Most students start back to school in late August and early September. But continuing education for engineers starts in early August, when The American Society of Mechanical Engineers offers a series of short courses in the Big Apple. Topics include negotiation skills, strategic planning, and effective communication—all areas that engineers normally don't study in a typical engineering curriculum. Engineers who attend will receive continuing education units. For details, go to www.asme.org or call 800-843-2763.