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Retired UND civil engineering prof pens textbook on structural stability

Sukhvarsh Jerath, UND professor emeritus of civil engineering, has written a graduate level textbook on structural engineering and structural mechanics.

Jerath spent more than a decade penning Structural Stability Theory and Practice: Buckling of Columns, Beams, Plates, and Shells, which was published by John Wiley, a major engineering book publishers. It is written in both U.S. and S.I. units mentioning international codes of practice to cover international appeal and possible translation to other languages. The book consists of 672 pages, numerous equations and diagrams, and incorporates the latest codes of practice.

Jerath said the book combines necessary information on structural stability into a single, comprehensive resource suitable for both practicing engineers and students.

Written for practicing professionals in civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering, as well as upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in structural engineering and structural mechanics courses, Structural Stability Theory and Practice combines theory with real-world cases and illuminates the complex mathematical concepts with patient explanation and straightforward guidance, said the publisher.

In order to be reader-friendly, the book has detailed theoretical derivations, and the math involved is made as simple as possible. There are number of solved examples in the text in addition to the unsolved practice problems at the end of each chapter.

Jerath has more than 40 years of experience teaching and researching structural design and analysis, structural mechanics, and properties of civil engineering materials. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, and Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society. He recently retired, and maintains an office on the UND campus.