Nov 28

CIRCULATION BOOKS


The quantum story : a history in 40 moments
Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

Author  Jim Baggott.
Place of Publication Oxford
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Oxford University Press

The twentieth century was defined by physics. From the minds of the world’s leading physicists there flowed a river of ideas that would transport mankind to the pinnacle of wonderment and to the very depths of human despair. This was a century that began with the certainties of absolute knowledge and ended with the knowledge of absolute uncertainty. It was a century in which physicists developed weapons with the capacity to destroy our reality, whilst at the same time denying us the possibility that we can ever properly comprehend it. Almost everything we think we know about the nature of our world comes from one theory of physics. This theory was discovered and refined in the first thirty years of the twentieth century and went on to become quite simply the most successful theory of physics ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the twenty-first century technology that we have learned to take for granted. But its success has come at a price, for it has at the same time completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at the level of its most fundamental constituents. Rejecting the fundamental elements of uncertainty and chance implied by quantum theory, Albert Einstein once famously declared that ‘God does not play dice’. Niels Bohr claimed that anybody who is not shocked by the theory has not understood it. The charismatic American physicist Richard Feynman went further: he claimed that nobody understands it. This is quantum theory, and this book tells its story. Jim Baggott presents a celebration of this wonderful yet wholly disconcerting theory, with a history told in forty episodes — significant moments of truth or turning points in the theory’s development. From its birth in the porcelain furnaces used to study black body radiation in 1900, to the promise of stimulating new quantum phenomena to be revealed by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider over a hundred years later, this is the extraordinary story of the quantum world.


Physics and technology for future presidents : an introduction to the essential physics every world leader needs to know
Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

Author Richard A. Muller
Place of Publication Princeton, N.J.
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Princeton University Press

Physics and Technology for Future Presidents contains the essential physics that students need in order to understand today’s core science and technology issues, and to become the next generation of world leaders. From the physics of energy to climate change, and from spy technology to quantum computers, this is the only textbook to focus on the modern physics affecting the decisions of political leaders and CEOs and, consequently, the lives of every citizen. How practical are alternative energy sources? Can satellites really read license plates from space? What is the quantum physics behind iPods and supermarket scanners? And how much should we fear a terrorist nuke? This lively book empowers students possessing any level of scientific background with the tools they need to make informed decisions and to argue their views persuasively with anyone–expert or otherwise.

Based on Richard Muller’s renowned course at Berkeley, the book explores critical physics topics: energy and power, atoms and heat, gravity and space, nuclei and radioactivity, chain reactions and atomic bombs, electricity and magnetism, waves, light, invisible light, climate change, quantum physics, and relativity. Muller engages readers through many intriguing examples, helpful facts to remember, a fun-to-read text, and an emphasis on real-world problems rather than mathematical computation. He includes chapter summaries, essay and discussion questions, Internet research topics, and handy tips for instructors to make the classroom experience more rewarding.


Mathematics for 3D game programming and computer graphics, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

Author Eric Lengyel
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Course Technology Cengage Learning

This updated third edition addresses the mathematical skills that a programmer needs to develop a 3D game engine and computer graphics for professional-level games. “Mathematics For 3D Game Programming And Computer Graphics, Third Edition” is suitable for advanced programmers who are experienced with C++, DirectX, or OpenGL. The book begins at a fairly basic level, covering areas such as vector geometry and linear algebra, and then progresses to more advanced topics in 3D game programming such as illumination and visibility determination. It discusses the math first; then it presents how to translate the math into programs. By providing the math behind the effect, screenshots of the results, and samples of code that translate the math so that the effect is achieved, readers get the full story rather than only a mathematical explanation or a set of code samples that are not clearly drawn from mathematical expressions. With this revised edition, almost every chapter will provide a programming example taken directly from a real-world game programming context, and based on programs that have been written and used in game engine development.


Beginning Android tablet application development
Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

Author Wei-Meng Lee
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

The new release of Android 3 brings the full power of Android to tablet computing and this hands–on guide offers an introduction to developing tablet applications using this new Android release. Veteran author Wei–Meng Lee explains how Android 3 is specifically optimized for tablet computing and he details Android′s tablet–specific functions. Beginning with the basics, this book moves at a steady pace to provide everything you need to know to begin successfully developing your own Android tablet applications.

  • Serves as a full–color, hands–on introduction to developing tablet applications with the new Android 3
  • Offers a helpful overview of Android 3 programming for tablets
  • Details the components of Android tablet applications
  • Highlights ways to build the Android user interface for tablets, create location–based services, publish Android applications, use Eclipse for Android development, and employ the Android emulator

Distributed and cloud computing : from parallel processing to the Internet of things
Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

Authors  Kai Hwang, Geoffrey C. Fox, Jack J. Dongarra
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

From the leading minds in the field, Distributed and Cloud Computing is the first modern, up-to-date distributed systems textbook. Starting with an overview of modern distributed models, the book exposes the design principles, systems architecture, and innovative applications of parallel, distributed, and cloud computing systems. It will teach you how to create high-performance, scalable, reliable systems, providing comprehensive coverage of distributed and cloud computing, including:

  • Facilitating management, debugging, migration, and disaster recovery through virtualization
  • Clustered systems for research or ecommerce applications
  • Designing systems as web services
  • Social networking systems using peer-to-peer computing
  • Principles of cloud computing using examples from open-source and commercial applications

Using examples from open-source and commercial vendors, the text describes cloud-based systems for research, e-commerce, social networking and more.

  • Complete coverage of modern distributed computing technology including clusters, the grid, service-oriented architecture, massively parallel processors, peer-to-peer networking, and cloud computing
  • Includes case studies from the leading distributed computing vendors: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and more
  • Explains how to use virtualization to facilitate management, debugging, migration, and disaster recovey
  • Designed for undergraduate or graduate students taking a distributed systems course–each chapter includes exercises and further reading, with lecture slides and more available online

Cloud computing : principles and paradigms
Recommending faculty:Dr. Cedric Festin

Editors Rajkumar Buyya, James Broberg, Andrzej Goscinski.
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

The primary purpose of this book is to capture the state-of-the-art in Cloud Computing technologies and applications. The book will also aim to identify potential research directions and technologies that will facilitate creation a global market-place of cloud computing services supporting scientific, industrial, business, and consumer applications. We expect the book to serve as a reference for larger audience such as systems architects, practitioners, developers, new researchers and graduate level students. This area of research is relatively recent, and as such has no existing reference book that addresses it.
This book will be a timely contribution to a field that is gaining considerable research interest, momentum, and is expected to be of increasing interest to commercial developers. The book is targeted for professional computer science developers and graduate students especially at Masters level. As Cloud Computing is recognized as one of the top five emerging technologies that will have a major impact on the quality of science and society over the next 20 years, its knowledge will help position our readers at the forefront of the field.


Arduino + Android projects for the evil genius : control Arduino with your smartphone or tablet
Recommending faculty: Dr. Cedric Festin

Author Simon Monk.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher McGraw-Hill

TEAM ARDUINO UP WITH ANDROID FOR SOME MISCHIEVOUS FUN!

Filled with practical, do-it-yourself gadgets, Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius shows you how to create Arduino devices and control them with Android smartphones and tablets. Easy-to-find equipment and components are used for all the projects in the book.

This wickedly inventive guide covers the Android Open Application Development Kit (ADK) and USB interface and explains how to use them with the basic Arduino platform. Methods of communication between Android and Arduino that don’t require the ADK–including sound, Bluetooth, and WiFi/Ethernet are also discussed. An Arduino ADK programming tutorial helps you get started right away.

Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Contains step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations
  • Provides tips for customizing the projects
  • Covers the underlying principles behind the projects
  • Removes the frustration factor–all required parts are listed
  • Provides all source code on the book’s website

Build these and other devious devices:

  • Bluetooth robot
  • Android Geiger counter
  • Android-controlled light show
  • TV remote
  • Temperature logger
  • Ultrasonic range finder
  • Home automation controller
  • Remote power and lighting control
  • Smart thermostat
  • RFID door lock
  • Signaling flags
  • Delay timer

Climate change and climate modeling
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mathew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal

Author  J. David Neelin.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Provides students with a solid foundation in climate science, with which to understand global warming, natural climate variations, and climate models. As climate models are one of our primary tools for predicting and adapting to climate change, it is vital we appreciate their strengths and limitations. Also key is understanding what aspects of climate science are well understood and where quantitative uncertainties arise. This textbook will inform the future users of climate models and the decision-makers of tomorrow by providing the depth they need, while requiring no background in atmospheric science and only basic calculus and physics. Developed from a course that the author teaches at UCLA, material has been extensively class-tested and with online resources of colour figures, Powerpoint slides, and problem sets, this is a complete package for students across all sciences wishing to gain a solid grounding in climate science.


How to be a quantitative ecologist : the ‘A to R’ of green mathematics and statistics
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Jason Matthiopoulos.
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

Ecological research is becoming increasingly quantitative, yet students often opt out of courses in mathematics and statistics, unwittingly limiting their ability to carry out research in the future. This textbook provides a practical introduction to quantitative ecology for students and practitioners who have realised that they need this opportunity.

The text is addressed to readers who haven’t used mathematics since school, who were perhaps more confused than enlightened by their undergraduate lectures in statistics and who have never used a computer for much more than word processing and data entry. From this starting point, it slowly but surely instils an understanding of mathematics, statistics and programming, sufficient for initiating research in ecology. The book’s practical value is enhanced by extensive use of biological examples and the computer language R for graphics, programming and data analysis.

