Jun 11

REFERENCE BOOKS


Atlas of material damage
Recommending faculty: Prof. John Kenneth Cruz

Author George Wypych
Place of Publication Toronto
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher ChemTec Pub.

Product reliability is the major aim of technological know-how. Uninterrupted performance of manufactured products at typical and extreme conditions of its use is the major goal of product development and the most important indicator of material quality.

This book provides information on defect formation and materials damage. The following aspects of material performance are discussed:

  1. Effect of composition, morphological features, and structure of different materials on material performance, durability, and resilience
  2. Analysis of causes of material damage and degradation
  3. Effect of processing conditions on material damage
  4. Effect of combined action of different degradants on industrial products
  5. Systematic analysis of existing knowledge regarding the modes of damage and morphology of damaged material
  6. Methods of analysis of material damage
  7. Comparison of experiences generated in different sectors of industry regarding the most frequently encountered failures, reasons for these failures, and potential improvements preventing future damage

The name “Atlas” was selected to indicate emphasis of the book on illustration with many real examples of damaged products and discussion of causes of damage and potential for material improvements.

Special chapter contains examples of damage encountered in different groups of industrial products. Each group of materials is discussed according to the following breakdown:

  1. Examples of damage typically encountered in a group under discussion
  2. Results of structural analysis of degradation (e.g., image analysis, surface and bulk mapping by analytic techniques such as NMR, XPS, thermography, etc.)
  3. Credit to the source of images, references, and explanations
  4. Conditions under which material was degraded
  5. Discussion of morphological features and observations
  • Data and images are provided for many material types, making this a hard-working reference guide for engineers working in a range of different market sectors.
  • As well as providing core data, this reference explains the range of test and imaging techniques available, enabling engineers and scientists to take optimal and cost effective decisions.
  • An essential tool for identifying material damage and implementing successful maintenance and replacement regimes.

Design and analysis of modern tracking systems
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Authors Samuel Blackman, Robert Popoli
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c1999
Publisher Artech House

An overview of the state in design and implementation of advanced tracking for single and multiple sensor systems. The text provides evaluations of sensor management, kinematic and attribute data processing, data association, situation assessment, and modern tracking and data fusion methods as applied in both military and non-military arenas. The book offers full coverage of tracking topics such as passive ranging and interactive multiple model (IMM) filtering; multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) data association; Bayesian and Dempster-Shafer attribute fusion; multiple sensor tracking methods for distributed systems such as space-based surveillance systems; use of tracking data for situation assessment and sensor management; track fusion and track-before-detect (TBD) methods; and efficient allocation of agile beam radar resources. It also covers the interpretation and optimisation of tracker data, and solves the problems associated with algorithm choice and design.


Handbook of reflector antennas and feed systems (Vol. 1, 2, & 3)
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Editors Sudhakar Rao, et al.
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Artech House

This is the first truly comprehensive and most up-to-date handbook available on modern reflector antennas and feed sources for diversified space and ground applications. There has never been such an all-encompassing reflector handbook in print, and no currently available title offers coverage of such recent research developments. The Handbook consists of three volumes. Volume 1 provides a unique combination of theoretical underpinnings with design considerations and techniques.

The need for knowledge in reflector antennas has grown steadily over the last two decades due to increased use in space and ground applications, as well as their high gain and wide bandwidth capabilities at relatively low cost. This volume brings you to the leading edge of developments in the field related to numerical techniques, classical reflector geometries, adaptive reflector antennas, shaped reflectors, bifocal and bicollimated dual reflectors, advanced reflectors, and reflect arrays. A must-have reference for both practicing engineers as well as academic researchers.


CIRCULATION BOOKS


Game design secrets : do what you never thought possible to market and monetize your iOS, Facebook, and Web games
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Wagner James Au
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Design great Facebook, iOS, and Web games and learn from the experts what makes a game a hit!

This invaluable resource shows how to put into action the proven design and marketing techniques from the industry’s best game designers, who all started on a small scale. The book walks novice and experienced game designers through the step-by-step process of conceptualizing, designing, launching, and managing a winning game on platforms including Facebook, iOS, and the Web. The book is filled with examples that highlight key design features, explain how to market your game, and illustrate how to turn your design into a money-making venture.

  • Provides an overview of the most popular game platforms and shows how to design games for each
  • Contains the basic principles of game design that will help promote growth and potential to generate revenue
  • Includes interviews with top independent game developers who reveal their success secrets
  • Offers an analysis of future trends that can open (or close) opportunities for game designers

Game Design Secrets provides aspiring game designers a process for planning, designing, marketing, and ultimately making money from new games.


Body area communications : channel modeling, communication systems, and EMC
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Authors Jianqing Wang, Qiong Wang
Place of Publication Singapore
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Wiley

Providing an introduction to the fundamentals of body area communications, this book covers the key topics of channel modeling, modulation and demodulation, and performance evaluation

A systematic introduction to body area networks (BAN), this book focuses on three major parts: channel modeling, modulation/demodulation communications performance, and electromagnetic compatibility considerations. The content is logically structured to lead readers from an introductory level through to in-depth and more advanced topics.

  • Provides a concise introduction to this emerging topic based on classroom-tested materials
  • Details the latest IEEE 802.15.6 standard activities
  • Moves from very basic physics, to useful mathematic models, and then to practical considerations
  • Covers not only EM physics and communications, but also biological applications
  • Topics approached include: link budget, bit error rate performance, RAKE and diversity reception; SAR analysis for human safety evaluation; and modeling of electromagnetic interference to implanted cardiac pacemakers
  • Provides Matlab and Fortran programs for download from the Companion Website

Harness the power of Big Data : the IBM Big Data platform
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Editors Paul C. Zikopoulos, et al.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Boost your Big Data IQ! Gain insight into how to govern and consume IBM’s unique in-motion and at-rest Big Data analytic capabilities

Big Data represents a new era of computing—an inflection point of opportunity where data in any format may be explored and utilized for breakthrough insights—whether that data is in-place, in-motion, or at-rest. IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This book reveals how IBM is infusing open source Big Data technologies with IBM innovation that manifest in a platform capable of “changing the game.”

The four defining characteristics of Big Data—volume, variety, velocity, and veracity—are discussed. You’ll understand how IBM is fully committed to Hadoop and integrating it into the enterprise. Hear about how organizations are taking inventories of their existing Big Data assets, with search capabilities that help organizations discover what they could already know, and extend their reach into new data territories for unprecedented model accuracy and discovery.

In this book you will also learn not just about the technologies that make up the IBM Big Data platform, but when to leverage its purpose-built engines for analytics on data in-motion and data at-rest. And you’ll gain an understanding of how and when to govern Big Data, and how IBM’s industry-leading InfoSphere integration and governance portfolio helps you understand, govern, and effectively utilize Big Data. Industry use cases are also included in this practical guide.


Radar equations for modern radar
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author David K. Barton
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Artech House

Based on the classic Radar Range-Performance Analysis from 1980, this practical volume extends that work to ensure applicability of radar equations to the design and analysis of modern radars. This unique book helps you identify what information on the radar and its environment is needed to predict detection range. Moreover, it provides equations and data to improve the accuracy of range calculations. You find detailed information on propagation effects, methods of range calculation in environments that include clutter, jamming and thermal noise, as well as loss factors that reduce radar performance. This invaluable book is supported with nearly 200 illustrations and over 430 equations.

Contents: Background. Search Radar Equation. Radar Equations for Clutter and Jamming. Detectability Factor. Beamshape Loss. Noise Temperature. Atmospheric Effects. Pattern-Propagation Factor. Clutter and Jamming. Loss Factors in the Radar Equation.


Electronic warfare target location methods, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Richard A. Poisel
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Artech House

Describing the mathematical development underlying current and classical methods of geolocating electronic systems that are emitting, this newly revised and greatly expanded edition of a classic Artech House book offers practical guidance in electronic warfare target location. The Second Edition features a wealth of additional material including new chapters on time delay estimation, direction finding techniques, and the MUSIC algorithm. This practical resource provides you with critical design information on geolocation algorithms, and establishes the fundamentals of existing algorithms as a launch point for further algorithm development. You gain an in-depth understanding of key target location methods that you can effectively apply to your work in the field.

You discover triangulation algorithms that offer a highly efficient way to geolocate targets when the real estate on the sensor systems is adequate to support an antenna array. The book also presents quadratic geolocation techniques that can be implemented with extremely modest antennas frequently a single dipole or monopole. Moreover, this authoritative volume details methods for geolocating the source of high frequency signals with a single sensor site.


Monopulse principles and techniques, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Authors Samuel M. Sherman, David K. Barton
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Artech House

Monopulse is a type of radar that sends additional information in the signal in order to avoid problems caused by rapid changes in signal strength. Monopulse is resistant to jamming which is one of the main reasons it is used in most radar systems today. This updated and expanded edition of an Artech House classic offers engineers a current and comprehensive treatment of monopulse radar principles, techniques, and applications. The second edition features two brand new chapters, covering monopulse countermeasures and counter-countermeasures and monopulse for airborne radar and homing seekers. This essential volume categorizes and describes the various forms of monopulse radar, and analyzes their capabilities and limitations. The book also devotes considerable space to monopulse circuits and hardware components, explaining their functions and performance. This practical resource features numerous photographs and illustrations drawn from actual radar systems and components. This book serves as a valuable reference for both experienced radar engineers and those new to the field.


Radio wave propagation fundamentals
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Artem Saakian
Place of Publication Norwood, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Artech House

Written for professional engineers and students who specialize in antenna, communication and radar systems, this authoritative book provides a thorough introduction to the basic principles of electromagnetic wave propagation of radio frequencies in real-world conditions. It serves as an invaluable daily reference for practitioners in the field and also as a complete, organized text on the subject. This comprehensive resource covers a wide range of essential topics, from the classification of radio waves, electromagnetic wave theory, and antennas for RF radio links…to the impact of the earth surface on the propagation of ground waves, atmospheric affects in radio wave propagation, and radio wave reception. This book is packed with over 1,105 time-saving equations and key discussions are supported with more than 190 illustrations. Moreover, each chapter includes problem sets to test the reader’s mastery of the material.


