New Books @ EnggLib2 as of June 02, 2014


REFERENCE BOOKS


Handbook of environmental engineering assessment : strategy, planning, and management
Recommending faculty: Prof. Reinol Josef Compañero

Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

This is one of the most comprehensive books on complex subjects of environmental engineering assessment and planning. Addressing these issues requires an understanding of technical, economic, and policy perspectives; based upon extensive research and practical experience of the authors, these perspectives are thoughtfully and clearly presented.

Covered in this book are subjects related to environmental engineering and planning which include environmental laws and regulations, international perspectives on environmental analysis engineering and planning, economic and social impact analysis, public participation, and energy and environmental implications of major public works and private projects. Contemporary issues ranging from climate change to ecorisk and sustainability are covered in a special section as well.

Under Contemporary Challenges are environmental issues that have received considerable public support and concern; they include: climate change, acid rain, deforestation, endangered species, biodiversity, ecorisk, cultural resources, and sustainability. For most of these issues, there are scientific agreements and disagreements; there are many uncertainties, thus views differ widely. These topics are discussed in considerable detail. Notwithstanding uncertainties and differing views on such topics, all of this information is put in a policy context such that progress towards addressing these contemporary challenges can be made while consensus on the nature and extent of the problem and resultant solutions are being developed.

The book provides considerable information about many timeless issues. These issues range from resources needed for sustaining the quality of life on the planet: air resources to natural resources. Specifically covered are: air, water, land, ecology, sound/noise, human aspects, economics, and resources. For each of these areas, some of the key elements are described so that one can effectively manage complex environmental engineering and planning requirements. Each of the elements are clearly defined and other information, such as how human activities affect the element, source of affects, variable to be measured, how such variables can be measured, data sources, and evaluation and interpretation of data, etc. are provided. Material presented provides a rich source of information so the reader can efficiently and effectively use it to make meaningful environmental engineering, planning, and management decisions.

  • Help with every aspect of analyzing the environmental implications of a project.
  • Complete coverage of current approaches, practices, procedures, documentations, regulations, and issues related to environmental engineering and planning.
  • Step-by-step directions for preparing environmental impact analysis, and environmental reports.
  • Valuable expert advice on international perspectives, public participation, social and environmental impacts.
  • A comprehensive write-up on contemporary issues ranging from climate change to sustainability.
  • A comprehensive description and analysis of timeless issues ranging from air resources to natural resources.

Practical handbook of photovoltaics : fundamentals and applications, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Miguel Escoto

Editors Augustin McEvoy, et al.
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Academic Press

As part of the growing sustainable and renewable energy movement, the design, manufacture and use of photovoltaic devices is increasing in pace and frequency. The Handbook of Photovoltaics will be a ‘benchmark’ publication for those involved in the design, manufacture and use of these devices.
The Handbook covers the principles of solar cell function, the raw materials, photovoltaic systems, standards, calibration, testing, economics and case studies.

The editors have assembled a cast of internationally-respected contributors from industry and academia.

The report is essential reading for: Physicists, electronic engineers, designers of systems, installers, architects, policy-makers relating to photovoltaics.

  • A thorough update to the ‘benchmark’ publication from a cast of industrial and academic international experts ensures top quality information from multiple stakeholder perspectives
  • Covers all things PV- from principles of solar cells and their raw materials, to the installation and design of full PV systems, including standards, testing, economics and environmental impacts
  • Case studies, practical examples and reports on the latest advances take the new edition of this amazing resource beyond a vast collection of knowledge, into the realm of real world applications

Handbook of corrosion engineering, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty:

Author Pierre R. Roberge
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher McGraw-Hill

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

Fully revised throughout, Handbook of Corrosion Engineering, Second Edition discusses the latest advances in corrosion-resistant materials, methods, and protective coatings. This comprehensive resource covers all aspects of corrosion damage, including detection, monitoring, prevention, and control. Written by a world-renowned expert on the subject, the book helps you to select materials and resolve design issues where corrosion is considered a factor. Understand, predict, evaluate, mitigate, and correct corrosion problems with help from this authoritative guide.

