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Recent Books by Alumni Authors

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Architectural Guidebook to the National Parks: California, Oregon, Washington
Harvey Kaiser ’58
Gibbs Smith, 2002

In this, the first of a series of books to cover historic architecture in the national parks, Kaiser takes the reader on a tour through the historic structures of California, Oregon, and Washington’s national parks. Discussing the architectural elements as well as the history of each building, he shows how architectural form combined with history and natural beauty can create an inspiring work of art.

Architectural Guidebook to the National Parks provides maps and detailed directions to historic buildings in national parks such as Death Valley, Yosemite, Crater Lake, and Mount Rainier. It also includes descriptions of different types of parks, the history and founding of each park, and literary quotes describing the parks.

Harvey Kaiser ’58 is president and founder of HHK Associates, an architectural consulting firm. He served more than 20 years as educator and administrator at Syracuse University and has published books that are considered standard reference works on historic preservation in the natural setting.

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From Slaves to Satellites
Peter Viemeister ’50
Hamilton’s, 1999

From Slaves to Satellites is the true story of a 355-acre farm in Bedford, Va., and the eight families who lived there during a period of 250 years.

It begins when slavery was commonplace and the only satellite was the moon. It examines the impacts of the Civil War, new technology, and the invisible hand of economics in driving people to change the use of the land and the relationship of landowner to tenant farmer and sharecropper.

Peter Viemeister ’50 is retired vice president of Grumman Corp. and president of Grumman Data Systems. Author of several books, he has lived in rural Virginia for the past 20 years.

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Image Processing in Java
Douglas Lyon ’83, Ph.D. ’91
Prentice Hall, 1999

Written for the more advanced Java developer, Image Processing in Java provides a class library of 2-D image processing algorithms for Java, along with the mathematical underpinnings of how each works.

It explains techniques that enable the rapid deployment and development of algorithms that can help to speed delivery and processing of image data on the Web. The topics include restoration, compression, segmentation, representation, warping, filtering, multi-resolution compression, and custom image formats.

Doug Lyon ’83 is chair of the computer engineering department at Fairfield University and the author of two books.

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Security Planning and Disaster Recovery

Eric Maiwald ’87 and William Sieglein
Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 2002

This book will guide the reader to proactively implement a successful security and disaster recovery plan—before a security breach occurs.

From the earliest phases of plan development, team organization and training, to technology deployment and incident recovery strategies, this resource combines in-depth conceptual explanations with hands-on checklists and design maps, providing a blueprint for keeping networks safe from outside intrusions.

Eric Maiwald ’87 is chief technology officer of Fortrex Technologies. He is a certified information systems security professional and patent holder.

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