Mar 30


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 5 : February 15, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 6-7 : February 22/29, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 8 : March 7, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 9 : March 14, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 10 : March 21, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.


Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication Vol. 187, no. 11 : March 28, 2016
Publisher Time Inc.

Reader’s Digest

Place of Publication Shaukiwan, Hong Kong
Date of Publication Vol. 108, no. 637 : March 2016
Publisher Reader’s Digest Association Far East

Mar 18


Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, Seventh edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz

Authors Theodore L. Bergman [and three others]
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Completely updated, the seventh edition provides engineers with an in-depth look at the key concepts in the field. It incorporates new discussions on emerging areas of heat transfer, discussing technologies that are related to nanotechnology, biomedical engineering and alternative energy. The example problems are also updated to better show how to apply the material. And as engineers follow the rigorous and systematic problem-solving methodology, they’ll gain an appreciation for the richness and beauty of the discipline.


Rocket propulsion elements, Eight edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz.
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The definitive text on rocket propulsion—now revised to reflect advancements in the field

For sixty years, Sutton’s Rocket Propulsion Elements has been regarded as the single most authoritative sourcebook on rocket propulsion technology. As with the previous edition, coauthored with Oscar Biblarz, the Eighth Edition of Rocket Propulsion Elements offers a thorough introduction to basic principles of rocket propulsion for guided missiles, space flight, or satellite flight. It describes the physical mechanisms and designs for various types of rockets’ and provides an understanding of how rocket propulsion is applied to flying vehicles.

Updated and strengthened throughout, the Eighth Edition explores:

  • The fundamentals of rocket propulsion, its essential technologies, and its key design rationale
  • The various types of rocket propulsion systems, physical phenomena, and essential relationships
  • The latest advances in the field such as changes in materials, systems design, propellants, applications, and manufacturing technologies, with a separate new chapter devoted to turbopumps
  • Liquid propellant rocket engines and solid propellant rocket motors, the two most prevalent of the rocket propulsion systems, with in-depth consideration of advances in hybrid rockets and electrical space propulsion

Comprehensive and coherently organized, this seminal text guides readers evenhandedly through the complex factors that shape rocket propulsion, with both theory and practical design considerations. Professional engineers in the aerospace and defense industries as well as students in mechanical and aerospace engineering will find this updated classic indispensable for its scope of coverage and utility.

Clathrate hydrates of natural gases, Third edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rizalinda L. De Leon

Authors E. Dendy Sloan, Carolyn A. Koh
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher CRC Press

Hydrate research has expanded substantially over the past decade, resulting in more than 4,000 hydrate-related publications. Collating this vast amount of information into one source, Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gases, Third Edition presents a thoroughly updated, authoritative, and comprehensive description of all major aspects of natural gas clathrate hydrates.

What’s New in the Third Edition?

This new edition of a bestseller offers updated information on the clathrate hydrate compounds discovered in the past decade, provides a balance between experimental and theoretical perspectives, and incorporates two software programs that can be downloaded from the CRC press website. It also presents case studies on low dosage hydrate inhibitor prevention and hydrate drilling in nature, phase equilibrium data and kinetic models, and descriptions of the paradigm change in flow assurance to risk management. Other new material discusses the paradigm transition from hydrate reservoir assessment to reservoir production and summarizes the in situ conditions for hydrates in the permafrost and oceans.

With this modern account of clathrate hydrates, you will acquire a fresh perspective on both new and old theories and data, hopefully leading you to pursue exciting research directions and practical applications.

Wirelessly powered sensor networks and computational RFID

Recommending faculty: Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano Jr.

Editor Joshua R. Smith
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Springer,

The Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP) is the first of a new class of RF-powered sensing and computing systems. Rather than being powered by batteries, these sensor systems are powered by radio waves that are either deliberately broadcast or ambient. Enabled by ongoing exponential improvements in the energy efficiency of microelectronics, RF-powered sensing and computing is rapidly moving along a trajectory from impossible (in the recent past), to feasible (today), toward practical and commonplace (in the near future).

