Jun 28


Fire safety and risk management revision guide : for the NEBOSH National Fire Certificate

Recommending faculty: Prof. Noriza Tibon, (ICE)

Authors Jonathan Backhouse and Ed Ferrett
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon
Date of Publication 2017
Publisher Routledge

The Fire Safety and Risk Management Revision Guide: for the NEBOSH Fire Certificate is the perfect revision aid for students preparing to take their NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management. As well as being a handy companion volume to the Fire Protection Association textbook Fire Safety and Risk Management: for the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management, it will also serve as a useful aide-mémoire for those in fire safety roles. The book:

  • provides practical revision guidance and strategies for students;
  • highlights the key information for each learning outcome of the current NEBOSH syllabus;
  • gives students opportunities to test their knowledge based on NEBOSH-style questions and additional exercises;
  • provides details of publically available guidance documents that students will be able to refer to.

The revision guide is fully aligned to the current NEBOSH syllabus, providing complete coverage in bite-sized chunks, helping students to learn and memorise the most important topics. Throughout the book, the guide refers back to the Fire Safety and Risk Management textbook, helping students to consolidate their learning.

Microsoft Visual Basic 2017 : for Windows, web, and database applications : comprehensive

Recommending faculty: Dr. Francis George Cabarle, (CoE 13)

Author Corinne Hoisington
Place of Publication Boston, USA
Date of Publication [2018]
Publisher Cengage Learning

Now readers can prepare for the number one job in today’s tech sector — app development — as they learn the essentials of Microsoft Visual Basic. The step-by-step, visual approach and professional programming opportunities in MICROSOFT VISUAL BASIC 2017 FOR WINDOWS APPLICATIONS: INTRODUCTORY lay the initial groundwork for a successful degree or career in IT programming. Users gain a fundamental understanding of Windows programming for 2017. This edition’s innovative approach blends visual demonstrations of professional-quality programs with in-depth discussions of today’s most effective programming concepts and techniques. Numerous real programming assignments in each chapter let readers practice what they’ve learned as this edition equips users to program independently at their best.

Design analysis in rock mechanics, 3rd edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Juan Fidel Calaywan, (EM 146, CE 261/268)

Author William G. Pariseau
Place of Publication London, UK
Date of Publication [2017]
Publisher CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

This comprehensive introduction to rock mechanics treats the basics of rock mechanics in a clear and straightforward manner and discusses important design problems in terms of the mechanics of materials. This extended third edition includes an additional chapter on Foundations on Jointed Rock.

Developed for a complete class in rock engineering, this volume uniquely combines the design of surface and underground rock excavations and addresses:

  •  rock slope stability in surface excavations, from planar block and wedge slides to rotational and toppling failures
  •  shaft and tunnel stability, ranging from naturally-supported openings to analysis and design of artificial support and reinforcement systems
  •  entries and pillars in stratified ground
  • three-dimensional caverns, with emphasis on cable bolting and backfill
  • geometry and forces of chimney caving, combination support and trough subsidence
  • rock bursts and bumps in underground excavations, with focus on dynamic phenomena and on fast and sometimes catastrophic failures.

The numerous exercises and examples familiarize the reader with solving basic practical problems in rock mechanics through various design analysis techniques and their applications. Supporting the main text, appendices provide supplementary information about rock, joint, and composite properties, rock mass classification schemes, useful formulas, and an extensive literature list. The large selection of problems at the end of each chapter can be used for home assignment. A solutions manual is available to course instructors.

Explanatory and illustrative in character, this volume is suited for courses in rock mechanics, rock engineering and geological engineering design for undergraduate and first year graduate students in mining, civil engineering and applied earth sciences. Moreover, it will form a good introduction to the subject of rock mechanics for earth scientists and engineers from other disciplines.

Introduction to energy technologies for efficient power generation

Recommending faculty: Dr. Jordan Rel Orillaza, (EE 157, EE 197/198, ME 63)

Author Alexander V. Dimitrov
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2017]
Publisher CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group

This book is intended to serve as a guide for discovering pathways to more efficient energy use. The first part of the book illustrates basic laws of energy conversion and principles of thermodynamics. Laws of energy conservation and direction of energy conversion are formulated in detail, and the types of thermodynamic processes are explained. Also included is the characterization of various types of real energy conversion. The second part of the book discusses types of energy conversion referred to as thermal-energy technologies. The advantages of the co-generation processes and devices operating within the Brayton direct cycle and their adaptively to household energetics are underlined.

Introduction to computing and programming in Python : a multimedia approach, Fourth edition, Global edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Jordan Rel Orillaza, (CS 11, CS 120)

Authors Mark Guzdial and Barbara Ericson
Place of Publication England
Date of Publication 2016
Publisher Pearson Education Limited

Social Computing and Programming with Python

Introduction to Computing and Programming in Python is a uniquely researched and up-to-date volume that is widely recognized for its successful introduction to the subject of Media Computation. Emphasizing creativity, classroom interaction, and in-class programming examples, Introduction to Computing and Programming in Python takes a bold and unique approach to computation that engages students and applies the subject matter to the relevancy of digital media. The Fourth Edition teaches students to program in an effort to communicate via social computing outlets, providing a unique approach that serves the interests of a broad range of students.

Materials for civil and construction engineers, Fourth edition in SI units

Recommending faculty: Prof. Lestelle V. Torio-Kaimo, (MatE 197)

Authors Michael S. Mamlouk, John P. Zaniewski
Place of Publication England
Date of Publication 2018
Publisher Pearson Education Limited

Materials for Civil and Construction Engineers helps readers understand and select the materials involved in supporting the infrastructure needs of society–from buildings, to water and treatment distribution systems, to dams, highways, and airport pavements. By gaining a deep understanding of material behavior and the material selection process, readers can begin to understand how to create and maintain civil and construction engineering systems crucial to society.

The primary focus of the updates presented in this fourth edition was on the sustainability of materials used in civil and construction engineering. The information on sustainability was updated and expanded to include the most recent information. In addition, sections were added describing the sustainability considerations of each material. The problem set for each chapter was updated and increased to provide some fresh exercises. References were updated and increased in all chapters to provide students with additional reading on current issues related to different materials.

Transport planning & traffic safety : making cities, roads, & vehicles safer

Recommending faculty: Prof. Lestelle V. Torio-Kaimo, (CE 46/47, CE 93, CE 141/142/143)

Editors Geetam Tiwari, Dinesh Mohan
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication 2016
Publisher CRC Press

In recognition of the importance of road safety as a major health issue, the World Health Organization has declared 2011-2021 the Decade of Safety Action. Several countries in Europe, North America, and Asia have been successful in reducing fatalities and injuries due to road traffic crashes. However, many low-income countries continue to experience high rates of traffic fatalities and injuries.

Transport Planning and Traffic Safety: Making Cities, Roads, and Vehicles Safer offers a source book for road safety training courses as well as an introductory textbook for graduate-level courses on road safety taught in engineering institutes. It brings together the international experiences and lessons learned from countries which have been successful in reducing traffic crashes and their applicability in low-income countries. The content is based on lectures delivered during an international course on transportation planning and traffic safety, sponsored annually by the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

The book is interdisciplinary and aimed at professionals―traffic and road engineers, vehicle designers, law enforcers, and transport planners. The authors examine trends in performance of OECD countries and highlight the public health and systems approach of traffic safety with the vulnerable road user in focus. Topics include land use (transportation planning, mobility, and safety), safety education and legislation, accident analysis, road safety research, human tolerance to injury, vehicle design, safety in construction zones, safety in urban areas, traffic calming, public transportation, safety laws and policies, and pre-hospital care of the injured.

C++ : how to program, Tenth edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Francis George Cabarle, (CS 11, CS 150)

Authors Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel
Place of Publication Washington
Date of Publication [2017]
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office

C++ How to Program presents leading-edge computing technologies in a friendly manner appropriate for introductory college course sequences, based on the curriculum recommendations of two key professional organizations–the ACM and the IEEE.

The best-selling C++ How to Program is accessible to readers with little or no programming experience, yet comprehensive enough for the professional programmer. The Deitels’ signature live-code approach presents the concepts in the context of full working programs followed by sample executions. The early objects approach gets readers thinking about objects immediately–allowing them to more thoroughly master the concepts. Emphasis is placed on achieving program clarity and building well-engineered software. Interesting, entertaining, and challenging exercises encourage students to make a difference and use computers and the Internet to work on problems. To keep readers up-to-date with leading-edge computing technologies, the Tenth Edition conforms to the C++11 standard and the new C++14 standard.

Computer networking : a top-down approach, Seventh edition, Global edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona EEE, (CoE 151, ECE 151, EE 275)

Authors James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Place of Publication England
Date of Publication [2017]
Publisher Pearson Education Limited

Unique among computer networking texts, the Seventh Edition of the popular Computer Networking: A Top Down Approach builds on the author’s long tradition of teaching this complex subject through a layered approach in a “top-down manner.” The text works its way from the application layer down toward the physical layer, motivating students by exposing them to important concepts early in their study of networking. Focusing on the Internet and the fundamentally important issues of networking, this text provides an excellent foundation for students in computer science and electrical engineering, without requiring extensive knowledge of programming or mathematics. The Seventh Edition has been updated to reflect the most important and exciting recent advances in networking.

Reinforced concrete : mechanics and design, Seventh edition, Global edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Lestelle V. Torio-Kaimo, (CE 157)

Author James K. Wight
Place of Publication England
Date of Publication [2016]
Publisher Pearson Education Limited

Reinforced Concrete: Mechanics and Design uses the theory of reinforced concrete design to teach students the basic scientific and artistic principles of civil engineering. The text takes a topic often introduced at the advanced level and makes it accessible to all audiences by building a foundation with core engineering concepts. The Seventh Edition is up-to-date with the latest Building Code for Structural Concrete, giving students access to accurate information that can be applied outside of the classroom.

Students are able to apply complicated engineering concepts to real world scenarios with in-text examples and practice problems in each chapter. With explanatory features throughout, the Seventh Edition makes the reinforced concrete design a theory all engineers can learn from.

Micro and nano energy harvesting technologies

Recommending faculty: Dr. Jordan Rel Orillaza, (EE 157, EE 197)

Authors Bin Yang [and three others]
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Artech House

This is a valuable reference for all those faced with the challenging problems created by the ever-increasing interest in MEMS and nanotechnology-based energy harvesters and their applications.

