Thursday 12 April 2012

IET strengthens publications with acquisition of SciTech book list

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Europe’s largest engineering society, has acquired the full publication list of renowned US electromagnetics engineering specialist, SciTech Publishing of Raleigh, NC. The acquisition of more than 70 backlist engineering titles, with an additional output of 15 new titles per year, complements the IET’s existing portfolio of 300 books and e-books.

The move is part of the IET’s continuing strategy to grow its academic publishing division through the acquisition of titles, as well as through the organic growth of its international readership. The acquisition expands and strengthens the IET’s existing essential engineering product range, including its comprehensive Inspec database of quality research abstracts and its journals and magazines, available to a global audience.

Highly valued by engineering practitioners, SciTech’s list includes the best-selling radar references ‘Introduction to Airborne Radar, 2nd Edition by George W. Stimson and ‘Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles’ by Mark A. Richards et al, as well as advanced textbooks and references in antennas, microwaves/RF and electromagnetics theory.

Daniel Smith, IET’s Head of Academic Publishing, said: “We are very pleased to have made this acquisition, which places IET firmly at the forefront in publishing for the radar, microwaves and electromagnetics communities. Our businesses are wholly complementary, SciTech being a widely known and well respected imprint in the Americas, providing IET with a larger footprint in that market, while IET has a stronger global presence. We believe this presents us with significant opportunities in terms of market presence and reach.”

Dudley Kay, founder and President of SciTech Publishing, said: “The IET is a world leading organisation which shares and advances knowledge to promote science, engineering, and technology. I’m excited by the opportunity to bring SciTech’s highly reputed books to a new international audience.”

The IET’s existing electrical engineering books and journals include Radar, Sonar & Navigation and Electromagnetic Waves & Electrical Measurement. This enhanced knowledge base will also support the IET’s international conference on radar systems, Radar 2012 (Glasgow, UK) and be prominent at RadarCon 2012 (Atlanta, GA).

Mr Kay will continue to manage and grow the SciTech imprint list of books for the IET.

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