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May, 2015 - The Science, Art and Discipline of Technology Development by Ron StiteseBook_Cover.jpg

The purpose of the book is to:

  1. Raise awareness of the need for validation of claims,
  2. Give some of the “science” on how to evaluate claims,
  3. Give some guidance on the “art” of managing evaluation and development processes and
  4. Give some guidance on how to build an organization that can create and sustain a culture where critical evaluation and development of new ideas is an innate discipline.

The book is organized in the simple following way:

  1. The Science of Technology Development – This is the technical stuff.  Read at least the first few pages on how we know.  The statistical stuff is for those who want to know more.  Much of it can be skipped without losing too much of the general drift.
  2. The Art of Technology Development – This is for those who are trying to build an organization that have the capabilities to do evaluation of technology.  It would also be good for those who are evaluating organizations for their ability to make good decisions about new ideas
  3. The Discipline of Technology Development – This is the Dark Side of managing.  It presumes that many people are only interested in themselves and that they are at enmity with the organization.  It is a call to Machiavellian commitment toward building an organizational culture that demands truthfulness, objectivity, engagement and hard work.  It is only through culture that a knowledge driven organization can sustain growth.
  4. Conclusions – This is a call to both personal and corporate action.

October, 2015 - Oil Shale: Treasure Trove or Pandora's Box? by Ron Stites, Yuan Ming Lee, Matthew James

An intensive 10 week research program by Stites & Associates, LLC, (SALLC) has resulted in a technically competent, Book cover Rev 2.jpeg (copy)financially sound review of the Oil Shale Industry in the Western US. The eBook, Oil Shale, Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box, is a detailed look at the history, technology, financial promise, energy security potential and the environmental challenges and opportunities provided by the vast oil resources of oil shale in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. It is a balanced look at the industry and attempts to answer the questions:

1.  Is it feasible to develop oil shale in the US in the next decade?
2.  Should oil shale be developed in the US in the next decade?
3.  If so, what are the various constraints and caveats that should be considered in such a development?
4.  Is it likely that a commercial oil shale plant (one that is designed to operate continuously at a profit) will be built in the US in the next 10 years? What is that probability?

The eBook is a mix of technical and simple language. It is extensively footnoted, especially when technology is being presented. It also employs simple examples that are easy to understand when dealing with financial, political and environmental issues.

The book is aimed at the concerned US Citizen who would like to have a simple, but complete handbook on oil shale for the purpose of formulating an informed, objective opinion on the subject of oil shale development. It is a “must read” for advocates, policy makers, regulators and voters in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.


December, 2016 - Epiphany: A Beginning to a Spiritual Journey by Ron Stites

This book chronicles the beginning of the Spiritual Journey of a scientist who becomes a Christian. It begins by telling of howCover to Epiphany.jpg (copy) a young boy first became aware that there must be a God. It then describes the twists and turns of how a young man struggled to square that simple faith with a growing knowledge and appreciation of scientific thinking.This is a short book and a fairly easy read. It speaks to both the heart and mind. It encourages those who struggle with such things to look deeply for Spiritual reality and meaning and then try to put some "legs" to that.

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