Jun 29


Contemporary logic design, Second edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Randy H. Katz, Gaetano Borriello
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
Date of Publication [2005]
Publisher Pearson Prentice Hall

BASIC APPROACH In the past ten years there has been a revolution in the practice of hardware design. Professionals now rely on CAD software, rapid prototyping, and programmable logic devices to streamline the design process. Contemporary Logic Design is the first text to address these changes – and to offer a truly modern introduction to logic design. Throughout, the author complements his presentation of logic design theory with discussions of current design technologies. Approximately 60% of the book presents new material; the remainder has been re-organized and partially re-written to correspond to the organizational changes.

Introduction to switching theory and logical design, Third edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Frederick [sic] J. Hill, Gerald R. Peterson
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [1981]
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Provides the knowledge and skills that are basic to all digital system design. Solid foundation of theory permits development of systematic design procedures. Presents classical methods, such as Karnaugh maps. Quine-McCluskey minimization. Mealy and Moore circuits, state-table minimization, hazard-free asynchronous designs, etc. This edition features design with MSI circuits, including PLA’s, and register transfer (state machine) approaches to sequential system design.

The Digital information age, Second edition

Recommending faculty:

Author Roman Kuc
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Cengage Learning

THE DIGITAL INFORMATION AGE SECOND EDITION by bestselling author Roman Kuc is designed for students considering electrical engineering as a major, and non-engineering majors interested in understanding digital communication systems. Communication between humans and smart devices takes place through sensors and actuators, with logic circuits manipulating binary data to implement useful tasks. The text then examines the basic problem of communicating audio and video data over a network connecting computers and smart devices. System operation is described from analog-to-digital conversion, signals that encode data, through the processing that extracts data from noise-corrupted signals and error correction techniques, to data packet transmission over wired and wireless networks. Basic topics from probability and digital signal processing are presented as needed and illustrated with relevant examples. Ideas are illustrated and extended by problems and projects completed in Excel, with sophistication that evolves along with the course, starting with spreadsheet formulas and graphs, through macros, to simple Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming that produces animations that simulate system operation. The accrued facility with Excel techniques is a course outcome valued by students in all majors.


Piping and pipeline calculations manual : construction, design fabrication and examination, Second edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Charlimagne Montealegre

Author J. Phillip Ellenberger
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Elsevier/Butterworth

Piping and Pipeline Calculations Manual, Second Edition provides engineers and designers with a quick reference guide to calculations, codes, and standards applicable to piping systems. The book considers in one handy reference the multitude of pipes, flanges, supports, gaskets, bolts, valves, strainers, flexibles, and expansion joints that make up these often complex systems. It uses hundreds of calculations and examples based on the author’s 40 years of experiences as both an engineer and instructor. Each example demonstrates how the code and standard has been correctly and incorrectly applied. Aside from advising on the intent of codes and standards, the book provides advice on compliance. Readers will come away with a clear understanding of how piping systems fail and what the code requires the designer, manufacturer, fabricator, supplier, erector, examiner, inspector, and owner to do to prevent such failures. The book enhances participants’ understanding and application of the spirit of the code or standard and form a plan for compliance. The book covers American Water Works Association standards where they are applicable.

  • Updates to major codes and standards such as ASME B31.1 and B31.12
  • New methods for calculating stress intensification factor (SIF) and seismic activities
  • Risk-based analysis based on API 579, and B31-G
  • Covers the Pipeline Safety Act and the creation of PhMSA

Chemical engineering : the essential reference

Recommending faculty: Prof. Charlimagne Montealegre

Author Louis Theodore
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

A practical, concise guide to chemical engineering principles and applications

Chemical Engineering: The Essential Reference is the condensed but authoritative chemical engineering reference, boiled down to principles and hands-on skills needed to solve real-world problems. Emphasizing a pragmatic approach, the book delivers critical content in a convenient format and presents on-the-job topics of importance to the chemical engineer of tomorrow—OM&I (operation, maintenance, and inspection) procedures, nanotechnology, how to purchase equipment, legal considerations, the need for a second language and for oral and written communication skills, and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) topics for practicing engineers. This is an indispensable resource for anyone working as a chemical engineer or planning to enter the field.

Praise for Chemical Engineering: The Essential Reference:

“Current and relevant…over a dozen topics not normally addressed…invaluable to my work as a consultant and educator.” —Kumar Ganesan, Professor and Department Head, Department of Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech of the University of Montana

“A much-needed and unique book, tough not to like…loaded with numerous illustrative examples…a book that looks to the future and, for that reason alone, will be of great interest to practicing engineers.” —Anthony Buonicore, Principal, Buonicore Partners

Coverage includes:

  • Basic calculations and key tables
  • Process variables
  • Numerical methods and optimization
  • Oral and written communication
  • Second language(s)
  • Chemical engineering processes
  • Stoichiometry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid flow
  • Heat transfer
  • Mass transfer operations
  • Membrane technology
  • Chemical reactors
  • Process control
  • Process design
  • Biochemical technology
  • Medical applications
  • Legal considerations
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Operation, maintenance, and inspection (OM&I) procedures
  • Energy management
  • Water management
  • Nanotechnology
  • Project management
  • Environment management
  • Health, safety, and accident management
  • Probability and statistics
  • Economics and finance
  • Ethics
  • Open-ended problems

Problem solving in enzyme biocatalysis

Recommending faculty: Prof. Rizalinda de Leon

Authors Andres Illanes, Lorena Wilson, Carlos Vera
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Wiley

Enzyme biocatalysis is a fast-growing area in process biotechnology that has expanded from the traditional fields of foods, detergents, and leather applications to more sophisticated uses in the pharmaceutical and fine-chemicals sectors and environmental management. Conventional applications of industrial enzymes are expected to grow, with major opportunities in the detergent and animal feed sectors, and new uses in biofuel production and human and animal therapy.

In order to design more efficient enzyme reactors and evaluate performance properly, sound mathematical expressions must be developed which consider enzyme kinetics, material balances, and eventual mass transfer limitations. With a focus on problem solving, each chapter provides abridged coverage of the subject,followed by a number of solved problems illustrating resolution procedures and the main concepts underlying them, plus supplementary questions and answers.

Based on more than 50 years of teaching experience, Problem Solving in Enzyme Biocatalysis is a unique reference for students of chemical and biochemical engineering, as well as biochemists and chemists dealing with bioprocesses.

Contains: Enzyme properties and applications; enzyme kinetics;enzyme reactor design and operation 146 worked problems and solutions in enzyme biocatalysis.

Human behavior in hazardous situations : best practice safety management in the chemical and process industries

Recommending faculty: Prof. Rizalinda de Leon

Author Juni Daalmans
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann

Human Behavior in Hazardous Situations introduces a new generation within safety management, fully developed with neuropsychological insights, developed in collaboration with, and put to test by, the chemical and process industries. Until now, there has been little theoretical framework on how, and especially why, people behave the way they do in hazardous situations.

Human Behavior in Hazardous Situations presents new theories, based on a human behavioral approach, to offer a fresh perspective on safety management. By way of case studies, practical tips and exercises, Dr Jan Daalmans demonstrates how this neuropsychological approach can be applied for those safety managers working in the Chemical, Process and Pharmaceutical industries.

    • Presents new brain-based approaches to safety, with a historical perspective on the evolution of the safety management.
    • Practical tips and guidance for those working in the chemical and process industries.
    • Including exercises and case studies to demonstrate the practical application of techniques.

Lead and nickel electrochemical batteries

Recommending faculty: Dr. Meliton Ordillas, Jr.

Authors Christian Glaize, Sylvie Genies
Place of Publication London/NJ
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher ISTE Hoboken/John Wiley & Sons

The lead-acid accumulator was introduced in the middle of the 19th Century, the diverse variants of nickel accumulators between the beginning and the end of the 20th Century. Although old, these technologies are always very present on numerous markets. Unfortunately they are still not used in optimal conditions, often because of the misunderstanding of the internal electrochemical phenomena.
This book will show that batteries are complex systems, made commercially available thanks to considerable amounts of scientific research, empiricism and practical knowledge. However, the design of batteries is not fixed; it is subject to constant developments as a result of user feedback and validation processes which are often long and fastidious. This book attempts to show that it is not possible to consider a family of batteries as having fixed, applicable properties and characteristics whatever the application and the technology used in their manufacture. For this reason, the authors have chosen to present the fundamental electrochemical and chemical phenomena involved in as simple and as clear a way as possible. It is essential to be aware of these mechanisms in order to develop suitable theoretical models.
This work will be of particular interest to those working in the field of electrical engineering and to industrialists, the final users of these technologies. It will also be of interest to electrochemists, as experts in lead or nickel batteries are becoming fewer and farther between, and their knowledge and practical skills are steadily being lost.


Part 1. Universal Characteristics of Batteries

    • Definitions and Methods of Measurement.

Part 2. Lead–Acid Batteries

    • The Operation of Lead–Acid Batteries.
    • Internal Composition and Types of Lead–Acid Batteries.
    • Lead Batteries: Main Characteristics.
    • Manufacturing Starting, Lighting and Ignition Batteries.

Part 3. Introduction to Nickel-Based Batteries

    • Nickel–Cadmium Batteries.
    • Nickel–Metal Hydride Batteries.
    • Other Nickel-Based Batteries.

Computational materials science : surfaces, interfaces, crystallization

Recommending faculty: Dr. Magdaleno Vasquez, Jr.

Authors A.M. Ovrutsky, A.S. Prokhoda, M.S. Rasshchupkyna
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Elsevier

Computational Materials Science provides the theoretical basis necessary for understanding atomic surface phenomena and processes of phase transitions, especially crystallization, is given. The most important information concerning computer simulation by different methods and simulation techniques for modeling of physical systems is also presented. A number of results are discussed regarding modern studies of surface processes during crystallization. There is sufficiently full information on experiments, theory, and simulations concerning the surface roughening transition, kinetic roughening, nucleation kinetics, stability of crystal shapes, thin film formation, imperfect structure of small crystals, size dependent growth velocity, distribution coefficient at growth from alloy melts, superstructure ordering in the intermetallic compound.