Key Features:

  • Provides a complete introduction to mathematics statistics and computing for ecologists.
  • Presents a wealth of ecological examples demonstrating the applied relevance of abstract mathematical concepts, showing how a little technique can go a long way in answering interesting ecological questions.
  • Covers elementary topics, including the rules of algebra, logarithms, geometry, calculus, descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
  • Explores more advanced topics including fractals, non-linear dynamical systems, likelihood and Bayesian estimation, generalised linear, mixed and additive models, and multivariate statistics.
  • R boxes provide step-by-step recipes for implementing the graphical and numerical techniques outlined in each section.

How to be a Quantitative Ecologist provides a comprehensive introduction to mathematics, statistics and computing and is the ideal textbook for late undergraduate and postgraduate courses in environmental biology.


Making great games : an insider’s guide to designing and developing the world’s greatest video games
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Michael Thornton Wyman.
Place of Publication Oxford, U.K
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Focal Press

Join videogame industry veteran Michael Thornton Wyman on a series of detailed, behind-the-scenes tours with the teams that have made some of the most popular and critically acclaimed videogames of the modern era. Drawing on insider’s perspectives from a wide variety of teams, learn about the creation of a tiny, independent game project (World of Goo), casual game classics (Diner Dash, Bejeweled Twist), the world’s most popular social game (FarmVille) as well as the world’s most popular MMORPG (World of Warcraft), PC titles (Half Life 2) to AAA console games (Madden NFL 10), and modern-day masterpieces (Little Big Planet, Rock Band, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves). Hear directly from the creators about how these games were made, and learn from their stories from the trenches of videogames production. This book is an excellent resource for those working directly on game design or production, for those aspiring to work in the field, or for anyone who has wondered how the world’s greatest videogames get made.

* Provides an in-depth look at ten contemporary, best-selling and critically acclaimed videogames across a variety of styles, game types, and platforms. * Unprecedented access and insight into the inner workings of the teams, large and small, responsible for bringing several best-of-breed videogames in the world to market – hear directly from the creative teams in their own words in detailed case studies. * Analysis of best practices and pitfalls common to the process of creating great games through all phases, from concept development through prototyping, production, testing and launch. * Includes a dozen interviews with games industry leaders, all of whom have shipped great games including: Halo, The Sims, God of War, Spore, Brutal Legend, NBA Street, Splinter Cell, Skate, Need for Speed, and more. * Hands-on tools and hard-won, real world advice from recognized industry experts you can start using immediately to make better video games. * A companion website provides more up-to-date information as well as reader forums.


Producing animation
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Authors Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi.
Editor Tracy Miller-Zarneke.
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Focal Press

 

Producing Animation is your answer. Written by Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi and edited by Tracey Miller-Zarneke, Producing Animation is a comprehensive guide to the production industry. Already a relied upon resource by professionals and students alike, this book covers the process from script to screen while defining the role of the producer at each phase. The second edition features new content such as sidebars on key topics from industry experts, discussions on CG, 2D and stereoscopic production processes, and an overview on marketing and distributing your project. The companion website provides access to sample tables, templates and workflow outlines for CG and 2D animation production.


Write your way into animation and games : create a writing career in animation and games
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Christy Marx
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Focal Press/Elsevier

Launch your career in writing for video games or animation with the best tips, tricks, and tutorials from the Focal press catalog–all at your fingertips. Let our award-winning writers and game developers show you how to generate ideas and create compelling storylines, concepts, and narratives for your next project.

Write Your Way Into Animation and Games provides invaluable information on getting into the game and animation industries. You will benefit from decades of insider experience about the fields of animation and games, with an emphasis on what you really need to know to start working as a writer.


Computer graphics through OpenGL : from theory to experiments
Recommending faculty: Prof. Pablo Manalastas

Author Sumanta Guha.
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher CRC Press

From geometric primitives to animation to 3D modeling to lighting and shading, Computer Graphics Through OpenGL: From Theory to Experiments is a comprehensive introduction to computer graphics that uses an active learning style to teach key concepts. Equally emphasizing theory and practice, the book provides an understanding not only of the principles of 3D computer graphics, but also the use of the OpenGL Application Programming Interface (API) to program 3D applications.

 

Forming the undergraduate core of the book, the first fourteen chapters cover the concepts fundamental to 3D computer graphics and illustrate how to code fairly sophisticated 3D scenes and animation, including games and movies. The remaining chapters explore more advanced topics, such as the structure of curves and surfaces, applications of projective spaces and transformations, and programmable graphics pipelines.

 

This textbook uses a hands-on, interactive approach that mixes theory and coding. Designed to be followed with a computer handy, the text makes the theory accessible by having students run clarifying code.

Web Resource
The book’s website www.sumantaguha.com provides program source code that runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux platforms. It also includes a guide to installing OpenGL and executing the programs, special software to help run the experiments, and figures from the book. In addition, the website provides a discussion forum for interaction among users of the book.


Gadgets, games, and gizmos for learning : tools and techniques for transferring know-how from boomers to gamers
Recommending faculty: Prof. Rommel Feria, Prof. Rowena Solamo

Authors Karl M. Kapp foreword by John Beck.
Place of Publication San Francisco, Calif.
Date of Publication 2007
Publisher Wiley

Gadgets, Games, and Gizmos is an innovative book that provides practical and original solutions to the impending boomer/gamer knowledge and skills transfer gap. The book outlines how gamer values such as the use of cheat codes, the love of gadgets, the need to play games, and the desire to be constantly connected can be used as methods for moving information from the heads of the boomers to the fingertips and gadgets of the gamers. As organizations begin to think strategically about how to attract, retain, and train new talent, this book, written by Karl Kapp, named one of 2007′s Top 20 Most Influential Training Professionals by TrainingIndustry, Inc., will be an invaluable resource.


Scrum in action : Agile software project management and development
Recommending faculty: Prof. Wigi Vei Oliveros

Authors Andrew Pham, Phuong-Van Pham
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Course Technology

SCRUM IN ACTION: AGILE SOFTWARE PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT is a practical how-to guide for software project teams on how to successfully deploy an Agile software framework with Scrum. It is clearly and concisely written and is the first practical guide with real world situations written by corporate practitioners. This book describes many good project management techniques on how to get the most from project teams and bridges the gaps between many Scrum and project management books by addressing how to communicate with executives using financial terms, how to use an objective estimation technique, and where software architecture fits into Scrum.


Innovation in wind turbine design
Recommending faculty: Prof. Ivan Cruz

Author Peter Jamieson
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

Innovation in Wind Turbine Design addresses the fundamentals of design, the reasons behind design choices, and describes the methodology for evaluating innovative systems and components. Always referencing a state of the art system for comparison, Jamieson discusses the basics of wind turbine theory and design, as well as how to apply existing engineering knowledge to further advance the technology, enabling the reader to gain a thorough understanding of current technology before assessing where it can go in the future.

Innovation in Wind Turbine Design is divided into four main sections covering design background, technology evaluation, design themes and innovative technology examples:

  • Section 1 reviews aerodynamic theory and the optimization of rotor design, discusses wind energy conversion systems, drive trains, scaling issues, offshore wind turbines, and concludes with an overview of technology trends with a glimpse of possible future technology
  • Section 2 comprises a global view of the multitude of design options for wind turbine systems and develops evaluation methodology, including cost of energy assessment with some specific examples
  • Section 3 discusses recurrent design themes such as blade number, pitch or stall, horizontal or vertical axis
  • Section 4 considers examples of innovative technology with case studies from real-life commercial clients.

This groundbreaking synopsis of the state of the art in wind turbine design is must-have reading for professional wind engineers, power engineers and turbine designers, as well as consultants, researchers and academics working in renewable energy.


Digital signal processing laboratory, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author B. Preetham Kumar
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Considering the rapid evolution of digital signal processing (DSP), those studying this field require an easily understandable text that complements practical software and hardware applications with sufficient coverage of theory. Designed to keep pace with advancements in the field and elucidate lab work, Digital Signal Processing Laboratory, Second Edition was developed using material and student input from courses taught by the author.

Honed over the past several years, the information presented here reflects the experience and insight the author gained on how to convey the subject of DSP to senior undergraduate and graduate students coming from varied subject backgrounds. Using feedback from those students and faculty involved in these courses, this book integrates simultaneous training in both theory and practical software/hardware aspects of DSP. The practical component of the DSP course curriculum has proven to greatly enhance understanding of the basic theory and principles. To this end, chapters in the text contain sections on:

  • Theory—Explaining the underlying mathematics and principles
  • Problem solving—Offering an ample amount of workable problems for the reader
  • Computer laboratory—Featuring programming examples and exercises in MATLAB® and Simulink®
  • Hardware laboratory—Containing exercises that employ test and measurement equipment, as well as the Texas Instruments TMS320C6711DSP Starter Kit

The text covers the progression of the Discrete and Fast Fourier transforms (DFT and FFT). It also addresses Linear Time-Invariant (LTI) discrete-time signals and systems, as well as the mathematical tools used to describe them. The author includes appendices that give detailed descriptions of hardware along with instructions on how to use the equipment featured in the book.


Mixing secrets for the small studio
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Mike Senior
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Focal Press

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio is a down-to-earth primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 100 famous names, this entertaining guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and “fairy dust” effects. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries and assignments are perfect for school and college use.

  • Learn the subtle editing, arrangement, and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge, and master the psychological tricks which protect you from all the biggest rookie mistakes.
  • Find out where you don’t need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.
  • Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today’s multi-platinum hits, including Michael Brauer, Serban Ghenea, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Dave “Hard Drive” Pensado, Jack Joseph Puig, Mark “Spike” Stent, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, and many, many more . . .

Making things move : DIY mechanisms for inventors, hobbyists, and artists
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Dustyn Roberts
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher McGraw-Hill

In Making Things Move, you’ll learn how to build moving mechanisms through non-technical explanations, examples, and do-it-yourself projects–from art installations to toys to labor-saving devices. The projects include a drawing machine, a mini wind turbine, a mousetrap powered car, and more, but the applications of the examples are limited only by your imagination. A breadth of topics is covered ranging from how to attach couplers and shafts to a motor, to converting between rotary and linear motion.