The micro-Doppler effect in radar
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Victor C. Chen
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Artech House

The Doppler Effect can be thought of as the change in frequency of a wave for an observer moving relative to the source of the wave. In radar, it is used to measure the velocity of detected objects. This highly practical resource provides thorough working knowledge of the micro-Doppler effect in radar, including its principles, applications and implementation with MATLAB codes. The book presents code for simulating radar backscattering from targets with various motions, generating micro-Doppler signatures, and analyzing the characteristics of targets. In this title, professionals will find detailed descriptions of the physics and mathematics of the Doppler and micro-Doppler effect. The book provides a wide range of clear examples, including an oscillating pendulum, a spinning and precession heavy top, rotating rotor blades of a helicopter, rotating wind-turbine blades, a person walking with swinging arms and legs, a flying bird, and movements of quadruped animals.


Free2Play : making money from games you give away
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Will Luton
Place of Publication Berkeley, Calif.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher New Riders

“Will’s knowledge of F2P comes from years of building games, as well as writing about and consulting with developers on the model. All the topics covered in this book—economics, gameplay, monetization, analytics and marketing—are important to consider when you’re building an F2P game, and Will covers each with an easy-to-digest style.” —Ian Marsh, co-founder, NimbleBit

Free-to-Play: Making Money From Games You Give Away is an accessible and complete guide to the business model that has revolutionized the videogames industry, creating huge hits, multi-billion-dollar startups and a new deal for players: Play for free, spend on what you like.

Written by respected game designer and consultant Will Luton, Free-to-Play gives you the in-the-trenches insight you need to build, run and make money from games you give away. In it you’ll find:

  • Psychology behind player decisions and the motivations to play
  • Simple and accessible explanations of the math and economic theories behind F2P, including working examples
  • Processes for capturing and using player data to improve your game
  • Marketing tips on positioning your game and attracting players

Plus: A downloadable F2P spreadsheet, articles from the author, a foreword by NimbleBit co-founder Ian Marsh and an interview with Zynga CEO, Mark Pincus.


Social game design : monetization methods and mechanics
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Authors Tim Fields, Brandon Cotton
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Social Game Design reveals what you need to know in order to create and monetize online social games. Using examples from successful game designs, you’ll learn what makes these games compelling, and why people will pay to play them. This book will inspire you to apply these principles in order to meet the challenges of this new space, creating original games that both delight players and generate profit. We’ll talk about different business models, how to acquire and keep players, how to sell virtual goods, and how to keep players coming back day after day.


Appreneur : secrets to success in the App Store
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Taylor Pierce
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Apress

You are interested in making an app. You have read all of the stories of successful developers and appreneurs. You are determined to get a piece of the pie. The world of apps is the fastest growing market in the world today, and it is here to stay. The best part is you can get in on it! Now what if I told you that without the knowledge contained in this book the odds of you making a profit are slim to none? What if I also told you that you probably wouldn’t break even? There is more to apps than most people think. The average person assumes that if they make an app, they will instantly become a millionaire. The truth is without the knowledge from years of successes and failures, you just won’t know where to begin.

Appreneur book contains tips, tricks, secrets, and stories from the top developers, appreneurs, and companies from around the globe. After reading this book, you will have the knowledge to bring your idea to life, market it, promote it, and sell it in a way that would have otherwise been impossible.

What you’ll learn

  • How to start at the bottom and rise to the top
  • How to choose the right development and platform for you
  • How to create a market for yourself instead of playing the competition
  • How to generate revenue from various app business models available
  • How to figure out what’s hot versus what’s not
  • How to make the most of your advertising dollars
  • What is free to pay (F2P) model and how to take advantage of it
  • How to secure your rights and later sell your rights to cash out or “hit it big”
  • How to evolve with the app stores and keep piracy to a minimum

Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring indie mobile app developers, especially those who want to build and sell apps on Apple iTunes App Store.


A theory of fun for game design
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Raph Koster
Place of Publication Scottsdale
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Paraglyph Press

A Theory of Fun for Game Design is not your typical how-to book. It features a novel way of teaching interactive designers how to create and improve their designs to incorporate the highest degree of fun. As the book shows, designing for fun is all about making interactive products like games highly entertaining, engaging, and addictive. The book’s unique approach of providing a highly visual storyboard approach combined with a narrative on the art and practice of designing for fun is sure to be a hit with game and interactive designers, At first glance A Theory of Fun for Game Design is a book that will truly inspire and challenge game designers to think in new was; however, its universal message will influence designers from all walks of life. This book captures the real essence of what drives us to seek out products and experiences that are truly fun and entertaining. The author masterfully presents his engaging theory by showing readers how many designs are lacking because they are predictable and not engaging enough. He then explains how great designers use different types of elements in new ways to make designs more fun and compelling. Anyone who is interested in design will enjoy how the book works on two levels–as a quick inspiration guide to game design, or as an informative discussion that details the insightful thinking from a great mind in the game industry.


The art of game design : a book of lenses
Recommending faculty:

Author Jesse Schell
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2008
Publisher CRC Press

Anyone can master the fundamentals of game design – no technological expertise is necessary. The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses shows that the same basic principles of psychology that work for board games, card games and athletic games also are the keys to making top-quality videogames. Good game design happens when you view your game from many different perspectives, or lenses. While touring through the unusual territory that is game design, this book gives the reader one hundred of these lenses – one hundred sets of insightful questions to ask yourself that will help make your game better. These lenses are gathered from fields as diverse as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, writing, puzzle design, and anthropology. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to become a better game designer – and will understand how to do it.


Burn your portfolio : stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rowel Atienza

Author Michael Janda
Place of Publication San Francisco, CA
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher New Riders

It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the real-world practices, professional do’s and don’ts, and unwritten rules of business that most designers, photographers, web designers, copy writers, programmers, and architects only learn after putting in years of experience on the job.

Michael Janda, owner of the Utah-based design firm Riser, uses humor to dispense nugget after nugget of hard-won advice collected over the last decade from the personal successes and failures he has faced running his own agency. In this surprisingly funny, but incredibly practical advice guide, Janda’s advice on teamwork and collaboration, relationship building, managing clients, bidding work, production processes, and more will resonate with creative professionals of all stripes.


Game analytics : maximizing the value of player data
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Editors Magy Seif El-Nasr, et al.
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Springer

Developing a successful game in today’s market is a challenging endeavor. Thousands of titles are published yearly, all competing for players’ time and attention. Game analytics has emerged in the past few years as one of the main resources for ensuring game quality, maximizing success, understanding player behavior and enhancing the quality of the player experience. It has led to a paradigm shift in the development and design strategies of digital games, bringing data-driven intelligence practices into the fray for informing decision making at operational, tactical and strategic levels.

Game Analytics – Maximizing the Value of Player Data is the first book on the topic of game analytics; the process of discovering and communicating patterns in data towards evaluating and driving action, improving performance and solving problems in game development and game research. Written by over 50 international experts from industry and research, it covers a comprehensive range of topics across more than 30 chapters, providing an in-depth discussion of game analytics and its practical applications.

Topics covered include monetization strategies, design of telemetry systems, analytics for iterative production, game data mining and big data in game development, spatial analytics, visualization and reporting of analysis, player behavior analysis, quantitative user testing and game user research. This state-of-the-art volume is an essential source of reference for game developers and researchers.

Key takeaways include:

  • Thorough introduction to game analytics; covering analytics applied to data on players, processes and performance throughout the game lifecycle.
  • In-depth coverage and advice on setting up analytics systems and developing good practices for integrating analytics in game-development and -management.
  • Contributions by leading researchers and experienced professionals from the industry, including Ubisoft, Sony, EA, Bioware, Square Enix, THQ, Volition, and PlayableGames.
  • Interviews with experienced industry professionals on how they use analytics to create hit games.

Jun 9

REFERENCE BOOKS


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

THE MOST COMPLETE, UP-TO-DATE CORROSION CONTROL REFERENCE

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

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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.

Stats:

  • 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.


Jun 5

RESERVE BOOKS


Belt conveying of minerals
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Authors E.D. Yardley and L.R. Stace
Place of Publication Cambridge
Date of Publication 2008
Publisher Woodhead

Belt Conveying of Minerals is a comprehensive reference on the science and technology of belt conveyors, aimed at providing mine and quarry operators, as well as engineering students, with a balanced view of the technical issues associated with belt conveyors and to assist in the decision-making process when installing belt conveyor systems.

A discussion of the history and economics of conveyor applications sets the scene. Conveyor design is investigated in detail, covering power requirements, belt tensioning, and hardware. Principles regarding construction and joining of belts are outlined and a helpful and practical overview of relevant standards, belt test methods, and issues surrounding standardisation is given. Conveyor belt systems can represent a significant operational hazard, so the authors have set out to highlight the important area of safety, with consideration given to fire/electrical resistance, as well as the interface between personnel and conveyor systems – including nip points and operational issues such as man-riding. Selected case studies illustrate some practical aspects of installation and operation.

  • A comprehensive reference on the science and technology of belt conveyors
  • Provides a balanced view of the technical issues associated with belt conveyors
  • Investigates conveyor design and outlines the principles of construction

Handbook of gold exploration and evaluation
Recommending faculty: Prof. Juan Fidel Calaywan

Author Eoin H. Macdonald
Place of Publication Cambridge
Date of Publication 2007
Publisher Woodhead

Designed for geologists and engineers engaged specifically in the search for gold deposits of all types and as a reference for academics in higher schools of learning, Handbook of gold exploration and evaluation provides principles and detailed explanations that underpin the correct interpretation of day-to-day experience in the field. Problems are addressed with regard to the analysis, interpretation and understanding of the general framework within which both primary and secondary gold resources are explored, developed and exploited.

Handbook of gold exploration and evaluation covers a comprehensive range of topics including the nature and history of gold, geology of gold ore deposits, gold deposition in the weathering environment, sedimentation and detrital gold, gold exploration, lateritic and placer gold sampling, mine planning and practise for shallow deposits, metallurgical processes and design, and evaluation, risk and feasibility.

