About the Author
Dr. Ramin Esfandiari is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where he has served as a faculty member since 1989. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Optimal Control), all from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has authored several refereed research papers in high quality engineering and scientific journals such as Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Optimal Control Applications and Methods, and ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics. Dr. Esfandiari is the author of Applied Mathematics for Engineers, fourth edition (Atlantis, 2007), Matrix Analysis and Numerical Methods for Engineers (Atlantis, 2007), and MATLAB Manual for Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Atlantis, 2007). He is one of the select few contributing authors for the latest edition of Mechanical Engineering Handbook (Springer-Verlag, 2007), and the co-author (with Dr. H.V. Vu) of Dynamic Systems: Modeling and Analysis (McGraw-Hill, 1997). Professor Esfandiari is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, TRW Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.