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Recent Books by Alumni Authors

The Market Gurus
The Market Gurus
Todd Glassman ’02 and John Reese
Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2002

The authors developed, a Web site that ranks and evaluates stock-picking professionals based on the performance of their ideas. In The Market Gurus: Stock Investing Strategies You Can Use From Wall Street’s Best, they take readers through the ins and outs of financial strategies developed by such investment industry stars as Peter Lynch, Warren Buffett, David Dreman, and James O’Shaughnessy. The book presents time-tested methods to help make smarter investing decisions; how to use to research questions and interpret the information from this book; and financial ratios explained in layman’s terms.

Todd Glassman, M.S. ’02, is an independent consultant whose company, Kipia Management Consulting (, focuses on young entrepreneurial businesses.

Superalloys: A Technical Guide
Superalloys: A Technical Guide
M.J. Donachie ’54 and S.J. Donachie ’61
ASM International, 2002

Superalloys provide a reliable and cost-effective means of achieving high operating temperature and stress conditions in aircraft and industrial gas turbines and in a wide variety of other applications. This book covers virtually all technical aspects related to the selection, processing, use, and analysis of superalloys. Some highlights of this revised second edition include an up-to-date presentation on alloy melting, guidelines for identifying an appropriate alloy for a specific application, and the relation of properties and microstructure.

Matthew Donachie ’54 is adjunct professor of engineering and science at Rensselaer at Hartford and a fellow of ASM International. His professional career included positions with General Dynamics, Chase Brass & Copper, and United Technologies Corp. Stephen Donachie ’61, of Special Metals Corp., is a leading expert on superalloy melting technology and a patent holder. The authors are brothers.

Operations Research Models and Methods
Operations Research Models and Methods
Jonathan Bard ’68 and Paul Jensen
John Wiley & Sons, 2002

This text is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice by presenting the quantitative tools and models most suited for modern operations research. The book is accompanied by customized software in the form of Excel add-ins, which allows the reader to solve a variety of problems including those presented in the text, and problems that might arise from real-world applications. There are also three commercial software packages provided with the text.

Jonathan Bard ’68 is professor of operations research and industrial engineering at the University of Texas. In recent years his focus has been on planning and control of manufacturing systems and real-time scheduling of airlines.

Photoshop 7 at Your Fingertips
Photoshop 7 at Your Fingertips
Jason Cranford Teague ’96
Sybex, 2002

Photoshop 7 at Your Fingertips: Get In, Get Out, Get Exactly What You Need is a detailed reference organized by both tool and task that acts as both an encyclopedia and a tutorial. In it the reader will find a visual reference to the Photoshop interface; a complete task-oriented reference to Photoshop, with specific sections for print designers, Web designers, and photographers; step-by-step instruction and time-saving tips; and multiple techniques for each task.

Jason Cranford Teague, M.S. ’96, is the creative director of Bright Eye Media. He has written several best-selling computer books and numerous articles on digital design, and has taught classes and seminars in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Triumph V: Philadelphia to New York
David Messer ’60 and Charles Roberts
Barnard, Roberts & Co. Inc., 2002

Fifth in a series of books about the history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Triumph V: Philadelphia to New York covers the railroad’s New York Division in the years 1830-2002. The division, impelled by John Edgar Thomson and Alexander Cassatt (RPI Class of 1859), boasted a high-speed/high-capacity mainline, vast yard complexes, pacesetting engineering accomplishments, and imperial stations.

David Messer ’60 retired in 1996 after 34 years with Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceuticals.

Intermetallic Compounds
Intermetallic Compounds
J.H. Westbrook ’45 and R.L. Fleischer • John Wiley & Sons, 2002

Intermetallic Compounds—Principles and Practice, Volume 3: Progress is a sequel to Volumes 1 and 2, edited by the same authors. Intermetallic compounds, aside from their scientific importance, have become of substantial commercial significance. With contributions from 72 authors from 14 different countries, this book introduces a broad range of new topics including: new intermetallic families, new means of assessment of bonding and stability, new properties and phenomena, new applications, new practical processes, and new research techniques.

Jack Westbrook ’45 is president of Brookline Technologies, and Robert Fleischer, former Rensselaer professor, is research professor of geology at Union College.

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2003
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