Don Klipstein
Don Klipstein’s site offers hints and ideas for electronics hobbyists as well as other people who are in search of lighting information, resources, and product reviews. Don updates his page often, and he links to other sites that are relevant to the scope of electrical engineering as well.
Three resources we like from Don Klipstein:
EPCOS develops, manufactures, and markets electronic components, modules, and systems with an eye on the technology markets involving communications technology and automotive, industrial, and consumer electronics. A member of the TDK Corporate family, EPCOS offers design support, a tech library, publications, and more to electrical engineers.
Three resources we like from EPCOS:
The UK’s European University, the University of Kent provides a database of journals by subject. The search for Electrical Engineering yielded 716 journals, covering such topics as transactions on sensor networks, materials for optics and electronics, and applied superconductivity, among others. Electrical engineers will find this journal list an invaluable resource, especially in the event they want to change the search parameters to something specific to their interests. The University of Kent also offers a resource portal with links to engineering departments at other universities, core engineering information sources, trade associations and professional organizations, and more.
Three resources we like from University of Ken Electrical Engineering Journal Search:
- ACM transactions on design automation of electronic systems
- ACM transactions on sensor networks
- ACM transactions on embedded computing systems
The EE Compendium is a vast collection of resources for electrical engineers created by an electrical engineer with 12 years of experience working in the field. Meant as an individualistic view of the world of electrical engineering and embedded systems programming, The EE Compendium contains reviews, opinion, projects, and code snippets. Collections of resources in various topic areas are also helpful.
Three posts we like from The EE Compendium:
Electrical Engineering Databases, Tutorials and Wikis
Combining over 100 authorized distributors and offering over 70 million electronic components, EEM is a database of electronics components and distributors for electrical engineers and purchasing professionals. EEM has added several unique features to help visitors make the best part and supplier choices, and has eliminated the need for registration or log in for many of those services.
Three database links that we like from EEM:
Lazar Rozenblat has more than 25 years of experience in power electronics design, from concepts to production, at leading power supply companies. He offers SMPS Switching Power Supply Design Basics, including circuits, schematics, software and other information for electrical engineers at Lazar’s Power Electronics Guide.
Three resources we like from Lazar’s Power Electronics Guide:
- Electrical Engineering Reference Information
- Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering Formulas
- SMPS Topologies
Written by volunteers from all over the world, CircuitsArchive is a free web-based content project to list Electronic Circuits. Nearly every article can be edited by visitors, and visitors do not need special qualifications to contribute; editors advise and correct obvious errors and CircuitsArchive’s software, MediaWiki, allows for simple reversal of editorial mistakes. With its continually updated resources, CircuitsArchive is sure to have some of the latest information for electrical engineers..
Three resources we like from CircuitsArchive:
- Line voltage negative half-cycle trigged high voltage pulse generator Electronic Circuit
- 13 Color LED Rainbow Electronic Circuit
- A very STABLE 40khz generator Electronic Circuit
INE is dedicated to assisting people pursuing their Routing & Switching, Data Center, Collaboration, Security or Service Provider Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification. By providing expert-level CCIE training, INE has more than 3,600 CCIEs and counting to their credit; the INE CCIE blog is one more resource they provide to help prepare electrical engineers in their quest to be better.
Three posts we like from INE:
- How I Passed the CCIE Collaboration Lab Exam
- Erasing IOS Config with TCL and Config Replace
- Using Config Replace for Managing Router & Switch Initial Configs (video)
Think & Tinker, Ltd. has developed tools and processes for printed circuit fabrication, plus has patents in high-speed air-turbine design, carbide micro-tooling design, electrochemistry, optical direct imaging, and multilayer printed circuit processing. Since 1996, Think & Tinker, Ltd. has focused on providing detailed plans and recipes so users can fabricate the majority of equipment and consumables they will need for setting up their own PCB shops and laboratories. Overall, electrical engineers will discover that Think & Tinker, Ltd. is a useful resource for prototyping equipment and supplies as well as PCB resources.
Three resources we like from Think & Tinker, Ltd.
Authored by Ian C. Purdie, Electronics Tutorials offers free electronics tutorials that are comprehensive and cover a wide range of electronics. Topics covered include basic electronics, oscillators, receivers, and many more. Another useful resource on the site is the Parts Express Electronics Project Kits Page; Ian teamed up with Parts Express and offers a wide range of DIY kits and electronic supplies to keep electrical engineers and hobbyists busy.
Three resources we like from Electronics Tutorials:
95. Chip Catalog
The Chip Catalog is a simplistic, yet incredibly comprehensive, catalog of electronic components. From Digital Logic & Buffers to Power Management and Radio Frequency Devices, you’ll find just about every component you’d have use for in this directory, and each category is further divided into dozens of sub-categories for quick and intuitive navigation.
Three resources we like from Chip Catalog:
ConWeb’s Technical Tables is a simple, yet useful tool including calculators and conversions, such as electrical and mechanical formulas, tolerance charts, common unit of measure conversions, and companies involved in electrical, mechanical and electronic apparatus used in commercial, industrial and utility applications. If you need a quick formula reference or you’re looking for information on a manufacturer of electrical components, ConWeb’s Technical Tables is a good tool to have in your arsenal.
Three resources we like from ConWeb Technical Tables:
AllPinouts.com is a Wiki project focusing on connectors, cables, and adapters. Hardware interfaces of both modern and obsolete hardware are covered, including ports, expansion of slots, other computing connectors, and connectors for digital devices such as PDAs, cell phones, and game consoles. Whether you’re looking for information on pinouts for a specific interface or you’re interested in contributing to this collective knowledge base, AllPinouts.com is a useful resource for electrical engineers. At the time of this writing, more than 3,500 pages exist within this Wiki.
Three resources we like from AllPinouts:
A global directory for the wire and cable industry, Wire World is a source of news and information for electrical engineers, and a valuable resource for locating an endless number of vendors, manufacturers, and components. With more than 1,300 company listings in the “Quick List” at the time of this writing, in addition to a searchable database of wire and cable-related industry events, Wire World is a handy resource for electrical engineers.
Three articles we like from Wire World:
- Crack The Case: A Challenge for Compound Developers
- Reliable, Durable and Retraceable The CWMC Gave an Insight into Cable Marking Features
- Make Cleaning, Burnishing and Polishing Easy with Eraser’s FybRglass® Brushes
The NSSN is a search engine for national standards. A simplistic design with a basic search bar, electrical engineers can tap this resource to easily search for relevant standards when planning projects. An advanced search allows users to narrow down the results by U.S. standards, non-U.S. and regional standards, and a variety of other options. You’ll also find links to standards-development organizations and other resources.
Three tools we like from NSSN:
100. Safety Link