This book is a collection of key papers on RF-powered sensing and computing systems including the WISP. Several of the papers grew out of the WISP Challenge, a program in which Intel Corporation donated WISPs to academic applicants who proposed compelling WISP-based projects. The book also includes papers presented at the first WISP Summit, a workshop held in Berkeley, CA in association with the ACM Sensys conference, as well as other relevant papers.

The book provides a window into the fascinating new world of wirelessly powered sensing and computing.

Space mission analysis and design, Third editon

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Editors James R. Wertz and Wiley J. Larson
Place of Publication Hawthorne, CA/New York, NY
Date of Publication [1999]
Publisher Microcosm Press/Springer

This practical handbook for Space Mission Engineering draws on leading aerospace experts to carry readers through mission design, from orbit selection to ground ops. SMAD III updates the technology, provides greater emphasis on small spacecraft design and the cost-reduction process, and includes more detail on multi-satellite manufacturing, space computers, payload design and autonomous systems.

Space mission engineering : the new SMAD

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Editors James R. Wertz, David F. Everett, Jeffery J. Puschell
Place of Publication Hawthorne, CA
Date of Publication [2011]
Publisher Microcosm Press

Space Mission Engineering:The New SMAD is an entirely new approach to creating both a text and a practical engineering reference for space mission design. Just as space technology has advanced, the way we learn and work has changed dramatically in recent years. SME combines the best features of a traditional unified text and reference covering the entire field, an electronic version that does many of the calculations for you, and the web that allows regular updates and references to the vast literature base available online. Among the many features of this new approach are: Completely rewritten, updated, and expanded follow-on to the 3rd edition of Space Mission Analysis and Design, the most widely used text and reference in astronautics, covering a great many topics not previously covered, such as CubeSats, Inflatable Structures, Space Economics, End-of-Mission options, Space System Risk Analysis, and new, much more precise formulas for ground station and target coverage. Downloadable electronic spreadsheets for most of the numerical tables and plots in the book that let you, for example, calculate all of the critical parameters for orbits about the Sun, Moon, Earth, and any of the other planets, or even new planets, moons, or stars of your choosing. An annotated bibliography and references on the web that is updated as new references become available and that shows you where to get nearly all of the references with direct links for those available at no cost and where on the web to buy copyright books and professional papers not available for free. All of the cross referencing, careful definitions, and thoroughly explained equations that are the key ingredient of any high quality engineering text or reference, along with the wisdom and experience gained at substantial cost by some of most experienced and knowledgeable space system engineers in the world. Want to talk to a real human being that can spell astronautics about the problem you need to solve? Send an E-mail inquiry about this book to Want to get in touch with one of the authors, report a possible error, or find the reference you need? Call, or send us an E-mail. It is a small community, and we are here to help you find what you need to get the job done.

Spacecraft structures and mechanisms–from concept to launch

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Editor Thomas P. Sarafin
Place of Publication Hawthorne, CA/New York, NY
Date of Publication [1995]
Publisher Microcosm Press/Springer

Spacecraft Structures and Mechanismsdescribes the  integrated process of developing cost-effective, reliable structures and mechanical products for space programs.  This book defines processes, describes methods, and gives examples.  Written by 24 space-industry engineers, its themes are (1) ensuring a successful mission and (2) reducing total cost through good designs and intelligent risk management.  Topics include:

  • Introduction and Requirements
  • Analysis
  • Verification and Quality Assurance
  • Design
  • Final Verification

Spacecraft systems engineering, Fourth edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Editors Peter Fortescue, Graham Swinerd, John Stark
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Date of Publication 2011
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

“Updated edition of this bestselling & well-established introductory guide to the engineering of spacecraft. Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition of Spacecraft Systems Engineering provides the reader with comprehensive coverage of all the different areas of engineering required in the design and implementation of spacecraft and space missions. The authors describe the workings of various types of spacecraft systems together with the essential disciplines which ensure that they work reliably and in harmony with each other. With emphasis on recent developments in space activities, all chapters have been rewritten with major revisions to the chapters on launch vehicles, structures, ground stations and mechanisms, and a brand new chapter on Assembly, Integration and Test. Spacecraft Systems Engineering, 4th edition begins with front-end system level issues such as environment, mission analysis and system engineering, and progresses to a detailed examination of subsystem elements which represent the core of spacecraft design – mechanical, electrical, propulsion, thermal, control etc. This quantitative treatment is supplemented by an appreciation of the interactions between the elements, which deeply influence the process of spacecraft systems design”–

