Jun 30


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 8 : March 9, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 9 : March 16, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 10 : March 23, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 18 : May 18, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 19 : May 25, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 20 : June 1, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 21 : June 8, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 22 : June 15, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.



Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 23 : June 22, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 185, no. 24 : June 29, 2015
Publisher Time Inc.

Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 104, no. 627 : May 2015
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East

Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 104, no. 628 : June 2015
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East

National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 227, no. 4 : April 2015
Publisher National Geographic Society

National Geographic

Place of Publication Washington, D.C.
Date of Publication Vol. 227, no. 5 : May 2015
Publisher National Geographic Society

Jun 29


Contemporary logic design, Second edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

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

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

Introduction to switching theory and logical design, Third edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

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

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

The Digital information age, Second edition

Recommending faculty:

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

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


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

Recommending faculty: Prof. Charlimagne Montealegre

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

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

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

Chemical engineering : the essential reference

Recommending faculty: Prof. Charlimagne Montealegre

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

A practical, concise guide to chemical engineering principles and applications

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

Praise for Chemical Engineering: The Essential Reference:

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

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

Coverage includes:

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

Problem solving in enzyme biocatalysis

Recommending faculty: Prof. Rizalinda de Leon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommending faculty: Prof. Rizalinda de Leon

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

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

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

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

Lead and nickel electrochemical batteries

Recommending faculty: Dr. Meliton Ordillas, Jr.

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

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


Part 1. Universal Characteristics of Batteries

    • Definitions and Methods of Measurement.

Part 2. Lead–Acid Batteries

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

Part 3. Introduction to Nickel-Based Batteries

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

Computational materials science : surfaces, interfaces, crystallization

Recommending faculty: Dr. Magdaleno Vasquez, Jr.

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

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

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

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

Abstract algebra : an inquiry-based approach

Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

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

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

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

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

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

Recommending faculty: Dr. Prospero Naval Jr.

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

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

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

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

Distributed computing through combinatorial topology

Recommending faculty: Dr. Cedric Festin

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

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

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

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

Quantum mechanics, 2nd edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Henry Adorna

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

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

Readership: Students in quantum mechanics.

Power systems signal processing for smart grids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

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

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