Computational experiments described in the last chapter allow visualization of the course of many processes and better understanding of many key problems in Materials Science. There is a set of practical steps concerning computational procedures presented. Open access to executable files in the book make it possible for everyone to understand better phenomena and processes described in the book.

  • Valuable reference book, but also helpful as a supplement to courses
  • Computer programs available to supplement examples
  • Presents several new methods of computational materials science and clearly summarizes previous methods and results

Abstract algebra : an inquiry-based approach

Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

Authors Jonathan K. Hodge, Steven Schlicker, Ted Sundstrom
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

To learn and understand mathematics, students must engage in the process of doing mathematics. Emphasizing active learning, Abstract Algebra: An Inquiry-Based Approach not only teaches abstract algebra but also provides a deeper understanding of what mathematics is, how it is done, and how mathematicians think.

The book can be used in both rings-first and groups-first abstract algebra courses. Numerous activities, examples, and exercises illustrate the definitions, theorems, and concepts. Through this engaging learning process, students discover new ideas and develop the necessary communication skills and rigor to understand and apply concepts from abstract algebra. In addition to the activities and exercises, each chapter includes a short discussion of the connections among topics in ring theory and group theory. These discussions help students see the relationships between the two main types of algebraic objects studied throughout the text.

Encouraging students to do mathematics and be more than passive learners, this text shows students that the way mathematics is developed is often different than how it is presented; that definitions, theorems, and proofs do not simply appear fully formed in the minds of mathematicians; that mathematical ideas are highly interconnected; and that even in a field like abstract algebra, there is a considerable amount of intuition to be found.

Statistics, data mining, and machine learning in astronomy : a practical Python guide for the analysis of survey data

Recommending faculty: Dr. Prospero Naval Jr.

Authors Zeljko Ivezic [and three others]
Place of Publication Princeton, N.J.
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Princeton University Press

As telescopes, detectors, and computers grow ever more powerful, the volume of data at the disposal of astronomers and astrophysicists will enter the petabyte domain, providing accurate measurements for billions of celestial objects. This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the cutting-edge statistical methods needed to efficiently analyze complex data sets from astronomical surveys such as the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, the Dark Energy Survey, and the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. It serves as a practical handbook for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in physics and astronomy, and as an indispensable reference for researchers.

Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy presents a wealth of practical analysis problems, evaluates techniques for solving them, and explains how to use various approaches for different types and sizes of data sets. For all applications described in the book, Python code and example data sets are provided. The supporting data sets have been carefully selected from contemporary astronomical surveys (for example, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey) and are easy to download and use. The accompanying Python code is publicly available, well documented, and follows uniform coding standards. Together, the data sets and code enable readers to reproduce all the figures and examples, evaluate the methods, and adapt them to their own fields of interest.

    • Describes the most useful statistical and data-mining methods for extracting knowledge from huge and complex astronomical data sets
    • Features real-world data sets from contemporary astronomical surveys
    • Uses a freely available Python codebase throughout
    • Ideal for students and working astronomers

Distributed computing through combinatorial topology

Recommending faculty: Dr. Cedric Festin

Authors Maurice Herlihy, Dmitry Kozlov, Sergio Rajsbaum
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Elsevier, Morgan Kaufmann

Distributed Computing Through Combinatorial Topology describes techniques for analyzing distributed algorithms based on award winning combinatorial topology research. The authors present a solid theoretical foundation relevant to many real systems reliant on parallelism with unpredictable delays, such as multicore microprocessors, wireless networks, distributed systems, and Internet protocols.

Today, a new student or researcher must assemble a collection of scattered conference publications, which are typically terse and commonly use different notations and terminologies. This book provides a self-contained explanation of the mathematics to readers with computer science backgrounds, as well as explaining computer science concepts to readers with backgrounds in applied mathematics. The first section presents mathematical notions and models, including message passing and shared-memory systems, failures, and timing models. The next section presents core concepts in two chapters each: first, proving a simple result that lends itself to examples and pictures that will build up readers’ intuition; then generalizing the concept to prove a more sophisticated result. The overall result weaves together and develops the basic concepts of the field, presenting them in a gradual and intuitively appealing way. The book’s final section discusses advanced topics typically found in a graduate-level course for those who wish to explore further.

    • Named a 2013 Notable Computer Book for Computing Methodologies by Computing Reviews
    • Gathers knowledge otherwise spread across research and conference papers using consistent notations and a standard approach to facilitate understanding
    • Presents unique insights applicable to multiple computing fields, including multicore microprocessors, wireless networks, distributed systems, and Internet protocols
    • Synthesizes and distills material into a simple, unified presentation with examples, illustrations, and exercises

Quantum mechanics, 2nd edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

Authors Fayyazuddin and Riazuddin
Place of Publication New Jersey
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher World Scientific

This book provides a comprehensive account of basic concepts of quantum mechanics in a coherent manner. The book is self-contained and not only covers basic concepts in quantum mechanics but also provides a basis for applications in atomic and laser physics, nuclear and particle physics, and condensed matter physics. It also covers relativistic quantum mechanics, in particular the Dirac equation and its applications.

Readership: Students in quantum mechanics.

Power systems signal processing for smart grids

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa and Dr. Jordan Rel Orillaza

Authors Paulo Fernando Ribeiro [and three others]
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher Wiley

With special relation to smart grids, this book provides clear and comprehensive explanation of how Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Computational Intelligence (CI) techniques can be applied to solve problems in the power system.

Its unique coverage bridges the gap between DSP, electrical power and energy engineering systems, showing many different techniques applied to typical and expected system conditions with practical power system examples.

Surveying all recent advances on DSP for power systems, this book enables engineers and researchers to understand the current state of the art and to develop new tools. It presents: * an overview on the power system and electric signals, with description of the basic concepts of DSP commonly found in power system problems * the application of several signal processing tools to problems, looking at power signal estimation and decomposition, pattern recognition techniques, detection of the power system signal variations * description of DSP in relation to measurements, power quality, monitoring, protection and control, and wide area monitoring * a companion website with real signal data, several Matlab codes with examples, DSP scripts and samples of signals for further processing, understanding and analysis.

Practicing power systems engineers and utility engineers will find this book invaluable, as will researchers of electrical power and energy systems, postgraduate electrical engineering students, and staff at utility companies.

Risk assessment of power systems : models, methods, and applications, Second edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Wenyuan Li
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Wiley, IEEE Press

Risk Assessment of Power Systems addresses the regulations and functions of risk assessment with regard to its relevance in system planning, maintenance, and asset management. Brimming with practical examples, this edition introduces the latest risk information on renewable resources, the smart grid, voltage stability assessment, and fuzzy risk evaluation. It is a comprehensive reference of a highly pertinent topic for engineers, managers, and upper-level students who seek examples of risk theory applications in the workplace.

Oct 22


A first course in probability and Markov chains

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Authors Giuseppe Modica and Laura Poggiolini
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

Provides an introduction to basic structures of probability with a view towards applications in information technology

A First Course in Probability and Markov Chains presents an introduction to the basic elements in probability and focuses on two main areas. The first part explores notions and structures in probability, including combinatorics, probability measures, probability distributions, conditional probability, inclusion-exclusion formulas, random variables, dispersion indexes, independent random variables as well as weak and strong laws of large numbers and central limit theorem. In the second part of the book, focus is given to Discrete Time Discrete Markov Chains which is addressed together with an introduction to Poisson processes and Continuous Time Discrete Markov Chains. This book also looks at making use of measure theory notations that unify all the presentation, in particular avoiding the separate treatment of continuous and discrete distributions.

A First Course in Probability and Markov Chains:

  • Presents the basic elements of probability.
  • Explores elementary probability with combinatorics, uniform probability, the inclusion-exclusion principle, independence and convergence of random variables.
  • Features applications of Law of Large Numbers.
  • Introduces Bernoulli and Poisson processes as well as discrete and continuous time Markov Chains with discrete states.
  • Includes illustrations and examples throughout, along with solutions to problems featured in this book.

The authors present a unified and comprehensive overview of probability and Markov Chains aimed at educating engineers working with probability and statistics as well as advanced undergraduate students in sciences and engineering with a basic background in mathematical analysis and linear algebra.

A first course in the finite element method, 5th ed., SI.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Wilfredo Jose

Author Daryl L. Logan
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cengage Learning

“A First Course in the Finite Element Analysis” provides a simple, basic approach to the finite element method that can be understood by both undergraduate and graduate students. It does not have the usual prerequisites (such as structural analysis) required by most available texts in this area. The book is written primarily as a basic learning tool for the undergraduate student in civil and mechanical engineering whose main interest is in stress analysis and heat transfer. The text is geared toward those who want to apply the finite element method as a tool to solve practical physical problems. This revised fourth edition includes the addition of a large number of new problems (including SI problems), an appendix for mechanical and thermal properties, and more civil applications.

Fundamentals of sensors for engineering and science

Recommending faculty: Dr. Wilfredo Jose

Author Patrick F. Dunn
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher CRC Press

“Fundamentals of Sensors for Engineering and Science is a practical analysis of sensors and measurement, designed to help readers make informed decisions when selecting an appropriate sensor for a given application. Spurred by a growing demand for information on the evolution of modern sensors, this book evaluates current applications to illustrate their wide range of uses, as well as the many ways they can be classified.

Emphasizing the underlying physics involved, author Patrick Dunn reviews the sensors commonly used in engineering and science. He also covers the sensors of the human body, as well as biomimetic sensors used to simulate human functions. The book organizes and describes contemporary examples of manmade sensors based on their core physical principles. Fundamentals—including scaling considerations involved in micro- and nano-sensor development and uncertainty—are introduced at the beginning of the text.

A companion to the popular Measurement and Data Analysis for Engineering and Science, Second Edition, this book will benefit instructors, industry professionals, and anyone else with an interest in this burgeoning field. Clarifying the primary role and key characteristics of sensors in engineering and science, this text includes a wealth of examples and chapter problems, and it also provides online links to updated ancillary materials.

Digital compensation for analog front-ends : a new approach to wireless transceiver design

Recommending faculty: Prof. Joy Reyes-Madamba

Authors Francois Horlin, Andre Bourdoux
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Wiley

The desire to build lower cost analog front-ends has triggered interest in a new domain of research. Consequently the joint design of the analog front-end and of the digital baseband algorithms has become an important field of research. It enables the wireless systems and chip designers to more effectively trade the communication performance with the production cost.