Understanding space : an introduction to astronautics, Revised second edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Jerry Jon Sellers
Place of Publication Boston
Date of Publication [2004]
Publisher McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing

This is an introductory text in astronautics. It contains historical background and a discussion of space missions, space environment, orbits, atmospheric entry, spacecraft design, spacecraft subsystems, and space operations. It features section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations, and is extensively illustrated with many photos, figures, and examples Space law, politics,and economics This is a truly user-friendly, full-color text focused on understanding concepts and practical applications but written in a down-to-earth, engaging manner that painlessly helps you understand complex topics. It is laid out with multi-color highlights for key terms and ideas, reinforced with detailed example problems, and supported by detailed section reviews summarizing key concepts, terms, and equations.

A first course in systems biology

Recommending faculty: Prof. Jan Michael Yap

Author Eberhard O. Voit
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Garland Science

A First Course in Systems Biology is a textbook designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Its main focus is the development of computational models and their applications to diverse biological systems.

Because the biological sciences have become so complex that no individual can acquire complete knowledge in any given area of specialization, the education of future systems biologists must instead develop a student’s ability to retrieve, reformat, merge, and interpret complex biological information.

This book provides the reader with the background and mastery of methods to execute standard systems biology tasks, understand the modern literature, and launch into specialized courses or projects that address biological questions using theoretical and computational means. The format is a combination of instructional text and references to primary literature, complemented by sets of small-scale exercises that enable hands-on experience, and larger-scale, often open-ended questions for further reflection.

Orbital mechanics for engineering students, Third edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Howard D. Curtis
Place of Publication Oxford, UK
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

Written by Howard Curtis, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle University, Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students is a crucial text for students of aerospace engineering. Now in its 3e, the book has been brought up-to-date with new topics, key terms, homework exercises, and fully worked examples. Highly illustrated and fully supported with downloadable MATLAB algorithms for project and practical work, this book provides all the tools needed to fully understand the subject.

  • New chapter on orbital perturbations
  • New and revised examples and homework problems
  • Increased coverage of attitude dynamics, including new MATLAB algorithms and examples

span style=”text-decoration: underline; color: #000000;”>Space vehicle mechanisms : elements of successful design

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Editor Peter Conley
Place of Publication New York, NY
Date of Publication [1998]
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The first comprehensive reference on the design, analysis, and application of space vehicle mechanisms Space Vehicle Mechanisms: Elements of Successful Design brings together accumulated industry experience in the design, analysis, and application of the mechanical systems used during space flight. More than thirty experts from a variety of related specialties and subspecialties share their insights, technical expertise, and in-depth knowledge on an enormous variety of topics, including: Stainless steel, beryllium, and other widely used materials Bearings Lubricants and component lubrication Release devices Motors Optical encoders Resolvers Signal and power transfer devices Deployment devices Thermal design Radiation and survivability Electrical interfaces Reliability Space Vehicle Mechanisms is an indispensable resource for engineers involved in the design and analysis of mechanical assemblies used in space flight, and a valuable reference for space systems engineers, mission planners, and control systems engineers. It is also an excellent text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses in astronautical and mechanical engineering. Space Vehicle Mechanisms: Elements of Successful Design brings together accumulated industry experience in the design, analysis, and application of the mechanical systems used during space flight. More than thirty experts from a variety of related specialties and subspecialties share their insights, technical expertise, and in-depth knowledge on an enormous variety of topics, including:

  • Stainless steel,beryllium, and other widely used materials
  • Bearings
  • Lubricants and component lubrication
  • Release devices
  • Motors
  • Optical encoders
  • Resolvers
  • Signal and power transfer devices
  • Deployment devices
  • Thermal design
  • Radiation and survivability
  • Electrical interfaces
  • Reliability

Mar 8


Proceedings of the SIGCOMM Chicago 2014 & the best of the co-located workshops

Author SIGCOMM Conference (2014 : Chicago)
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher ACM

SIGCOMM Chicago 2014 features a set of outstanding papers that cover a wide variety of areas including network architecture, software defined networks, data center networks, wireless networks, network services, congestion management, security, privacy, measurement and analysis.