  • Covers the nature and history of gold
  • Addresses problems with regard to the framework in which gold resources are explored, developed and exploited
  • Discusses topics including the geology of gold ore deposits, metallurgical processes and design, evaluation, risk and feasibility

Coal science and engineering
Recommending faculty: Prof. Juan Fidel Calaywan & Prof. Harvey Lucy

Author B. Mazumder
Place of Publication New Delhi
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Woodhead

Coal science and engineering will be helpful as a unified source of information on coal for both students specializing in coal and entrepreneurs working on coal. Chapters cover coal deposits, mining and beneficiation; coal structure and coal classification; coal analysis; coal cleaning processes; and coal conversion processes, as well as coal derived industrial carbons; utilization of coal wastes; and pollution generated by coal and its abatement.


An introduction to scientific computing : twelve computational projects solved with MATLAB
Recommending faculty: Prof. Edgar Felizmenio

Editor Ionut Danaila, et al.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2007
Publisher Springer

This book demonstrates scientific computing by presenting twelve computational projects in several disciplines including Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Science, Computer Aided Design, Signal Processing and more. Each follows typical steps of scientific computing, from physical and mathematical description, to numerical formulation and programming and critical discussion of results. The text teaches practical methods not usually available in basic textbooks: numerical checking of accuracy, choice of boundary conditions, effective solving of linear systems, comparison to exact solutions and more. The final section of each project contains the solutions to proposed exercises and guides the reader in using the MATLAB scripts available online.


CIRCULATION BOOKS


Light metals and their alloys II : technology, microstructure and properties
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editor Ionut Danaila, et al.
Place of Publication Durnten-Zurich
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Trans Tec

This collection of 30 articles presents research results, in the field of light metal alloys, grouped into 3 chapters. Chapter I presents subjects related to the manufacture of aluminum alloys, grain refinement and welded joints. It also presents the results of investigations into manufacturing methods for, and the properties of, aluminium-matrix composites. Chapter II presents the results of research carried out on conventional and new magnesium casting-alloys. The first group of articles covers the effects of modification upon the structure and properties of casting alloys. The following papers present research results on the plastic deformation of Mg alloys. Subsequent articles cover topics related to welding technologies, and the final part of the chapter concerns magnesium-matrix composites. The results of research carried out on new generations of titanium alloys are presented in Chapter III, which includes investigations of the microstructure and properties of Ti-Al based alloys. The possibilities of heat-treatment and diffusion-brazing of Ti alloys are also discussed.


Spoken language processing : a guide to theory, algorithm, and system development
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Xuedong Huang, et al.
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication c2001
Publisher Prentice Hall PTR

This will be the definitive book on spoken language systems written by the people at Microsoft Research who have developed the voic-activated technologies that will be imbedded in Windows 2000 and other key Microsoft products of the future. This is not a Microsoft book, however, this is a book on the science and linguistics of this technology and how to use it in developing and building hardware and software products.


Speech synthesis and recognition, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors John Holmes and Wendy Holmes
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication 2001
Publisher Taylor & Francis

With the growing impact of information technology on daily life, speech is becoming increasingly important for providing a natural means of communication between humans and machines. This extensively reworked and updated new edition of Speech Synthesis and Recognition is an easy-to-read introduction to current speech technology.
Aimed at advanced undergraduates and graduates in electronic engineering, computer science and information technology, the book is also relevant to professional engineers who need to understand enough about speech technology to be able to apply it successfully and to work effectively with speech experts. No advanced mathematical ability is required and no specialist prior knowledge of phonetics or of the properties of speech signals is assumed.


Fundamentals of speech recognition
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Authors Lawrence Rabiner & Biing-Hwang Juang
Place of Publication Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Date of Publication 1993
Publisher PTR Prentice Hall

Provides a theoretically sound, technically accurate, and complete description of the basic knowledge and ideas that constitute a modern system for speech recognition by machine. Covers production, perception, and acoustic-phonetic characterization of the speech signal; signal processing and analysis methods for speech recognition; pattern comparison techniques; speech recognition system design and implementation; theory and implementation of hidden Markov models; speech recognition based on connected word models; large vocabulary continuous speech recognition; and task- oriented application of automatic speech recognition. For practicing engineers, scientists, linguists, and programmers interested in speech recognition.


Digital processing of speech signals
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Lawrence R. Rabiner, Ronald W. Schafer
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c1978
Publisher Prentice-Hall

The material in this book is intended as a one-semester course in speech processing. The purpose of this text is to show how digital signal processing techniques can be applied to problems related to speech communication. The book gives an extensive description of the physical basis for speech coding including fourier analysis, digital representation and digital and time domain models of the wave form. It goes on to discuss homomorphic speech processing, linear predictive coding and digital processing for machine communication by voice.


Introduction to network simulator NS2, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Nestor Tiglao

Authors Teerawat Issariyakul & Ekram Hossain
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Springer

Introduction to Network Simulator NS2 is a primer providing materials for NS2 beginners, whether students, professors, or researchers for understanding the architecture of Network Simulator 2 (NS2) and for incorporating simulation modules into NS2. The authors discuss the simulation architecture and the key components of NS2 including simulation-related objects, network objects, packet-related objects, and helper objects. The NS2 modules included within are nodes, links, SimpleLink objects, packets, agents, and applications. Further, the book covers three helper modules: timers, random number generators, and error models. Also included are chapters on summary of debugging, variable and packet tracing, result compilation, and examples for extending NS2. Two appendices provide the details of scripting language Tcl, OTcl and AWK, as well object oriented programming used extensively in NS2.


Survival analysis : techniques for censored and truncated data, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Authors John P. Klein, Melvin L. Moeschberger.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Springer

Applied statisticians in many fields must frequently analyze time to event data. While the statistical tools presented in this book are applicable to data from medicine, biology, public health, epidemiology, engineering, economics, and demography, the focus here is on applications of the techniques to biology and medicine. The analysis of survival experiments is complicated by issues of censoring, where an individual’s life length is known to occur only in a certain period of time, and by truncation, where individuals enter the study only if they survive a sufficient length of time or individuals are included in the study only if the event has occurred by a given date. The use of counting process methodology has allowed for substantial advances in the statistical theory to account for censoring and truncation in survival experiments. This book makes these complex methods more accessible to applied researchers without an advanced mathematical background. The authors present the essence of these techniques, as well as classical techniques not based on counting processes, and apply them to data. Practical suggestions for implementing the various methods are set off in a series of Practical Notes at the end of each section. Technical details of the derivation of the techniques are sketched in a series of Technical Notes. This book will be useful for investigators who need to analyze censored or truncated life time data, and as a textbook for a graduate course in survival analysis. The prerequisite is a standard course in statistical methodology.


Game mechanics : advanced game design
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Authors Ernest Adams & Joris Dormans
Place of Publication Berkeley, Calif.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher New Riders

This in-depth resource teaches you to craft mechanics that generate challenging, enjoyable, and well-balanced gameplay. You’ll discover at what stages to prototype, test, and implement mechanics in games and learn how to visualize and simulate game mechanics in order to design better games. Along the way, you’ll practice what you’ve learned with hands-on lessons. A free downloadable simulation tool developed by Joris Dormans is also available in order to follow along with exercises in the book in an easy-to-use graphical environment.

In Game Mechanics: Advanced Game Design, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design and balance game mechanics to create emergent gameplay before you write a single line of code.
  • Visualize the internal economy so that you can immediately see what goes on in a complex game.
  • Use novel prototyping techniques that let you simulate games and collect vast quantities of gameplay data on the first day of development.
  • Apply design patterns for game mechanics—from a library in this book—to improve your game designs.
  • Explore the delicate balance between game mechanics and level design to create compelling, long-lasting game experiences.
  • Replace fixed, scripted events in your game with dynamic progression systems to give your players a new experience every time they play.

Agile user experience design : a practitioner’s guide to making it work
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Diana DeMarco Brown
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Being able to fit design into the Agile software development processes is an important skill in today’s market. There are many ways for a UX team to succeed (and fail) at being Agile. This book provides you with the tools you need to determine what Agile UX means for you. It includes practical examples and case studies, as well as real-life factors to consider while navigating the Agile UX waters. You’ll learn about what contributes to your team’s success, and which factors to consider when determining the best path for getting there. After reading this book, you’ll have the knowledge to improve your software and product development with Agile processes quickly and easily.

  • Includes hands on, real-world examples to illustrate the successes and common pitfalls of Agile UX
  • Introduces practical techniques that can be used on your next project
  • Details how to incorporate user experience design into your company’s agile software/product process

The rough guide to the iPhone, 4th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Peter Buckley
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Rough Guides

Apple’s iPhone is the greatest gadget of all time — and with the launch of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 software it continues to set the pace. The Rough Guide unlocks the myriad secrets of this extraordinary gadget, from customizing your home screen and synchronizing with iCloud to making and receiving video calls. Packed full of recommendations for the latest and coolest apps and accessories, and covering amazing new features such as Siri and Newsstand, the Rough Guide will turn you from an iPhone user into an iPhone guru.


Android application development for dummies, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Michael Burton and Donn Felker
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

Bring your big ideas to the small screen with this one-of-a-kind guide to creating amazing Android applications

The Android OS continues to rapidly expand offering app developers access to one of the largest platforms available, and this easy-to-follow guide walks you through the development process step by step. In this new edition of the bestselling Android Application Development For Dummies, Android programming experts Michael Burton and Donn Felker explain how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and share your finished products with the world.

Featuring two sample programs, this book explores everything from the simple basics to advanced aspects of Android application development.

  • Walks you through all the steps in developing applications for the Android platform, including the latest Android features like scrollable widgets, enhanced UI tools, social media integration, and new calendar and contact capabilities
  • Starts off with downloading the SDK, then explains how to bring your applications to life and submit your work to the Android Market
  • Includes real-world advice from expert programmers Donn Felker and Michael Burton, who break every aspect of the development process down into practical, digestible pieces
  • Whether you’re new to Android development or already on your way, Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the guide you need to dig into the app dev process!


