I would like to thank my family for their continuous and loving support, patience, and under-
standing during the course of my work.
My special gratitude goes to my students and Dr. Jenny Huang for their participation in the
proofreading process. ey carefully reviewed the content of the manuscript. eir constructive
suggestions and corrections greatly improved the quality of the book.
I would also like to thank the outstanding editorial staﬀ members and other personnel at
Auerbach Publications of Taylor & Francis Group for supporting this project. I truly appreciate
the encouragement and collaboration of John Wyzalek, senior acquisitions editor, David Fausel,
project coordinator, and all the other people who have been involved in the book’s production. e
book would not be possible without their inspiration and great eﬀort.