HSCC’14 : proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Hybrid Systems : Computation and Control (part of CPS Week) : April 15-17, 2014, Berlin, Germany

Author HSCC (Conference) (17th : 2014 : Berlin, Germany)
Place of Publication New York, New York
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery

HSCC focuses on research that involves a blend of concepts, tools, and techniques from computer science, control theory, and applied mathematics for analysis and control of dynamical systems that exhibit combined continuous and discrete (hybrid) dynamics.  By drawing on strategies from both computation and control, this field offers techniques applicable to both man-made, cyber-physical systems(ranging from mixed signal circuits and small robots to global infrastructure networks) and natural systems (ranging from biochemical networks to physiological models).  HSCC has long been a leading, single-track conference for such rigorous, interdisciplinary approaches to dynamical systems with an emphasis on computational aspects, bringing together researchers from academia and industry with an interest in this exciting area.  HSCC’14 was part of the 7th Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Week, alongside the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS), the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), the Conference on High Confidence Networked Systems (HiCoNS), and the International Conference on Cyber Physical System (ICCPS).

HiCoNS ’14 : proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on High Confidence Networked Systems (part of CPS Week) : April 15-17, 2014, Berlin, Germany

Author ACM International Conference on High Confidence Networked Systems (3rd : 2014 : Berlin, Germany)
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery

 HiCoNS aimed to bring together novel concepts and theories that can help in the development of the science of high confidence networked systems, in particular those considered cyber-physical systems (CPS) and their interactions with human decision makers.  The conference focused on system theoretic to address fundamental challenges to increase the confidence of networked CPS by making them more secure, dependable, and trustworthy.

HILT 2014 : proceedings of the ACM Conference on High Integrity Language Technology : October 18-21, 2014, Portland, OR, USA

Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher ACM

HILT 2014 features a top-quality technical program focused on the issues associated with high-integrity software – where a failure could cause loss of human life or have other unacceptable consequences – and on the solutions provided by language technology.  “Language technology” here encompasses not only programming languages but also languages for expressing specifications, program properties, domain models, and other attributes of the software or the overall system. HILT 2014 conference sessions deal with a range of topics associated with safe, secure and reliable software:  enhancing and evolving embedded systems languages for safety; behavioral modeling and code generation; practical use of assertions and formal methods in industry; and safe programming languages for the multicore era.

Shifting paradigms : strengthening institutions for community-based disaster risk reduction and management

Authors Aleli B. Bawagan … [and five others]
Place of Publication Quezon City
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines Diliman

On November 8, 2013 supertyphoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan), recognized as the world’s strongest typhoon to make landfall thus far, hit the Philippines and left a trail of death and destruction across a wide area of the country’s central islands.

The supertyphoon exposed the lack of preparedness of some local government units and the vulnerabilities of communities to disaster risks.  PAGASA warned the public of the typhoon as early as a week before it hit land; other warnings came even two weeks ahead.

Four years after RA 10121 (DRRM ACT OF 2010) was passed, the typhoon impacts show that the local government units, government agencies and communities were unprepared for the typhoon.  What factors would account for this?  What preparedness mechanisms were put in place?  How was supertyphoon Yolanda communicated?  What lessons can be learned from this experience?

This action research documented, analyzed and drew lessons on institutional arrangements and capabilities related to disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) from the experiences of Yolanda-affected communities in four reserach sites:  Barangays Sapao and Banaag in Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Barangay Candahug in Palo, Leyte; and Barangay Esperanza in San Francisco, Cebu.

It examined and compared prevailing systems and practices in disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster recovery and rehabilitation of communities who had suffered high and low casualties and damages from the devastating impacts of supertyphoon Yolanda.  It identified strengths and opportunities as well as weaknesses and critical gaps that need to be addressed towards cretaing and strengthening community-based structures, capabilities, mechanisms and measures for DRRM.