Logging and log management : the authoritative guide to understanding the concepts surrounding logging and log management

Authors Dr. Anton Chuvakin, et al.
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier/Syngress

Effectively analyzing large volumes of diverse logs can pose many challenges. Logging and Log Management helps to simplify this complex process using practical guidance and real-world examples. Packed with information you need to know for system, network and security logging. Log management and log analysis methods are covered in detail, including approaches to creating useful logs on systems and applications, log searching and log review.

  • Comprehensive coverage of log management including analysis, visualization, reporting and more
  • Includes information on different uses for logs — from system operations to regulatory compliance
  • Features case Studies on syslog-ng and actual real-world situations where logs came in handy in incident response
  • Provides practical guidance in the areas of report, log analysis system selection, planning a log analysis system and log data normalization and correlation

iPhone game development for teens
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Clayton Crooks
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Course Technology/Cengage Learning

Learn how to create dynamic, published games for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iPhone Game Development for Teens. This project-based beginner’s game programming book guides new game developers through the complete process of developing a complete game. The book’s high-energy, step-by-step style presents proven consistent processes for creating exciting games and its highly readable style is perfect for teens or other beginners. The book begins by introducing critical gaming concepts before going into the details, sound effects, graphics, and more. While the book focuses on developing games specifically for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, readers can use the author’s solid development process and the book’s open source engine to create effective games for virtually any platform. An accompanying CD-ROM helps readers complete projects with demos of graphics, sound effects and much more.


Business intelligence : the savvy manager’s guide, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author David Loshin
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Following the footsteps of the first edition, the second edition of Business Intelligence is a full overview of what comprises business intelligence. It is intended to provide an introduction to the concepts to uncomplicate the learning process when implementing a business intelligence program.

Over a relatively long lifetime (7 years), the current edition of book has received numerous accolades from across the industry for its straightforward introduction to both business and technical aspects of business intelligence.

As an author, David Loshin has a distinct ability to translate challenging topics into a framework that is easily digestible by managers, business analysts, and technologists alike. In addition, his material has developed a following (such as the recent Master Data Management book) among practitioners and key figures in the industry (both analysts and vendors) and that magnifies our ability to convey the value of this book.

  • Guides managers through developing, administering, or simply understanding business intelligence technology
  • Keeps pace with the changes in best practices, tools, methods and processes used to transform an organization’s data into actionable knowledge
  • Contains a handy, quick-reference to technologies and terminology.

Game and graphics programming for iOS and Android with OpenGL ES 2.0
Recommending faculty:

Author Romain Marucchi-Foino
Place of Publication Chichester, U.K.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

Develop graphically sophisticated apps and games today!
The smart phone app market is progressively growing, and there is new market gap to fill that requires more graphically sophisticated applications and games. Game and Graphics Programming for iOS and Android with OpenGL ES 2.0 quickly gets you up to speed on understanding how powerful OpenGL ES 2.0 technology is in creating apps and games for amusement and effectiveness. Leading you through the development of a real-world mobile app with live code, this text lets you work with all the best features and tools that Open GL ES 2.0 has to offer.

  • Provides a project template for iOS and Android platforms
  • Delves into OpenGL features including drawing canvas, geometry, lighting effects, character animation, and more
  • Offers explanation of full-function 2D and 3D graphics on embedded systems
  • Addresses the principal technology for hardware-accelerated graphical rendering<

Game and Graphics Programming for iOS and Android with OpenGL ES 2.0 offers important, need-to-know information if you’re interested in striking a perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality in apps.


Objective-C programming for dummies
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Neal Goldstein
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

A step-by-step guide to understanding object-oriented programming with Objective-C
As the primary programming language for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X applications, Objective-C is a reflective, object-oriented language that all programmers must know before creating apps. Assuming no prior programming language experience, this fun-and-friendly book provides you with a solid understanding of Objective-C. Addressing the latest version of Xcode, debugging, code completion, and more, veteran author Neal Goldstein helps you gain a solid foundation of this complex topic, and filters out any unnecessary intricate technical jargon.

  • Assumes no prior knowledge of programming and keeps the tone clear and entertaining
  • Explains complicated topics regarding Objective-C with clarity and in a straightforward-but-fun style that has defined the For Dummies brand for 20 years
  • Features all material completely compliant with the latest standards for Objective-C and Apple programming

Objective-C Programming For Dummies is the ideal beginner book if your objective is to venture into iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X development for the first time!


May 21

REFERENCE BOOKS


Handbook of nondestructive evaluation, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Charles J. Hellier
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

A complete, up-to-date guide to the leading product testing standard

Fully revised to cover the latest nondestructive testing (NDT) procedures, this practical resource reviews established and emerging methods for examining materials without destroying them or altering their structure. Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation, Second Edition offers in-depth details on the background, benefits, limitations, and applications of each method. The book provides advice on how to interpret results and formulate accurate decisions based on your findings.

New chapters on digital radiography, ultrasonic phased array testing, and ultrasonic guided wave inspection are included. This is a must-have reference for NDT certification candidates, engineers, metallurgists, quality control specialists, and anyone involved in product design, manufacture, or maintenance.

Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation, Second Edition covers:

  • Introduction to nondestructive testing
  • Discontinuities—origins and classification
  • Visual testing
  • Penetrant testing
  • Magnetic particle testing
  • Radiographic testing
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Eddy current testing
  • Thermal infrared testing
  • Acoustic emission testing
  • Digital radiography
  • Ultrasonic phased array testing
  • Ultrasonic guided wave inspection

Handbook of ultra-wideband short-range sensing : theory, sensors, applications
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Jurgen Sachs
Place of Publication Weinheim
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley-VCH

Ranging from the theoretical basis of UWB sensors via implementation issues to applications, this much-needed book bridges the gap between designers and appliers working in civil engineering, biotechnology, medical engineering, robotic, mechanical engineering, safety and homeland security.

From the contents:

  • History
  • Signal and systems in time and frequency domain
  • Propagation of electromagnetic waves (in frequency and time domain)
  • UWB-Principles
  • UWB-antennas and applicators
  • Data processing
  • Applications

Building materials in civil engineering
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editor Haimei Zhang
Place of Publication Oxford
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Woodhead Pub.

The construction of buildings and structures relies on having a thorough understanding of building materials. Without this knowledge it would not be possible to build safe, efficient and long-lasting buildings, structures and dwellings. Building materials in civil engineering provides an overview of the complete range of building materials available to civil engineers and all those involved in the building and construction industries.

The book begins with an introductory chapter describing the basic properties of building materials. Further chapters cover the basic properties of building materials, air hardening cement materials, cement, concrete, building mortar, wall and roof materials, construction steel, wood, waterproof materials, building plastics, heat-insulating materials and sound-absorbing materials and finishing materials. Each chapter includes a series of questions, allowing readers to test the knowledge they have gained. A detailed appendix gives information on the testing of building materials.

With its distinguished editor and eminent editorial committee, Building materials in civil engineering is a standard introductory reference book on the complete range of building materials. It is aimed at students of civil engineering, construction engineering and allied courses including water supply and drainage engineering. It also serves as a source of essential background information for engineers and professionals in the civil engineering and construction sector.

  • Provides an overview of the complete range of building materials available to civil engineers and all those involved in the building and construction industries
  • Explores the basic properties of building materials featuring air hardening cement materials, wall and roof materials and sound-absorbing materials
  • Each chapter includes a series of questions, allowing readers to test the knowledge they have gained

RESERVE BOOKS


Advances in textile engineering and materials : selected peer reviewed papers from the second International Conference on Textile Engineering and Materials (ICTEM2012), November 17-18, 2012, Changsha, China
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Charles J. Hellier
Place of Publication Durnten-Zurich
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Trans Tech

The collection of peer reviewed papers presents some of the latest research and technology on all aspects of textiles and materials. The topics addressed in this publication span the entire spectrum of research to applications for textile technology and textile materials. This book contains the accepted manuscripts from the areas of Textile Materials, Technology in Textile Industry, Textile Equipment, Apparel Design, Future Trends in Textile and Apparel Industry, Engineering Materials and Functional Materials, Engineering Education and Management.


Hydraulic equipment and support systems for mining : selected, peer reviewed papers from the first International Workshop on Hydraulic Equipment and Support Systems for Mining (IWHEM2012) : August 17-18, 2012, Huludao, China
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editor Zhong You
Place of Publication Durnten-Zurich
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Trans Tech

The collection includes selected, peer-reviewed papers from the First International Workshop on Hydraulic Equipment and Support Systems for Mining (IWHEM2012), August 17-18, 2012, Huludao, China. The aim of IWHEM2012 is to present the latest research results from scientists related to hydraulic technology and mining equipment. The papers are grouped into: Chapter 1:Industrial Mechanical Engineering and Mining Machinery, Chapter 2: Hydraulic Equipment and Technology, Chapter 3: Materials Science.


Sustainable development of natural resources : selected, peer reviewed papers from the 2nd International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (EESD 2012), October 12-14, 2012, Jilin, China (Three parts)
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editor Zhong You
Place of Publication Durnten-Zurich
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Trans Tech

This 3-volumes set contains selected and peer review papers in the subject areas of mineral prospecting and geological exploration, mining engineering and coal mining, mining machinery engineering, mineral process engineering, oil and gas well development projects, metallurgical engineering, energy saving and low carbon ideas, urban and regional planning, development and management of the energy industry, environmental protection and circular economy, global climate change and international cooperation on reducing carbon emissions, national energy strategy and decision-making, ecological economy, circular economy and low-carbon economy, engineering materials and processing technologies, equipment design, manufacturing, automation and control, computer applications in industry and engineering, and other related topics.


CIRCULATION BOOKS


ACMOS sigma-delta converters : practical design guide

Author Jose M. de la Rosa
Place of Publication Hoboken
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell

A comprehensive overview of Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) and a practical guide to their design in nano-scale CMOS for optimal performance.

