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Recent Books by Alumni Authors

An Introduction to NURBS, With Historical Perspective
David F. Rogers ’59, M.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’67 • Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2000

An Introduction to NURBS offers a theoretical and practical understanding of curve and surface computer modeling techniques that are now the design standard in many industries. Beginning with Bezier curves, the book develops an explanation of NURBS curves, then does the same for surfaces while consistently stressing shape design properties and the capabilities of each curve and surface type. Supplementing the explanations are accounts of the history of NURBS, written by some of its most prominent figures.

Dave Rogers ’59, a computer graphics pioneer and author of several computer graphics classics, is professor and founding member of the United States Naval Academy’s aerospace engineering department, where he now serves as director of aeronautics.

Dream Healing
The Practice of Dream Healing
Edward Tick, Ph.D. ’81 • Quest Books, 2001

The Greek god Asklepios was said to have instituted psychotherapy by giving mortals the gift of healing dreams and therefore allowing the complete person—body, mind, and soul—to be treated simultaneously. Edward Tick has spent two decades researching and applying Asklepian techniques in clinical settings and on actual journeys to Greek healing sites with clients. In The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries Into Modern Medicine, he takes the reader on an imaginary pilgrimage in the ancient tradition, and draws from case studies to provide practical techniques that can be used anywhere.

Edward Tick ’81 has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1975. His last book, Sacred Mountain, chronicles his work with Vietnam veterans. He is the director of Sanctuary: A Center for the Mentoring of the Spirit, in Albany, N.Y.

Letters to Linda
Letters to Linda
Bradley Silvius, M.S. ’94 • Acorn Press, 2002

Letters to Linda: A Novel of Life’s Greatest Lessons is a novelized memoir of motivational speaker Floyd Wickman. It is a story of two men from different worlds and generations whose search for redemption brings their lives together.

A chance encounter on the beach prompts Wickman to share with the young man 20 letters he had written to his wife, Linda, spanning 40 years, each sealed and unopened since the day it was written. Stirred to understand the problems that plague the young man, Wickman finds the courage to open the letters and uncover the answers to questions that haunt him.

After earning his master’s in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer, Bradley Silvius ’94 spent six years with Ford Motor Co. before leaving in January 2000 to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist.

Rensselaer Magazine: March 2002
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