Introduction to statistical pattern recognition, Second edition

Donated by: Dr. Luis Sison

Author Keinosuke Fukunaga
Place of Publication San Diego, California
Date of Publication [1990]
Publisher Academic Press

This completely revised second edition presents an introduction to statistical pattern recognition. Pattern recognition in general covers a wide range of problems: it is applied to engineering problems, such as character readers and wave form analysis as well as to brain modeling in biology and psychology. Statistical decision and estimation, which are the main subjects of this book, are regarded as fundamental to the study of pattern recognition. This book is appropriate as a text for introductory courses in pattern recognition and as a reference book for workers in the field. Each chapter contains computer projects as well as exercises.

Gait analysis : theory and application

Donated by: Dr. Luis Sison

Authors Rebecca L. Craik [and] Carol A. Oatis
Place of Publication St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Publication c1995
Publisher Mosby

Investigators and clinicians in a variety of settings use gait analysis in their diagnosis. The terminology used in each setting is unique which can cause confusion. This book brings it all together and presents both the diversity and common features of gait analysis. This comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach covers the limitations and problems occurring with present technology as well as the limits of our knowledge to date. Organized into four parts, part one begins with the case study of an individual with abnormal gait. Part two presents a more thorough discussion of the conceptual framework which forms the basis of gait analysis. Part three presents each of the primary approaches to gait analysis and part four shows applications of these assessment approaches.

Understanding corporate social responsibility

Donated by: Office of the Dean (COE)

Author Filemon A. Uriarte, Jr.
Place of Publication Philippines
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher National Academy of Science and Technology

This book is intended for students, government officials, corporate executives, and members of civil society organizations and corporate foundations interested in corporate social responsibility.  But this is not a guidebook for initiating, implementing, or monitoring CSR practices in the ASEAN region.  The book’s primary objective is to provide a better understanding of corporate social responsibility.  During the author’s intensive, three-year involvement in promoting CSR in the ASEAN region, he noted that there was inadequate understanding of the concepts and principles of corporate social responsibility even among active CSR practitioners.  Even important CSR concepts such as those embodied in the Caux Principles, Equator Principles, Sullivan Principles or Ceres Principles were generally unfamiliar to many.  Quite a number were also not familiar with the Carroll Pyramid.  And most did not know the latest concepts on CSR such as those of Visser.  For this reason, this book proides extensive reviews of these concepts and principles.

The book’s secondary objective is to present the background and rationale for the formation of the ASEAN CSR Network, a regional network of networks on corporate social responsibility.  The author was personally involved in the establishment of this network, catalyzing interest among several national CSR networks, shepherding the process through several meetings and round table discussions, and coordinating the formal signing of the relevant agreements and the subsequent multiple launching of the network in two cities.  In the process, the author was incvited to deliver keynotes statement, papers, and lectures on various aspects of corporate social responsibility.  A significant portion of this book was derived from these statements, papers and lectures and the accumulated materials resulting from the study and research that accompanied the preparation of such statements, papers and lectures.

Mar 4


The Four steps to the epiphany : successful strategies for products that win, Fifth edition

Recommending faculty: Dr. Luis Sison

Author Steve Blank
Place of Publication [California]
Date of Publication [2013]
Publisher Steve Blank

The bestselling classic that launched 10,000 startups and new corporate ventures – The Four Steps to the Epiphany is one of the most influential and practical business books of all time.
The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures. It was the first book to offer that startups are not smaller versions of large companies and that new ventures are different than existing ones. Startups search for business models while existing companies execute them.
The book offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Rather than blindly execute a plan, The Four Steps helps uncover flaws in product and business plans and correct them before they become costly. Rapid iteration, customer feedback, testing your assumptions are all explained in this book.
Packed with concrete examples of what to do, how to do it and when to do it, the book will leave you with new skills to organize sales, marketing and your business for success.
If your organization is starting a new venture, and you’re thinking how to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development you need The Four Steps to the Epiphany.
Essential reading for anyone starting something new.

Make it stick : the science of successful learning

Recommending faculty: Dr. Luis Sison

Authors Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel
Place of Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date of Publication [2014]
Publisher The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press


To most of us, learning something “the hard way” implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned.

Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

Teach like a pirate : increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator

Recommending faculty: Dr. Luis Sison

Author Dave Burgess
Place of Publication San Diego, CA
Date of Publication [2012]
Publisher Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

Based on Dave Burgess’s popular “Outrageous Teaching” and “Teach Like a PIRATE” seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You’ll learn how to: • Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher • Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet • Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom • Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class and 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket your creativity. Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you’ll never look at your role as an educator the same again.

DIY satellite platforms

Recommending faculty: Prof. Joy Madamba

Author Sandy Antunes
Place of Publication Sebastopol, CA
Date of Publication [2012]
Publisher O’Reilly Media Inc.

Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It’s easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books, this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to design a base picosatellite platform—complete with a solar-powered computer-controlled assembly—tough enough to withstand a rocket launch and survive in orbit for three months.

Whether you want to conduct scientific experiments, run engineering tests, or present an orbital art project, you’ll select basic components such as an antenna, radio transmitter, solar cells, battery, power bus, processor, sensors, and an extremely small picosatellite chassis. This entertaining series takes you through the entire process—from planning to launch.

    • Prototype and fabricate printed circuit boards to handle your payload
    • Choose a prefab satellite kit, complete with solar cells, power system, and on-board computer
    • Calculate your power budget—how much you need vs. what the solar cells collect
    • Select between the Arduino or BasicX-24 onboard processors, and determine how to use the radio transmitter and sensors
    • Learn your launch options, including the providers and cost required
    • Use milestones to keep your project schedule in motion

Fuel cell systems explained, Second edition

Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Authors James Larminie, Andrew Dicks
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication [2003]
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Building on the success of the first edition Fuel Cell Systems Explained presents a balanced introduction to this growing area. “In summary, an altogether satisfying book that puts within its covers the academic tools necessary for explaining fuel cell systems on a multidisciplinary basis.” Power Engineering Journal “An excellent book…well written and produced.” Journal of Power and Energy Fully revised and updated, the second edition:* Provides an essential guide to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems.* Includes full and updated coverage of fuel processing and hydrogen generation and storage systems.* Presents a full and clear explanation of the operation of all the major fuel cell types, and an introduction to possible future technology, such as biological fuel cells* Features a new chapter on the direct methanol fuel cell.* Now includes examples of the modelling, design and engineering of real fuel cell systems.* A clear overview of fuel cell operation and thermodynamics* Coverage of the complete fuel cell system including compressors, turbines, and the electrical and electronic sub-systems such as regulators, inverters, grid inter-ties, electric motors, and hybrid fuel cell/battery systems.Assuming no prior knowledge of fuel cell chemistry, this reference comprehensively brings together all of the key topics encompassed by this diverse field. Practitioners, researchers and students in electrical, power, chemical and automotive engineering will continue to benefit from this essential guide to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems.

Blink : the power of thinking without thinking

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rizalinda L. De Leon

Author Malcolm Gladwell
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2005
Publisher Back Bay/Little, Brown

In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of “blink”: the election of Warren Harding; “New Coke”; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

Six disciplines for excellence : building small businesses that learn, lead and last

Recommending faculty: Dr. Luis Sison

Author Gary Harpst
Place of Publication Austin, TX
Date of Publication [2007]
Publisher Synergy Books

Six Disciplines Leadership Centers are dedicated to helping small businesses achieve and sustain success. Six Disciplines for Excellence provides six fundamental business principles that are specifically designed to help small businesses move beyond momentary success to attain enduring excellence. This book is not for those who are looking for a quick fix. Six Disciplines for Excellence is a long-term fitness program, not a fad diet.

Blended : using disruptive innovation to improve schools

Recommending faculty: Dr. Luis Sison

Authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker
Place of Publication San Francisco
Date of Publication [2015]
Publisher Jossey-Bass

Navigate the transition to blended learning with this practical field guide

Blended is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K-12 classrooms. A follow-up to the bestseller Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson, this hands-on guide expands upon the blended learning ideas presented in that book to provide practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time. Readers will find a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered system, along with essential advice that provides the expertise necessary to build the next generation of K-12 learning environments. Leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the process of using online learning to the greatest benefit of students, while avoiding missteps and potential pitfalls.

