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On the Bookshelf:
Recent Books by Alumni Authors


Public Transportation in the New Millennium

Public Transportation in the New Millennium
Felipe Luyanda Villafane ’77
Eliyan, 2004

The Tren Urbano, a heavy rail transit system, is being built as the principal component of an intermodal transportation system in the San Juan Metropolitan Area (SJMA) of Puerto Rico. This book documents the conditions in the beginning of the new millennium in the U.S. and Puerto Rico related to the public transportation system in the SJMA. Information on urban transportation trends and characteristics of transit systems is presented and analyzed to identify critical transportation issues and questions that may affect the performance of the Tren Urbano.

Felipe Luyanda Villafane, M.E. ’77, D.E. ’81, is professor of transportation engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and co-director of the Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center.




Industry Research Using the Economic Census

Industry Research Using the Economic Census
Leonard Gaines ’78 and Jennifer Boettcher
Greenwood Press, 2004

Business researchers will discover that many answers to their questions can be found in the Economic Censuses provided by the U.S. government. Until now, there have been no comprehensive guides to this valuable resource. Designed as a working handbook, Industry Research Using the Economic Census does not duplicate the data from the census, but introduces users to the features, uses, and formats of the data. This guidebook also discusses the changes that the 1997 and 2002 Economic Censuses introduced from previous versions.

Leonard Gaines ’78, Ph.D. ’97, is a program research specialist with Empire State Development. He is also an adjunct faculty member at SUNY-Empire State College and New School University.




Confederate Treasure Coverup

Confederate Treasure Coverup
Peter Viemeister ’50
Hamilton’s, 2004

An 1885 booklet published in Lynchburg, Va., told of treasure buried by Thomas J. Beale, with the location defined by cipher cryptograms. The puzzle has been investigated, but never solved. Confederate Treasure Coverup: Duty, Honor & Deceit is a novel that creates the untold story of the treasure. It is a historical adventure about honorable people who accomplish a difficult Civil War mission and then resolve issues of ethics and stewardship.

Peter Viemeister ’50 is a retired vice president of development at Grumman Corp., teacher, and author of eight previous books.




Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
J.M. Smith, H.C. Van Ness, M.M. Abbott ’60
McGraw-Hill, 2004

Now in its seventh edition, this textbook presents comprehensive coverage of the subject of thermodynamics from a chemical engineering viewpoint. First published in 1949, total sales over the previous six editions exceed half a million copies, an unsurpassed record for a chemical engineering text.

J.M. Smith is professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, and Hendrick Van Ness and Michael Abbott ’60, Ph.D. ’65, are professors emeriti of chemical engineering at Rensselaer.

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