New Books @ EnggLib1 as of November 3, 2015


Introduction to statistics : fundamental concepts and procedures of data analysis

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Gil Kenneth San Miguel  (IE 28)

Author Howard M. Reid
Place of Publication Los Angeles, CA
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher SAGE

Using a truly accessible and reader-friendly approach, Introduction to Statistics: Fundamental Concepts and Procedures of Data Analysis, by Howard M. Reid, redefines the way statistics can be taught and learned. Unlike other books that merely focus on procedures, Reid’s approach balances development of critical thinking skills with application of those skills to contemporary statistical analysis. He goes beyond simply presenting techniques by focusing on the key concepts readers need to master in order to ensure their long-term success. Indeed, this exciting new book offers the perfect foundation upon which readers can build as their studies and careers progress to more advanced forms of statistics.

Keeping computational challenges to a minimum, Reid shows readers not only how to conduct a variety of commonly used statistical procedures, but also when each procedure should be utilized and how they are related. Following a review of descriptive statistics, he begins his discussion of inferential statistics with a two-chapter examination of the Chi Square test to introduce students to hypothesis testing, the importance of determining effect size, and the need for post hoc tests. When more complex procedures related to interval/ratio data are covered, students already have a solid understanding of the foundational concepts involved. Exploring challenging topics in an engaging and easy-to-follow manner, Reid builds concepts logically and supports learning through robust pedagogical tools, the use of SPSS, numerous examples, historical quotations, insightful questions, and helpful progress checks.

Supply chain management for engineers

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Raymond Lagria (IE 151)

Author Samuel H. Huang
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication c2013
Publisher CRC Press

Originally taught mainly in business schools, supply chain management has become a common elective and graduate course in engineering colleges. The increasing demand for engineers with supply chain knowledge has fed this shift. However, supply chain management textbooks that have a reasonable coverage of quantitative analysis techniques are few and far between. Concise, straightforward, and easy-to-read, Supply Chain Management for Engineers uses practical problems to introduce key concepts and cultivate students’ problem-solving skills.

Helping students hone their analytical skills and develop the ability to solve real-world problems, the book:

  • Includes a simulation game for practicing supply chain management skills
  • Covers the use of practical software tools including Gurobi Optimizer and Microsoft EXCEL
  • Facilitates the use of problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy
  • Provides a theoretical framework for supply chain design and supplier selection

Focusing on quantitative aspects, this book uses example problems to introduce key concepts and case studies to strengthen students’ analysis and synthesis skills. In addition to exercises, this book also provides several problems that are relatively complicated and can be used as mini projects that link theoretical concepts to practical problem solving. It also presents a simulation game where students can play the roles of suppliers, OEMs, and retailers within a supply chain environment to practice the skills they acquire. It also stresses the importance of integrating engineering optimization techniques with business strategic thinking. These features and more give students the supply chain knowledge and problem-solving skills increasingly required for engineers entering the work force.

Computational fluid dynamics

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Louis Angelo Danao  (ME 122)

Author Gautam Biswas
Place of Publication Oxford, U.K.
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher Alpha Science International Ltd.

COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS is an effort to cover a range of topics, – from elementary concepts for the uninitiated students to state-of-the-art algorithms useful for the practitioners. The contents begin with preliminaries, in which the basic principles and techniques of Finite Difference (FD), Finite Volume (FV) and Finite Element (FE) methods are described using detailed mathematical treatment. The methodologies are explained systematically using step-by-step hand calculations. These introductory chapters are followed by the state-of-the-art methods and algorithms, including, Semi Implicit Pressure Linked Equations (SIMPLE) and Marker and Cell (MAC) family of algorithms that are widely adopted in various commercial codes. These advanced chapters use general forms of governing equations, boundary conditions, and initial conditions encountered in CFD. Finally, the modeling of free surface flows has been covered as a special topic. Students and practitioners – particularly in mechanical, aerospace, chemical, metallurgy and civil engineering – will benefit from this authoritative material. They will be able to apply numerical techniques to the solution of variety of fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems of industrial importance.

Web cartography : map design for interactive and mobile devices

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Julius M. Bañgate  (GE 151, GE 162)

Author Ian Muehlenhaus
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication c2014
Publisher CRC Press

Web mapping technologies continue to evolve at an incredible pace. Technology is but one facet of web map creation, however. Map design, aesthetics, and user-interactivity are equally important for effective map communication. From interactivity to graphical user interface design, from symbolization choices to animation, and from layout to typeface and color selection, Web Cartography offers the first comprehensive overview and guide for designing beautiful and effective web maps for a variety of devices.

Written for those with a basic understanding of mapmaking, but who may not have an in-depth knowledge of web design, this book explains how to create effective interaction, animation, and layouts for maps in online and mobile platforms. Concept-driven, this reference emphasizes cartographic principles for web and mobile map design over specific software techniques. It focuses on key design concepts that will remain true regardless of software technologies used. The book is supplemented with a website providing links to stellar web maps, video tutorials and lectures, do-it-yourself labs, map critique exercises, and links to others’ tutorials.

Approachable, clear, and concise, the book provides a nontechnical, approachable guide to map design for the web. It provides best practices for map communication, based on spatial data visualization and graphic design theory. By carefully avoiding overly technical jargon, it provides a solid launching pad from which students, practitioners, and innovators can begin to design aesthetically pleasing and intuitive web maps.



Advanced soil mechanics, 4th ed.

Recommending faculty:  Prof. Lestelle V. Torio  (CE 121, CE  162, CE 163)

Author Braja M. Das
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher CRC Press

The fourth edition further examines the relationships between the maximum and minimum void ratios of granular soils and adds the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) soil classification system. It summarizes soil compaction procedures and Proctor compaction tests. It introduces new sections on vertical stress due to a line load of finite length, vertical stress in Westergaard material due to point load, line load of finite length, circularly loaded area, and rectangularly loaded area. The text discusses the fundamental concepts of compaction of clay soil for the construction of clay liners in waste disposal sites as they relate to permeability and adds new empirical correlations for overconsolidation ratio and compression index for clay soils. It provides additional information on the components affecting friction angle of granular soils, drained failure envelopes, and secant residual friction angles of clay and clay shale.

  •  Contains 11 chapters
  •  Provides new example problems
  •  Includes SI units throughout the text
  •  Uses a methodical approach

The author adds new correlations between field vane shear strength, preconsolidation pressure, and overconsolidation ratio of clay soils. He also revises and expands information on elastic settlement of shallow foundations, adds a precompression with sand grains, and presents the parameters required for the calculation of stress at the interface of a three-layered flexible system.

An ideal resource for beginning graduate students, the fourth edition of Advanced Soil Mechanics further develops the basic concepts taught in undergraduate study by presenting a solid foundation of the fundamentals of soil mechanics.

This book is suitable for students taking an introductory graduate course, and it can also be used as a reference for practicing professionals.


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