If online learning has not already rocked your local school, it will soon. Blended learning is one of the hottest trends in education right now, and educators are clamoring for “how-to” guidance. Blended answers the call by providing detailed information about the strategy, design, and implementation of a successful blended learning program.

  • Discover a useful framework for implementing blended learning
  • Unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks of online learning
  • Find answers to the most commonly asked questions surrounding blended learning
  • Create a more student-centered system that functions as a positive force across grade levels

Educators who loved the ideas presented in Disrupting Class now have a field guide to making it work in a real-world school, with expert advice for making the transition smoother for students, parents, and teachers alike. For educational leaders seeking more student-centered schools, Blended provides the definitive roadmap.

The Innovators : how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rizalinda L. De Leon

Author Walter Isaacson
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher Simon & Schuster

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.

For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen.

Chemical thermodynamics for industry

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rizalinda L. De Leon

Editor Trevor Letcher
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK
Date of Publication [2004]
Publisher The Royal Society of Chemistry

Chemical Thermodynamics for Industry presents the latest developments in applied thermodynamics and highlights the role of thermodynamics in the chemical industry. Written by leading experts in the field, Chemical Thermodynamics for Industry covers the latest developments in traditional areas such as calorimetry, microcalorimetry, transport properties, crystallization, adsorption, electrolyte systems and transport fuels, It highlights newly established areas such as multiphase modeling, reactive distillation, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and spectro-calorimetry. It also explores new ways of treating old technologies as well as new and potentially important areas such as ionic liquids, new materials, ab-initia quantum chemistry, nano-particles, polymer recycling, clathrates and the economic value of applied thermodynamics. This book is aimed not only at those working in a specific area of chemical thermodynamics but also at the general chemist, the prospective researcher and those involved in funding chemical research.

Sediment-hosted gas hydrates : new insights on natural and synthetic systems

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rizalinda L. De Leon

Editors D. Long [and three others]
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher Geological Society

There is much interest in gas hydrates in relation to their potential role as an important driver for climate change and as a major new energy source; however, many questions remain, not least the size of the global hydrate budget. Much of the current uncertainty centres on how hydrates are physically stored in sediments at a range of scales. This volume details advances in our understanding of sediment-hosted hydrates, and contains papers covering a range of studies of real and artificial sediments containing both methane hydrates and CO2 hydrates. The papers include an examination of the techniques used to locate, sample and characterize hydrates from natural, methane-rich systems, so as to understand them better. Other contributions consider the nature and stability of synthetic hydrates formed in the laboratory, which in turn improve our ability to make accurate predictive models.

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SP313 Underground Gas Storage
Edited by D. J. Evans and R. A. Chadwick
ISBN: 978-1-86239-272-4

The UK will import 90% of its gas by 2020 and new underground storage facilities are needed. New coal-fired power-stations will require clean-coal technologies and underground CO2 storage to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This volume reviews the technologies and issues involved in the underground storage of natural gas and CO2.

SP312 South Caspian to Central Iran Basins
Edited by M. F. Brunet, M. Wilmsen and J. W. Granath
ISBN: 978-1-86239-271-7

The data and models in this volume present a comprehensive picture of the Late Palaeozoic to Cenozoic evolution of the South Caspian to Central Iran region. Geodynamic processes and basin evolution are mainly controlled by the successive closure of the Palaeo- and Neo-Tethys oceans and the associated collisions, interspersed with periods of extension.

SP306 The Nature and Origin of Compression in Passive Margins
Edited by H. Johnson, A. G. Doré, R. W. Gatliff, R. E. Holdsworth, E. R. Lundin and J. D. Ritchie
ISBN: 978-1-86239-261-8

The tectonic evolution of passive continental margins is a topic not only of scientific interest, but also has relevance to the exploration and development of petroleum resources. Some passive margins have been considered to be ‘anything but passive’ and their structural and stratigraphic development records show evidence of complex phases of differential subsidence and/or exhumation and fold development. This volume concentrates on compressive structures formed on passive margins in the absence of a gravitational sliding regime.

