New Books @ EnggLib2 as of February 25, 2014


CIRCULATION BOOKS


Nanoparticles : from theory to application
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Editor Gunter Schmid
Place of Publication Weinheim
Date of Publication c2004
Publisher Wiley-VCH

An introduction to the science of nanoparticles, from fundamental principles to their use in novel applications.

As a basis for understanding nanoparticle behavior, the book first outlines the principles of quantum size behavior, nanoparticles architecture, formation of semiconductor and metal nanoparticles. It then goes on to describe the chemical syntheses of nanoparticles with defined characteristics, their structural, electrical and magnetic properties, as well as current methods to monitor these properties.

Among others, the following nanoparticle-based applications are discussed:

  • Single-electron devices
  • Ultra dense recording media
  • Bioelectronic devices and sensors
  • Labeling of proteins, nucleic acids and other biomaterials.

With its clear structure and comprehensive coverage, backed by numerous examples from the recent literature, this is a prime reference for chemists and materials scientists working with and developing nanoparticle systems.


Reliability and availability of cloud computing
Recommending faculty: Prof. Jaybie De Guzman

Authors Eric Bauer, Randee Adams
Place of Publication Hoboken, N.J.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Reliability and Availability of Cloud Computing provides IS/IT system and solution architects, developers, and engineers with the knowledge needed to assess the impact of virtualization and cloud computing on service reliability and availability. It reveals how to select the most appropriate design for reliability diligence to assure that user expectations are met.

Organized in three parts (basics, risk analysis, and recommendations), this resource is accessible to readers of diverse backgrounds and experience levels. Numerous examples and more than 100 figures throughout the book help readers visualize problems to better understand the topic—and the authors present risks and options in bulleted lists that can be applied directly to specific applications/problems.

Special features of this book include:

  • Rigorous analysis of the reliability and availability risks that are inherent in cloud computing
  • Simple formulas that explain the quantitative aspects of reliability and availability
  • Enlightening discussions of the ways in which virtualized applications and cloud deployments differ from traditional system implementations and deployments
  • Specific recommendations for developing reliable virtualized applications and cloud-based solutions

Reliability and Availability of Cloud Computing is the guide for IS/IT staff in business, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations who are moving their applications to the cloud. It is also an important reference for professionals in technical sales, product management, and quality management, as well as software and quality engineers looking to broaden their expertise.


A guide to computer user support for help desk & support specialists,5th ed.,International ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Fred Beisse
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Equip current and future user-support professionals with the critical people skills and exceptional technical knowledge necessary to provide outstanding support with Beisse’s A GUIDE TO COMPUTER USER SUPPORT FOR HELP DESK AND SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, 5E, International Edition. This useful guide focuses on the informational resources and technical tools students need most to function effectively in a support position. Readers develop the skills to handle troubleshooting and problem solving, successfully communicate with clients, determine a client’s specific needs, and train end-users, as well as handle budgeting and other management priorities. Clear, balanced coverage in this edition highlights the latest trends and developments, from Web and e-mail-based support to assistance with Windows(R) 7 and cloud computing. Engaging special features, such as Tips and On the Web Pointers, provide important insights, while new Discussion Questions and Case Projects encourage active participation in the learning process. Leading professional software HelpSTAR(R) and Microsoft(R) Office Project Professional 2010 accompany Beisse’s A GUIDE TO COMPUTER USER SUPPORT FOR HELP DESK AND SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, 5E, International Edition to reinforce the knowledge and skills your students need for success in today’s user-support positions.


Hydrogen and fuel cells : emerging technologies and applications,2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef D.C. Compañero

Author Bent Sorensen
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Academic Press

A hydrogen economy, in which this one gas provides the source of all energy needs, is often touted as the long-term solution to the environmental and security problems associated with fossil fuels. However, before hydrogen can be used as fuel on a global scale we must establish cost effective means of producing, storing, and distributing the gas, develop cost efficient technologies for converting hydrogen to electricity (e.g. fuel cells), and creating the infrastructure to support all this. Sorensen is the only text available that provides up to date coverage of all these issues at a level appropriate for the technical reader.

The book not only describes the “how” and “where” aspects of hydrogen fuels cells usage, but also the obstacles and benefits of its use, as well as the social implications (both economically and environmental). Written by a world-renowned researcher in energy systems, this thoroughly illustrated and cross-referenced book is an excellent reference for researchers, professionals and students in the field of renewable energy.

  • Updated sections on PEM fuel cells, Molten carbonate cells, Solid Oxide cells and Biofuel cells
  • Updated material to reflect the growing commercial acceptance of stationary and portable fuel cell systems, while also recognizing the ongoing research in automotive fuel cell systems
  • Examples of life cycle analysis of environmental and social impacts
  • Labeling of proteins, nucleic acids and other biomaterials.

