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On the Bookshelf: Recent Books by Alumni/ae

Geeks on a Mission: In Their Own Words
Alex Hills ’64 • Dog Ear Publishing, 2013

Geeks on a Mission: In Their Own Words

Lucrative employment beckons, but these college students donate their summer vacations to work in developing nations around the world. They work as professional consultants, performing critical work as peers to the top executives in non-governmental organizations and government ministries. The organizations receive top-notch professional assistance, and the students have an experience not available in any classroom. This book tells of experiences that changed the students’ lives.

Alex Hills ’64 is Distinguished Service Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he mentors students who are helping solve problems of poverty, health, and other ills that face the world.

Bare Knuckled Project Management
Tony Gruebl ’92 and Jeff Welch • Gameplan Press, 2013

Bare Knuckled Project Management

Many management philosophies claim that if you follow a few simple rules, you’ll have perfect results. But it’s never that simple. As many as 70 percent of all projects undertaken by companies and organizations fail, according to one well-known study. In this book, you’ll learn the key reasons projects fail, and the simple steps needed to avoid the most common mistakes; how the “three-sided table” approach empowers project managers, customers, and teams to do excellent work; and how to handle conflict and communication like a pro.

Tony Gruebl, MBA ’92, is a professional project manager and president of Think Systems Inc.

Founder: Ventures of a Serial Entrepreneur
Don Seehusen ’61 • CreateSpace, 2013

Founder: Ventures of a Serial Entrepreneur

Founder is a collection of business stories accumulated over 45 years that illustrate various facets of being an entrepreneur. The author includes lessons learned while working his way through Rensselaer, starting his first company, and serving in the Navy in the Cuban Crisis-Vietnam era. Weathering recessions in each decade, “angel” investors, and changing market conditions all were challenging. The experiential lessons learned, not taught in business school, are intended to help those heading down the entrepreneurial path.

Don Seehusen ’61 is currently chairman of two international companies in the railroad supply and construction business.

All the Truth That’s In Me
Julie Berry ’95 • Viking, 2013

All the Truth That’s In Me

A Junior Library Guild selection, this young-adult novel is the story of Judith, who disappeared with her best friend from their small town of Roswell Station. Only Judith returned, permanently mutilated and universally reviled. Unable to speak, she lives like a ghost in her own home. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith must choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world forever.

Julie Berry ’95 is a children’s writer living in Massachusetts with her husband and four boys. This is her third novel.

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