Each chapter features photographs, drawings, and screenshots of the components and systems involved. Emphasis is placed on using off-the-shelf components whenever possible, and most projects also use readily available metals, plastics, wood, and cardboard, as well as accessible fabrication techniques such as laser cutting. Small projects in each chapter are designed to engage you in applying the material in the chapter at hand. Later in the book, more involved projects incorporate material from several chapters.

Making Things Move:

  • Focuses on practical applications and results, not abstract engineering theories
  • Contains more than a dozen topic-focused projects and three large-scale projects incorporating lessons from the whole book
  • Features shopping lists and guides to off-the-shelf components for the projects
  • Incorporates discussions of new fabrication techniques such as laser cutting and 3D printing, and how you can gain access
  • Includes online component for continuing education with the book’s companion website and blog (makingthingsmove.com)

Teach yourself electricity and electronics, 5th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Siegfred Balon

Author Stan Gibilisco
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher McGraw-Hill

In Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, Fifth Edition, a master teacher provides step-by-step lessons in electricity and electronics fundamentals and applications. Detailed illustrations, practical examples, and hundreds of test questions make it easy to learn the material quickly. This fully revised resource starts with the basics and takes you through advanced applications, such as communications systems and robotics. Solve current-voltage-resistance-impedance problems, make power calculations, optimize system performance, and prepare for licensing exams with help from this hands-on guide.

Updated for the latest technological trends:

  • Wireless Systems
  • Fiber Optics
  • Lasers
  • Space Communications
  • Mechatronics

Comprehensive coverage includes:
Direct-Current Circuit Basics and Analysis * Resistors * Cells and Batteries * Magnetism * Inductance * Capacitance * Phase * Inductive and Capacitive Reactance * Impedance and Admittance * Alternating-Current Circuit Analysis, Power, and Resonance * Transformers and Impedance Matching * Semiconductors * Diode Applications * Power Supplies * Bipolar and Field-Effect Transistors * Amplifiers and Oscillators * Digital and Computer Basics * Antennas for RF Communications * Integrated Circuits * Electron Tubes * Transducers, Sensors, Location, and Navigation * Acoustics and Audio Fundamentals * Advanced Communications Systems


Rock engineering design
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Authors Xia-Ting Feng, John A. Hudson
Place of Publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher CRC Press/Balkema

Given the recent advances in site investigation techniques, computing, access to information and monitoring, plus the current emphasis on safety, accountability and sustainability, this book introduces an up-to-date methodology for the design of all types of rock engineering projects, whether surface or underground. Guidance is provided on the nature of the modeling to support design and the information required for design; also included is a procedure for technical auditing of the modeling and design together with the related protocol sheets. Written by two eminent authors, clearly structured and containing many illustrations, this volume is intended for consulting engineers, contractors, researchers, lecturers and students working on rock engineering projects.


Cyber attacks : protecting national infrastructure

Author Edward Amoroso
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

No nation – especially the United States – has a coherent technical and architectural strategy for preventing cyber attack from crippling essential critical infrastructure services. This book initiates an intelligent national (and international) dialogue amongst the general technical community around proper methods for reducing national risk. This includes controversial themes such as the deliberate use of deception to trap intruders. It also serves as an attractive framework for a new national strategy for cyber security, something that several Presidential administrations have failed in attempting to create. In addition, nations other than the US might choose to adopt the framework as well Amoroso offers a technical, architectural, and management solution to the problem of protecting national infrastructure. This includes practical and empirically-based guidance for security engineers, network operators, software designers, technology managers, application developers, and even those who simply use computing technology in their work or home. Each principle is presented as a separate security strategy, along with pages of compelling examples that demonstrate use of the principle. A specific set of criteria requirements allows any organization, such as a government agency, to integrate the principles into their local environment. This book takes the national debate on protecting critical infrastructure in an entirely new and fruitful direction.

* Covers cyber security policy development for massively complex infrastructure using ten principles derived from experiences in U.S. Federal Government settings and a range of global commercial environments. * Provides a unique and provocative philosophy of cyber security that directly contradicts conventional wisdom about info sec for small or enterprise-level systems. * Illustrates the use of practical, trial-and-error findings derived from 25 years of hands-on experience protecting critical infrastructure on a daily basis at AT&T.


Nov 27

RESERVE BOOKS


Designing embedded systems with PIC microcontrollers : principles and applications
Recommending faculty: Roel Ocampo

Author Tim Wilmshurst
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Newnes/Elsevier

PIC microcontrollers are used worldwide in commercial and industrial devices. The 8-bit PIC which this book focuses on is a versatile work horse that completes many designs. An engineer working with applications that include a microcontroller will no doubt come across the PIC sooner rather than later. It is a must to have a working knowledge of this 8-bit technology.

This book takes the novice from introduction of embedded systems through to advanced development techniques for utilizing and optimizing the PIC family of microcontrollers in your device. To truly understand the PIC, assembly and C programming language must be understood. The author explains both with sample code and examples, and makes the transition from the former to the latter an easy one. This is a solid building block for future PIC endeavors.

New to the 2nd Edition:

  • Include end of chapter questions/activities moving from introductory to advanced
  • More worked examples
  • Includes PowerPoint slides for instructors
  • Includes all code snips on a companion web site for ease of use
  • A survey of 16/32-bit PICs
  • A project using ZigBee

RF microelectronics, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Joy Reyes-Madamba

Author Behzad Razavi
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Prentice Hall

Wireless communication has become almost as ubiquitous as electricity, but RF design continues to challenge engineers and researchers. In the 15 years since the first edition of this classic text, the demand for higher performance has led to an explosive growth of RF design techniques. In RF Microelectronics, Second Edition, Behzad Razavi systematically teaches the fundamentals as well as the state-of-the-art developments in the analysis and design of RF circuits and transceivers.

Razavi has written the second edition to reflect today’s RF microelectronics, covering key topics in far greater detail. At nearly three times the length of the first edition, the second edition is an indispensable tome for both students and practicing engineers. With his lucid prose, Razavi now offers:

  • A stronger tutorial focus along with hundreds of examples and problems.
  • Teaches design as well as analysis with the aid of step-by-step design procedures and a chapter dedicated to the design of a dual-band WiFi transceiver
  • Describes new design paradigms and analysis techniques for circuits such as low-noise amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, and frequency dividers

This edition’s extensive coverage includes brand new chapters on mixers, passive devices, integer-N synthesizers, and fractional-N synthesizers. Razavi’s teachings culminate in a new chapter that begins with WiFi’s radio specifications and, step by step, designs the transceiver at the transistor level.


Computer architecture : a quantitative approach, 5th ed.
Recommending faculty: Lester Nacu

Authors John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier

The computing world today is in the middle of a revolution: mobile clients and cloud computing have emerged as the dominant paradigms driving programming and hardware innovation today. The Fifth Edition of Computer Architecture focuses on this dramatic shift, exploring the ways in which software and technology in the cloud are accessed by cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile computing devices. Each chapter includes two real-world examples, one mobile and one datacenter, to illustrate this revolutionary change.

  • Updated to cover the mobile computing revolution
  • Emphasizes the two most important topics in architecture today: memory hierarchy and parallelism in all its forms.
  • Develops common themes throughout each chapter: power, performance, cost, dependability, protection, programming models, and emerging trends (“What’s Next”)
  • Includes three review appendices in the printed text. Additional reference appendices are available online.
  • Includes updated Case Studies and completely new exercises.

Data mining : concepts and techniques, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Jasmine Malinao

Author Jiawei Han
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Elsevier

The increasing volume of data in modern business and science calls for more complex and sophisticated tools. Although advances in data mining technology have made extensive data collection much easier, it’s still always evolving and there is a constant need for new techniques and tools that can help us transform this data into useful information and knowledge.

Since the previous edition’s publication, great advances have been made in the field of data mining. Not only does the third of edition of Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques continue the tradition of equipping you with an understanding and application of the theory and practice of discovering patterns hidden in large data sets, it also focuses on new, important topics in the field: data warehouses and data cube technology, mining stream, mining social networks, and mining spatial, multimedia and other complex data. Each chapter is a stand-alone guide to a critical topic, presenting proven algorithms and sound implementations ready to be used directly or with strategic modification against live data. This is the resource you need if you want to apply today’s most powerful data mining techniques to meet real business challenges.

  • Presents dozens of algorithms and implementation examples, all in pseudo-code and suitable for use in real-world, large-scale data mining projects.
  • Addresses advanced topics such as mining object-relational databases, spatial databases, multimedia databases, time-series databases, text databases, the World Wide Web, and applications in several fields.
  • Provides a comprehensive, practical look at the concepts and techniques you need to get the most out of your data

Schaum’s outlines electric circuits, 5th ed.

Authors Mahmood Nahvi, Joseph A. Edminister
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher McGraw-Hill

More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum’s Outlines for their expert knowledge and helpful solved problems. Written by renowned experts in their respective fields, Schaum’s Outlines cover everything from math to science, nursing to language. The main feature for all these books is the solved problems. Step-by-step, authors walk readers through coming up with solutions to exercises in their topic of choice.

  • Outline format facilitates quick and easy review of electrical engineering
  • Hundreds of examples with explanations of electrical engineering concepts
  • Exercises to help you test your mastery of electrical engineering
  • Appropriate for the following courses: Electric Circuits, Electric Circuit Fundamentals, Electric Circuit Analysis, Linear Circuits and Systems, Circuit Theory
  • Supports all the major textbooks for electrical engineering courses

Network simulation experiments manual, 3rd ed.

