Applied Engineering Economics Using Excel

Applied Engineering Economics Using Excel

Merwan Mehta


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This must-have textbook for students in mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering departments addresses issues not sufficiently covered by existing engineering economics texts. Clearly presenting fundamental concepts that engineering students need to master in one semester, the author effectively applies an incremental learning method, starting with resolving personal financial matters and gradually progressing to the complexities of engineering economic calculations. Ample practical examples and exercises with answers at the end of each chapter teach students to solve problems using Microsoft Excel without the need for calculus. Future engineers also will gain valuable skills such as the ability to effectively communicate the results of their analyses to financial professionals.



  • Students learn the essential principles of engineering economics in one semester.
  • Practical examples and exercises teach complex problem solving using Microsoft Excel, rather than calculus.
  • The author draws from his extensive academic and industry engineering experience.
  • The material in this textbook has been highly successful in classroom testing.


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    Dr. Merwan Mehta, Ph.D., is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). A professor in the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, he has taught Engineering Economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 2004. Prior to joining academia, he spent more than twenty years in the manufacturing industry as a partner in two businesses, vice president, project director, manager, industrial and manufacturing engineer, and machine tool design engineer. Dr. Mehta conducts workshops internationally for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt certifications, total productive maintenance (TPM), value stream mapping (VSM), geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and design of experiments (DOE). He also serves as an examiner for the Missouri Quality Award based on the Baldrige Criteria. His research interests include enhancing manufacturing and business processes, using Lean principles and the theory of constraints, and the pursuit of quality and variation control through Six Sigma and DOE.

    "Not just another textbook on engineering economics…"

    Merwan Mehta's Applied Engineering Economics Using Excel is one of the most innovative textbooks for teaching the fundamentals of engineering economics. Written clearly and concisely to allow a firm grasp of the concepts, this is a noncalculus-based book geared toward teaching undergraduate and graduate students with a wide range of technical backgrounds. It also is an excellent reference for students seeking a refresher course on the subject or for others interested in applying core principles to evaluating projects in the workplace.


    Engineering economics can be described as a course for life. The book exemplifies this point of view by including many real-world examples that are useful in making decisions to benefit an organization, individual, or society. Each of the eleven chapters begins with a list of the concepts to be discussed, and these are built upon incrementally and are supported by gradually increasing the complexity of the exercises.   


    Merwan Mehta’s approach is practical in nature, emphasizing the application of technology for problem solving, yet comprehensive enough to prepare students for future managerial roles that involve capital project decision-making. Educators who emphasize learning through problem-solving will find this book to be an invaluable resource in the classroom. It will be a keeper for many students who have the privilege of using it in a university course.


    Overall, I felt that this was not just another textbook on engineering economy, but a practical guide and resource with a great deal of utility. I recommend it as a necessary addition to the library of anyone who has or will have the responsibility of evaluating and justifying technology and engineering projects to benefit a private enterprise or the public sector.


    —    Jeanne-Marie Lawrence, Teaching Instructor at East Carolina University


    • Introduction to Engineering Economics
    • Interest and Financial Equivalence
    • Cash Flow Diagrams and Time Value of Money
    • Cash Flow Series and Net Present Value
    • Nominal and Effective Interest Rates
    • Project Justification
    • Sensitivity Analysis
    • Amortization, Depreciation, and Income Taxes
    • Creating Realistic Project Cash Flows
    • Choosing Best Option from Multiple Projects
    • Cost Benefit Analysis for Public Projects