Digital Compensation for Analog Front-Ends provides a systematic approach to designing a digital communication system. It covers in detail the digital compensation of many non-idealities, for a wide class of emerging broadband standards and with a system approach in the design of the receiver algorithms. In particular, system strategies for joint estimation of synchronization and front-end non-ideality parameters are emphasized. The book is organized to allow the reader to gradually absorb the important information and vast quantity of material on this subject. The first chapter is a comprehensive introduction to the emerging wireless standards which is followed by a detailed description of the front-end non-idealities in chapter two. Chapter three then uses this information to explore what happens when the topics introduced in the first two chapters are merged. The book concludes with two chapters providing an in-depth coverage of the estimation and compensation algorithms.

This book is a valuable reference for wireless system architects and chip designers as well as engineers or managers in system design and development. It will also be of interest to researchers in industry and academia, graduate students and wireless network operators.

  • Presents a global, systematic approach to the joint design of the analog front-end compensation, channel estimation, synchronization and of the digital baseband algorithms
  • Describes in depth the main front-end non-idealities such as phase noise, IQ imbalance, non-linearity, clipping, quantization, carrier frequency offset, sampling clock offset and their impact on the modulation
  • Explains how the non-idealities introduced by the analog front-end elements can be compensated digitally
  • Methodologies are applied to the emerging Wireless Local Area Network and outdoor Cellular communication systems, hence covering OFDM(A), SC-FDE and MIMO
  • Written by authors with in-depth expertise developed in the wireless research group of IMEC and projects covering the main broadband wireless standards

Input-output analysis : foundations and extensions, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Authors Ronald E. Miller and Peter D. Blair
Place of Publication Cambridge [England] New York
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Cambridge University Press

This edition of Ronald Miller and Peter Blair’s classic textbook is an essential reference for students and scholars in the input-output research and applications community. The book has been fully revised and updated to reflect important developments in the field since its original publication. New topics covered include SAMs (and extended input-output models) and their connection to input-output data, structural decomposition analysis (SDA), multiplier decompositions, identifying important coefficients, and international input-output models. A major new feature of this edition is that it is also supported by an accompanying website with solutions to all problems, wide-ranging real-world data sets, and appendices with further information for more advanced readers. Input-Output Analysis is an ideal introduction to the subject for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of fields, including economics, regional science, regional economics, city, regional and urban planning, environmental planning, public policy analysis and public management.

Green electricity : 25 green technologies that will electrify your future

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Kendall Haven
Place of Publication Santa Barbara, Calif.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Libraries Unlimited

Our existing electric utility industry and power supply and delivery systems are woefully outdated. Indeed, the existing power grid we use today uses 100-year-old technology! This book lays out the possible blueprints for a greener future in a way that will engage middle school learners, enabling students and teachers to explore the emerging energy technologies that could become the future of our electrical supply system.

In Part 1 of Green Electricity: 25 Green Technologies That Will Electrify Your Future, the author describes the amazing patchwork of 1,300 power plants and over 5 million miles of wire that comprise our national grid and reveals the environmental damages it produces. Part 2 examines the 25 leading ecofriendly contenders to modernize and replace our current grid, describing each proposed technology and how it works. Other relevant information is also provided, such as a qualitative assessment of the pluses, minuses, and limitations of each system, and an assessment of that technology’s potential to contribute to our future electrical appetite.

IP-enabled energy management : a proven strategy for administering energy as a service

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Authors Rob Aldrich, John Parello
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher Wiley

Extend Your Energy Management Capabilities Managing energy usage via a company network allows you to create an energy management program that can be scaled company-wide, and this unique book shows you just how to do it. Through step-by-step instruction and real-world case studies drawn from the expert author team’s own experience at Cisco, this book lays out an IP-based energy management strategy to optimize resources, dramatically increase energy savings, and significantly reduce your carbon footprint. How do you establish energy management across multiple functions, such as compute, network, and storage while preparing for building infrastructure convergence? How do you set up energy domains on a network? How do you bring this all together into one unified energy program – then deploy it, manage it, and measure results? Find the answers in this timely guide. * Consider energy in terms of risk, cost, and resource management * Gather raw data on where your company is now and set up benchmarking * Create strategies across multiple stakeholders and goals, including facilities, IT, security, and sustainability * Establish and administer energy domains * Review the basics of energy accounting, measure results, and set up reporting * See how to make your program sustainable and prepare for the future

Advanced building technologies for sustainability

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Asif Syed
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Practical solutions for sustainability

In this timely guide, one of the world’s leaders in advanced building technology implementation shows architects and engineers proven and practical methods for implementing these technologies in sustainably-designed buildings. Because of the very limited time architects are given from being awarded a project to concept design, this book offers clear and workable solutions for implementing solar energy, radiant heating and cooling floors, displacement ventilation, net zero, and more. It provides helpful tips and suggestions for architects and engineers to work together on implementing these technologies, along with many innovative possibilities for developing a truly integrated design. This book also explores and explains the many benefits of advanced technologies, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower operating costs, noise reduction, improved indoor air quality, and more.In addition, Advanced Building Technologies for Sustainability:

  • Offers detailed coverage of solar energy systems, thermal energy storage, geothermal systems, high-performance envelopes, chilled beams, under-floor air distribution, displacement induction units, and much more
  • Provides case studies of projects using advanced technologies and demonstrates their implementation in a variety of contexts and building types
  • Covers the implementation of advanced technologies in office towers, large residential buildings, hospitals, schools, dormitories, theaters, colleges, and more

Complete with a clear and insightful explanation of the requirements for and benefits of acquiring the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification, Advanced Building Technologies for Sustainability is an important resource for architects, engineers, developers, and contractors involved in sustainable projects using advanced technologies.

Advanced wireless networks : cognitive, cooperative, and opportunistic 4G technology, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Jhoanna Pedrasa

Authors Savo Glisic, Beatriz Lorenzo
Place of Publication Chichester, U.K.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Wiley

With 40% new material the new edition of Advanced Wireless Networks provides a comprehensive representation of the key issues in 4G wireless networks. Focussing on cognitive, cooperative and opportunistic paradigms to provide further increase in network efficiency, the book explores and addresses issues in wireless internet, mobile cellular and WLAN, as well as sensor, ad hoc, bio-inspired, active and cognitive networks. It examines the problem of cross-layer optimisation and network information theory as well as adaptability and reconfigurability in wireless networks. This book is an integral description of future wireless networks and the interconnection between their elements.

The information is presented in a logical order within each chapter making it ideal for all levels of reader including researchers involved in modelling and analysis of future networks as well as engineers working in the area. Each chapter starts with introductory material and gradually includes more sophisticated models and mathematical tools concluding with a comprehensive list of references.

  • Fully updated throughout with five new chapters on Opportunistic Communications; Relaying and Mesh Networks; Topology Control; Network Optimization; and Cognitive Radio Resource Management
  • Unifies the latest research on cognitive, cooperative and opportunistic paradigms in wireless communications
  • Provides efficient analytical tools for network analysis
  • Discusses security issues, an essential element of working with wireless networks
  • Supports advanced university and training courses in the field
  • Companion website containing extra appendix on Queuing theory

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Analysis and design of analog integrated circuits, 5th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Paul R. Gray … [et al.]
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Wiley

This is the only comprehensive book in the market for engineers that covers the design of CMOS and bipolar analog integrated circuits. The fifth edition retains its completeness and updates the coverage of bipolar and CMOS circuits.
A thorough analysis of a new low-voltage bipolar operational amplifier has been added to Chapters 6, 7, 9, and 11.
Chapter 12 has been updated to include a fully differential folded cascode operational amplifier example. With its streamlined and up-to-date coverage, more engineers will turn to this resource to explore key concepts in the field.

Modern control engineering, 5th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Katsuhiko Ogata
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher Prentice-Hall

A comprehensive, senior-level textbook for control engineering.

Ogata’s Modern Control Engineering, 5/e , offers the comprehensive coverage of continuous-time control systems that all senior students must have, including frequency response approach, root-locus approach, and state-space approach to analysis and design of control systems. The text provides a gradual development of control theory, shows how to solve all computational problems with MATLAB, and avoids highly mathematical arguments. A wealth of examples and worked problems are featured throughout the text.

The new edition includes improved coverage of Root-Locus Analysis (Chapter 6) and Frequency-Response Analysis (Chapter 8). The author has also updated and revised many of the worked examples and end-of-chapter problems. This text is ideal for control systems engineers.

Computer organization and design : the hardware/software interface, 5th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann

The fifth edition of Computer Organization and Design-winner of a 2014 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from The Text and Academic Authors Association-moves forward into the post-PC era with new examples, exercises, and material highlighting the emergence of mobile computing and the cloud. This generational change is emphasized and explored with updated content featuring tablet computers, cloud infrastructure, and the ARM (mobile computing devices) and x86 (cloud computing) architectures.

Because an understanding of modern hardware is essential to achieving good performance and energy efficiency, this edition adds a new concrete example, “Going Faster,” used throughout the text to demonstrate extremely effective optimization techniques. Also new to this edition is discussion of the “Eight Great Ideas” of computer architecture.

As with previous editions, a MIPS processor is the core used to present the fundamentals of hardware technologies, assembly language, computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchies and I/O.

Instructors looking for fourth edition teaching materials should e-mail textbook@elsevier.com.

  • Winner of a 2014 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association
  • Includes new examples, exercises, and material highlighting the emergence of mobile computing and the cloud
  • Covers parallelism in depth with examples and content highlighting parallel hardware and software topics
  • Features the Intel Core i7, ARM Cortex-A8 and NVIDIA Fermi GPU as real-world examples throughout the book
  • Adds a new concrete example, “Going Faster,” to demonstrate how understanding hardware can inspire software optimizations that improve performance by 200 times
  • Discusses and highlights the “Eight Great Ideas” of computer architecture: Performance via Parallelism; Performance via Pipelining; Performance via Prediction; Design for Moore’s Law; Hierarchy of Memories; Abstraction to Simplify Design; Make the Common Case Fast; and Dependability via Redundancy
  • Includes a full set of updated and improved exercises

The lean startup : how constant innovation creates radically successful businesses

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Eric Ries
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Portfolio Penguin

The Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business rather it’s about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. Lean Startup principles can be applied to government programs, to healthcare, and to solving the world’s great problems. It’s ultimately an answer to the question “How can we learn more quickly what works, and discard what doesn’t?”.