Author Emad Aboelela
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

The Network Simulation Experiments Manual takes this instructional tool a step further and provides detailed experiments on core networking topologies for use in this simulation environment. Various scenarios are presented within each topology: Review questions, suggested readings, a lab report, and exercises accompanying each assignment. The manual also comes with directions for downloading the free and easy-to-install OPNET IT Guru Academic Edition software. This software provides a virtual environment for modeling, analyzing, and predicting the performance of IT infrastructures, including applications, servers, and networking technologies. Prepared by Professor Emad Aboelela of the Taibah University, Saudi Arabia, the experiments in the manual are closely tied to the organization of Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, Fifth Edition and, when used together, serve as a complete tool for understanding how and why computer networks function as they do.

  • Updated and expanded by an instructor who has used OPNET simulation tools in his classroom for numerous demonstrations and real-world scenarios.
  • Software download based on an award-winning product made by OPNET Technologies, Inc., whose software is used by thousands of commercial and government organizations worldwide, and by over 500 universities.
  • Useful experimentation for professionals in the workplace who are interested in learning and demonstrating the capability of evaluating different commercial networking products, i.e., Cisco routers.
  • Covers the core networking topologies and includes assignments on Switched LANs, Network Design, CSMA, RIP, TCP, Queuing Disciplines, Web Caching, etc.

REFERENCE BOOKS


Handbook of erosion modelling
Recommending faculty: Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Tim Wilmshurst
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Newnes/Elsevier

A study of erosion requires one to think in terms of microseconds to understand the mechanics of impact of a single raindrop on a soil surface, while landscapes form over periods of thousands of years. These processes operate on scales of millimetres for single raindrops to mega-metres for continents. Erosion modelling thus covers quite a lot of ground. This book introduces the conceptual and mathematical frameworks used to formulate models of soil erosion and uses case studies to show how models are applied to a variety of purposes at a range of spatial and temporal scales. The aim is to provide land managers and others with the tools required to select a model appropriate to the type and scale of erosion problem, to show what users can expect in terms of accuracy of model predictions and to provide an appreciation of both the advantages and limitations of models. Problems covered include those arising from agriculture, the construction industry, pollution and climatic change and range in scale from farms to small and large catchments. The book will also be useful to students and research scientists as an up-to-date review of the state-of-art of erosion modelling and, through a knowledge of how models are used in practice, in highlighting the gaps in knowledge that need to be filled in order to develop even better models.


Nanobiomaterials handbook
Recommending faculty: Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero (MatE 197, MSE 298)

Editor Balaji Sitharaman
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher CRC Press

Nanobiomaterials exhibit distinctive characteristics, including mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, which make them suitable for a variety of biological applications. Because of their versatility, they are poised to play a central role in nanobiotechnology and make significant contributions to biomedical research and healthcare. Nanobiomaterials Handbook offers a broad introduction for those new to the subject and serves as a useful reference for advanced professionals.

Analyzing major topics and disciplines in this arena, this volume:

  • Defines scope, current status, and future prospects of nanobiomaterials
  • Surveys nanobiomaterials and examines various synthesis and processing techniques important for developing nanobiomaterials
  • Explores the unique nanoscopic physicochemical properties of nanobiomaterials
  • Discusses potential applications, emphasizing unique challenges in the design, fabrication, and evaluation of biomaterials for a particular application or field
  • Provides a detailed overview of the interactions between bionanomaterials/biological systems and the biocompatibility issues associated with bionanomaterials

Applied plastics engineering handbook : processing and materials
Recommending faculty: Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editor Myer Kutz
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Elsevier/William Andrew

A practical reference for all plastics engineers who are seeking to answer a question, solve a problem, reduce a cost, improve a design or fabrication process, or even venture into a new market. Applied Plastics Engineering Handbook covers both polymer basics – helpful to bring readers quickly up to speed if they are not familiar with a particular area of plastics processing – and recent developments – enabling practitioners to discover which options best fit their requirements. Each chapter is an authoritative source of practical advice for engineers, providing authoritative guidance from experts that will lead to cost savings and process improvements.

Throughout the book, the focus is on the engineering aspects of producing and using plastics. The properties of plastics are explained along with techniques for testing, measuring, enhancing and analyzing them. Materials and additives are described as well as their characteristics and effects. The technologies and machinery used in processing operations are covered with reference to product design. And recent developments in a cross-section of applications demonstrate in a pragmatic way, the opportunities as well as the limitations of plastics.

  • Practical introductions to both core topics and new developments make this work equally valuable for newly qualified plastics engineers seeking the practical rules-of-thumb they don’t teach you in school, and experienced practitioners evaluating new technologies or getting up to speed on a new field.
  • The depth and detail of the coverage of new developments enables engineers and managers to gain knowledge of, and evaluate, new technologies and materials in key growth areas such as biomaterials and nanotechnology.
  • This highly practical handbook is set apart from other references in the field, being written by engineers for an audience of engineers and providing a wealth of real-world examples, best practice guidance and rules-of-thumb.

The security risk assessment handbook : a complete guide for performing security risk assessments, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Susan Pancho-Festin

Author Douglas Landoll
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher CRC Press

Picking up where its bestselling predecessor left off, The Security Risk Assessment Handbook: A Complete Guide for Performing Security Risk Assessments, Second Edition gives you detailed instruction on how to conduct a risk assessment effectively and efficiently. Supplying wide-ranging coverage that includes security risk analysis, mitigation, and risk assessment reporting, this updated edition provides the tools needed to solicit and review the scope and rigor of risk assessment proposals with competence and confidence.

Trusted to assess security for leading organizations and government agencies, including the CIA, NSA, and NATO, Douglas Landoll unveils the little-known tips, tricks, and techniques used by savvy security professionals in the field. He details time-tested methods to help you:

  • Better negotiate the scope and rigor of security assessments
  • Effectively interface with security assessment teams
  • Gain an improved understanding of final report recommendations
  • Deliver insightful comments on draft reports

Practical antenna handbook, 5th ed.
Recommending faculty: Romarie U. Lorenzo

Authors Joseph Carr, George Hippisley
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics

Design and build your own antennas with the help of this unique guide. Updated and revised to provide clear answers to questions frequently asked by hobbyists and electronics technicians, Practical Antenna Handbook, Fifth Edition blends theoretical concepts with hands-on experience–requiring only high school mathematics

Reorganized to flow logically from broad physical principles to specific antenna design and construction techniques, the book begins by covering the fundamentals. Then the half-wave dipole is discussed both as an excellent antenna in its own right and as a conceptual tool for predicting the performance of other designs. Transmission line impedance matching techniques–and a companion Smith chart tutorial–lead into “must have” accessories for tuning, monitoring, and troubleshooting antenna system performance. Other tools, such as antenna modeling software and network analyzer add-ons for PCs and Macs, are addressed, and concluding chapters offer fresh insights into support structures and installation techniques.

NEW TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Characteristics of all-driven and parasitic arrays
  • Beverages and small MF/HF receiving loops
  • Top-loaded shunt-fed towers and other verticals
  • Theory and design of Yagi beams
  • Effect of real ground on propagation and antenna patterns, impedance, and efficiency
  • Lightning protection and four kinds of ground systems
  • Zoning and restrictive covenants

McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Code 2011 handbook : based on the current 2011 National Electrical Code, 27th ed.
Recommending faculty: Bienvenido Malquisto Jr.

Authors Brian J. McPartland, Frederic P. Hartwell and Joseph F. McPartland
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Thoroughly revised and expanded with hundreds of pages of new material to reflect changes in the 2011 NEC, McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Code 2011 Handbook, 27th Edition provides authoritative guidance and analysis to help you accurately interpret 2011 NEC rules. Co-author and working electrician, Frederic P. Hartwell, who has participated in the NEC process for almost thirty years, describes problems and difficulties in NEC provisions from an unbiased and practical perspective.

It does not duplicate NEC text and tables within its covers. Designed as an essential companion to the 2011 NEC, it contains over one-third more explanatory material and more than 1000 diagrams and photos within its convenient 6 x 9 inch format. Details on the background and rationale for specific code rules facilitate an in-depth understanding of the meaning and application of those rules. This must-have on-the-job reference helps your work pass inspection the first time.


Stallcup’s illustrated code changes : based on the NEC and related standards, 2011
Recommending faculty: Bienvenido Malquisto Jr.

Authors James G. Stallcup with James W. Stallcup
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Jones & Bartlett Learning

The 2011 Edition of the National Electrical Code® contains a range of complex revisions that electrical personnel and students must be made aware of. Stallcup’s® Illustrated Code Changes simplifies this process using clear, concise explanations and detailed full-color illustrations to explain hundreds of revisions. Following the organization of the 2011 NEC, Stallcup reviews each change in numerical order to correlate with the “Articles” and “Sections” as they appear in the Code in an effort to maximize student comprehension and make navigating the NEC quick and easy. Known as the most thorough Code change book available, Stallcup’s® offers expert descriptions on key topics such as wiring and protection, wiring methods and materials, equipment for general use, and much more.


The guidebook for linemen and cablemen, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Ivan Cruz

Author Wayne Van Soelen
Place of Publication Clifton Park, N.Y.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

The Guidebook for Linemen and Cablemen, 2nd Edition is the much needed solution for anyone working on or training to work on electrical utility circuits. Packaged as a convenient, single-volume reference guide on the operation of electrical utility systems, this book will give you what other resources won’t: practical coverage of the equipment and situations that power line workers are exposed to on a daily basis, with a focus on ensuring concepts are meaningful and applicable. This book also pays special attention to the order in which topics are addressed; simple concepts are explained first, and the book then builds upon these fundamentals to explain more complex theories, thereby setting a strong foundation for clearly understanding key rules and regulations. This text been updated to include the most current industry information available, including applications of recent technology. This book also contains in-depth exploration of the mechanical aspects of the job, such as working with rigging, trucks, stringing wire, and tree felling. The need for safety and training is highlighted throughout the book, resulting in a powerful resource for linemen, cable men, foremen, and others associated with the transmission and distribution departments of electric utility companies.


