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Engineering Associate Dean To Publish 15th Book

August 8, 2016
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Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett’s career as a published author started out with the help of a friend and a long-running joke between the two.
 
Barrett, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wyoming, is set to have his 15th book published in August. The publication, “Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing: Texas Instruments MSP432,” will be available in October.
 
Barrett, who also serves as an associate dean in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, began publishing academic works in 2002. He worked with Daniel Pack at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. They taught courses together and became close friends, and Pack always joked about writing a book to put their knowledge on paper. Prior to one course, the duo discovered there wasn’t a book available that they liked, so the old joke made its way back into the conversation.
 
“We submitted a proposal to the publisher and they accepted it,” Barrett says. “That was 15 books ago. In my mind, books were written by other people, not me.”
 
He came to Wyoming after serving in the Air Force from 1979-1999, and he’ll begin his 18th year at UW in the fall. He has filled the role of assistant professor, associate professor and full professor and began his term as associate dean in 2010.
 
His most recent offering is about a Texas Instrument (TI) microcontroller, which is a single-chip computer. Most of the books have dealt with controllers and embedded systems. He describes the instruction in his publications as very “hands-on” and useful for practical applications. Barrett performs a majority of the lab work at his home, testing and writing about the product.
 
“I typically start writing the book a year before the product is released, so I get to see the neat stuff that’s on the way,” Barrett says. “It keeps me fresh because it’s a rapidly changing field, which I can then share with students in the classroom.”
 
He says he gets up and writes from 4-6 a.m. most days, and has been doing that since 2002. His wife jokes the pursuit has allowed him to collect new toys like robots and weather stations.
 
“I keep my book writing separate from my professional life,” he says. “It’s my hobby. If it became part of my work, it would be just another thing on my to-do list.”

Barrett's Published Works

•    D. Dang, D. Pack, and S.F. Barrett, “Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing: Texas Instruments MSP432,” Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 560 pages, available Oct 2016. (Joint project between Morgan-Claypool Publishers and Texas Instruments)
•    S.F. Barrett and J. Kridner, “Bad to the Bone: Crafting Electronic Systems with BeagleBone Black,”  (BeagleBone -- ARM processor and Linux operating system), Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 417 pages, 2ed edition, 2016, ISBN: 9781627055116.
•    S.F. Barrett, “Arduino Microcontroller – Processing for Everyone”  Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 515 pages, third edition, 2013, ISBN: 978162705253.
•    S.F. Barrett and Jason Kridner, “Bad to the Bone: Crafting Electronic Systems with BeagleBone and BeagleBone Black,”  (BeagleBone -- ARM processor and Linux operating system), Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 430 pages, 2013, ISBN: 9781627051378. (Joint project between Morgan-Claypool Publishers and Texas Instruments); (BeagleBone Black named 2013 Top Embedded Innovator Award by Embedded Computing Design magazine)
•    S.F. Barrett and D. Pack, “Atmel AVR Microcontroller Primer: Programming and Interfacing,” Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 244 pages, 2012, second edition, ISBN: 9781608458615.
•    S.F. Barrett, “Arduino Microcontroller – Processing for Everyone”  Morgan-Claypool Publishers, second edition, 373 pages, 2012, ISBN: 9781608454372.
•    S. F. Barrett, “A Little Book on Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide for Educators of Engineering and Applied Science,”  Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 107 pages, 2012, ISBN: 9781608458684.
•    S.F. Barrett and D.J. Pack, “Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing: Texas Instruments MSP430,” Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 408 pages, 2011, ISBN: 9781608457137.
•    S.F. Barrett, “Arduino Microcontroller – Processing for Everyone!”  Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 324 pages, 2010, ISBN:  9781608454372320.
•    S.F. Barrett, “Embedded Systems Design with the Atmel AVR,” Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 319 pages, 2010, ISBN: 9781608451272.
•    D. Pack and S.F. Barrett,  “Microcontroller Theory and Application: HC12 and S12,” Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc,  second edition,  650 pages and accompanying instructor manual, 2008, ISBN: 0136152058.
•    S.F. Barrett and D. Pack, “Atmel AVR Microcontroller Primer: Programming and Interfacing,” Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 180 pages, 2008, ISBN: 1598295411.
•    S. F. Barrett and D. J. Pack, “Microcontroller Fundamentals for Engineers and Scientists,” Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 120 pages, 2006, ISBN: 1598290584.
•    S.F. Barrett and D. Pack, “Embedded Systems Design and Applications with the 68HC12 and HCS12,”  Prentice Hall, Inc, 650 pages and accompanying 150 page instructor manual, 2005, ISBN 0-13-140141-6. (Chinese edition, ISBN 7-121-02238-9, 2006); (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Maldives edition, ISBN 978-81-317-2023-3, 2008); (Russian edition, ISBN  5970600342, DMK Press, 2010)
•    D. Pack and S.F. Barrett, “68HC12 Microcontroller: Theory and Application,” Prentice Hall, Inc, 528 pages, 2002, ISBN 0-13-033776-5 and accompanying 140 page instructor manual. (Adopted by over 40+ universities and colleges throughout the world)


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