Probability and statistics for engineers and scientists, 9th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Ronald E. Walpole … [et al.]
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Pearson Education

This classic text provides a rigorous introduction to basic probability theory and statistical inference, with a unique balance of theory and methodology. Interesting, relevant applications use real data from actual studies, showing how the concepts and methods can be used to solve problems in the field. This revision focuses on improved clarity and deeper understanding.


DSP for MATLAB and LabVIEW. Volume I, Fundamentals of discrete signal processing

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Forester W. Isen
Place of Publication San Rafael, Calif.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Morgan & Claypool

This book is Volume I of the series DSP for MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™. The entire series consists of four volumes that collectively cover basic digital signal processing in a practical and accessible manner, but which nonetheless include all essential foundation mathematics. As the series title implies, the scripts (of which there are more than 200) described in the text and supplied in code form (available at www.morganclaypool.com/page/isen) will run on both MATLAB and LabVIEW. Volume I consists of four chapters. The first chapter gives a brief overview of the field of digital signal processing. This is followed by a chapter detailing many useful signals and concepts, including convolution, recursion, difference equations, LTI systems, etc. The third chapter covers conversion from the continuous to discrete domain and back (i.e., analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion), aliasing, the Nyquist rate, normalized frequency, conversion from one sample rate to another, waveform generation at various sample rates from stored wave data, and Mu-law compression. The fourth and final chapter of the present volume introduces the reader to many important principles of signal processing, including correlation, the correlation sequence, the Real DFT, correlation by convolution, matched filtering, simple FIR filters, and simple IIR filters. Chapter 4, in particular, provides an intuitive or “first principle” understanding of how digital filtering and frequency transforms work, preparing the reader for Volumes II and III, which provide, respectively, detailed coverage of discrete frequency transforms (including the Discrete Time Fourier Transform, the Discrete Fourier Transform, and the z-Transform) and digital filter design (FIR design using Windowing, Frequency Sampling, and Optimum Equiripple techniques, and Classical IIR design). Volume IV, the culmination of the series, is an introductory treatment of LMS Adaptive Filtering and applications. The text for all volumes contains many examples, and many useful computational scripts, augmented by demonstration scripts and LabVIEW Virtual Instruments (VIs) that can be run to illustrate various signal processing concepts graphically on the user’s computer screen. Table of Contents: An Overview of DSP / Discrete Signals and Concepts / Sampling and Binary Representation / Transform and Filtering Principles

DSP for MATLAB and LabVIEW. Volume II, Discrete frequency transforms

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Forester W. Isen
Place of Publication San Rafael, Calif.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher Morgan & Claypool

This book is Volume II of the series DSP for MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™. This volume provides detailed coverage of discrete frequency transforms, including a brief overview of common frequency transforms, both discrete and continuous, followed by detailed treatments of the Discrete Time Fourier Transform (DTFT), the z -Transform (including definition and properties, the inverse z -transform, frequency response via z-transform, and alternate filter realization topologies (including Direct Form, Direct Form Transposed, Cascade Form, Parallel Form, and Lattice Form), and the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) (including Discrete Fourier Series, the DFT-IDFT pair, DFT of common signals, bin width, sampling duration and sample rate, the FFT, the Goertzel Algorithm, Linear, Periodic, and Circular convolution, DFT Leakage, and computation of the Inverse DFT). The entire series consists of four volumes that collectively cover basic digital signal processing in a practical and accessible manner, but which nonetheless include all essential foundation mathematics. As the series title implies, the scripts (of which there are more than 200) described in the text and supplied in code form (available via the internet at http://www.morganclaypool.com/page/isen) will run on both MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™. The text for all volumes contains many examples, and many useful computational scripts, augmented by demonstration scripts and LabVIEW™ Virtual Instruments (VIs) that can be run to illustrate various signal processing concepts graphically on the user’s computer. Volume I consists of four chapters that collectively set forth a brief overview of the field of digital signal processing, useful signals and concepts (including convolution, recursion, difference equations, LTI systems, etc), conversion from the continuous to discrete domain and back (i.e., analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion), aliasing, the Nyquist rate, normalized frequency, sample rate conversion and Mu-law compression, and signal processing principles including correlation, the correlation sequence, the Real DFT, correlation by convolution, matched filtering, simple FIR filters, and simple IIR filters. Chapter 4 of Volume I, in particular, provides an intuitive or “first principle” understanding of how digital filtering and frequency transforms work, preparing the reader for the present volume (Volume II). Volume III of the series covers digital filter design (FIR design using Windowing, Frequency Sampling, and Optimum Equiripple techniques, and Classical IIR design) and Volume IV, the culmination of the series, is an introductory treatment of LMS Adaptive Filtering and applications. Table of Contents: The Discrete Time Fourier Transform / The z-Transform / The DFT

DSP for MATLAB and LabVIEW. Volume III, Digital filter design

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Forester W. Isen
Place of Publication San Rafael, Calif.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Morgan & Claypool

This book is Volume III of the series DSP for MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™. Volume III covers digital filter design, including the specific topics of FIR design via windowed-ideal-lowpass filter, FIR highpass, bandpass, and bandstop filter design from windowed-ideal lowpass filters, FIR design using the transition-band-optimized Frequency Sampling technique (implemented by Inverse-DFT or Cosine/Sine Summation Formulas), design of equiripple FIRs of all standard types including Hilbert Transformers and Differentiators via the Remez Exchange Algorithm, design of Butterworth, Chebyshev (Types I and II), and Elliptic analog prototype lowpass filters, conversion of analog lowpass prototype filters to highpass, bandpass, and bandstop filters, and conversion of analog filters to digital filters using the Impulse Invariance and Bilinear Transform techniques. Certain filter topologies specific to FIRs are also discussed, as are two simple FIR types, the Comb and Moving Average filters. The entire series consists of four volumes that collectively cover basic digital signal processing in a practical and accessible manner, but which nonetheless include all essential foundation mathematics. As the series title implies, the scripts (of which there are more than 200) described in the text and supplied in code form (available via the internet at www.morganclaypool.com/page/isen) will run on both MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™. Table of Contents: Principles of FIR Design / FIR Design Techniques / Classical IIR Design

DSP for MATLAB and LabVIEW. Volume IV, LMS adaptive filtering

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Forester W. Isen
Place of Publication San Rafael, Calif.
Date of Publication c2009
Publisher Morgan & Claypool

This book is Volume IV of the series DSP for MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™. Volume IV is an introductory treatment of LMS Adaptive Filtering and applications, and covers cost functions, performance surfaces, coefficient perturbation to estimate the gradient, the LMS algorithm, response of the LMS algorithm to narrow-band signals, and various topologies such as ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) or system modeling, Noise Cancellation, Interference Cancellation, Echo Cancellation (with single- and dual-H topologies), and Inverse Filtering/Deconvolution. The entire series consists of four volumes that collectively cover basic digital signal processing in a practical and accessible manner, but which nonetheless include all essential foundation mathematics. As the series title implies, the scripts (of which there are more than 200) described in the text and supplied in code form (available via the internet at www.morganclaypool.com/page/isen) will run on both MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™. Table of Contents: Introduction To LMS Adaptive Filtering / Applied Adaptive Filtering

The electrical safety program guide, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Jordan Rel Orillaza

Authors Ray A. Jones and Jane G. Jones
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Jones & Bartlett Learning

A Complete Guide to Establishing an Electrical Safety Program Working with electricity can be very dangerous, and employees might be unaware of the potential hazards present in their work environment, making them susceptible to risk of injury. To prevent occupational injuries from occurring, employers must possess the knowledge required to set in place a program that promotes safety in the workplace. In this completely updated guide, electrical safety experts Ray A. Jones and Jane G. Jones provide a detailed blueprint to help employers develop a program that maximizes electrical safety and the related benefits it generates. Based on the 2009 NFPA 70E® and current OSHA regulations, The Electrical Safety Program Guide, Second Edition, takes readers step-by-step through the creation of an electrical safety program, discussing program development from conception through finalization for a plan tailored to a company’s unique environment. A new chapter provides guidelines for when work on energized conductors should be permitted, including an extensive discussion of “infeasibility,” as used by OSHA and NFPA 70E. The Second Edition explores the full range of issues involved in developing a comprehensive electrical safety program and provides guidance and resources to resolve them. Extensive appendices include a wealth of practical and time-saving tools such as checklists, sample budgets, a personal protective equipment matrix, and permits, as well as an all new appendix addressing how to safely test for absence of voltage. A CD-ROM is included and contains all checklists and forms from the book, an awareness-training program, and a draft sample program that can be used as the beginning point for a company to develop its own comprehensive electrical safety program.

Teaching with technologies : the essential guide

Recommending faculty: Prof. Marjorie Baynosa

Authors Sarah Younie and Marilyn Leask
Place of Publication Maidenhead, England
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Open University Press

This book provides a baseline for effective technology practice, offering a comprehensive overview of theory, research and practice. In particular the book:

  • Brings together research findings to provide an evidence based approach to using technology in the classroom
  • Provides an understanding of how technologies can and should inform teaching and learning
  • Highlights effective practice

As well as capturing the extensive developments in this field over the last three decades the book identifies ‘what works’ with technology and education. There is detailed consideration of how technology can enhance learning and inform pedagogic approaches together with examples. This not only informs but, most importantly, allows teachers to develop their practice in order to incorporate and exploit the affordances of educational technologies, providing a sound theoretical underpinning to classroom practice with technologies.

Significantly the book urges educators to embrace new ways of working using technologies to support knowledge sharing and building. It also looks ahead and reports teachers’ views of schools of the future, where learners and teachers may work flexibly through a curriculum that is personalised and focused on 21st century needs.

Teaching with Technologies is essential reading for busy teachers and students who wish to gain an informed overview of the key issues pertaining to technology and education.

