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Recent Books by Alumni Authors

Metropolitan Railways

Metropolitan Railways
William Middleton ’50
Indiana University, 2003

Metropolitan Railways: Rapid Transit in America provides a popular history of the development of urban rapid transit and light rail systems. It is a large-scale, illustrated volume that deals with the growth and development of urban rail transit systems in North America. The book traces the history of rail transit technology from such impractical early schemes as a proposed steam-powered “arcade railway” under New York’s Broadway through today’s sophisticated systems.

William Middleton ’50, a former commander in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, is a transportation historian and journalist and the author of 18 books.




Heaven and Empire

Heaven and Empire
Marlene Zefferys, Nicholas Zefferys ’61, and Jeffrey Stone
White Lotus Co., Ltd., 2002

Heaven and Empire: Khmer Bronzes From the 9th to the 15th Centuries features some of the world’s finest examples of the art of the lost wax method of bronze casting. The artists of the Khmer Empire of ancient Cambodia blended Hinduism and Buddhism to create bronze images that reflected the religious, mystical, and sensual beauty of this culture. The text features bronzes from the collections of the Phnom Penh Royal Museum of Fine Art, The National Museum Bangkok, The National Museum Phimai, and from private collections, many never before published.

Nicholas Zefferys ’61 is president and CEO of Applied Consulting & Engineering Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.




SQL Server 2000 Stored Procedures Handbook

SQL Server 2000 Stored Procedures Handbook
Chuck Hawkins ’83, et al
APress, 2003

Stored procedures are compiled T-SQL statements that reside on the database, and are the cornerstone of successful data manipulation; data-handling operations of any complexity make use of them. This book is an in-depth guide to a key area of database development. It tackles real-world problems faced by developers when working with stored procedures, showing how to solve these problems, avoid the common pitfalls, and work around them to produce faster, more robust stored procedures.

Chuck Hawkins ’83 is a senior consultant and database administrator who works for Compass Technology Management.




Oxigenoterapia En Ninos

Oxigenoterapia En Ninos
Guillermo L. Pol ’79, M.D., and Florencio Balboa de Paz, M.D.
Aula Medica Ediciones, 2001

This book is about pediatric oxygen therapy. It discusses the administration of oxygen in multiple situations that compromise tissue oxygenation whether in acute or chronic phases. The authors analyze the delivery systems both in the hospital setting and at home, along with the technical mechanisms needed. Respiratory physiology with emphasis on hypoxia is reviewed. Different indications for the administration and monitoring of oxygen are also reviewed. Written in Spanish, this book is focused on clinical practice for those involved in the care of sick children.

Guillermo Pol ’79 is an attending anesthesiologist at Baptist Health South Florida, South Miami Hospital.

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Rensselaer Magazine: Spring 2004
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