CRC standard mathematical tables and formulae, 32nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prospero Naval Jr.

Author Daniel Zwillinger
Place of Publication Boca Raton, Fla.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher CRC Press

With over 6,000 entries, CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, 32nd Edition continues to provide essential formulas, tables, figures, and descriptions, including many diagrams, group tables, and integrals not available online. This new edition incorporates important topics that are unfamiliar to some readers, such as visual proofs and sequences, and illustrates how mathematical information is interpreted. Material is presented in a multisectional format, with each section containing a valuable collection of fundamental tabular and expository reference material.

New to the 32nd Edition:

  • A new chapter on Mathematical Formulae from the Sciences that contains the most important formulae from a variety of fields, including acoustics, astrophysics, epidemiology, finance, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics
  • New material on contingency tables, estimators, process capability, runs test, and sample sizes
  • New material on cellular automata, knot theory, music, quaternions, and rational trigonometry
  • Updated and more streamlined tables

Retaining the successful format of previous editions, this comprehensive handbook remains an invaluable reference for professionals and students in mathematical and scientific fields.


Nov 27

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Nov 24

REGULAR CIRCULATION BOOKS


Mechatronics

Recommending faculty: Instr. Jay R T. Adolacion (ChE 197, ChE 191 )

Authors Hegde, Ganesh S.
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Jones and Bartlett Publishers

This exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more! Key content includes: Site Layout One-Distance Measurment and Leveling, Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials, and Forms, Handling and Placing Concrete, Introduction to Masonry, Masonry Units and Installation Techniques, Floor Systems, Wall and Ceiling Framing, Roof Framing, Roofing Applications, Exterior Finishing, Basic Stair Layout, Electrical Safety, Residential Electrical Services, Introduction to HVAC, Introduction to Drain, Waste and Vent Systems, Plastic Pipe and Fittings, and Copper Pipe and Fittings.

 

Geological field techniques

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (GE 198, GE 300, GE 11 )

Authors
Place of Publication [Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.]
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell

The understanding of Earth processes and environments over geological time is highly dependent upon both the experience that can only be gained through doing fieldwork, and the collection of reliable data and appropriate samples in the field. This textbook explains the main data gathering techniques used by geologists in the field and the reasons for these, with emphasis throughout on how to make effective field observations and record these in suitable formats. Equal weight is given to assembling field observations from igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types. There are also substantial chapters on producing a field notebook, collecting structural information, recording fossil data and constructing geological maps. The volume is in a robust and handy size, with colour coded chapters for ease of use and quick reference in the field.

Geological Field Techniques is designed for students, amateur enthusiasts and professionals who have a background in geology and wish to collect field data on rocks and geological features. Teaching aspects of this textbook include:

  • step-by-step guides to essential practical skills such as using a compass-clinometer, making a geological map and drawing a field sketch;
  • tricks of the trade, checklists, flow charts and short worked examples;
  • over 200 illustrations of a wide range of field notes, maps and geological features;
  • appendices with the commonly used rock description and classification diagrams;
  • a supporting website hosted by Wiley Blackwell.

– Amazon.com

 

Occupational safety and health for technologists, engineers, and managers, 7th International ed.

Recommending faculty: Instr. Ralph P. Villa (ChE 141, ChE 140, ChE 142 )

Authors Goetsch, David L.
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Prentice Hall

Known for its comprehensive coverage, this text covers all aspects of occupational safety and health in today’s global workplace.  Appropriate for safety management, engineering and technology programs, the book follows a logical sequence that provides a historical perspective and overview, covers the laws and regulations, discusses the human element, examines hazard assessment, prevention, and control, and covers management of safety and health. This edition features updated OSHA standards and contemporary topics such as safety culture, safety’s role in global competitiveness, workplace violence, natural disasters and terrorism.  — Amazon.com

 

Measuring global temperatures : their analysis and interpretation

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (EnE 31 )

Authors Strangeways, Ian
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Temperature is probably the most influential of all climatic variables. Our only direct, quantitative knowledge of global temperatures comes from instruments operated over the last 150 or so years. Yet as crucial and as central as these data are to our understanding of the climate, they are largely taken for granted, even by many of those using them. Measuring Global Temperatures will fill this gap by explaining how global temperatures are measured, how the data are analyzed, what the potential errors are, and what needs to be done to improve temperature measurement in the future. The book is of great interest to all meteorologists, climatologists, and hydrologists, and especially those concerned with climate change and global warming. It is written in accessible language with little mathematics, and so will appeal to students and amateur meteorologists with a strong interest in weather and climate. — Amazon.com

 

Climate change, ecology, and systematics

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (EnE 31 )

Authors
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Cambridge University Press

Climate change has shaped life in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Understanding the interactions between climate and biodiversity is a complex challenge to science. With contributions from 60 key researchers, this book examines the ongoing impact of climate change on the ecology and diversity of life on earth. It discusses the latest research within the fields of ecology and systematics, highlighting the increasing integration of their approaches and methods. Topics covered include the influence of climate change on evolutionary and ecological processes such as adaptation, migration, speciation and extinction, and the role of these processes in determining the diversity and biogeographic distribution of species and their populations. This book ultimately illustrates the necessity for global conservation actions to mitigate the effects of climate change in a world that is already undergoing a biodiversity crisis of unprecedented scale. — Amazon.com

 

Environmental oceanography : topics and analysis

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (EnE 31 )

Authors Abel, Daniel C.
Place of Publication Sudbury, Mass.
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Jones and Bartlett

Environmental Oceanography is a scientifically-based, multidisciplinary text that uses critical thinking and case studies to teach principles of oceanography and focuses on the importance of, and threats to, the marine environment. The text uses an innovative approach to teaching environmental oceanography, consisting of marine environmental issues presented as self-contained analytical exercises, with information and questions on sustainability integrated throughout. Appropriate for a wide range of readers, Environmental Oceanography works well as a stand-alone text, a lab-based course book, and as a supplement to main texts in oceanography and marine science for those instructors who would like to add an active learning focus to their course. Regardless of whether you are teaching a large or small course, Environmental Oceanography will engage and excite your students and prompt them to think critically about pressing environmental issues. — Amazon.com

 

Introduction to coastal engineering and management, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Eric C. Cruz (CE 113 )

Authors Kamphuis, J. W.
Place of Publication New Jersey
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher World Scientific

This book is based on the author’s 34 years of experience as a teacher/researcher of coastal engineering and management and on recent reflections on newly relevant issues, such as consequences of failure, impacts of rising sea levels, aging infrastructure, real estate development, and contemporary decision making, design and education.

This textbook for undergraduate students, postgraduate students and practicing engineers covers waves, structures, sediment movement, coastal management, and contemporary coastal design and decision making, presenting both basic principles and engineering solutions. It discusses the traditional methods of analysis and synthesis (design), but also contemporary design taking into account environmental impacts, consequences of failure, and current concerns such as global warming, aging infrastructure, working with stakeholder groups, regulators, etc.

This second edition expands greatly on the topics of failure and resilience that surfaced as a result of recent disasters from hurricane surges and tsunamis. It updates the discussion of design and decision making in the 21st century, with many new examples presented. — Amazon.com

 

Concrete : microstructure, properties, and materials, 3rd ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 121 )

Authors Mehta, P. K.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2006
Publisher McGraw-Hill

This textbook presents the art and science of concrete in a simple, clear, hands-on manner, focusing on the following: Cement and concrete are predicted to be the premier building material of the 21st Century; Includes unique diagrams, photographs, and summary tables; Updated to include new chapters on non-destructive methods for concrete; future challenges in concrete technology; an increased number of examples of concrete applications; and new developments in durability. — Amazon.com

 

Advanced concrete technology

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 121 )

Authors Li, Zongjin
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

Over the past two decades concrete has enjoyed a renewed level of research and testing, resulting in the development of many new types of concrete. Through the use of various additives, production techniques and chemical processes, there is now a great degree of control over the properties of specific concretes for a wide range of applications. New theories, models and testing techniques have also been developed to push the envelope of concrete as a building material. There is no current textbook which brings all of these advancements together in a single volume. This book aims to bridge the gap between the traditional concrete technologies and the emerging state-of-the-art technologies which are gaining wider use. — Amazon.com

 

Ancient building technology

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 121 )

Authors Wright, G. R. H.
Place of Publication Leiden
Date of Publication 2000-2005
Publisher Brill

The following résumé study deals with building material, which together with construction and structures, forms one of the three aspects of building, or equally one of the three factors which constitute the nature of a building. Unlike existing manuals on ancient building, this offers an analytic presentation and the subject matter extends across all ages and regions. The treatment of materials is set out according to a paradigm of nature, manufacture and use, so as to facilitate direct comparison between different modes of the one material, as also between different materials and between different building traditions. This second part is published in two volumes, the first containing texts, the second more than 300 illustrations. — Amazon.com

 

Building materials : properties, performance, and applications

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 121 )

Authors
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher Nova Science Publishers

Building material is any material which is used for a construction purpose. Apart from naturally occurring materials, many man-made products are in use. The manufacture of building materials is an established industry in many countries and the use of these materials is typically segmented into specific speciality trades, such as carpentry, plumbing, roofing and insulation work. This book presents a wide variety of research on issues facing the building industry today. A study on the use of syntactic foams as a building material is presented. The acoustic performance of building materials with respect to their insulative properties is also analysed. Other topics include the performance of building stones in relation to salt weathering, the behaviour of building materials submitted to fire, the problem of microbe invasion into building materials and a study to develop a series of experimental methods to determine the moisture transport and storage properties of building materials. — Amazon.com

 

Fiber-reinforced cements and concretes

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 121 )

Authors Johnston, Colin D.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2000
Publisher Gordon & Breach

This book summarizes and simplifies the results of a considerable body of research and practical experience with a wide range of fiber-reinforced cementitious composites. — Amazon.com

 

Construction jobsite management, 3rd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Alexis Philip A. Acacio (CE 123, CE 124 )

Authors Mincks, William R.
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

This new updated third edition of Construction Jobsite Management deals with all facets of construction project management from the contractor’s point of view. It examines the duties that are handled by the project manager, construction superintendent, and construction engineer throughout the progress of a job, from the configurations of a project team through project closeout. A hallmark of this book is its dedicated focus on the activities of jobsite personnel that includes helpful techniques and procedures for effectively managing a project from start to finish. The clear, concise language in which it is written makes this book an essential introduction to the “real world” of effective management techniques. — Amazon.com

 

Construction project scheduling and control, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Alexis Philip A. Acacio (CE 123, CE 124 )

Authors Mubarak, Saleh A.
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Wiley

No matter how large or small the construction project, an efficient, well-thought-out schedule is crucial to achieving success. The schedule manages all aspects of a job, such as adjusting staff requirements at various stages, overseeing materials deliveries and equipment needs, organizing inspections, and estimating time needs for curing and settling—all of which requires a deep understanding on the part of the scheduler.

