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On the Bookshelf

50 Year Club Notes

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On the Bookshelf (cont.)

Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products
Salvatore Rand ’60
ASTM International, 2010

Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products

In this eighth edition, 24 comprehensive chapters address sampling techniques, fuel oxygenates, automotive engine oils, lubricant base fluids, and more. All chapters have been updated to reflect new specifications and testing methods, and three new chapters have been added to more fully reflect today’s new products and new test procedures: Biodiesel Fuels, Synthetic Fuel Oils, and Determination of Inorganic Species in Petroleum Products.

Salvatore Rand, Ph.D. ’60, is an independent consultant to the petroleum industry and a fellow of ASTM International. He is retired from Texaco Research Center where he managed the Fuels Test Laboratory.

Healthcare Informatics
Stephan Kudyba ’99 • CRC Press, 2010

Healthcare Informatics

Healthcare Informatics: Improving Efficiency and Productivity examines the complexities involved in managing resources in our healthcare system and explains how management theory and informatics applications can increase efficiencies in various functional areas of healthcare services. Delving into data and project management and advanced analytics, this book details and provides supporting evidence for the strategic concepts that are critical to achieving successful healthcare information technology (HIT), information management, and electronic health record (EHR) applications.

Stephan Kudyba, Ph.D. ’99, is associate professor of management at New Jersey Institute of Technology and head of the consulting firm Null Sigma Inc.

The Acoustics of Performance Halls
J. Christopher Jaffe ’49 • W.W. Norton, 2010

The Acoustics of Performance Halls

In The Acoustics of Performance Halls: Spaces for Music from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, acclaimed acoustician Chris Jaffe describes the common misconceptions about what makes a successful classical concert space, and explains that sound reflections rather than geometry are the key to developing an outstanding hall. The book includes a forward written by Leo Beranek.

J. Christopher Jaffe ’49 has been a consultant in acoustics for half a century. He has designed concert halls and symphonic music pavilions for dozens of America’s top orchestral ensembles. He was inducted into the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003.

Your Retirement Quest
Keith Lawrence ’78 and Alan Spector • Cincinnati Book Publishers, 2010

Your Retirement Quest

Your Retirement Quest brings all the elements that are essential to living a fulfilling retirement together in one place by identifying and explaining each of the key elements, by relating real-life stories of retirees, by sharing pertinent supporting research, by recognizing the importance of financial security, and by revealing the “10 Secrets for Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement.”

Keith Lawrence ’78 is president of Sustaining Success Solutions, a management consulting firm, and co-founder of LifeScape Solutions™. He spent 32 years at Procter & Gamble, where he was a
director of human resources.

Sizing Up the Universe
Robert Vanderbei ’76 and Richard Gott • National Geographic, 2010

Robustness Development and Reliability Growth

In Robustness Development and Reliability Growth, the authors present a complete process for ensuring product performance throughout the entire life cycle, from understanding customers’ needs through manufacturing and post-launch support. A section on tools and methods shows how to institutionalize best practices and apply them consistently. Finally, they tie strategies, decisions, and methods together through a case study project.

John King ’67 is a consultant and trainer who has worked as an engineer, program manager, and laboratory head at such companies as Westinghouse, Xerox, and Kodak.

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