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Kettering Faculty Publish New Textbooks on Math and Engineering

Two Kettering University faculty members recently released textbooks related to their academic fields that have set new professional standards.

Leszek Gawarecki, Applied Mathematics Department head, collaborated with Michigan State University's Vidyadhar Mandrekar to pen the graduate-level book "Stochastic Differential Equations in Infinite Dimensions," a culmination of more than 10 years of research.

Said Gawarecki of his text: "Once we started, we realized the subject is complicated and the existing literature is not easily accessible."

The book, a systematic study of the existence, uniqueness and properties of solutions to stochastic differential equations that arise from practical problems in physics, engineering and finance, was released in December 2010 and fills a significant gap that existed in research on the topic.

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Bassem Ramadan, professor of Mechanical Engineering, also collaborated with MSU faculty -- Merle Potter and David Wiggert, both Professor Emeritus at MSU. They have developed a new generation of engineering textbook that includes a multi-media component designed to address the learning styles of a tech-savvy generation titled "Mechanics of Fluids Fourth Edition." It includes a student solution manual, DVDs with video animations and experiments illustrating various engineering applications of fluid mechanics and video tutorials to cover lessons from the book.

"We are trying to facilitate how the new generation of engineering students learns," Ramadan explained. "They may have different learning styles than we did due to new technologies." The supplemental materials make their textbook unique in the market, he said.

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