The Geological Society of London

Founded in 1807, the Geological Society of London is the oldest geological society in the world, and one of the largest publishers in the Earth sciences.

The Society publishes a wide range of high-quality peer-reviewed titles for academics and professionals working in the geosciences, and enjoys an enviable international reputation for the quality of its work.

The many areas in which we publish in include:

    • Petroleum geology
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The Idea of the digital university : ancient traditions, disruptive technologies and the battle for the soul of higher education

Recommending faculty: Dr. Luis Sison

Authors Frank Bryce McCluskey, Melanie Lynn Winter
Place of Publication Washington, D.C
Date of Publication [2012]
Publisher Westphalia Press

There has been growing talk about the “crisis” in higher education. Politicians are calling for major overhauls of both public and private colleges. Tuition is still outpacing inflation even in the face of a tsunami of bad press. The public is rapidly losing confidence in the ability of higher education to provide the tools today’s students require. There has been a flood of books in response to these criticisms from both the left and the right. Authors from inside and outside of the academy have offered their diagnosis. In The Idea of the Digital University, the authors argue that the forces that have brought about these changes are the very tools we need to solve them. They show how the university has to adapt to the digital age while keeping what is most essential to its mission. In 1852 John Cardinal Newman wrote The Idea of the University which has been required reading ever since. This book begins with the issues that he dealt with and updates the discussion for the digital age. Employing history, philosophy and survey data, the authors show the impact that digital technologies have had on higher education. By going back to the works of such thinkers as Aristotle, Kant and Newman, the authors show how the essence of the university can not only survive but also thrive in the new digital age. If colleges create, store and share information does it not make sense that the digital revolution (which changes the way we create, store and share information) would shake the university to its very foundation? The authors, who have together spent more than seventy years in higher education, give us a blueprint for what can be saved and what needs to change. Controversial, polemical and expansive this roadmap for the future will be sure to make a good read for those interested in the future of higher education. From Kirkus Review: A sweeping study of the university structure, emphasizing how higher education must evolve in a digital era. The mass adoption of online technology has pervaded every manner of business; universities are no different. In fact, as McCluskey and Winter suggest in this probing work, “the digital revolution is changing the very DNA of higher education.” Still, “the university has come late to the digital revolution,” and the authors explore the reasons why. In text that’s both interesting to read and carefully researched, McCluskey and Winter discuss the role and structure of the university in general, lending a historical perspective while continuously drawing comparisons and contrasts between the traditional and digital university. The authors address in detail the most obvious evidence of online influence—the growth of online courses—but they pay equal attention to broader implications: the opening up of new avenues for library research, the shift away from paper-based student records and the fundamental change in the way professors teach students. The authors often return to the notion that “Big Data will impact how the university sees its students and their learning.” McCluskey and Winter cite Target, the retail chain, as being exemplary in its use of customer data, and they directly relate those efforts to the ways in which universities will have to use “Big Data” in the future “to see where education is succeeding and where we have work to do.” The authors also raise the issue of nonprofit versus for-profit universities, the latter having expanded largely because of online course offerings. Rather than take a position in favor or against for-profits, however, the authors diplomatically discuss some of the ways the nonprofit and for-profit institutions could learn from each other. Finally, the authors offer their own perceptive assessment on what the digital university might someday look like, postulating about dashboards, data warehouses and digital report cards. Comprehensive, insightful and visionary.

Promoting executive function in the classroom

Recommending faculty: Dr. Luis Sison

Author Lynn Meltzer
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher The Guilford Press

Accessible and practical, this book helps teachers incorporate executive function processes—such as planning, organizing, prioritizing, and self-checking—into the classroom curriculum. Chapters provide effective strategies for optimizing what K–12 students learn by improving how they learn. Noted authority Lynn Meltzer and her research associates present a wealth of easy-to-implement assessment tools, teaching techniques and activities, and planning aids. Featuring numerous whole-class ideas and suggestions, the book also shows how to differentiate instruction for students with learning or attention difficulties. Case examples illustrate individualized teaching strategies and classroom accommodations. More than a dozen reproducibles are included; the large-size format facilitates photocopying and day-to-day reference. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.