“This is a very timely book reminding us of the complex history of technology integration into teaching and learning in this country, as well as giving an overview of current practice, and providing a prescient look to the future.”
Dr Chris Higgins, formerly Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, UK

“The manner in which UK teachers and students have, and are currently, engaging with digital technologies across the curriculum and at all levels of schooling is clearly presented and, together with links to research and classroom practice, is a major strength of the book.”
Anthony Jones, ICT in Education and Research, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Wireless communications and networks : 3G and beyond, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Edwin Umali

Author Iti Saha Misra
Place of Publication New Delhi
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw Hill Education (India)

Wireless Communication and Networks: 3G and Beyond, 2e primarily focuses on extensive coverage of the Physical Layer. The book has been thoroughly revised to prepare the students better for the course on Wireless Communication by encouraging them to read more about the fundamental principles underlying this area of study. The second edition of Wireless Communication and Networks is a thoroughly revised edition, which while maintaining the updates in technology, delves deep into the basics of the course. The book encourages extensive reading amongst the students and inculcates a scientific temper through the thought-provoking manner of content presentation.

Communication engineering

Recommending faculty: Dr. Edwin Umali

Author S. Vijayachitra
Place of Publication New Delhi
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw Hill Education (India)

Communication Engineering has been designed for first-time entrants to the subject of communication and is conceptualized to provide an overview of the complete spectrum of communications. The book starts at the very basics of the study of communication engineering and discusses the principles and systems related to analog and digital modulation. Building on these fundamentals, the following chapters introduce the readers to the gamut of applications of communication engineering, and provide them state of the art information.

Computer architecture

Recommending faculty: Prof. Joy Reyes-Madamba

Authors Gerard Blanchet, Bertrand Dupouy
Place of Publication London; Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher ISTE; Wiley

This book lays out the concepts necessary to understand how a computer works.
For reasons of clarity, the authors have deliberately chosen examples that apply to machines from all eras, without having to water down the contents of the book. This choice helps to show how techniques, concepts and performances have evolved since the first computers.
The book is divided into five parts. The first four, which are of increasing difficulty, are the core of the book: “Elements of a Basic Architecture”, “Programming Model and Operation”, “Memory Hierarchy”, “Parallelism and Performance Enhancement”. The final part provides hints and solutions to the exercises in the book as well as appendices. The reader may approach each part independently based on their prior knowledge and goals.

Computer organization and architecture : themes and variations

Recommending faculty: Prof. Joy Reyes-Madamba

Author Alan Clements
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher Cengage Learning

Computer Organization and Architecture: Themes And Variations stresses the structure of the complete system (CPU, memory, buses and peripherals) and reinforces that core content with an emphasis on divergent examples. This approach to computer architecture is an effective arrangement that provides sufficient detail at the logic and organizational levels appropriate for EE/ECE departments as well as for Computer Science readers. The text goes well beyond the minimal curriculum coverage and introduces topics that are important to anyone involved with computer architecture in a way that is both thought provoking and interesting to all.

Signals and systems, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman

Authors P. Ramakrishna Rao, Shankar Prakriya
Place of Publication New Delhi
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw Hill Education (India)

The text is designed for the undergraduate student of Electronics and Communication Engineering as the first introduction to Signals, their behaviour and representations, and System responses. The content has been carefully sequenced to help students make a smooth transition to the understanding of Signals by introducing the previously learnt concepts of Laplace and Z Transforms (in mathematics) early in the discussions in this text.
With numerous pedagogical features and MATLAB examples, the book will aid the student in understanding the practicality of the subject better.

Communication systems

Recommending faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman

Author P. Ramakrishna Rao
Place of Publication New Delhi
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw Hill Education (India)

Our world today progresses on digital technology at a rate that only digital communication principles and embodying systems made possible. This book on Communication Systems aims to provide young readers, a scope to explore this digital extravagance while continuously reminding them that our surroundings at large are generally analog, and digital really is an extension of analog communication principles and techniques. Communication Systems has been designed to provide a solid foundation of the fundamental principles and to expose inquisitive readers to the world today, resplendent in all of its technological advancements.

Applied time series analysis

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Authors Wayne A Woodward, Henry L. Gray, and Alan C. Elliott
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

Virtually any random process developing chronologically can be viewed as a time series. In economics, closing prices of stocks, the cost of money, the jobless rate, and retail sales are just a few examples of many. Developed from course notes and extensively classroom-tested, Applied Time Series Analysis includes examples across a variety of fields, develops theory, and provides software to address time series problems in a broad spectrum of fields. The authors organize the information in such a format that graduate students in applied science, statistics, and economics can satisfactorily navigate their way through the book while maintaining mathematical rigor.

One of the unique features of Applied Time Series Analysis is the associated software, GW-WINKS, designed to help students easily generate realizations from models and explore the associated model and data characteristics. The text explores many important new methodologies that have developed in time series, such as ARCH and GARCH processes, time varying frequencies (TVF), wavelets, and more. Other programs (some written in R and some requiring S-plus) are available on an associated website for performing computations related to the material in the final four chapters.

Radio propagation measurement and channel modelling

Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author Sana Salous
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

While there are numerous books describing modern wireless communication systems that contain overviews of radio propagation and radio channel modelling, there are none that contain detailed information on the design, implementation and calibration of radio channel measurement equipment, the planning of experiments and the in depth analysis of measured data.

The book would begin with an explanation of the fundamentals of radio wave propagation and progress through a series of topics, including the measurement of radio channel characteristics, radio channel sounders, measurement strategies, data analysis techniques and radio channel modelling. Application of results for the prediction of achievable digital link performance would be discussed with examples pertinent to single carrier, multi-carrier and spread spectrum radio links. This work would address specifics of communications in various different frequency bands for both long range and short range fixed and mobile radio links.

Electricity : principles & applications, 8th ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Jhoanna Pedrasa

Author Richard J. Fowler
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

This widely-used text prepares students for entry-level jobs in electronics, electrical trades and related fields. Its level and approach are ideal for both electronics and electricity programs looking for a relatively short, applied book covering DC/AC circuits. Additional chapters on topics such as safety, transformers, motors, instrumentation, and residential wiring are also included. No prior knowledge of electricity is assumed; the only prerequisites are arithmetic and basic algebra. Practical skills are emphasized throughout the text, and supported in the hands-on work provided in the companion Experiments Manual. MultiSim circuit files are provided, on a bound-in CD ROM, for those who want to bring software simulation work into their classes and labs.

Sep 1


Experiments manual for use with digital electronics : principles and applications, 8th ed.

Recommending Faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author Roger L. Tokheim
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher McGraw-Hill

The Experiments Manual for Use with Digital Electronics, eighth edition, is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience with digital components, digital techniques, and digital circuits.  The Experiments Manual is closely correlated with its companion textbook, Digital Electronics: Principles and applications, eighth edition.  Entry-level knowledge and skills for a wide range of occupations is the goal of this experiments manual and textbook combination.


Systems analysis and design, 10th ed., International ed.

Recommending Faculty: Dr. Jhoanna Pedrasa

Author Harry J. Rosenblatt
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Systems Analysis And Design, 10e, International Edition offers a practical, visually appealing approach to information systems development. The integrated Video Learning Sessions available via CourseMate will increase engagement and improve student understanding of the course material. Throughout the book, real-world case studies emphasize critical thinking and IT skills in a dynamic, business-related environment. Numerous projects, assignments, and end-of-chapter exercises, accessible only in CourseMate, provide hands-on practice. The new Tenth Edition will help prepare students for success in today’s intensely competitive business world. CourseMate includes an integrated e-book, interactive activities and quizzes as well as the brand new Engagement Tracker feature. In addition, CourseMate is the only place to gain access to the SCR case study.

Data communications and networking, 5th ed., Global ed.

Recommending Faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman

Author Behrouz A. Forouzan
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

“Data Communications and Networking” is designed to help students understand the basics of data communications and networking, and the protocols used in the Internet in particular by using the protocol layering of the Internet and TCP/IP protocol suite. Technologies related to data communication and networking may be the fastest growing in today’s culture. The appearance of some new social networking applications is a testimony to this claim. In this Internet-oriented society, specialists need to be trained to run and manage the Internet, part of the Internet, or an organization’s network that is connected to the Internet. As both the number and types of students are increasing, it is essential to have a textbook that provides coverage of the latest advances, while presenting the material in a way that is accessible to students with little or no background in the field. Using a bottom-up approach, “Data Communications and Networking” presents this highly technical subject matter without relying on complex formulas by using a strong pedagogical approach supported by more than 830 figures. Now in its Fifth Edition, this textbook brings the beginning student right to the forefront of the latest advances in the field, while presenting the fundamentals in a clear, straightforward manner. Students will find better coverage, improved figures and better explanations on cutting-edge material. The “bottom-up” approach allows instructors to cover the material in one course, rather than having separate courses on data communications and networking.

Renewable and efficient electric power systems, 2nd ed.

Recommending Faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Gilbert M. Masters
Place of Publication Hoboken, N. J.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

A solid, quantitative, practical introduction to a wide range of renewable energy systems—in a completely updated, new edition

The second edition of Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems provides a solid, quantitative, practical introduction to a wide range of renewable energy systems. For each topic, essential theoretical background is introduced, practical engineering considerations associated with designing systems and predicting their performance are provided, and methods for evaluating the economics of these systems are presented. While the book focuses on the fastest growing, most promising wind and solar technologies, new material on tidal and wave power, small-scale hydroelectric power, geothermal and biomass systems is introduced. Both supply-side and demand-side technologies are blended in the final chapter, which introduces the emerging smart grid. As the fraction of our power generated by renewable resources increases, the role of demand-side management in helping maintain grid balance is explored.

Jun 9


Handbook of environmental engineering assessment : strategy, planning, and management
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef Compañero

Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

This is one of the most comprehensive books on complex subjects of environmental engineering assessment and planning. Addressing these issues requires an understanding of technical, economic, and policy perspectives; based upon extensive research and practical experience of the authors, these perspectives are thoughtfully and clearly presented.

Covered in this book are subjects related to environmental engineering and planning which include environmental laws and regulations, international perspectives on environmental analysis engineering and planning, economic and social impact analysis, public participation, and energy and environmental implications of major public works and private projects. Contemporary issues ranging from climate change to ecorisk and sustainability are covered in a special section as well.

Under Contemporary Challenges are environmental issues that have received considerable public support and concern; they include: climate change, acid rain, deforestation, endangered species, biodiversity, ecorisk, cultural resources, and sustainability. For most of these issues, there are scientific agreements and disagreements; there are many uncertainties, thus views differ widely. These topics are discussed in considerable detail. Notwithstanding uncertainties and differing views on such topics, all of this information is put in a policy context such that progress towards addressing these contemporary challenges can be made while consensus on the nature and extent of the problem and resultant solutions are being developed.