Coverage includes:

  • Aqueous corrosion
  • High-temperature corrosion
  • Atmospheric, water, seawater, soil, concrete, and microbial environments
  • Modeling, life prediction, and computer applications
  • Identifying and inspecting corrosion failures
  • Corrosion maintenance through inspection and monitoring
  • Corrosion testing
  • Selection and design of engineering materials
  • Protective coatings and corrosion inhibitors
  • Cathodic and anodic protection

CIRCULATION BOOKS


The rough guide to Android phones & tablets, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Andrew Clare
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to Android Phones is the ultimate guide for Android phone users. The book shares all the tips and tricks that ensure the phone performs to its full potential. The book includes a complete lowdown on the hottest 100 Android apps, as well as codes to use for on-the-spot downloading. The Rough Guide reveals the secrets of this up-and-coming mobile operating system, covering models produced by Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and many more. From the basic questions like “What is Android?” to making the most of its functionality, this is the complete companion to your Android phone.

Stats:

  • More than 250,000 Android apps available
  • Android was listed as the bestselling smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys.

Agile data warehousing project management : business intelligence systems using Scrum
Recommending faculty: Prof. Eugene Rex L. Jalao

Author Ralph Hughes
Place of Publication Waltham, MA
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

You have to make sense of enormous amounts of data, and while the notion of “agile data warehousing” might sound tricky, it can yield as much as a 3-to-1 speed advantage while cutting project costs in half. Bring this highly effective technique to your organization with the wisdom of agile data warehousing expert Ralph Hughes. Agile Data Warehousing Project Management will give you a thorough introduction to the method as you would practice it in the project room to build a serious “data mart.” Regardless of where you are today, this step-by-step implementation guide will prepare you to join or even lead a team in visualizing, building, and validating a single component to an enterprise data warehouse.

  • Provides a thorough grounding on the mechanics of Scrum as well as practical advice on keeping your team on track
  • Includes strategies for getting accurate and actionable requirements from a team’s business partner
  • Revolutionary estimating techniques that make forecasting labor far more understandable and accurate
  • Demonstrates a blends of Agile methods to simplify team management and synchronize inputs across IT specialties
  • Enables you and your teams to start simple and progress steadily to world-class performance levels

Observing the user experience : a practitioner’s guide to user research, 2nd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Elizabeth Goodman, et al.
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

The gap between who designers and developers imagine their users are, and who those users really are can be the biggest problem with product development. Observing the User Experience will help you bridge that gap to understand what your users want and need from your product, and whether they’ll be able to use what you’ve created.

Filled with real-world experience and a wealth of practical information, this book presents a complete toolbox of techniques to help designers and developers see through the eyes of their users. It provides in-depth coverage of 13 user experience research techniques that will provide a basis for developing better products, whether they’re Web, software or mobile based. In addition, it’s written with an understanding of product development in the real world, taking tight budgets, short schedules, and existing processes into account.

Since the publication of the first edition, the business of user research has exploded with new technologies and new techniques. This second edition takes those changes into account with extensive revisions to existing topics. It also adds entirely new material on observational research, mobile usability, diary studies, remote research, and cross-cultural and multilingual projects.

  • Explains how to balance usability with creativity and originality
  • A valuable resource for designers, developers, project managers — anyone whose work affects the end user experience
  • Provides a real-world perspective on research. Helps you do user research cheaply and quickly, and present it persuasively
  • Gives you the tools and confidence to perform user research on your own design, tuning user experience to the unique needs of your product and its users

Interactive storytelling for video games : a player-centered approach to creating memorable characters and stories
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Authors Josiah Lebowitz and Chris Klug
Place of Publication Burlington, Mass.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher Focal Press

What really makes a video game story interactive?
What’s the best way to create an interactive story?
How much control should players be given?
Do they really want that control in the first place?
Do they even know what they want-or are their stated desires at odds with the unconscious preferences?

All of these questions and more are examined in this definitive book on interactive storytelling for video games. You’ll get detailed descriptions of all major types of interactive stories, case studies of popular games (including Bioshock, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear Solid), and how players interact with them, and an in-depth analysis of the results of a national survey on player storytelling preferences in games. You’ll get the expert advice you need to generate compelling and original game concepts and narratives.