Written by a career construction professional, Construction Project Scheduling and Control, Second Edition has been fully revised with up-to-date coverage detailing all the steps needed to devise a technologically advanced schedule geared toward streamlining the construction process. Solved and unsolved exercises reinforce learning, while an overview of industry standard computer software sets the tone for further study. Some of the features in this Second Edition include:

  • Focus on precedence networks as a viable solution to scheduling, the main part of project control
  • The concepts of Dynamic Minimal Lag, a new CPM technique developed by the author
  • A new chapter on schedule risk management

By combining basic fundamentals with advanced techniques alongside the robust analysis of theory to enhance real-world applications, Construction Project Scheduling and Control is an ideal companion for students and professionals looking to formulate a schedule for a time-crunched industry in need of better ways to oversee projects. — Amazon.com

 

Total construction project management

Recommending faculty: Dr. Alexis Philip A. Acacio (CE 123, CE 124, CE 198 )

Authors Ritz, George J.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 1994
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Suffering from chronic project headaches? Relief is on the way! PM pro George Ritz has written the prescription for the efficient, profitable, and headache-free management of any capital project. Total Construction Project Management combines the latest management innovations with tried-and-proven construction techniques to produce a cutting-edge “total system” guaranteed to give you complete control over every phase of field operations. You’ll see how to: prepare winning bids and proposals; obtain and negotiate favorable contracts; estimate accurate project costs; determine realistic project budgets; set attainable project schedules; organize human, physical, and financial resources; design, build, and motivate a field organization; implement effective project controls; ensure job-site safety; improve project communications; use PCs in the field and office; and much more. — Amazon.com

 

Fundamentals of project management, 4th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 123, 124, 198 )

Authors Heagney, Joseph.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 1994
Publisher American Management Association

With sales of more than 160,000 copies, “Fundamentals of Project Management” has helped generations of project managers navigate the ins and outs of every aspect of this complex discipline. Using a simple step-by-step approach, the book is the perfect introduction to project management tools, techniques, and concepts. Readers will learn how to: develop a mission statement, vision, goals, and objectives; plan the project; create the work breakdown structure; produce a workable schedule; understand earned value analysis; manage a project team; and control and evaluate progress at every stage. Fully updated based on the latest version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK[registered]), the fourth edition contains new information and expanded coverage on the project risk plan; the change control process; the concept of the project manager as leader; and more. This up-to-the-minute guide is filled with tips and techniques for planning and executing projects on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency. — Amazon.com

 

Fundamentals of building construction : materials and methods, 5th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 123, 124)

Authors Allen, Edward
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher Wiley

Now in its Fifth Edition, this essential textbook has been used by thousands of students annually in schools of architecture, engineering, and construction technology. The bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction, emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frames, masonry bearing walls, steel frames, and reinforced concrete. New introductory material on the processes, organization, constraints, and choices in construction offers a better look at the management of construction. New sections covering the building envelope uncover the secrets to designing enclosures for thermal insulation, vapor retarders, air barriers, and moisture control. The Fifth Edition also features more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach and the latest IBC 2006, CSI MasterFormat, ASTM references, and LEED information. — Amazon.com

 

Construction business management : what every construction contractor, builder & subcontractor needs to know

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 123, 124)

Authors Ganaway, Nick B.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2006
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Written by a general contractor of 25 years, Construction Business Management offers the lessons learned from both good and not-so-good decisions. Read what it takes to build all aspects of a business that’s profitable, enjoyable, and enduring:

a.. Contract Terms & Conditions (to include and to avoid) b.. Fair Allocation of Risk Between Contractor and Owner c.. How to Make Sure You’re Paid What You’re Owed d.. Critical Dos and Don’ts of Mechanics Liens e.. How to Select, Hire, and Keep Golden Employees f.. How to Choose Accountants, Lawyers & Insurance Agents g.. How to Target, Check out, Land, & Retain Profitable Customers h.. Effective Marketing Even the Smallest Contractor Can Afford i.. The Required Success Characteristics of a Contractor j.. Avoiding the 57% Four-Year Contractor Failure Rate k.. Opportunities & Requirements of Retail Construction l.. The Importance of the “Human Factor” And much more that will pay off now and throughout your career.

Written for contractors, key employees, subcontractors, students, and facility executives.

 

Green construction project management and cost oversight

Recommending faculty: Instr. James Michael Ong (CE 131)

Authors Kubba, Sam.
Place of Publication Burlington, MA
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Architectural Press

Green Construction is a specialized and skilled profession, and the author has extensive experience in this field. With this in mind, the reference is designed to provide practical guidelines and essential insights in preparing competent and professional looking ?Project Analysis Reports? and ?Project Status Reports?. The book also provides numerous tips on how to phrase the language of reports in a manner that is articulate and clearly understood by Real Estate Lenders and investors, as well as being an indispensable companion for both information and stimulus.

Written in a conversational manner, this book will clarify the nuts and bolts of green construction, finance, and cost monitoring? as a profession, and will outline the many attributes required to being successful in this field. Moreover, it will scrutinize the mechanics of organizing monthly meetings, contractor payment certifications, budgets, change orders, construction schedules, code compliance, waivers of lean, and much more.
Drawing on over 30 years of personal experience across the world – both as an employee and as an employer, the reader will learn how to plan and implement sound business strategies and form alliances in a global context. The book also offers important information and penetrating insights into the process of setting up and working as a due-diligence consultant. In a clear, practical style, it will be explained how to identify opportunities for business development and how to maximize return. It will also articulate how to meet new challenges as well as avoid many of the pitfalls along the way.

For the individual professional, this guide provides useful information and tips to help secure a high paying professional position. The book will include amongst other things, up-to-date information on hundreds of useful contacts. Topics covered in this guide include: types of services offered, the consultant’s role on the construction loan team, what the lender needs to know, and marketing techniques. The guide will also include a comprehensive appendix that will contain numerous sample letters (e.g. for marketing and certification), building loan agreements, AIA forms, lender/consultant agreement, closeout documents and much more. Likewise included will be an extensive list of useful references from a variety of resources, and much more. Indeed, this handbook will be the most detailed & comprehensive program on the market. It meets all the criteria of a major work and will provide vital and absorbing reading.

Provides a detailed blueprint of how to conduct monthly meetings, investigations, understand typical client/consultant agreements, analyze contractor requisitions

Includes sample letters, reports, forms and agreements for easy reference.

Practical guidelines for preparing Property Analysis and Property Status Reports

Includes a glossary of important terms, abbreviations and acronyms — Amazon.com

 

Introduction to MATLAB, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Instr. Charlimagne M. Montealegre (ChE 26)

Authors Etter, D. M.
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Prentice Hall

Best-selling author Delores Etter provides an up-to-date introduction to MATLAB. Using a consistent five-step problem-solving methodology, Etter describes the computational and visualization capabilities of MATLAB and illustrates the problem solving process through a variety of engineering examples and applications. — Amazon.com

 

Ecological engineering design : restoring and conserving ecosystem services

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (EnE 298)

Authors Matlock, Marty D.
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

Ecologically-sensitive building and landscape design is a broad, intrinsically interdisciplinary field.  Existing books independently cover narrow aspects of ecological design in depth (hydrology, ecosystems, soils, flora and fauna, etc.), but none of these books can boast of the integrated approach taken by this one.  Drawing on the experience of the authors, this book begins to define explicit design methods for integrating consideration of ecosystem processes and services into every facet of land use design, management, and policy.  The approach is to provide a prescriptive approach to ecosystem design based upon ecological engineering principles and practices.  This book will include a novel collection of design methods for the non-built and built environments, linking landscape design explicitly to ecosystem services. — Amazon.com

 

Environmental management system ISO 14001:2004 : handbook of transition with CD-ROM

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (EnE 298)

Authors Haider, Syed Imtiaz
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Taylor & Francis

Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2004 provides the information and practical know-how required to facilitate a smooth adoption and incorporation of the latest revisions and enhancements put forth by the International Organization for Standardization. This unique work shows how to adopt or transition to the documentation procedures required for an Environmental Management System (EMS) using the 14001:2004 series of standards. These globally accepted procedures help eliminate waste and improve efficiency, while providing the means to achieve both local and international compliance.

This tool supplies step-by-step guidance on how to develop and implement an EMS that, with little effort, can be instantly applied to any process-related industry or organization interested in environmental compliance, whether it is regulated or not.