The book provides considerable information about many timeless issues. These issues range from resources needed for sustaining the quality of life on the planet: air resources to natural resources. Specifically covered are: air, water, land, ecology, sound/noise, human aspects, economics, and resources. For each of these areas, some of the key elements are described so that one can effectively manage complex environmental engineering and planning requirements. Each of the elements are clearly defined and other information, such as how human activities affect the element, source of affects, variable to be measured, how such variables can be measured, data sources, and evaluation and interpretation of data, etc. are provided. Material presented provides a rich source of information so the reader can efficiently and effectively use it to make meaningful environmental engineering, planning, and management decisions.

  • Help with every aspect of analyzing the environmental implications of a project.
  • Complete coverage of current approaches, practices, procedures, documentations, regulations, and issues related to environmental engineering and planning.
  • Step-by-step directions for preparing environmental impact analysis, and environmental reports.
  • Valuable expert advice on international perspectives, public participation, social and environmental impacts.
  • A comprehensive write-up on contemporary issues ranging from climate change to sustainability.
  • A comprehensive description and analysis of timeless issues ranging from air resources to natural resources.

Practical handbook of photovoltaics : fundamentals and applications, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Miguel Escoto

Editors Augustin McEvoy, et al.
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Academic Press

As part of the growing sustainable and renewable energy movement, the design, manufacture and use of photovoltaic devices is increasing in pace and frequency. The Handbook of Photovoltaics will be a ‘benchmark’ publication for those involved in the design, manufacture and use of these devices.
The Handbook covers the principles of solar cell function, the raw materials, photovoltaic systems, standards, calibration, testing, economics and case studies.

The editors have assembled a cast of internationally-respected contributors from industry and academia.

The report is essential reading for: Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics.

  • A thorough update to the ‘benchmark’ publication from a cast of industrial and academic international experts ensures top quality information from multiple stakeholder perspectives
  • Covers all things PV- from principles of solar cells and their raw materials, to the installation and design of full PV systems, including standards, testing, economics and environmental impacts
  • Case studies, practical examples and reports on the latest advances take the new edition of this amazing resource beyond a vast collection of knowledge, into the realm of real world applications

Handbook of corrosion engineering, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty:

Author Pierre R. Roberge
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher McGraw-Hill


Fully revised throughout, Handbook of Corrosion Engineering, Second Edition discusses the latest advances in corrosion-resistant materials, methods, and protective coatings. This comprehensive resource covers all aspects of corrosion damage, including detection, monitoring, prevention, and control. Written by a world-renowned expert on the subject, the book helps you to select materials and resolve design issues where corrosion is considered a factor. Understand, predict, evaluate, mitigate, and correct corrosion problems with help from this authoritative guide.

Coverage includes:

  • Aqueous corrosion
  • High-temperature corrosion
  • Atmospheric, water, seawater, soil, concrete, and microbial environments
  • Modeling, life prediction, and computer applications
  • Identifying and inspecting corrosion failures
  • Corrosion maintenance through inspection and monitoring
  • Corrosion testing
  • Selection and design of engineering materials
  • Protective coatings and corrosion inhibitors
  • Cathodic and anodic protection


The rough guide to Android phones & tablets, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Andrew Clare
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to Android Phones is the ultimate guide for Android phone users. The book shares all the tips and tricks that ensure the phone performs to its full potential. The book includes a complete lowdown on the hottest 100 Android apps, as well as codes to use for on-the-spot downloading. The Rough Guide reveals the secrets of this up-and-coming mobile operating system, covering models produced by Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and many more. From the basic questions like “What is Android?” to making the most of its functionality, this is the complete companion to your Android phone.


  • More than 250,000 Android apps available
  • Android was listed as the bestselling smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys.

Agile data warehousing project management : business intelligence systems using Scrum
Recommending faculty: Prof. Eugene Rex L. Jalao

Author Ralph Hughes
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

You have to make sense of enormous amounts of data, and while the notion of “agile data warehousing” might sound tricky, it can yield as much as a 3-to-1 speed advantage while cutting project costs in half. Bring this highly effective technique to your organization with the wisdom of agile data warehousing expert Ralph Hughes. Agile Data Warehousing Project Management will give you a thorough introduction to the method as you would practice it in the project room to build a serious “data mart.” Regardless of where you are today, this step-by-step implementation guide will prepare you to join or even lead a team in visualizing, building, and validating a single component to an enterprise data warehouse.

  • Provides a thorough grounding on the mechanics of Scrum as well as practical advice on keeping your team on track
  • Includes strategies for getting accurate and actionable requirements from a team’s business partner
  • Revolutionary estimating techniques that make forecasting labor far more understandable and accurate
  • Demonstrates a blends of Agile methods to simplify team management and synchronize inputs across IT specialties
  • Enables you and your teams to start simple and progress steadily to world-class performance levels

Observing the user experience : a practitioner’s guide to user research, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Elizabeth Goodman, et al.
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

The gap between who designers and developers imagine their users are, and who those users really are can be the biggest problem with product development. Observing the User Experience will help you bridge that gap to understand what your users want and need from your product, and whether they’ll be able to use what you’ve created.

Filled with real-world experience and a wealth of practical information, this book presents a complete toolbox of techniques to help designers and developers see through the eyes of their users. It provides in-depth coverage of 13 user experience research techniques that will provide a basis for developing better products, whether they’re Web, software or mobile based. In addition, it’s written with an understanding of product development in the real world, taking tight budgets, short schedules, and existing processes into account.

Since the publication of the first edition, the business of user research has exploded with new technologies and new techniques. This second edition takes those changes into account with extensive revisions to existing topics. It also adds entirely new material on observational research, mobile usability, diary studies, remote research, and cross-cultural and multilingual projects.

  • Explains how to balance usability with creativity and originality
  • A valuable resource for designers, developers, project managers — anyone whose work affects the end user experience
  • Provides a real-world perspective on research. Helps you do user research cheaply and quickly, and present it persuasively
  • Gives you the tools and confidence to perform user research on your own design, tuning user experience to the unique needs of your product and its users

Interactive storytelling for video games : a player-centered approach to creating memorable characters and stories
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Josiah Lebowitz and Chris Klug
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Focal Press

What really makes a video game story interactive?
What’s the best way to create an interactive story?
How much control should players be given?
Do they really want that control in the first place?
Do they even know what they want-or are their stated desires at odds with the unconscious preferences?

All of these questions and more are examined in this definitive book on interactive storytelling for video games. You’ll get detailed descriptions of all major types of interactive stories, case studies of popular games (including Bioshock, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear Solid), and how players interact with them, and an in-depth analysis of the results of a national survey on player storytelling preferences in games. You’ll get the expert advice you need to generate compelling and original game concepts and narratives.

Android application development cookbook : 93 recipes for building winning apps
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Wei-Meng Lee
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

A must-have collection of ready-to-use Android recipes!

The popularity of Google Android devices is seemingly unstoppable and the Android 4 release offers, for the first time, a single OS solution for building both phone and tablet applications. With that exciting information in mind, veteran author Wei-Meng Lee presents you with 100 unique recipes that you can apply today in order to discover solutions to some of the most commonly encountered problems that exist in Android programming.

Covering the scope of multiple Android releases up through Android 4, this reference features a task description, followed by the solution(s) available, and a standalone project file that illustrates the use of the recipe. Formatting each recipe to be standalone, Wei-Meng Lee allows you to jump into the relevant recipe to find a solution to specific challenges.

  • Identifies and describes a programming task, provides a step-by-step solution, and presents a full-code solution ready for download
  • Covers multiple Android releases
  • Addresses such topics as user interfaces, telephony and messaging, networking, Google maps, location-based services, persisting data, leveraging hardware features, and more

Android Application Development Cookbook is your solution to discovering…solutions!

Human-computer interaction : an empirical research perspective
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jhoanna Pedrasa

Author I. Scott MacKenzie
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective is the definitive guide to empirical research in HCI. The book begins with foundational topics including historical context, the human factor, interaction elements, and the fundamentals of science and research. From there, you’ll progress to learning about the methods for conducting an experiment to evaluate a new computer interface or interaction technique. There are detailed discussions and how-to analyses on models of interaction, focusing on descriptive models and predictive models. Writing and publishing a research paper is explored with helpful tips for success. Throughout the book, you’ll find hands-on exercises, checklists, and real-world examples. This is your must-have, comprehensive guide to empirical and experimental research in HCI-an essential addition to your HCI library.

  • Master empirical and experimental research with this comprehensive, A-to-Z guide in a concise, hands-on reference
  • Discover the practical and theoretical ins-and-outs of user studies
  • Find exercises, takeaway points, and case studies throughout

Professional Android 4 application development
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Reto Meier
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Developers, build mobile Android apps using Android 4

The fast-growing popularity of Android smartphones and tablets creates a huge opportunities for developers. If you’re an experienced developer, you can start creating robust mobile Android apps right away with this professional guide to Android 4 application development. Written by one of Google’s lead Android developer advocates, this practical book walks you through a series of hands-on projects that illustrate the features of the Android SDK. That includes all the new APIs introduced in Android 3 and 4, including building for tablets, using the Action Bar, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC Beam, and more.

  • Shows experienced developers how to create mobile applications for Android smartphones and tablets
  • Revised and expanded to cover all the Android SDK releases including Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), including all updated APIs, and the latest changes to the Android platform
  • Explains new and enhanced features such as drag and drop, fragments, the action bar, enhanced multitouch support, new environmental sensor support, major improvements to the animation framework, and a range of new communications techniques including NFC and Wi-Fi direct
  • Provides practical guidance on publishing and marketing your applications, best practices for user experience, and more

This book helps you learn to master the design, lifecycle, and UI of an Android app through practical exercises, which you can then use as a basis for developing your own Android apps.

Game design essentials
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Briar Lee Mitchell
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

An easy-to-follow primer on the fundamentals of digital game design

The quickly evolving mobile market is spurring digital game creation into the stratosphere, with revenue from games exceeding that of the film industry. With this guide to the basics, you’ll get in on the game of digital game design while you learn the skills required for storyboarding, character creation, environment creation, level design, programming, and testing.