Android application development cookbook : 93 recipes for building winning apps
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Wei-Meng Lee
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Wiley

A must-have collection of ready-to-use Android recipes!

The popularity of Google Android devices is seemingly unstoppable and the Android 4 release offers, for the first time, a single OS solution for building both phone and tablet applications. With that exciting information in mind, veteran author Wei-Meng Lee presents you with 100 unique recipes that you can apply today in order to discover solutions to some of the most commonly encountered problems that exist in Android programming.

Covering the scope of multiple Android releases up through Android 4, this reference features a task description, followed by the solution(s) available, and a standalone project file that illustrates the use of the recipe. Formatting each recipe to be standalone, Wei-Meng Lee allows you to jump into the relevant recipe to find a solution to specific challenges.

  • Identifies and describes a programming task, provides a step-by-step solution, and presents a full-code solution ready for download
  • Covers multiple Android releases
  • Addresses such topics as user interfaces, telephony and messaging, networking, Google maps, location-based services, persisting data, leveraging hardware features, and more

Android Application Development Cookbook is your solution to discovering…solutions!


Human-computer interaction : an empirical research perspective
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jhoanna Pedrasa

Author I. Scott MacKenzie
Place of Publication Waltham, Mass.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Morgan Kaufmann

Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective is the definitive guide to empirical research in HCI. The book begins with foundational topics including historical context, the human factor, interaction elements, and the fundamentals of science and research. From there, you’ll progress to learning about the methods for conducting an experiment to evaluate a new computer interface or interaction technique. There are detailed discussions and how-to analyses on models of interaction, focusing on descriptive models and predictive models. Writing and publishing a research paper is explored with helpful tips for success. Throughout the book, you’ll find hands-on exercises, checklists, and real-world examples. This is your must-have, comprehensive guide to empirical and experimental research in HCI-an essential addition to your HCI library.

  • Master empirical and experimental research with this comprehensive, A-to-Z guide in a concise, hands-on reference
  • Discover the practical and theoretical ins-and-outs of user studies
  • Find exercises, takeaway points, and case studies throughout

Professional Android 4 application development
Recommending faculty: Prof. Michael Bayona

Author Reto Meier
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Wiley

Developers, build mobile Android apps using Android 4

The fast-growing popularity of Android smartphones and tablets creates a huge opportunities for developers. If you’re an experienced developer, you can start creating robust mobile Android apps right away with this professional guide to Android 4 application development. Written by one of Google’s lead Android developer advocates, this practical book walks you through a series of hands-on projects that illustrate the features of the Android SDK. That includes all the new APIs introduced in Android 3 and 4, including building for tablets, using the Action Bar, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC Beam, and more.

  • Shows experienced developers how to create mobile applications for Android smartphones and tablets
  • Revised and expanded to cover all the Android SDK releases including Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), including all updated APIs, and the latest changes to the Android platform
  • Explains new and enhanced features such as drag and drop, fragments, the action bar, enhanced multitouch support, new environmental sensor support, major improvements to the animation framework, and a range of new communications techniques including NFC and Wi-Fi direct
  • Provides practical guidance on publishing and marketing your applications, best practices for user experience, and more

This book helps you learn to master the design, lifecycle, and UI of an Android app through practical exercises, which you can then use as a basis for developing your own Android apps.


Game design essentials
Recommending faculty: Dr. Adrian Roy L. Valdez

Author Briar Lee Mitchell
Place of Publication Indianapolis, Ind.
Date of Publication 2012
Publisher Wiley

An easy-to-follow primer on the fundamentals of digital game design

The quickly evolving mobile market is spurring digital game creation into the stratosphere, with revenue from games exceeding that of the film industry. With this guide to the basics, you’ll get in on the game of digital game design while you learn the skills required for storyboarding, character creation, environment creation, level design, programming, and testing.

  • Teaches basic skill sets in the context of current systems, genres, and game-play styles
  • Demonstrates how to design for different sectors within gaming including console, PC, handheld, and mobile
  • Explores low-poly modeling for game play
  • Addresses character and prop animation, lighting and rendering, and environment design
  • Discusses the path from concept to product, including pre- and post-production
  • Includes real-world scenarios and interviews with key studio and industry professionals

With Game Design Essentials, you’ll benefit from a general-but-thorough overview of the core art and technology fundamentals of digital game design for the 21st century.