This book presents a systematic and comprehensive compilation of sigma-delta converter operating principles, the new advances in architectures and circuits, design methodologies and practical considerations − going from system-level specifications to silicon integration, packaging and measurements, with emphasis on nanometer CMOS implementation. The book emphasizes practical design issues – from high-level behavioural modelling in MATLAB/SIMULINK, to circuit-level implementation in Cadence Design FrameWork II. As well as being a comprehensive reference to the theory, the book is also unique in that it gives special importance on practical issues, giving a detailed description of the different steps that constitute the whole design flow of sigma-delta ADCs.

The book begins with an introductory survey of sigma-delta modulators, their fundamentals architectures and synthesis methods covered in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, the effect of main circuit error mechanisms is analysed, providing the necessary understanding of the main practical issues affecting the performance of sigma-delta modulators. The knowledge derived from the first two chapters is presented in the book as an essential part of the systematic top-down/bottom-up synthesis methodology of sigma-delta modulators described in Chapter 3, where a time-domain behavioural simulator named SIMSIDES is described and applied to the high-level design and verification of sigma-delta ADCs. Chapter 4 moves farther down from system-level to the circuit and physical level, providing a number of design recommendations and practical recipes to complete the design flow of sigma-delta modulators. To conclude the book, Chapter 5 gives an overview of the state-of-the-art sigma-delta ADCs, which are exhaustively analysed in order to extract practical design guidelines and to identify the incoming trends, design challenges as well as practical solutions proposed by cutting-edge designs.

  • Offers a complete survey of sigma-delta modulator architectures from fundamentals to state-of-the art topologies, considering both switched-capacitor and continuous-time circuit implementations
  • Gives a systematic analysis and practical design guide of sigma-delta modulators, from a top-down/bottom-up perspective, including mathematical models and analytical procedures, behavioural modeling in MATLAB/SIMULINK, macromodeling, and circuit-level implementation in Cadence Design FrameWork II, chip prototyping, and experimental characterization.
  • Systematic compilation of cutting-edge sigma-delta modulators
  • Complete description of SIMSIDES, a time-domain behavioural simulator implemented in MATLAB/SIMULINK
  • Plenty of examples, case studies, and simulation test benches, covering the different stages of the design flow of sigma-delta modulators
  • A number of electronic resources, including SIMSIDES, the statistical data used in the state-of-the-art survey, as well as many design examples and test benches are hosted on a companion website

Essential reading for Researchers and electronics engineering practitioners interested in the design of high-performance data converters integrated in nanometer CMOS technologies; mixed-signal designers.


An introduction to practical formal methods using temporal logic
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Michael Fisher
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

The name “temporal logic” may sound complex and daunting; but while they describe potentially complex scenarios, temporal logics are often based on a few simple, and fundamental, concepts – highlighted in this book. An Introduction to Practical Formal Methods Using Temporal Logic provides an introduction to formal methods based on temporal logic, for developing and testing complex computational systems. These methods are supported by many well-developed tools, techniques and results that can be applied to a wide range of systems.

Fisher begins with a full introduction to the subject, covering the basics of temporal logic and using a variety of examples, exercises and pointers to more advanced work to help clarify and illustrate the topics discussed. He goes on to describe how this logic can be used to specify a variety of computational systems, looking at issues of linking specifications, concurrency, communication and composition ability. He then analyses temporal specification techniques such as deductive verification, algorithmic verification, and direct execution to develop and verify computational systems. The final chapter on case studies analyses the potential problems that can occur in a range of engineering applications in the areas of robotics, railway signalling, hardware design, ubiquitous computing, intelligent agents, and information security, and explains how temporal logic can improve their accuracy and reliability.

  • Models temporal notions and uses them to analyze computational systems
  • Provides a broad approach to temporal logic across many formal methods – including specification, verification and implementation
  • Introduces and explains freely available tools based on temporal logics and shows how these can be applied
  • Presents exercises and pointers to further study in each chapter, as well as an accompanying website providing links to additional systems based upon temporal logic as well as additional material related to the book.

Multimedia broadcasting and multicasting in mobile networks
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Grzegorz Iwacz, et al.
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K
Date of Publication 2008
Publisher Wiley

Introducing mobile multimedia – the technologies, digital rights management and everything else you need to know for delivering cost efficient multimedia to mobile terminals

Efficiency and cost effectiveness within multimedia delivery is fast becoming a hot topic in wireless communications, with mobile operators competing to offer inexpensive, reliable services. The selection of an appropriate technology and matching it with the offered mix of services will be essential to achieve the market success.

Multimedia Broadcasting and Multicasting in Mobile Networks discusses multimedia services, introducing the potentials and limitations of the multicasting and broadcasting technologies. The authors address the key points related to the deployment of the technology including digital rights management issues, particularly important in terms of the large, business scale deployment of multimedia services and business models. The book discusses the early trials and deployment of Internet Protocol Datacasting (IPDC) and Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS) and offers an introduction to multicasting in wireless cellular networks.

Multimedia Broadcasting and Multicasting in Mobile Networks:

  • Offers a tutorial introduction to multicasting in wireless cellular networks
  • Provides an overview of the current technologies that deliver mobile multimedia, weighing of the potentials and limitations of various solutions
  • Includes the early trials and deployment of Internet Protocol Datacasting (IPDC) and Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS)
  • Details Digital Rights Management (DRM), MediaFLO, Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB), Terrestrial Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB-T) and others
  • Contains business models, trials and user feedback

Fundamentals of embedded software : with the ARM Cortex -M3, 2nd ed.

Author Daniel W. Lewis
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

From the book’s preface:

Embedded systems offer students an exciting opportunity to express their creativity. What students have not dreamed of designing the next new gadget that would capture the imagination of the public? Our challenge as educators is to capitalize on that excitement and channel the energy of those young minds to motivate mastery of a subject matter.


Foundation and anchor design guide for metal building systems
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Alexander Newman
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill

MEET THE COMPLEX CHALLENGES OF METAL BUILDING SYSTEMS FOUNDATION DESIGN

Expand your professional design skills and engineer safe, reliable foundations and anchors for metal building systems. Written by a practicing structural engineer, Foundation and Anchor Design Guide for Metal Building Systems thoroughly covers the entire process–from initial soil investigation through final design and construction. The design of different types of foundations is explained and illustrated with step-by-step examples. The nuts-and-bolts discussion covers the best design and construction practices. This detailed reference book explains how the design of metal building foundations differs from the design of conventional foundations and how to comply with applicable building codes while avoiding common pitfalls.

COVERAGE INCLUDES:

  • Metal building and foundation design fundamentals
  • Soil types, properties, and investigation
  • Unique aspects of foundation design for metal building systems
  • Design of isolated column footings
  • Foundation walls and wall footings
  • Tie rods, hairpins, and slab ties
  • Moment-resisting foundations
  • Slab with haunch, trench footings, and mats
  • Deep foundations
  • Anchors in metal building systems
  • Concrete embedments in metal building systems

Software engineering design: theory and practice
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Carlos E. Otero
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher CRC Press

Taking a learn-by-doing approach, Software Engineering Design: Theory and Practice uses examples, review questions, chapter exercises, and case study assignments to provide students and practitioners with the understanding required to design complex software systems. Explaining the concepts that are immediately relevant to software designers, it begins with a review of software design fundamentals.

The text presents a formal top-down design process that consists of several design activities with varied levels of detail, including the macro-, micro-, and construction-design levels. As part of the top-down approach, it provides in-depth coverage of applied architectural, creational, structural, and behavioral design patterns. For each design issue covered, it includes a step-by-step breakdown of the execution of the design solution, along with an evaluation, discussion, and justification for using that particular solution.

The book outlines industry-proven software design practices for leading large-scale software design efforts, developing reusable and high-quality software systems, and producing technical and customer-driven design documentation. It also:

  • Offers one-stop guidance for mastering the Software Design & Construction sections of the official Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK®)
  • Details a collection of standards and guidelines for structuring high-quality code
  • Describes techniques for analyzing and evaluating the quality of software designs

Collectively, the text supplies comprehensive coverage of the software design concepts students will need to succeed as professional design leaders. The section on engineering leadership for software designers covers the necessary ethical and leadership skills required of software developers in the public domain. The section on creating software design documents (SDD) familiarizes students with the software design notations, structural descriptions, and behavioral models required for SDDs.

Course notes, exercises with answers, online resources, and an instructor’s manual are available upon qualified course adoption. Instructors can contact the author about these resources via the author’s website: http://www.softwareengineeringdesign.com/request-resources.html


Signal and image multiresolution analysis
Recommending faculty: Dr. Rhandley Cajote

Editor Abdeldjalil Ouahabi
Place of Publication London/Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher ISTE/Wiley

Multiresolution analysis using the wavelet transform has received considerable attention in recent years by researchers in various fields. It is a powerful tool for efficiently representing signals and images at multiple levels of detail with many inherent advantages, including compression, level-of-detail display, progressive transmission, level-of-detail editing, filtering, modeling, fractals and multifractals, etc.

This book aims to provide a simple formalization and new clarity on multiresolution analysis, rendering accessible obscure techniques, and merging, unifying or completing the technique with encoding, feature extraction, compressive sensing, multifractal analysis and texture analysis. It is aimed at industrial engineers, medical researchers, university lab attendants, lecturer-researchers and researchers from various specializations. It is also intended to contribute to the studies of graduate students in engineering, particularly in the fields of medical imaging, intelligent instrumentation, telecommunications, and signal and image processing.

Given the diversity of the problems posed and addressed, this book paves the way for the development of new research themes, such as brain–computer interface (BCI), compressive sensing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), tissue characterization (bones, skin, etc.) and the analysis of complex phenomena in general. Throughout the chapters, informative illustrations assist the uninitiated reader in better conceptualizing certain concepts, taking the form of numerous figures and recent applications in biomedical engineering, communication, multimedia, finance, etc.