Parallel programming with Intel Parallel Studio XE
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Stephen Blair-Chappell, Andrew Stokes
Place of Publication Indianapolis
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Optimize code for multi-core processors with Intel’s Parallel Studio

Parallel programming is rapidly becoming a “must-know” skill for developers. Yet, where to start? This teach-yourself tutorial is an ideal starting point for developers who already know Windows C and C++ and are eager to add parallelism to their code. With a focus on applying tools, techniques, and language extensions to implement parallelism, this essential resource teaches you how to write programs for multicore and leverage the power of multicore in your programs. Sharing hands-on case studies and real-world examples, the authors examine the challenges of each project and show you how to overcome them.

  • Explores conversion of serial code to parallel
  • Focuses on implementing Intel Parallel Studio
  • Highlights the benefits of using parallel code
  • Addresses error and performance optimization of code
  • Includes real-world scenarios that illustrate the techniques of advanced parallel programming situations

Parallel Programming with Intel Parallel Studio dispels any concerns of difficulty and gets you started creating faster code with Intel Parallel Studio.


Large-scale solar power systems : construction and economics
Recommending faculty: Dr. Michael Angelo Pedrasa

Author Peter Gevorkian
Place of Publication Cambridge
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cambridge University Press

This book is a comprehensive discussion and economic analysis of large-scale solar power systems, specifically referencing critical issues related to design construction and financing. The book provides practical design, installation, and financing guidelines for large-scale commercial and industrial solar power projects. Engineering design and construction methodologies as well as economic analysis provide a step by step walk-through of all aspects of solar power systems. Design methodologies outline the specific requirements of solar and electrical design and construction documentation in meticulous detail, which can readily be applied to ground mount, roof mount, building integrated (BIPV), and carport-type solar power projects. In view of the importance of solar power systems as a viable present and future energy resource, the book includes a dedicated chapter on smart grid transmission and large-scale energy storage systems.


Sustainable energy management
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Authors Mirjana Golusin, Sinasa Dodic, Stevan Popov
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Elsevier, Academic Press

While the last few decades have witnessed incredible leaps forward in the technology of energy production, technological innovation can only be as transformative as its implementation and management allows. The burgeoning fields of renewable, efficient and sustainable energy have moved past experimentation toward realization, necessitating the transition to more sustainable energy management practices. Energy Management is a collective term for all the systematic practices to minimize and control both the quantity and cost of energy used in providing a service. This new book reports from the forefront of the energy struggle in the developing world, offering a guide to implementation of sustainable energy management in practice. The authors provide new paradigms for measuring energy sustainability, pragmatic methods for applying renewable resources and efficiency improvements, and unique insights on managing risk in power production facilities. The book highlights the possible financial and practical impacts of these activities, as well as the methods of their calculation. The authors’ guidelines for planning, analyzing, developing, and optimizing sustainable energy production projects provide vital information for the nations, corporations, and engineering firms that must apply exciting new energy technology in the real world.

  • Shows engineering managers and project developers how to transition smoothly to sustainable practices that can save up to 25% in energy costs!
  • Features case studies from around the world, explaining the whys and hows of successes and failures in China, India, Brazil, the US and Europe
  • Covers a broad spectrum of energy development issues from planning through realization, emphasizing efficiency, scale-up of renewables and risk mitigation
  • Includes software on a companion website to make calculating efficiency gains quick and simple

Smart grid communications and networking
Recommending faculty: Prof. Nestor Tiglao

Editors Ekram Hossain, Zhu Han, H. Vincent Poor
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Cambridge University Press

The smart grid will transform the way power is delivered, consumed and accounted for. Adding intelligence through the newly networked grid will increase reliability and power quality, improve responsiveness, increase efficiency and provide a platform for new applications. This one-stop reference covers the state-of-the-art theory, key strategies, protocols, applications, deployment aspects and experimental studies of communication and networking technologies for the smart grid. Through the book’s 20 chapters, a team of expert authors cover topics ranging from architectures and models through to integration of plug-in hybrid vehicles and security. Essential information is provided for researchers to make progress in the field and to allow power systems engineers to optimize communication systems for the smart grid.


Tcl/Tk : a developer’s guide,3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Mike Bayona

Author Clif Flynt
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Newly updated with over 150 pages of material on the latest Tcl extensions, Tcl/Tk: A Developer’s Guide is a unique practical tutorial for professional programmers and beginners alike. Starting with a clear picture of the basics, Tcl/Tk covers the variety of tools in this “Swiss army knife” of programming languages, giving you the ability to enhance your programs, extend your application’s capabilities, and become a more effective programmer.

This updated edition covers all of the new features of version 8.6, including object-oriented programming and the creation of megawidgets, existing data structure implementations, themed widgets and virtual events. Extensive code snippets and online tutorials in various languages will give you a firm grasp on how to use the Tcl/Tk libraries and interpreters and, most importantly, on what constitutes an effective strategy for using Tcl/Tk.

  • Includes the latest features of Tcl/Tk 8.6
  • Covers Tcl development tools, popular extensions, and packages to allow developers to solve real-world problems with Tcl/Tk immediately
  • Provides straightforward explanations for beginners and offers tips, style guidelines, and debugging techniques for advanced users
  • Companion website includes Tcl/Tk tutorials, applications, distributions, and more tools

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