  • Teaches basic skill sets in the context of current systems, genres, and game-play styles
  • Demonstrates how to design for different sectors within gaming including console, PC, handheld, and mobile
  • Explores low-poly modeling for game play
  • Addresses character and prop animation, lighting and rendering, and environment design
  • Discusses the path from concept to product, including pre- and post-production
  • Includes real-world scenarios and interviews with key studio and industry professionals

With Game Design Essentials, you’ll benefit from a general-but-thorough overview of the core art and technology fundamentals of digital game design for the 21st century.

Polymer nanocomposites by emulsion and suspension polymerization

Editor Vikas Mittal
Place of Publication Cambridge, U.K.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher RSC Pub.

Polymer nanocomposites revolutionized research in the composites area by achieving the nanoscale dispersion of the inorganic filler (clay platelets) in the polymer matrices after suitable surface modifications of the filler phase. A large number of polymer matrices were tried and nanocomposites with varying degrees of successes were achieved with these polymer systems. The majority of the synthesis are carried out by melt blending which frequently result in the full exfoliation of the filler. However, advanced techniques provide a number of advantages as compared to the melt blending and lead to more uniform composites with enhanced properties. There are a number of recent advances in these methods such as the use of reactive surfactants, modified initiators, advanced clay surface modifications, use of a variety of fillers, inverse polymerization, and miniemulsion polymerization methods which have further led the generation of advanced exfoliated nanocomposites. Until now, most of the published research has been scattered throughout the literature. This book provides a single comprehensive source of information about one of the most important facets of polymer nanocomposites technology: synthesis in emulsion and suspension. These polymerization methods lead to the generation of the well delaminated polymer nanocomposites with a wide range of polymer matrices. This book serves as both a professional reference for experienced researchers and a valuable text for newcomers to the field. It makes the reader aware of the potential commercial use of these recent developments.

Game development essentials : an introduction, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Jeannie Novak
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS, International Edition is an authoritative, industry-driven introduction to the world of game development, with updates that keep readers current and well-prepared for a successful career in the field. This book not only examines content creation and the concepts behind development, but it also give readers a background on the evolution of game development and how it has become what it is today. GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS also includes chapters on project management, development team roles and responsibilities, development cycle, marketing, maintenance, and the future of game development.

With the same engaging writing style and examples that made the first two editions so popular, this new edition features all the latest games and game technology. Coverage of new game-related technology, development techniques, and the latest research in the field make this an invaluable resource for anyone entering the exciting, competitive, ever-changing world of game development.

Introductory bioelectronics : for engineers and physical scientists
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Authors Ronald Pethig & Stewart Smith
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Wiley

Bioelectronics is a rich field of research involving the application of electronics engineering principles to biology, medicine, and the health sciences. With its interdisciplinary nature, bioelectronics spans state-of-the-art research at the interface between the life sciences, engineering and physical sciences.

Introductory Bioelectronics offers a concise overview of the field and teaches the fundamentals of biochemical, biophysical, electrical, and physiological concepts relevant to bioelectronics. It is the first book to bring together these various topics, and to explain the basic theory and practical applications at an introductory level.

The authors describe and contextualise the science by examining recent research and commercial applications. They also cover the design methods and forms of instrumentation that are required in the application of bioelectronics technology. The result is a unique book with the following key features:

  • an interdisciplinary approach, which develops theory through practical examples and clinical applications, and delivers the necessary biological knowledge from an electronic engineer’s perspective
  • a problem section in each chapter that readers can use for self-assessment, with model answers given at the end of the book along with references to key scientific publications
  • discussions of new developments in the bioelectronics and biosensors fields, such as microfluidic devices and nanotechnology

Supplying the tools to succeed, this text is the best resource for engineering and physical sciences students in bioelectronics, biomedical engineering and micro/nano-engineering. Not only that, it is also a resource for researchers without formal training in biology, who are entering PhD programmes or working on industrial projects in these areas.

Biomaterials science : an introduction to materials in medicine, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Astrid Liberato

Editor Buddy D. Ratner, et al.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Academic Press

The revised edition of this renowned and bestselling title is the most comprehensive single text on all aspects of biomaterials science. It provides a balanced, insightful approach to both the learning of the science and technology of biomaterials and acts as the key reference for practitioners who are involved in the applications of materials in medicine.

  • Over 29,000 copies sold, this is the most comprehensive coverage of principles and applications of all classes of biomaterials: “the only such text that currently covers this area comprehensively” – Materials Today
  • Edited by four of the best-known figures in the biomaterials field today; fully endorsed and supported by the Society for Biomaterials
  • Fully revised and expanded, key new topics include of tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, and new clinical applications, with new teaching and learning material throughout, case studies and a downloadable image bank

Ethics in information technology
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author George W. Reynolds
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Give your students a strong understanding of the legal, ethical, and societal implications of information technology with Reynolds’ “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition”. The latest edition of this dynamic text provides the most up-to-date, thorough coverage of newsworthy technology developments and their impact on business today. Students examine issues surrounding professional codes of ethics, file sharing, and infringement of intellectual property, security risk assessment, Internet crime, identity theft, employee surveillance, privacy, compliance, social networking, and the ethics of IT corporations.

This book offers an excellent foundation in ethical decision-making for current and future business managers and IT professionals. Unlike typical introductory Information Systems books that provide only one chapter for ethics and IT and cannot cover the full scope of IT-related ethical issues, “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition” provides thorough coverage focused on preparing the individuals who are primarily responsible for addressing ethical issues in today’s workplace. Future business managers and IT professionals learn how to examine the various ethical situations that typically arise in IT and gain experience from the book’s practical advice for addressing the issues.

Up-to-the-minute business vignettes and thought-provoking questions challenge students’ knowledge; while features focused on decision making, such as this edition’s updated Manager’s Checklists, provide brief, critical points to consider in making key business decisions. Trust “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition” to equip your business decision makers with the understanding of ethics and IT needed for ongoing business success.

Information technology project management, 7th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Kathy Schwalbe
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Introduce your students to exciting “behind-the-scenes” opportunities and challenges in technology today with Schwalbe’s unique INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 7E, International Edition. This one-of-a-kind book demonstrates the principles distinctive to managing information technology (IT) projects that extend well beyond standard project management requirements.
No book offers more up-to-the minute insights and software tools for IT project management success, including updates that reflect the latest PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition, the global standard for managing projects and earning certification. The book weaves today’s theory with successful practices for an understandable, integrated presentation that focuses on the concepts, tools, and techniques that are most effective today.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 7E, International Edition is the only text to apply all ten project management knowledge areas to IT projects. Students master skills in project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management as well as all five process groups–initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Intriguing examples from familiar companies featured in today’s news, a new Agile case, opportunities with MindView software, and a new chapter on project stakeholder management further ensure your readers have the foundation to manage IT projects with success.

The multiplayer classroom : designing coursework as a game
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Lee Sheldon
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology/Cengage Learning

Discover how to engage your students and raise their grades and attendance in your classroom. THE MULTIPLAYER CLASSROOM: DESIGNING COURSEWORK AS A GAME is your detailed guide to designing any structured learning experience as a game. Written for professional educators or those learning to be educators, here are the tools to engage and excite students by using principles learned in the development of popular video games. Suitable for use in the classroom or the boardroom, the book features a reader-friendly style that introduces game concepts and vocabulary in a logical way. You don’t need any experience making games or even playing games to use this book. Yet, you will learn how to create multiplayer games for any age on any subject. Bring your classroom into the 21st century!

Quality hand soldering and circuit board repair, 6th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author H. (Ted) Smith
Place of Publication Clifton Park, N.Y.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

Straightforward and easy to understand, the Sixth Edition of Quality Hand Soldering and Circuit Board Repair has been thoroughly revised to provide readers with the most up to date information in the industry. Focusing on the production and repair of circuit boards, this text begins with the basics of soldering and the requirements for a reliable solder connection. Readers are then guided through a variety of circuit board repairs, from conformal coating identification and removal to different types of track/pad repairs, burn repairs, and edge connector repairs. With safety tips and multiple opportunities for review and practice, this step by step reference book provides readers with the skills and knowledge needed to remain competitive and in accordance with international standards.

Aug 10

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Top 1 Hottest Articles from Science Direct (from January to March 2013, selected journals) for Industrial Engineering/Operations Research

Journal: Applied Ergonomics
Title: Improving multi-tasking ability through action videogames

Journal: Journal of Operations Management
Title: A definition of theory: research guidelines for different theory-building research methods in operations management

Journal: Mathematics and Computers in Simulation
Title: Meshless methods: A review and computer implementation aspects

Pursuing Internationalization as a Means to Advance the Academic Mission of the University: An Australian Case Study (EBSCO Academic Search Complete)


Mining Equipment and Systems: Theory and Practice of Exploitation and Reliability by Jacek M . Czaplicki (from CRCmetBASE eBook collection)

Bioinformatics: Sequence Alignment and Markov Models by Kal Renganathan Sharma. (McGraw Hill Access Engineering)

Energy Systems Design and Operation: A Unified Method (McGraw Hill eBook Library)

Sustainable On-Site CHP Systems: Design, Construction, and Operations (McGraw Hill Access Engineering)


Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE)

Traffic Injury Prevention (Taylor & Francis)

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (ACS Journals)

Transactions in GIS (Wiley Online Library)


SIAM Journals - The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) fosters the development of applied mathematical and computational methodologies needed in these various application areas. Applied mathematics in partnership with computational science is essential in solving many real-world problems. Through publications, research, and community, the mission of SIAM is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - The most extensive online resource on mechanical engineering which includes technical papers from journals and conference proceedings published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Algorithm - In mathematics, computing, linguistics and related subjects, an algorithm is a finite sequence of instructions, an explicit, step-by-step procedure for solving a problem, often used for calculation and data processing. It is formally a type of effective method in which a list of well-defined instructions for completing a task, will when given an initial state, proceed through a well-defined series of successive states, eventually terminating in an end-state.

Cloud Computing - Cloud computing is a jargon term without a commonly accepted non-ambiguous scientific or technical definition. Some analysts and vendors define cloud computing narrowly as an updated version of utility computing: basically virtual servers available over the Internet. Others go very broad, arguing anything you consume outside the firewall is “in the cloud,” including conventional outsourcing.


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