Digital signal processing and applications with the OMAP-L138 eXperimenter
Recommending faculty: Dr. Edwin M. Umali

Author Donald S. Reay
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Teaches digital signal processing concepts via hands-on examples

The OMAP-L138 eXperimenter is the latest inexpensive DSP development system to be adopted by the Texas Instruments University Program. The OMAP-L138 processor contains both ARM and DSP cores and is aimed at portable and mobile multimedia applications. This book concentrates on the demonstration of real-time DSP algorithms implemented on its C6748 DSP core.

Digital Signal Processing and Applications with the OMAP-L138 eXperimenter provides an extensive and comprehensive set of program examples to aid instructors in teaching DSP in a laboratory using audio frequency signals—making it an ideal text for DSP courses at senior undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Subjects covered include polling-based, interrupt-based, and DMA-based I/O methods, and how real-time programs may be run using the board support library (BSL), the DSP/BIOS real-time operating system, or the DSP/BIOS Platform Support Package.

Chapters include:

  • Analog input and output with the OMAP-L138 eXperimenter
  • Finite impulse response filters
  • Infinite impulse response filters
  • Fast Fourier transform
  • Adaptive filters
  • DSP/BIOS and platform support package

Each chapter begins with a review of background theory and then presents a number of real-time program examples to reinforce understanding of that theory and to demonstrate the use of the OMAP-L138 eXperimenter and Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio integrated development environment.


The practical OPNET user guide for computer network simulation
Recommending faculty: Dr. Nestor Tiglao

Authors Adarshpal S. Sethi, Vasil Y. Hnatyshin
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher CRC Press

One of the first books to provide a comprehensive description of OPNET® IT Guru and Modeler software, The Practical OPNET® User Guide for Computer Network Simulation explains how to use this software for simulating and modeling computer networks. The included laboratory projects help readers learn different aspects of the software in a hands-on way.

Quickly Locate Instructions for Performing a Task
The book begins with a systematic introduction to the basic features of OPNET, which are necessary for performing any network simulation. The remainder of the text describes how to work with various protocol layers using a top-down approach. Every chapter explains the relevant OPNET features and includes step-by-step instructions on how to use the features during a network simulation.

Gain a Better Understanding of the “Whats” and “Whys” of the Simulations
Each laboratory project in the back of the book presents a complete simulation and reflects the same progression of topics found in the main text. The projects describe the overall goals of the experiment, discuss the general network topology, and give a high-level description of the system configuration required to complete the simulation.

Discover the Complex Functionality Available in OPNET
By providing an in-depth look at the rich features of OPNET software, this guide is an invaluable reference for IT professionals and researchers who need to create simulation models. The book also helps newcomers understand OPNET by organizing the material in a logical manner that corresponds to the protocol layers in a network.


Case histories in vibration analysis and metal fatigue for the practicing engineer
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Anthony Sofronas
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

This highly accessible book provides analytical methods and guidelines for solving vibration problems in industrial plants and demonstrates their practical use through case histories from the author’s personal experience in the mechanical engineering industry. It takes a simple, analytical approach to the subject, placing emphasis on practical applicability over theory, and covers both fixed and rotating equipment, as well as pressure vessels. It is an ideal guide for readers with diverse experience, ranging from undergraduate students to mechanics and professional engineers.


Order statistics in wireless communications : diversity, adaptation, and scheduling in MIMO and OFDM systems
Recommending faculty: Dr. Edwin M. Umali

Authors Hong-Chuan Yang, Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Covering fundamental principles through to practical applications, this self-contained guide describes indispensable mathematical tools for the analysis and design of advanced wireless transmission and reception techniques in MIMO and OFDM systems. The analysis-oriented approach develops a thorough understanding of core concepts and discussion of various example schemes shows how to apply these concepts in practice. The book focuses on techniques for advanced diversity combining, channel adaptive transmission and multiuser scheduling, the foundations of future wireless systems for the delivery of highly spectrum-efficient wireless multimedia services. Bringing together conventional and novel results from a wide variety of sources, it will teach you to accurately quantify trade-offs between performance and complexity for different design options so that you can determine the most suitable design choice based on your specific practical implementation constraints.


THz identification for defense and security purposes : identifying material, substances, and items
Recommending faculty: Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz

Authors Andre U. Sokolnikov
Place of Publication Singapore
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher World Scientific

The principal aim of this book is to provide the reader with the understanding of the possibilities and features of THz identification as opposed to more traditional techniques such as X-rays, microwaves, etc. by elucidating and illustrating the principles of THz identification and its applications in a systematical way. Its scope includes a description of the physical principles of THz generation, transmission and detection, as well as of the applications of THz identification.

The inherent advantages and potential benefits of the terahertz (THz) phenomenon, potential that encompasses various aspects such as THz sensing, imaging and material properties investigation with THz radiation for Defense (military) and security applications serve as an important stimulus for the interest in emerging THz science and technology, in particular, the very rapid growth of this new field.

This text presents some of the leading fundamental research efforts towards the realization of practical THz devices applications for military and security applications. Relevant chapters contain fundamentals and/or measurements of THz radiation in solid-state materials such as high explosives (e.g. HMX, PETN, RDX, etc.), biological tissues and organic-semiconductor nanostructures. Individual chapters also address the present capabilities of THz equipment for the effective utilization of screening packages and personnel.

This book contains descriptions and analyses of the most innovative research in the field; the presented material introduces novel devices and/or concepts that enhance THz source and detector performance enabling completely new types of sensor performance at THz frequency (e.g. detection at molecular and nanoscale levels), and defining innovative sensing modalities (e.g. remote object and personnel identification) for defense and security.

Readership: Professionals in the field of defense and security and researchers (with college-level understanding of, or an advanced degree in physics or engineering).

May 14

CIRCULATION BOOKS


Twenty-eighth annual Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference : October 18-20, 2010, World Trade Center Portland, Portland, Oregon
Donor: Mr. Johnson Apacible

Authors Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference
Place of Publication Portland, Or
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher NA

Excerpt from the PNSQC 2010 President’s Welcome:

Software engineering has grown significantly on both sides of the “the fence”. There are more methods, techniques, tools, and know-how; yet there is also more demand for better and more useful functionality that lasts longer, breaks less, and works more easily across a wider array of platforms. And the span of “cross-functionality” is ever-widening as organizations grow more complex, and more job functions, geographies, and application areas are involved.

So how are we to achieve, and even improve, quality in this evermore complex environment?

Welcome to the 28th annual Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference! This year we had more paper submissions than ever before, and we’ve greatly expanded the number of poster papers.


Distributed systems–architecture and implementation : an advanced course
Donor: Mr. Johnson Apacible

Authors D.W. Davies … [et al.]
Place of Publication Berlin ; New York
Date of Publication 1981
Publisher Springer-Verlag

Excerpt from the book’s Preface:

The papers comprising this volume were prepared for and presented at the Advanced Course on Distributed Systems—Architecture and Implementation, which was held from March 4 to March 13, 1980 at the Technische Universität München. It was organized by the Institut für Informatik, and jointly financed by the Ministry for Research and Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Commission of the European Communities.


Advances in human-computer interaction
Donor: Mr. Johnson Apacible

Editor Jakob Nielsen
Place of Publication Norwood, N.J.
Date of Publication c1995
Publisher Ablex

Excerpt from the book’s preface by Jakob Nielsen:

As editor of the Advances in HCI I have decided to use this series to try to fight the information overload problem for HCI specialists. We will concentrate on two types of characters: those that survey an important area within HCI and provide an overview of recent advances, and those that survey interesting specific design or development projects to show how the state of the art HCI is actually being carried out. A third category will receive less emphasis with one or two chapters in each volume: futuristic, historic, or personal essays by leading HCI specialists who speculate on important trends in the field.


The Brilliance of Swedish glass, 1918-1939 : an alliance of art and industry
Donor: Bard Graduate Center

Authors Anne-Marie Ericsson … [et al.]
Place of Publication New Haven, Conn.
Date of Publication c1996
Publisher Yale University Press

Since the mid-1920s Swedish glass has been synonymous with excellence in design and craftsmanship, the most highly acclaimed product of the Swedish applied arts industries in the international marketplace. Its development and stunning ascendancy came about through the concerted efforts of Swedish artists and manufacturers to improve the technique of glassmaking and to explore the full range of aesthetics of the medium.

This book examines the emergence of Swedish glass against a historical, socioeconomic, and art-historical background. The authors discuss how the transformation of Sweden from an isolated agrarian society to a modern industrial nation parallels the modernization of the glass industry, and how the triumphs of Swedish glass in the period between the two world wars had repercussions beyond the applied arts.

This book also presents a wide selection of 157 works, shown in color, that trace the development of Swedish glass during the interwar years. In addition to superlative art glass, there are examples of domestic glassware, stemware, scent bottles, light fixtures, and other forms, all of which represent themes and variations that encompass the Swedish response to modernism. The texts that accompany these objects examine the complex technical aspects of glassmaking and the aesthetic possibilities of glass as a medium.

This book is the catalogue for an exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, which runs from 1 November 1996 to 2 March 1997.


A.W.N. Pugin : Master of Gothic Revival
Donor: Bard Graduate Center

Authors Megan Aldrich … [et al.]
Place of Publication New Haven, Conn.
Date of Publication c1995
Publisher Yale University Press

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) was one of the most influential architects and designers of the 19th century. He pioneered an appreciation of medieval art and architecture and established in his polemical writings and design manuals the principles upon which the 19th-century Gothic Revival was based. His ideas were adopted and developed by followers as diverse as William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Pugin virtually invented modern concepts of interior and industrial design. A master in the use of colour, pattern and ornament, with no fear of modern technology, he was also a prolific product designer, creating furniture and woodwork, silver, metalwork and jewellery, pottery and tiles, textiles and wallpapers, and books, all of which reflected his desire to adapt the principles of medieval art to the modern world.

This catalogue and the exhibition it accompanies establish Pugin as a figure of worldwide significance. The objects in this catalogue, which are illustrated primarily in colour, reflect Pugin’s diversity as a product designer and the modernity of his design principles. Ten essays and their illustrations are included. They show the development of pre-Puginian Gothic and underline the nature of Pugin’s role in the history of architecture and design.


