Books of Interest: September 2009

Here’s a selection of newly published books from Wiley–IEEE Press

4 September 2009

Here’s a selection of newly published books from Wiley–IEEE Press. You can save 15 percent by using promo code INST9 when ordering from the Wiley Web site.

riskRisk Communication: A Handbook for Communicating Environmental, Safety, and Health Risks, 4th Ed.
By Regina Lundgren 
and Andrea McMakin 

(July 2009, US $79.95, 384 pp.)

Updated edition discusses risk communication principles, 
actions, and evaluation; expands 
coverage of the Internet and social media; and offers new insight on international risk communication.


wireWireless Sensor Networks: A Networking Perspective
By Jun Zheng and 
Abbas Jamalipour

(July 2009, $94.95, 512 pp.)

Networking aspects of wireless sensors take center stage, with sections on network architecture, routing and data dissemination, node clustering, time synchronization, node localization, and fault tolerance.


solParallel Solution of Integral Equation–Based EM Problems in the Frequency Domain
By Yu Zhang and Tapan K. Sarkar
(June 2009, $99.95, 
364 pp.)

Focusing on the method-of-moments technique, the authors explore efficient parallel electromagnetic simulation techniques for multicore chips. Appendices provide details on a number of computer platforms used for computation. One demo shows how to compile scalable linear algebra package (LAPACK) and parallel LAPACK on Windows, and another demo shows how parallel source 
code can solve two-dimensional electromagnetic scattering problems.


A Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge
wireBy the IEEE Communications Society 

(April 2009, $69.95, 253 pp.)

Meant for those preparing to take IEEE’s Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies certification exam, this guide summarizes the knowledge required to pass and provides references to detailed information. It was written by industry professionals and deals with the eight WCET certification areas.



Practical System Reliability
By Eric Bauer, Xuemei Zhang, and Douglas A. Kimber

(April 2009, $79.95, 287 pp.)

Explains how system availability and software reliability relate to telecommunications systems and how to understand, model, predict, and manage system availability through the development cycle. Practical methods and concepts are presented. The modeling, prediction techniques, and tools follow industry standards.



Layered Information Processing for Wireless Communications
By Mathini Sellathurai 
and Simon Haykin 

(April 2009, $95.95, 204 pp.)

This textbook presents current research in 
communications, with an emphasis on multiple-input, multiple-output wireless systems. Examples illustrate theory, and end-of-chapter problems challenge readers to reinforce their 
understanding of the subject.




Taking on Risk Communication

A critical part of any engineering job is to make sure the technologies being applied are safe for the public and won’t harm the environment. To do that, an engineer must know not only how to identify safety risks but also how to explain them to others. That’s where Regina Lundgren [left] and Andrea McMakin come in. Their book Risk Communication: A Handbook for Communicating Environmental, Safety, and Health Risks, now in its fourth edition, deals with how to communicate risks to your managers and the public. The book covers topics such as laws that mandate risk communication and how to develop a communication plan to address public perceptions and opinions.

“Risk communication has never been more important,” says Lundgren, a consultant and trainer in the field. “It seems no matter how much we safeguard our workplaces, homes, and personal lives, new risks continually crop up.”

McMakin is a communication specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Richland, Wash. The two wrote the book in response to requests from engineers, scientists, and managers asking for a text that explains the science and practice of risk communication.

Other books on the subject focus either on one particular scientific aspect or on one person’s experience, according to Lundgren. “Ours does both: provides scientific underpinnings to the discipline of risk communication and shares specific, practical advice from our own experience working in the field,” she says.

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