A complete, single-source reference, written in simple and precise language, the book puts the answers to complex and thorny issues at your fingertips. It includes samples of policy statements, objectives, targets, and programs that can be amended or adopted without wasting time re-inventing the wheel. The CD-ROM includes customizable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that can be downloaded, edited, printed, and easily tailored to incorporate changes and add organizational requirements. The SOPs exclusively refer to the documents specially required for compliance; however other formats are included to ensure that the soft copy can be easily used worldwide in a diverse range of industries and organizations.

The book helps minimize documentation and avoid the nightmare faced by management representatives at the time of certification. An effective time saver when you are in the process of writing and organizing documentation for certification and further improvement purposes, this book and CD-ROM package helps you easily translate the revised ISO 14001:1996 and ISO 14001:2004 standard requirements into immediate action. — Amazon.com

 

Environmental ethics : readings in theory and application, 6th ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (EnE 31)

Authors Pojman, Louis P.
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wadsworth

The most comprehensive introduction to environmental ethics available, ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS offers students a current look at the issues and topics that dominate the field today, organized into two main parts that take students seamlessly from theory to application. This Fifth Edition of the Pojmans’ popular anthology, like its predecessors, includes numerous topic areas not covered in other anthologies-including an all-new section on Climate Change. Featuring articles carefully selected for clarity and accessibility, the text follows a dialogic pro-con format presenting divergent positions on each topic, ensuring that students are both exposed to and understand both sides of every topic so they can develop their own informed positions. The bulk of royalties for this book are donated to groups dedicated to protecting the environment, such as the Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club. — Amazon.com

 

Production and operations management

Recommending faculty: Instr. Angelo C. Ani (IE 151)

Authors Garg, Ajay K.
Place of Publication West Patel Nagar, N.D.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher McGraw Hill

This book provides a comprehensive coverage on production and operations management with a student friendly approach. It includes all the latest topics of the subject. With rich pedagogy, numerous examples and numerical problems, it will fulfill the requirements of business management students. — Amazon.com

 

The finite element method in engineering, 5th ed.

Recommending faculty: Instr. Jay R T. Adolacion (ChE 187, ES 204)

Authors Rao, S. S.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann

Finite Element Analysis is an analytical engineering tool originated by the Aerospace and nuclear power industries to find usable, approximate solutions to problems with many complex variables. It is an extension of derivative and integral calculus, and uses very large matrix arrays and mesh diagrams to calculate stress points, movement of loads and forces, and other basic physical behaviors. Rao provides a thorough grounding of the mathematical principles for setting up finite element solutions in civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering applications. The new edition includes examples using modern computer tools such as Matlab, Ansys, Nastran, and Abaqus.

Professional engineers will benefit from the introduction to the many useful applications of finite element analysis, and will gain a better understanding of its limitations and special uses.

New to this edition: Examples and applications in Matlab, Ansys, and Abaqus Structured problem solving approach in all worked examples New discussions throughout, including the direct method of deriving finite element equations, use of strong and weak form formulations, complete treatment of dynamic analysis, and detailed analysis of heat transfer problems

More examples and exercises All figures revised and redrawn for clarity. — Amazon.com

 

Ecological ethics : an introduction, 2nd ed., fully revised and expanded

Recommending faculty: Dr. Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling (EnE 31)

Authors Curry, Patrick
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Polity Press

In this thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the highly successful Ecological Ethics, Patrick Curry shows that a new and truly ecological ethic is both possible and urgently needed. With this distinctive proposition in mind, Curry introduces and discusses all the major concepts needed to understand the full range of ecological ethics.

He discusses light green or anthropocentric ethics with the examples of stewardship, lifeboat ethics, and social ecology; the mid-green or intermediate ethics of animal liberation/rights; and dark or deep green ecocentric ethics. Particular attention is given to the Land Ethic, the Gaia Hypothesis and Deep Ecology and its offshoots: Deep Green Theory, Left Biocentrism and the Earth Manifesto. Ecofeminism is also considered and attention is paid to the close relationship between ecocentrism and virtue ethics. Other chapters discuss green ethics as post-secular, moral pluralism and pragmatism, green citizenship, and human population in the light of ecological ethics. In this new edition, all these have been updated and joined by discussions of climate change, sustainable economies, education, and food from an ecocentric perspective.

This comprehensive and wide-ranging textbook offers a radical but critical introduction to the subject which puts ecocentrism and the critique of anthropocentrism back at the top of the ethical, intellectual and political agenda. It will be of great interest to students and activists, and to a wider public. — Amazon.com

 

Foundations of MEMS

Recommending faculty: Dr. Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling (EnE 31)

Authors Liu, Chang
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication 2006
Publisher Pearson Prentice Hall

For courses in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) taken by advanced undergraduate students, beginning graduate students, and professionals.

Foundations of MEMS is an entry-level text designed to systematically teach the specifics of MEMS to an interdisciplinary audience. Liu discusses designs, materials, and fabrication issues related to the MEMS field by employing concepts from both the electrical and mechanical engineering domains and by incorporating evolving microfabrication technology — all in a time-efficient and methodical manner. A wealth of examples and problems solidify students’ understanding of abstract concepts and provide ample opportunities for practicing critical thinking. — Amazon.com

 

Principles of sedimentology and stratigraphy, 5th International ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp L. Dimal (TC 17, TC 19)

Authors Boggs, Sam
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, NJ
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Pearson Prentice Hall

This concise treatment of the fundamental principles of sedimentology and stratigraphy highlights the important physical, chemical, biological, and stratigraphic characteristics of sedimentary rocks. It emphasizes the ways in which the study of sedimentary rocks is used to interpret depositional environments, changes in ancient sea level, and other intriguing aspects of Earth’s history. — Amazon.com

 

Human factors and ergonomics in consumer product design

Recommending faculty: Instr. Angelo C. Ani (IE 160, 1E 161)

Authors
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher CRC Press

Every day we interact with thousands of consumer products. We not only expect them to perform their functions safely, reliably, and efficiently, but also to do it so seamlessly that we don’t even think about it. However, with the many factors involved in consumer product design, from the application of human factors and ergonomics principles to reducing risks of malfunction and the total life cycle cost, well, the process just seems to get more complex. Edited by well-known and well-respected experts, the two-volumes of Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design simplify this process.

The first volume, Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design: Methods and Techniques, outlines the how to incorporate Human Factors and Ergonomics (HF/E) principles and knowledge into the design of consumer products in a variety of applications. It discusses the user-centered design process, starting with how mental workload affects every day interactions with consumer products and what lessons may be applied to product design. The book then highlights the ever-increasing role of information technology, including digital imaging, video and other media, and virtual reality applications in consumer product design. It also explores user-centered aspect of consumer product development with discussions of user-centered vs. task-based approach, articulation and assessment of user requirements and needs, interaction with design models, and eco design.

With contributions from a team of researchers from 21 countries, the book covers the current state of the art methods and techniques of product ergonomics. It provides an increased knowledge of how to apply the HF/E principles that ultimately leads to better product design. — Amazon.com

 

A first course in quality engineering : integrating statistical and management methods of quality, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Paul Eric G. Abeto (IE 135)

Authors Krishnamoorthi, K. S.
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher CRC Press

Completely revised and updated, A First Course in Quality Engineering: Integrating Statistical and Management Methods of Quality, Second Edition contains virtually all the information an engineer needs to function as a quality engineer. The authors not only break things down very simply but also give a full understanding of why each topic covered is essential to learning proper quality management. They present the information in a manner that builds a strong foundation in quality management without overwhelming readers.

See what’s new in the new edition:

  • Reflects changes in the latest revision of the ISO 9000 Standards and the Baldrige Award criteria
  • Includes new mini-projects and examples throughout
  • Incorporates Lean methods for reducing cycle time, increasing throughput, and reducing waste
  • Contains increased coverage of strategic planning

This text covers management and statistical methods of quality engineering in an integrative manner, unlike other books on the subject that focus primarily on one of the two areas of quality. The authors illustrate the use of quality methods with examples drawn from their consulting work, using a reader-friendly style that makes the material approachable and encourages self-study. They cover the must-know fundamentals of probability and statistics and make extensive use of computer software to illustrate the use of the computer in solving quality problems.

Reorganized to make the book suitable for self study, the second edition discusses how to design Total Quality System that works. With detailed coverage of the management and statistical tools needed to make the system perform well, the book provides a useful reference for professionals who need to implement quality systems in any environment and candidates preparing for the exams to qualify as a certified quality engineer (CQE). — Amazon.com

 

Risk assessment : theory, methods, and applications

Recommending faculty: Prof. Paul Eric G. Abeto (IE 198)

Authors Rausand, Marvin.
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Wiley

With its balanced coverage of theory and applications along with standards and regulations, Risk Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Applications serves as a comprehensive introduction to the topic. The book serves as a practical guide to current risk analysis and risk assessment, emphasizing the possibility of sudden, major accidents across various areas of practice from machinery and manufacturing processes to nuclear power plants and transportation systems.

The author applies a uniform framework to the discussion of each method, setting forth clear objectives and descriptions, while also shedding light on applications, essential resources, and advantages and disadvantages. Following an introduction that provides an overview of risk assessment, the book is organized into two sections that outline key theory, methods, and applications.

Introduction to Risk Assessment defines key concepts and details the steps of a thorough risk assessment along with the necessary quantitative risk measures. Chapters outline the overall risk assessment process, and a discussion of accident models and accident causation offers readers new insights into how and why accidents occur to help them make better assessments.

Risk Assessment Methods and Applications carefully describes the most relevant methods for risk assessment, including preliminary hazard analysis, HAZOP, fault tree analysis, and event tree analysis. Here, each method is accompanied by a self-contained description as well as workflow diagrams and worksheets that illustrate the use of discussed techniques. Important problem areas in risk assessment, such as barriers and barrier analysis, human errors, and human reliability, are discussed along with uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.

