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On the Bookshelf: Recent Books by Alumni/ae

Zero Day
Mark Russinovich ’90 • Thomas Dunne Books, 2011

Zero Day

Jeff Aiken, an expert in computer security, is hired to investigate a systemwide failure at a law firm. At the same time, Daryl Haugen is probing a virus that hit the computers at a New York hospital, causing a number of deaths. Former colleagues, the two begin talking and realize that there are similarities in their cases and that seemingly random system failures experienced around the world might be related and could lead to the worst “zero-day” cyberattack the world has ever faced.

Mark Russinovich, M.S. ’90, is a technical fellow at Microsoft and a global authority on cyber security.

Hypomnemata
Kenneth Symington ’53 • Xlibris, 2010

Hypomnemata

Hypomnemata is a collection of fictional stories, dreams, visions, word plays, metaphors, and personal memories about the human predicament and life’s biggest questions that seem worth remembering and developing. Accumulated over the span of a lifetime in various locations throughout the world, this account pierces into the depth of the human psyche and emotions.

Ken Symington ’53 was born in Cuba and worked for many years as a corporate executive in national and international operations. After retirement, he owned and operated several small businesses. His credits include two books translated from Spanish into English.

Wind Turbine Technology
David A. Spera ’57 • ASME Press, 2009

Wind Turbine Technology

Using detailed case study analyses, expert authors present practical lessons learned from the use of existing wind turbines. Packed with application-oriented advice, this second edition offers descriptions of past and present wind turbine configurations and provides the reader with detailed mathematical models developed from basic principles. Discussion of economic considerations, the integration of wind power plants into electric utility systems, and a gallery of color photographs of current commercial wind turbines are included.

David Spera ’57 is president of DASCON Engineering and former chief engineer and manager of NASA’s Wind Energy Project Office, where he earned the NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement.

Sword of Fire and Sea: The Chaos Knight
Erin Hoffman ’03 • Pyr, 2011

Sword of Fire and Sea: The Chaos Knight

In this debut fantasy novel, the author introduces a world of elemental magic and intelligent gryphons in a high-seas adventure. Capt. Vidarian Rulorat, the last surviving member of a family descended from a marriage that blended the elemental magic of water and fire and doomed future generations to a rare disease, courts dangers from many sides when he agrees to escort fire priestess Ariadel to a water temple in the southern part of the world.

Erin Hoffman ’03 is a writer and video game designer, who has designed games for such companies as 1st Playable Productions, HumaNatureStudios, DreamWorks, and Zynga.

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