Fundamentals of fibre reinforced composite materials
Recommending faculty Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz

Authors A. R. Bunsell and J. Renard
Place of Publication Bristol
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Institute of Physics

Fiber reinforced composite materials encompass a wide range of material classes from reinforced glasses, plastics, and rubbers through to more recently developed metals and ceramics. Fundamentals of Fibre Reinforced Composite Materials is a comprehensive and authoritative book that introduces the topic with a brief history of composite development, a review of composite applications, the types of fibre used, and their respective indiviual properties. An entire chapter considers organic matrices and their behavior, reviewing all of the most commonly encountered polymer matrix systems. Composite manufacturing techniques are then discussed, including those methods employed in the production of advanced metal and ceramic matrix composites.

The remaining chapters are devoted primarily to theoretical treatments of composite behavior, with emphasis on the understanding of damage mechanisms such as cracking, delamination, and fibre breakage. Where a mathematical approach is required, an attempt is made to relate the sometimes rather abstract notions back at the structure of the material being discussed.

With extensive sets of sample problems accompanying each chapter, Fundamentals of Fibre Reinforced Composite Materials is ideally suited to undergraduate and graduate students of materials science, structural, mechanical, and aeronautical engineering, polymer science, metallurgy, physics and chemistry. It will also be of use as a reference to researchers working with composite materials and material scientists in general.


Extractive Metallurgy 1: Basic Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Alain Vignes
Place of Publication London/Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher ISTE/Wiley

This book is dedicated to the processes of mineral transformation, recycling and reclamation of metals, for the purpose of turning metals and alloys into a liquid state ready for pouring.

Even though “process metallurgy” is one of the oldest technologies implemented by man, technological innovation, with the development of processes that are both focused on product quality and economically and ecologically efficient, continues to be at the heart of these industries.

This book explains the physico-chemical bases of transformations, vital to their understanding and control (optimization of operational conditions), and the foundations in terms of “process engineering” (heat and matter assessment, process coupling: chemical reactions and transport phenomena), vital to the optimal execution and analysis of transformation process operations.

This book is addressed to students in the field of metallurgy and to engineers facing the problem of metal and alloy development (operation of an industrial unit or development of a new process).


Extractive Metallurgy 2: Metallurgical Reaction Process
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Alain Vignes
Place of Publication London/Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher ISTE/Wiley

The Extractive Metallurgy series is devoted to the extraction of metals from ores and other sources, their refining to the state of either liquid or solid metal, and the various processes needed to carry out these operations. Using the methodology of chemical reaction engineering, this second volume in the series examines on the metallurgical reaction processes used in the extraction and refining operations, covering pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical, halide, and electro-metallurgical processes. It provides valuable information on the technologies and processes engineers encounter in industrial production.


Extractive Metallurgy 3: Processing Operations and Routes
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Alain Vignes
Place of Publication London/Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher ISTE/Wiley

Extractive metallurgy is the art and science of extracting metals from their ores and refining them. The production of metals and alloys from these source materials is still one of the most important and fundamental industries in both developed and developing economies around the world. The outputs and products are essential resources for the metallic, mechanical, electromagnetic, electrical and electronics industries (silicon is treated as a metal for these purposes).
This series is devoted to the extraction of metals from ores, concentrates (enriched ores), scraps, and other sources and their refining to the state of either liquid metal before casting or to solid metals. The extraction and refining operations that are required may be carried out by various metallurgical reaction processes.

Extractive Metallurgy 1 deals with the fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics of the reaction processes. Extractive Metallurgy 2 focuses on pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical, halide and electro-metallurgical (conversion) processes. Extractive Metallurgy 3 deals with the industrial processing operations, technologies, and process routes, in other words the sequence of steps or operations used to convert the ore to metal. Processes and operations are studied using the methodology of “chemical reaction engineering”.

As the fundamentals of the art and science of Extractive Metallurgy are infrequently taught as dedicated university or engineering schools courses, this series is intended both for students in the fields of Metallurgy and Mechanical Engineering who want to acquire this knowledge, and also for engineers put in charge of the operation of an industrial production unit or the development of a new process, who will need the basic knowledge of the corresponding technology.


Power plant stability, capacitors, and grounding: numerical solutions
Recommending faculty: A. Amorsolo

Author Orlando N. Acosta
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Design and maintain highly stable electrical power systems
Power Plant Stability, Capacitors, and Grounding is filled with numerical solutions of differential equations to help you solve complex electrical problems regarding the stability of powergenerating systems. After an overview of fundamental electrical engineering concepts, the book focuses on power system stability, high-voltage capacitors, safety, and electrical substation grounding systems.

Case studies, problems, and examples are worked out and explained in great detail. The material presented in this practical guide is essential for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of the vast network of interconnected electrical power systems.

Coverage includes:

  • Power system basic knowledge
  • Power system stability
  • Transient stability problem in a simple electrical network
  • Transient stability problem in a multimachine network
  • High-voltage AC capacitors
  • Substation grounding
  • Dangerous electric currents
  • Ground grid preliminary design
  • Principles of ground mat design
  • Ground mat design with nonuniform current distribution

Basics of Engineering Economy, 2nd ed.

Authors Leland Blank, Anthony Tarquin
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher McGraw-Hill

This text covers the basic techniques and applications of engineering economy for all disciplines in the engineering profession.

The writing style emphasizes brief, crisp coverage of the principle or technique discussed in order to reduce the time taken to present and grasp the essentials.

The objective of the text is to explain and demonstrate the principles and techniques of engineering economic analysis as applied in different fields of engineering. This brief text includes coverage of multiple attribute evaluation for instructors who want to include non-economic dimensions in alternative evaluation and the discussion of risk considerations in the appendix, compared to Blank’s comprehensive text, where these topics are discussed in two unique chapters.


Fundamentals of digital logic with Verilog design, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors Stephen Brown and Zvonko Vranesic
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Excerpt from the book’s preface:

This book is intended for an introductory course in digital logic design, which is a basic course in most electrical and computer engineering programs. A successful designer of digital logic circuits needs a good understanding of basic concepts and a firm grasp of the modern design approach that relies on computer-aided design (CAD) tools.

The main goals of the book are: 1) to teach students the fundamental concepts in classical manual digital design and 2) illustrate clearly the way in which digital circuits are designed today, using CAD tools. Even though modern designers no longer use manual techniques, except in rare circumstances, our motivation for teaching such techniques to give students an intuitive feeling for how digital circuits operate.


Introduction to compiler construction in a Java world
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Bill Campbell, Swami Iyer, Bahar Akbal-Delibas
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher CRC Press

Immersing students in Java and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), Introduction to Compiler Construction in a Java World enables a deep understanding of the Java programming language and its implementation. The text focuses on design, organization, and testing, helping students learn good software engineering skills and become better programmers.

The book covers all of the standard compiler topics, including lexical analysis, parsing, abstract syntax trees, semantic analysis, code generation, and register allocation. The authors also demonstrate how JVM code can be translated to a register machine, specifically the MIPS architecture. In addition, they discuss recent strategies, such as just-in-time compiling and hotspot compiling, and present an overview of leading commercial compilers. Each chapter includes a mix of written exercises and programming projects.

By working with and extending a real, functional compiler, students develop a hands-on appreciation of how compilers work, how to write compilers, and how the Java language behaves. They also get invaluable practice working with a non-trivial Java program of more than 30,000 lines of code. Fully documented Java code for the compiler is accessible at http://www.cs.umb.edu/j–/


Antenna and wave propagation
Recommending faculty: Prof. Edwin M. Umali

Authors Sisir K. Das, Annapurna Das
Place of Publication New Delhi
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Tata McGraw Hill Education

Antenna and wave propagation are key subjects in the applications of radar, wireless communication, mobile communication and others. The book’s main objective is to introduce the fundamental principles of antenna theory and to apply them to the analysis, design and measurements of antennae. Applications are made to some of the most basic and practical configuration, such as linear dipoles, loops, arrays, broadband, and frequency-independent antennae, aperture, horn antennae, microstrip antennae, and reflectors antennae.


Foundations of materials science and engineering, 5th ed.
Recommending faculty: A. Amorsolo

Authors William F. Smith, Javad Hashemi
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication c2010
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Smith/Hashemi’s Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, 5/e provides an eminently readable and understandable overview of engineering materials for undergraduate students. This edition offers a fully revised chemistry chapter and a new chapter on biomaterials as well as a new taxonomy for homework problems that will help students and instructors gauge and set goals for student learning. Through concise explanations, numerous worked-out examples, a wealth of illustrations & photos, and a brand new set of online resources, the new edition provides the most student-friendly introduction to the science & engineering of materials.

The extensive media package available with the text provides Virtual Labs, tutorials, and animations, as well as image files, case studies, FE Exam review questions, and a solutions manual and lecture PowerPoint files for instructors.


RESERVE BOOKS


Digital and analog communication systems, 8th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author Leon W. Couch, II
Place of Publication Essex, England
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Pearson Education

For second and third year introductory communication systems courses for undergraduates, or an introductory graduate course. This revision of Couch’s authoritative text provides the latest treatment of digital communication systems. The author balances coverage of both digital and analog communication systems, with an emphasis on design. Students will gain a working knowledge of both classical mathematical and personal computer methods to analyze, design, and simulate modern communication systems. MATLAB is integrated throughout.



REFERENCE BOOKS


Steel Designers’ Manual, 7th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editors Buick Davison, Graham W. Owens
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell/td>

In 2010 the then current European national standards for building and construction were replaced by the EN Eurocodes, a set of pan-European model building codes developed by the European Committee for Standardization. The Eurocodes are a series of 10 European Standards (EN 1990 – EN 1999) that provide a common approach for the design of buildings, other civil engineering works and construction products. The design standards embodied in these Eurocodes will be used for all European public works and are set to become the de-facto standard for the private sector in Europe, with probable adoption in many other countries.

This classic manual on structural steelwork design was first published in 1955, since when it has sold many tens of thousands of copies worldwide. For the seventh edition of the Steel Designers’ Manual all chapters have been comprehensively reviewed, revised to ensure they reflect current approaches and best practice, and brought in to compliance with EN 1993: Design of Steel Structures (the so-called Eurocode 3).