Each chapter concludes with a listing of resources for further study of the topic, and detailed appendices outline main results from probability and statistics, related formulas, and a listing of key terms used in risk assessment. A related website features problems that allow readers to test their comprehension of the presented material and supplemental slides to facilitate the learning process.

Risk Assessment is an excellent book for courses on risk analysis and risk assessment at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as a valuable reference for engineers, researchers, consultants, and practitioners who use risk assessment techniques in their everyday work. — Amazon.com

 

Ethics in engineering practice and research, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Instr. Angelo C. Ani (IE)

Authors Whitbeck, Caroline
Place of Publication Cambridge
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Cambridge University Press

The first edition of Caroline Whitbeck’s Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research focused on the difficult ethical problems engineers encounter in their practice and in research. In many ways, these problems are like design problems: they are complex, often ill defined; resolving them involves an iterative process of analysis and synthesis; and there can be more than one acceptable solution. In the second edition of this text, Dr. Whitbeck goes above and beyond by featuring more real-life problems, stating recent scenarios, and laying the foundation of ethical concepts and reasoning. This book offers a real-world, problem-centered approach to engineering ethics, using a rich collection of open-ended case studies to develop skill in recognizing and addressing ethical issues. — Amazon.com

 

Occupational safety and health for technologists, engineers, and managers, 7th ed.

Recommending faculty: Instr. Angelo C. Ani (IE 160, IE 161)

Authors Goetsch, David L.
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher Prentice Hall

Known for its comprehensive coverage, this text covers all aspects of occupational safety and health in today’s global workplace.  Appropriate for safety management, engineering and technology programs, the book follows a logical sequence that provides a historical perspective and overview, covers the laws and regulations, discusses the human element, examines hazard assessment, prevention, and control, and covers management of safety and health. This edition features updated OSHA standards and contemporary topics such as safety culture, safety’s role in global competitiveness, workplace violence, natural disasters and terrorism. — Amazon.com

Nov 24

REFERENCE BOOKS


 

Construction technology : trainee guide, 3rd ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Cornelio Q. Dizon (CE 123, CE 124, CE 199)

Authors
Place of Publication Upple Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication 2006
Publisher Pearson/Prentice-Hall, Inc.

This exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more! Key content includes: Site Layout One-Distance Measurment and Leveling, Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials, and Forms, Handling and Placing Concrete, Introduction to Masonry, Masonry Units and Installation Techniques, Floor Systems, Wall and Ceiling Framing, Roof Framing, Roofing Applications, Exterior Finishing, Basic Stair Layout, Electrical Safety, Residential Electrical Services, Introduction to HVAC, Introduction to Drain, Waste and Vent Systems, Plastic Pipe and Fittings, and Copper Pipe and Fittings.

 

Synthetic fuels handbook : properties, process and performance

Recommending faculty: Instr. Ralph P. Villa (ChE 140, ChE 197, EgyE)

Authors Speight, James G.
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2008
Publisher McGraw-Hill

Synthetic Fuels Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the benefits and trade-offs of numerous alternative fuels, presenting expert analyses of the different properties, processes, and performance characteristics of each fuel. It discusses the concept systems and technology involved in the production of fuels on both industrial and individual scales.

Written by internationally renowned fuels expert James G. Speight, this vital resource describes the production and properties of fuels from natural gas and natural gas hydrates…tar sand bitumen…coal…oil shale…synthesis gas…crops…wood sources…biomass…industrial and domestic waste…landfill gas…and much more. Using both U.S. and SI units, Synthetic Fuels Handbook features:

  • Information on conventional and nonconventional fuel sources
  • Discussion of the production of alternative fuels on both industrial and individual scales
  • Analyses of properties and uses of gaseous, liquid, and solid fuels from different sources
  • Comparison of properties of alternative fuels with petroleum-based fuels

– Amazon.com

 

The encyclopedia of operations management : a field manual and glossary of operations management terms and concepts

Recommending faculty: Instr. Angelo C. Ani (IE 151)

Authors Hill, Arthur V.
Place of Publication Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher FT Press

This is the perfect “field manual” for every supply chain or operations management practitioner and student. The field’s only single-volume reference, it’s uniquely convenient and uniquely affordable. With nearly 1,500 well-organized definitions, it can help students quickly map all areas of operations and supply chain management, and prepare for case discussions, exams, and job interviews. For instructors, it serves as an invaluable desk reference and teaching aid that goes far beyond typical dictionaries. For working managers, it offers a shared language, with insights for improving any process and supporting any training program.

It thoroughly covers: accounting, customer service, distribution, e-business, economics, finance, forecasting, human resources, industrial engineering, industrial relations, inventory management, healthcare management, Lean Sigma/Six Sigma, lean thinking, logistics, maintenance engineering, management information systems, marketing/sales, new product development, operations research, organizational behavior/management, personal time management, production planning and control, purchasing, reliability engineering, quality management, service management, simulation, statistics, strategic management, systems engineering, supply and supply chain management, theory of constraints, transportation, and warehousing. Multiple figures, graphs, equations, Excel formulas, VBA scripts, and references support both learning and application. — Amazon.com

 

Global ecology : a derivative of encyclopedia of ecology

Recommending faculty: Dr. Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling (EnE 31)

Authors
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2010
Publisher Elsevier

Written by one of the most distinguished and best-known ecologists, this book deals with the ecology of planet earth, focusing on its ecological components, the biosphere, and one of the most important environmental issues facing us today – climate change. It is based on content from the well-respected Encyclopedia of Ecology (published in 2008), this volume has an international focus and covers a range of ecosystems.

- Provides an overview of the theory and application of global ecology.

- International focus and range of ecosystems makes Global Ecology an indispensable resource to scientists.

- Based on the best selling Encyclopedia of Ecology.

- Full color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding.

– Amazon.com

 

Handbook of human factors in Web design, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Paul Eric G. Abeto (IE 160, IE 198)

Authors
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher CRC Press

The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design covers basic human factors issues relating to screen design, input devices, and information organization and processing, as well as addresses newer features which will become prominent in the next generation of Web technologies. These include multimodal interfaces, wireless capabilities, and agents that can improve convenience and usability. Written by leading researchers and/or practitioners in the field, this volume reflects the varied backgrounds and interests of individuals involved in all aspects of human factors and Web design and includes chapters on a full range of topics.

Divided into 12 sections, this book covers:

  • historical backgrounds and overviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE)
    specific subfields of HFE
  • issues involved in content preparation for the Web
  • information search and interactive information agents
  • designing for universal access and specific user populations
  • the importance of incorporating usability evaluations in the design process
  • task analysis, meaning analysis, and performance modeling
    specific Web applications in academic and industrial settings
  • Web psychology and information security
  • emerging technological developments and applications for the Web
  • the costs and benefits of incorporating human factors for the Web and the state of current guidelines

The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design is intended for researchers and practitioners concerned with all aspects of Web design. It could also be used as a text for advanced courses in computer science, industrial engineering, and psychology. — Amazon.com

Nov 24

RESERVE BOOK


 

Construction planning, equipment, and methods, 8th ed.

Recommending faculty:  Instr. Diocel Harold M. Aquino (CE 123, CE 124)

Author
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher McGraw-Hill

The Eighth Edition of Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods follows in the footsteps of the previous editions by providing the reader with the fundamentals of machine utilization and production estimating in a logical, simple and concise format.

This text is aimed at supporting a basic undergraduate construction equipment course that is part of an engineering curriculum. It is also applicable to graduate equipment courses. In addition, since technology is constantly evolving, this text provides an understanding of machine capabilities and how to properly apply those capabilities to construction challenges. — Amazon.com

Nov 24
ASEAN Engineering Journal (ASEAN E.J.)

Place of Publication [Bangkok, Thailand]
Publisher ASEAN University Network/ Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network
Date of Publication 2011-

As a fruit of the collaboration and support of all Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities, ASEAN Engineering Journal or ASEAN E. J. supported by JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net has been launched to be a platform for ASEAN engineering scholars and researchers to publish their research papers. The primary objective of ASEAN E. J. is to publish knowledge from academic research outcome in ASEAN countries, to improve the research quality through review process, and to develop the strong academic society and network.

The ASEAN E. J. is released in both electronic and hard copy formats among topics including (but not limited to) nine engineering fields and five interdisciplinary areas as follows.

9 Engineering Fields:

• Civil Engineering • Chemical Engineering

• Electrical and Electronics Engineering

• Environmental Engineering

• Geological Engineering

• Information & Communication Technology

• Manufacturing Engineering

• Material Engineering

• Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

5 Interdisciplinary Areas:

• Biotechnology

• Disaster Mitigation

• Global Environment

• Natural Resources/ Materials

• New/ Renewable Energy

 Source: http://www.seed-net.org/journal.html


IMR KINKEN Research Highlights 2012

Place of Publication Sendai, Japan
Publisher Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
Date of Publication 2012

IMR KINKEN Research Highlights 2012 is the sixth annual report with a collection of research output during the past year from the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University. KINKEN (short Japanese name of IMR, which is familiar to the materials community, particularly in Japan) determined in 2007 to launch this report annually so that our colleagues around the world can recognize our research activities. In this report, the research activities of individual research laboratories and research centers, as well as joint projects with other academic institutions, are provided, especially for the following three key research fields: (1) Infrastructural Materials, (2) Energy-related Materials, and (3) Electronic Materials.

 Source: http://www.imr.tohoku.ac.jp/jpn/library/kankoubutsu/research_highlights/rh2012index.html


PORTAL: Your Insight into the Philippine Mining Industry

Editor-in-chief Edwin D. Ramirez
Place of Publication Quezon City, Philippines
Publisher Media Access Inc.
Date of Publication 2012-

PORTAL is a quarterly magazine that consolidates technical information, progress reports, news and developments, issues and concerns in the mining industry.

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