Polymer nanocomposites by emulsion and suspension polymerization

Editor Vikas Mittal
Place of Publication Cambridge, U.K.
Date of Publication c2011
Publisher RSC Pub.

Polymer nanocomposites revolutionized research in the composites area by achieving the nanoscale dispersion of the inorganic filler (clay platelets) in the polymer matrices after suitable surface modifications of the filler phase. A large number of polymer matrices were tried and nanocomposites with varying degrees of successes were achieved with these polymer systems. The majority of the synthesis are carried out by melt blending which frequently result in the full exfoliation of the filler. However, advanced techniques provide a number of advantages as compared to the melt blending and lead to more uniform composites with enhanced properties. There are a number of recent advances in these methods such as the use of reactive surfactants, modified initiators, advanced clay surface modifications, use of a variety of fillers, inverse polymerization, and miniemulsion polymerization methods which have further led the generation of advanced exfoliated nanocomposites. Until now, most of the published research has been scattered throughout the literature. This book provides a single comprehensive source of information about one of the most important facets of polymer nanocomposites technology: synthesis in emulsion and suspension. These polymerization methods lead to the generation of the well delaminated polymer nanocomposites with a wide range of polymer matrices. This book serves as both a professional reference for experienced researchers and a valuable text for newcomers to the field. It makes the reader aware of the potential commercial use of these recent developments.


Game development essentials : an introduction, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Jeannie Novak
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS, International Edition is an authoritative, industry-driven introduction to the world of game development, with updates that keep readers current and well-prepared for a successful career in the field. This book not only examines content creation and the concepts behind development, but it also give readers a background on the evolution of game development and how it has become what it is today. GAME DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS also includes chapters on project management, development team roles and responsibilities, development cycle, marketing, maintenance, and the future of game development.

With the same engaging writing style and examples that made the first two editions so popular, this new edition features all the latest games and game technology. Coverage of new game-related technology, development techniques, and the latest research in the field make this an invaluable resource for anyone entering the exciting, competitive, ever-changing world of game development.


Introductory bioelectronics : for engineers and physical scientists
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Authors Ronald Pethig & Stewart Smith
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Wiley

Bioelectronics is a rich field of research involving the application of electronics engineering principles to biology, medicine, and the health sciences. With its interdisciplinary nature, bioelectronics spans state-of-the-art research at the interface between the life sciences, engineering and physical sciences.

Introductory Bioelectronics offers a concise overview of the field and teaches the fundamentals of biochemical, biophysical, electrical, and physiological concepts relevant to bioelectronics. It is the first book to bring together these various topics, and to explain the basic theory and practical applications at an introductory level.

The authors describe and contextualise the science by examining recent research and commercial applications. They also cover the design methods and forms of instrumentation that are required in the application of bioelectronics technology. The result is a unique book with the following key features:

  • an interdisciplinary approach, which develops theory through practical examples and clinical applications, and delivers the necessary biological knowledge from an electronic engineer’s perspective
  • a problem section in each chapter that readers can use for self-assessment, with model answers given at the end of the book along with references to key scientific publications
  • discussions of new developments in the bioelectronics and biosensors fields, such as microfluidic devices and nanotechnology

Supplying the tools to succeed, this text is the best resource for engineering and physical sciences students in bioelectronics, biomedical engineering and micro/nano-engineering. Not only that, it is also a resource for researchers without formal training in biology, who are entering PhD programmes or working on industrial projects in these areas.


Biomaterials science : an introduction to materials in medicine, 3rd ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Astrid Liberato

Editor Buddy D. Ratner, et al.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Academic Press

The revised edition of this renowned and bestselling title is the most comprehensive single text on all aspects of biomaterials science. It provides a balanced, insightful approach to both the learning of the science and technology of biomaterials and acts as the key reference for practitioners who are involved in the applications of materials in medicine.