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NON-CIRCULATION E-BOOKS


Biofuels

Author Tabak, John.
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher Facts On File

Discusses different types of biofuels, the science behind their production, the implications of widespread use of biofuels on the environment and on the economy, especially any impact on food prices. — books.google.com

 

Climate change : a reference handbook

Author Downie, David Leonard.
Place of Publication Santa Barbara, Calif.
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher ABC-CLIO

Climate Change: A Reference Handbook offers readers a way to separate science from politics on this crucial and often contentious issue. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the science and public policy of climate change, including discussion of historical developments, today’s key concepts, and the future of climate science and policy.

Climate Change begins by explaining the science behind global climate change, including the growing consensus that human activity is a major contributing factor. It then takes an objective look at the key conflicts in climate science and policy, describes those that have been resolved, and offers a balanced review of proposals for those that have not. A separate chapter focuses on the scientific, economic, and political aspects of climate change as they are playing out specifically in the United States. — Amazon.com

 

Computational gas-solids flows and reacting systems : theory, methods and practice

Author
Place of Publication Hershey, PA
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Engineering Science Reference

Gas-solids reactors, which often constitute critical steps of energy and chemical conversion processes, are in desperate need of new design methods to increase their efficiency and reliability, as they are poorly understood and difficult to improve upon.

Computational Gas-Solids Flows and Reacting Systems: Theory, Methods and Practice addresses the need for a comprehensive book on computational gas-solids flow to aid researchers, graduate students, and practicing engineers in this rapidly expanding area. This unique book provides a full exploration of the theory, numerical methods, and practices associated with this emerging area, including hydrodynamic equations, quadrature-based moment methods, and direct numerical simulation. — Amazon.com

 

Customer knowledge management : people, processes, and technology

Author Al-Shammari, Minwir
Place of Publication Hershey, PA
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher Information Science Reference

Customer knowledge is becoming the new competitive asset in e-business that enables companies to serve each customer in his or her preferred way, and to nurture profitable and durable customer relationships. As companies grow and interact with more and more customers through increasingly diverse media and channels, having a systematic approach to customer knowledge management becomes critical.

Customer Knowledge Management: People, Processes, and Technology introduces an integrated approach to analyzing and building customer knowledge management (CKM) synergy for sustainable competitive advantage. Well-organized and unique, this book provides concise yet comprehensive coverage of CKM concepts, methodologies, tools, issues, applications, and future trends. — Amazon.com

 

Energy supply and renewable resources

Author Kelly, Regina Anne.
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication 2007
Publisher Facts On File

 

 

Environmental encyclopedia, 3rd ed.

Author
Place of Publication Detroit
Date of Publication 2003
Publisher Gale/Thomson-Gale

There are a surprisingly small number of encyclopedias covering environmental science and environmental issues. The expanded and updated edition of Gale’s Environmental Encyclopediadoes little to improve on the quality of such offerings.

Entries range from 100 to more than 2,000 words. Some are complemented by black-and-white photographs and diagrams. Each entry is signed, and topical coverage includes a broad range of environmental perspectives, including scientific, political, and social issues. Most of the entries are followed by a brief bibliography. However, these bibliographies are inconsistent, some pointing to a large number of standard and useful sources, others leading the user to an odd selection of works that do not represent comprehensive or core treatments of the issue at hand.

Additional sections include a brief (five-page) “Historical Chronology” of environmental events, a five-page chronology of “Environmental Legislation in the United States,” organizations mentioned within the bibliographies accompanying encyclopedia entries, and an index to entries and terms.

The factual information presented in the encyclopedia is generally accurate, although the entries are inconsistent in their tone. That is, although the entries on more scientific topics are quite good and objectively presented, the social issue and biographical entries have a less objective, more chatty tone. In large part, this stems from an editorial perspective that often takes sides with the environmentalists. The result is a work that is not appropriate as the only source for beginning students. — Amazon.com

 

Environmental science experiments

Author Walker, Pam
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Facts on File

Grade 6 Up—Each of these titles contains 20 experiments that allow students to actively engage in scientific inquiry. Projects are presented in a uniform format, with an introduction to the topic, time requirements (35 minutes to 2 weeks), a materials list, numbered procedures, and several analysis questions. They conclude with an explanatory “What’s Going On?” section, connections to the real world, and an annotated list for further reading. Line drawings, colorful images, and data tables enhance instructions. An introductory section addresses safety precautions, with specific reminders in the body of each experiment. Volumes close with a “Scope and Sequence Chart” aligned to the National Science Content Standards, teachers’ notes for each experiment, a thorough glossary, and further Internet resources. The experiments themselves are timely and fascinating. Environmental Science includes high-interest investigations into what people throw away, the safety of reusing water bottles, and a “bottled versus tap water” taste test. In Forensics, a banana autopsy, blood-spatter inquiry, and “Glitter as Trace Evidence” will hook CSI fans. Despite detailed instructions, close teacher supervision is a must. While many science experiment guides exist, these volumes cover a broad range of disciplines and are more current than Forensic Science Experiments on File (Facts On File, 2004). They are solid choices for enrichment activities or to refresh the existing experiments within the science curriculum.—Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.  — Amazon.com

 

Manufacturing intelligence for industrial engineering : methods for system self-organization, learning, and adaptation

Author Zhou, Zude
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Facts on File

The manufacturing industry has experienced dramatic change over the years with growing advancements, implementations, and applications in technology. Manufacturing Intelligence for Industrial Engineering: Methods for System Self-Organization, Learning, and Adaptation focuses on the latest innovations for developing, describing, integrating, sharing, and processing intelligent activities in the process of manufacturing in engineering. Containing research from leading international experts, this publication provides readers with scientific foundations, theories, and key technologies of manufacturing intelligence. — Amazon.com

 

Medical imaging

Author LeVine, Harry
Place of Publication Santa Barbara, CA.
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Greenwood

Medical Imaging describes the discovery and development of diagnostic imaging technologies, explaining how the technologies work and exploring some of the issues that such powerful and expensive technologies create. The book begins with the discovery of X-rays in 1895 and traces the history of imaging technology through today’s tools, such as X-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional imaging by positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).

The contribution of these expensive technologies to the rising cost of healthcare in the United States and the unequal distribution of imaging diagnostic facilities, particularly in developing countries, is also considered. In addition, the book explores ethical questions that have surfaced in the past, including the reportability of incidental findings during a scan and admissibility of medical images as evidence in courts of law , and such newly emerging issues as the application of imaging tools in lie detection and the mammography guidelines controversy of 2009. — Amazon.com

 

Renewable and alternative energy resources : a reference handbook

Author Smith, Zachary A.
Place of Publication Santa Barbara, CA.
Date of Publication 2008
Publisher ABC-CLIO

Are renewable and alternative energy solutions needed to combat many of the negative effects of fossil fuel (including global warming)? Can such solutions be “clean,” and still economically viable? For readers wanting clear, objective answers to questions like these, this fascinating, highly informative volume is the ideal source.

Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources: A Reference Handbook provides an authoritative, unbiased overview of existing and potential renewable and alternative energy technologies, covering the benefits and drawbacks associated with each. It then looks at a number of specific questions and controversies on this issue, examining the social, political, and economic aspects of renewable and alternative energy use in the United States and other countries—detailing different approaches and activities of international organizations, national governments, and private sector initiatives. — Amazon.com

 

Springer handbook of engineering statistics

Author
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication 2006
Publisher Springer

In today’s global and highly competitive environment, continuous improvement in the processes and products of any field of engineering is essential for survival. This book gathers together the full range of statistical techniques required by engineers from all fields. It will assist them to gain sensible statistical feedback on how their processes or products are functioning and to give them realistic predictions of how these could be improved. The handbook will be essential reading for all engineers and engineering-connected managers who are serious about keeping their methods and products at the cutting edge of quality and competitiveness. — Amazon.com

 

Springer handbook of materials measurement methods

Author
Place of Publication [Germany]
Date of Publication 2006
Publisher Springer

In its most general context, the term ?materials measurements? denotes operations to distinguish qualitatively and to determine quantitatively characteristics of materials. As materials constitute the physical matter of all products ? machines, devices, plants, commodities, means of information, communication, transport, habitation and energy supply ? materials measurements have a wide scope and impact for science and technology, economy and society.

Springer Handbook of Materials Measurement Methods compiles advanced methods for materials measurement and characterization methods from the macroscopic to the nanometer scale. — Amazon.com

 

 

Waste management : a reference handbook

Author Vaughn, Jacqueline.
Place of Publication Santa Barbara, Calif.
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher ABC-CLIO

This urgent volume provides an up-to-date overview of waste management, outlining ways that individuals, groups, and governments can reduce waste through integrated strategies.

From household trash to radioactive material, Waste Managementcovers the many types of waste humans produce, then looks at the latest scientific breakthroughs and policy initiatives focusing on the waste management problem. It provides a historical context for understanding the current garbage crisis and examines a number of important events and current issues, including the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, managing the debris from Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center site, shipbreaking and human rights violations in Asia, the freecycling movement, and San Francisco’s ban on plastic grocery bags. The book also looks at the problem globally, from the most developed country to cultures that rely on trash picking and scavenging. — Amazon.com

 

Waste treatment : reducing global waste

Author Maczulak, Anne E.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Facts on File

Defines the different classifications of materials that are treated today in waste management, including one of the most important concepts called “waste stream.” — books.google.com

 

Web-based green products life cycle management systems : reverse supply chain utilization

Author
Place of Publication Hershey
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher Information Science Reference

Despite being a relatively new field of research and development, green management has drawn much attention from researchers and practitioners. Facing critical impacts to its environment, a strategic change to integrate supply chain management on green products needs a solid base for decision making.

Web-Based Green Products Life Cycle Management Systems: Reverse Supply Chain Utilization provides a comprehensive review of current and potential research in green management and control. A unique collection in the growing field of green products, this book is a must-have for new and experienced researchers, as well as practitioners and academicians alike. — Amazon.com