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Fundamentals of engineering economics

Fundamentals of Engineering Economics

Chan S. Park

Daniel and Josephine Breeden Professor

Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Auburn University



  • About the author

  • About the book

  • Unique Features of the book

  • How to use it in class

  • What supporting ancillary materials are available

  • A typical 3-credit hour course syllabus

  • Questions and Answers

Fundamentals of engineering economics

About the Author

  • Daniel F & Josephine Breeden Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Auburn University

  • PhD: Georgia Institute of Technology

  • MSIE: Purdue University

  • Editor in Chief (1997-2003): The Engineering Economist

Textbooks written on engineering economics from the author

Textbooks Written on Engineering Economics from the Author

  • Fundamentals of Engineering Economics, 3rd ed., Pearson, 2012

  • Contemporary Engineering Economics, 5th ed., Pearson, 2010

  • Advanced Engineering Economics, Wiley, 1991

Fundamentals of engineering economics1

Fundamentals of Engineering Economics

  • Most current edition – 3rd ed., published in 2012

  • International edition in English

  • Translated in Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Table of contents 2 nd ed

Table of Contents (2nd ed.)

Table of contents 3rd ed

Table of Contents (3rd ed.)

Book website from publisher

Book Website from Publisher


What’s Available?

Various on-line financial calculators

Java based Cash Flow Analyzer

Loan analysis program

Various Excel templates for financial analysis

Companion book website 2 nd ed http www eng auburn edu park fee index html

Companion Book Website (2nd ed.)

  • This companion book website is developed and supported by the author.

C unique features of the book

C. Unique Features of the Book

  • Chapter opening vignettes

  • Example problems – Given, Find, Approach, and Comments

  • A large number of end-of-chapter problems and exam-type questions varying in level of difficulty

  • Short Case Studies with Excel

  • Excel spreadsheet modeling

  • Online Financial Calculator – Cash Flow Analyzer

Chapter opening vignettes

The main purpose is to introduce the students how an individual decision maker or actual corporation has wrestled with the issues discussed in the chapter

Chapter Opening Vignettes

Chapter opening vignettes 2 nd ed

Chapter Opening Vignettes (2nd ed.)

Chapter opening vignettes 3 rd ed

Chapter Opening Vignettes (3rd Ed.)

Example problems given find methodology comments

In working out each individual chapter examples, students are encouraged to highlight the critical data provided by each question, isolate the question being asked, and outline the correct approach in the solution.

Example problems – given, find, methodology, comments

A sample chapter example s formats

A Sample Chapter Example’s Formats



  • Note that each worked out example has the following formats in presenting the solution:

    • Problem Description

    • Dissecting the problem

    • Methodology

    • Comments

A large number of example problems practice problems and self test questions

A large number of example problems, practice problems, and self-test questions

Numbers of examples end of chapter problems case studies and self test questions

Numbers of Examples, End-of-Chapter Problems, Case Studies, and Self-Test Questions

Short case studies

How to use it in class – In my presentation, I will explain how a case-study could be used in a classroom environment.

Short case studies

A sample example

A Sample Example

Solutions are provided with Excel Worksheet in the Instructor’s Manual

Excel worksheets templates

Excel worksheets/templates

Sample excel worksheet modeling

Sample Excel Worksheet Modeling

  • All Excel worksheets that appear in the text as well as in the solution manual are available to the instructors who adopt the text.

Online financial calculators

Cash flow analyzer

Loan payment schedule


Online financial calculators

Online financial calculator cash flow analyzer http www eng auburn edu park cfa html

Online Financial Calculator(Cash Flow Analyzer)

D how to use the book in class

D. How to Use the Book in Class

  • Cover the Chapter Opening Stories

  • Use or modify the provided lecture slides in each chapter.

  • Whenever a live demonstration of Excel is desired, use the built-in Excel Worksheet within PPT Slides.

  • Whenever internet is available, access various online financial calculators through the book website to answer many “what-if” questions.

E what supporting ancillary materials are available

E. What Supporting Ancillary Materials Are Available

  • Lecture slides in PowerPoint

  • Instructor’s Manual in both WORD and PDF versions – all solutions to the end-of-chapter problems along with many live Excel worksheets.

  • Chapter by chapter Self-study problems for students.

  • Sample Fundamentals Engineering Review problems with answers.

  • Book website with many online financial calculators.

F a sample 3 credit hour course syllabus

What is shown in this slide is only for the lecture outline. If a detailed course syllabus is desired, it can be obtained from the author by emailing at

F. A Sample 3-credit Hour Course Syllabus

Lecture outline based on 2 nd ed

Lecture Outline based on 2nd Ed.

  • This outline is based on a semester-long (two meetings per week,75 min session) for 15 weeks.

Lecture outline based on 3 rd ed

Lecture Outline based on 3rd Ed.

  • This outline is based on a semester-long (two meetings per week, 75 min session) for 15 weeks.

G questions and answers

G. Questions and Answers

Sample lecture slides in powerpoint

Sample Lecture Slides in PowerPoint

B present worth analysis

B. Present Worth Analysis

  • Principle – find the equivalent present worth of the economic merit of the project.

  • How – compute the present worth of the total benefits (cash inflows) and the present worth of the total costs (cash outflows). Then, determine the net present worth by

    PW(i) = PW(i)cash inflows – PW(i)cash outflows

  • Decision – Project can be justified if the net present worth is positive.


PW(i) > 0


  • Principle: Compute the equivalent net surplus at n = 0 for a given interest rate of i.

  • Decision Rule for Single Project Evaluation: Accept the project if the net surplus is positive.

  • Decision Rule for Comparing Multiple Alternatives: Select the alternative with the largest net present worth.



2 3 4 5

Net surplus








Project justification for tiger machine tool company

Project Justification for Tiger Machine Tool Company












Excel solution

Excel Solution:


Present worth amounts at varying interest rates

Present Worth Amounts at Varying Interest Rates

Can you explain what 30 065 really means

Can you explain what $30,065 really means?

Project Balance Concept

Investment Pool Concept

1 project balance concept

1. Project Balance Concept

  • Suppose that a firm has no internal funds to finance the project, so it will borrow the entire investment from a bank at an interest rate of 12%.

  • Then any proceeds from the project will be used to pay off the bank loan.

  • Then we should see if how much money would be left over at the end of the project period.

Calculating project balances

Calculating Project Balances

Project balance diagram four pieces of information

Project Balance Diagram – Four Pieces of Information

The exposure to financial risk

The discounted payback period

The profit potential

The net future worth

2 investment pool concept

2. Investment Pool Concept

  • Suppose acompany has $76,000. It has two options: (1)Take the money out and invest it in the project, or (2) leave the money in the pool and continue to earn 12% interest.

  • If you take Option 1, any proceeds from the project will be returned to the investment pool and earn 12% interest yearly until the end of the project period.

  • Let’s see what the consequences are for each option.

Fundamentals of engineering economics

Option A

If $76,000 were left

in the investment pool

for 4 years



Option B

If $76,000 withdrawn

from the investment

pool were invested in

the project


Investment Pool

PW(12%) = $47,309(P/F,12%,4) = $30,065

The net benefit of

investing in the project

What factors should the company consider in selecting a marr in project evaluation

What Factors Should the Company Consider in Selecting a MARR in Project Evaluation?

  • Cost of capital

    • The required return necessary to make an investment project worthwhile.

    • Viewed as the rate of return that a firm would receive if it invested its money someplace else with a similar risk

  • Risk premium

    • The additional risk associated with the project if you are dealing with a project with higher risk than normal project




Cost of capital

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