  • Over 29,000 copies sold, this is the most comprehensive coverage of principles and applications of all classes of biomaterials: “the only such text that currently covers this area comprehensively” – Materials Today
  • Edited by four of the best-known figures in the biomaterials field today; fully endorsed and supported by the Society for Biomaterials
  • Fully revised and expanded, key new topics include of tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, and new clinical applications, with new teaching and learning material throughout, case studies and a downloadable image bank

Ethics in information technology
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author George W. Reynolds
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Give your students a strong understanding of the legal, ethical, and societal implications of information technology with Reynolds’ “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition”. The latest edition of this dynamic text provides the most up-to-date, thorough coverage of newsworthy technology developments and their impact on business today. Students examine issues surrounding professional codes of ethics, file sharing, and infringement of intellectual property, security risk assessment, Internet crime, identity theft, employee surveillance, privacy, compliance, social networking, and the ethics of IT corporations.

This book offers an excellent foundation in ethical decision-making for current and future business managers and IT professionals. Unlike typical introductory Information Systems books that provide only one chapter for ethics and IT and cannot cover the full scope of IT-related ethical issues, “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition” provides thorough coverage focused on preparing the individuals who are primarily responsible for addressing ethical issues in today’s workplace. Future business managers and IT professionals learn how to examine the various ethical situations that typically arise in IT and gain experience from the book’s practical advice for addressing the issues.

Up-to-the-minute business vignettes and thought-provoking questions challenge students’ knowledge; while features focused on decision making, such as this edition’s updated Manager’s Checklists, provide brief, critical points to consider in making key business decisions. Trust “Ethics in Information Technology, 4/e, International Edition” to equip your business decision makers with the understanding of ethics and IT needed for ongoing business success.


Information technology project management, 7th ed.
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Kathy Schwalbe
Place of Publication Boston, Mass.
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher Course Technology, Cengage Learning

Introduce your students to exciting “behind-the-scenes” opportunities and challenges in technology today with Schwalbe’s unique INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 7E, International Edition. This one-of-a-kind book demonstrates the principles distinctive to managing information technology (IT) projects that extend well beyond standard project management requirements.
No book offers more up-to-the minute insights and software tools for IT project management success, including updates that reflect the latest PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition, the global standard for managing projects and earning certification. The book weaves today’s theory with successful practices for an understandable, integrated presentation that focuses on the concepts, tools, and techniques that are most effective today.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 7E, International Edition is the only text to apply all ten project management knowledge areas to IT projects. Students master skills in project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management as well as all five process groups–initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Intriguing examples from familiar companies featured in today’s news, a new Agile case, opportunities with MindView software, and a new chapter on project stakeholder management further ensure your readers have the foundation to manage IT projects with success.


The multiplayer classroom : designing coursework as a game
Recommending faculty: Dr. Jaime DL. Caro

Author Lee Sheldon
Place of Publication Australia
Date of Publication c2012
Publisher Course Technology/Cengage Learning

Discover how to engage your students and raise their grades and attendance in your classroom. THE MULTIPLAYER CLASSROOM: DESIGNING COURSEWORK AS A GAME is your detailed guide to designing any structured learning experience as a game. Written for professional educators or those learning to be educators, here are the tools to engage and excite students by using principles learned in the development of popular video games. Suitable for use in the classroom or the boardroom, the book features a reader-friendly style that introduces game concepts and vocabulary in a logical way. You don’t need any experience making games or even playing games to use this book. Yet, you will learn how to create multiplayer games for any age on any subject. Bring your classroom into the 21st century!


Quality hand soldering and circuit board repair, 6th ed.
Recommending faculty: Prof. Romarie U. Lorenzo

Author H. (Ted) Smith
Place of Publication Clifton Park, N.Y.
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher Delmar Cengage Learning

Straightforward and easy to understand, the Sixth Edition of Quality Hand Soldering and Circuit Board Repair has been thoroughly revised to provide readers with the most up to date information in the industry. Focusing on the production and repair of circuit boards, this text begins with the basics of soldering and the requirements for a reliable solder connection. Readers are then guided through a variety of circuit board repairs, from conformal coating identification and removal to different types of track/pad repairs, burn repairs, and edge connector repairs. With safety tips and multiple opportunities for review and practice, this step by step reference book provides readers with the skills and knowledge needed to remain competitive and in accordance with international standards.


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