New edition of book earns MU professor American Library Association accolade
A recent update of a book on alternative fuel sources earned a University of Missouri professor recognition from the American Libraries Association.
Sudarshan Loyalka, a Curators’ Professor of nuclear engineering and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, was co-author and one of three editors of Handbook of Alternative Fuel Technologies. The book’s second edition, released in 2014, recently was tabbed a Selected Title for February by CHOICE connect, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, the world’s oldest and largest library association.
Javad Tavakoli, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at Lafayette College, reviewed the book for CHOICE connect. Tavakoli rated the book “highly recommended,” landing it on the list of selected academic titles for the month. The review suggested it as a potential textbook for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.
“That tells us that people other than us see value in the book — somebody independent,” Loyalka said. “My view is that we’ve done something which is being valued in the community. And that’s the satisfaction really — that it’ll be informative, educational and useful for research.”
The book’s first edition was published in 2007, with Loyalka writing a chapter on nuclear energy and co-authoring another with MU alumna Mihaela F. Ion on fuel cells. He also helped edit the work, aiding former MU C.W. LaPierre Professor and Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department Sunggyu Lee and chemical engineer James G. Speight.
The rising cost and environmental impact of fossil fuels provided impetus to write the handbook. The most recent edition of the book includes three new chapters on as many new topics: shale gas and fuel, biodiesel and algae fuel. Other chapters cover topics that include ethanol, coal, methanol and energy from waste sources.
“Having a book that brought it together in one place, that was the motivation,” Loyalka said. “And all of us felt that we should discuss what we knew about these different technologies.”