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Rensselaer Alumni Magazine Spring 2006
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On the Bookshelf

Recent Books by Alumni Authors

Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon

Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon
Charles J. Byrne ’57
Springer, 2005

In 1967, Lunar Orbiter Mission 4 sent back to Earth a strong series of photographs of the surface of the Moon, despite severe degradation caused by scanning and the reconstruction processes involved in transmission from lunar orbit. Using 21st-century techniques, Charles Byrne has removed the imperfections to produce a detailed set of images of the lunar surface. The book has been organized to make it easy for astronomers to use, enabling ground-based images and views to be compared with the Orbiter photographs.

Charles Byrne ’57, a former system engineer of the Apollo Program for Lunar Orbiter Photography, is a retired electrical engineer whose career in communications included research, systems engineering, and development with Bell Labs and Telcordia.




Assembly Language and Computer Architecture Using C++ and Java

Assembly Language and Computer Architecture Using C++ and Java
Anthony Dos Reis ’78
Course Technology, 2004

This textbook uses H1 — a simple model of a computer — to present fundamental concepts of assembly language and architecture. Integrating coverage of software and hardware, the book uses H1 to engage the student in the design and implementation process. The accompanying software allows the student to redesign H1. It also automatically checks a student’s homework assignments.

Anthony Dos Reis, Ph.D. ’78, is associate professor of computer science at the State University of New York at New Paltz.




Globalization, Technological Change, and Public Education

Globalization, Technological Change, and Public Education
Torin Monahan ’03
Routledge, 2005

In this book, which examines the impact of globalization in American public high schools, the author analyzes the implicit educational messages offered in technology studies classrooms in Los Angeles. With detailed ethnographic analysis and an eye for the implications of technological choices, he challenges the reader to think about how we prepare young people for the workforce of tomorrow and how those decisions are made in a fragmented, but centralized school system.

Torin Monahan, Ph.D. ’03, is assistant professor in the School of Justice & Social Inquiry at Arizona State University.




Introduction to Process Control

Introduction to Process Control
Ahmet Palazoglu ’84 and Jose Romagnoli
CRC Press, 2005

Along with an introduction to modern architectures of industrial computer control systems, Introduction to Process Control covers the expanded role of process control in modern industry, from modeling the process to implementing a plantwide system. The authors provide a “Continuing Problem” throughout the text, adding new concepts and strategies to the example, which culminates in a complete control design strategy. The book introduces data processing and reconciliation along with process monitoring as integral components of overall control system architecture.

Ahmet Palazoglu, Ph.D. ’84, is professor of chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Davis.




Paralegal Paramour

Paralegal Paramour
David Weiss ’65
Virtualbookworm.com, 2005

In this, the author’s third novel, cynical attorney Peter Lambert has finally landed a case to challenge his courtroom skills. Jack Boyland has been charged with robbing his business partner, and murder looms as a possibility. An artist, an insurance agent, and a bearded mystery man shroud the case with questions, while evidence mounts against the double-dealing Boyland. Complications ensue when Lambert becomes involved with an Amish witness. Despite courtroom genius, Lambert faces personal disappointment until a paradoxical lesson enables him to move on.

Dave Weiss ’65 is a retired pension attorney. His previous novels include Beyond the Tree House and Secret Agenda.




Secure Coding in C and C++

Secure Coding in C and C++
Robert Seacord ’84
Addison-Wesley, 2005

Commonly exploited software vulnerabilities are usually caused by avoidable software defects. In this book the author systematically identifies the program errors most likely to lead to security breaches, shows how they can be exploited, reviews the potential consequences, and presents secure alternatives. The book encourages programmers to adopt security best practices and develop a security mindset that can help protect software from tomorrow’s attacks, not just today’s.

Robert Seacord ’84 is a senior vulnerability analyst with the CERT/Coordination Center at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

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