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Bluefield State College is a historically black college located in Bluefield, West Virginia, United States. It is a part of West Virginia's public education system and offers baccalaureate and associate degrees. The only non-residential four-year college in the state system, Bluefield State administers the separately accredited New River Community and Technical College, which conducts classes throughout the southeastern part of West Virginia. Bluefield State College is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.Even though it maintains its federal status as a historically black college, Bluefield State College is 90% white. Wikipedia.

Arnaout G.M.,Old Dominion University | Bowling S.,Bluefield State College
International Journal of Automation and Computing | Year: 2014

Cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) vehicles are intelligent vehicles that use vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) to share traffic information in real time. Previous studies have shown that CACC could have an impact on increasing highway capacities at high market penetration. Since reaching a high CACC market penetration level is not occurring in the near future, this study presents a progressive deployment approach that demonstrates to have a great potential of reducing traffic congestions at low CACC penetration levels. Using a previously developed microscopic traffic simulation model of a freeway with an on-ramp - created to induce perturbations and trigger stop-and-go traffic, the CACC system's effect on the traffic performance is studied. The results show significance and indicate the potential of CACC systems to improve traffic characteristics which can be used to reduce traffic congestion. The study shows that the impact of CACC is positive and not only limited to a high market penetration. By giving CACC vehicles priority access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, the highway capacity could be significantly improved with a CACC penetration as low as 20%. © 2014 Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Mutter B.V.,Bluefield State College | Mutter B.V.,Inc. CART
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2011

A Center for Applied Research and Technology, (CART), Inc. worked with the School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (SET) at a small College to implement a more active learning environment for teaching a junior-level engineering economics course (ENGR 315). Using a pen-based Tablet PC coupled with the CART CMS, a Moodle®-based course management service and interactive software, our instructional approach was modified to convert the traditional lecture-based ENGR 315 course to a more student-centered live learning environment. This method is now being planned for introductory mathematics and advanced computer science courses. Results show that the use of pen-based Tablet PC's coupled with live capture of the lecture posted on the CART CMS have resulted in better student retention and improved attention during the course. There is evidence of improved student performance in faculty evaluations. Using the Tablet PC instead of whiteboards, overheads, and blackboards allowed the ENGR 315 instructor to: (1) face students naturally and continually while solving equations; (2) produce cash flow diagrams more precisely and efficiently; (3) eliminate interruptions and distractions caused by physical transitions between whiteboard and projector screen; (4) quickly introduce color during live presentations that further improve understanding of concepts and classroom discussions; (5) facilitate student note taking through CART CMS posts that improve organization and elaboration; (6) accommodate student review for tests and quizzes; (7) provide students with a ready-made, savable, printable, portfolio useful for Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) review and exam preparation, and (8) work more high-quality problem examples due to these increased course delivery efficiencies. © 2011 American Society for Engineering Education.

Bowling S.R.,Bluefield State College | Rabadi G.,Old Dominion University | Khasawneh M.T.,Texas A&M International University | Shearer N.E.N.,Old Dominion University
International Journal of System of Systems Engineering | Year: 2013

Sensitivity analysis (SA) is studying the impact input changes (nature and magnitude) have on outputs. The objective of this paper is to present a methodology to perform sensitivity analysis on a system dynamics simulation model that was developed in support of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI). Specifically the analysis will investigate Section 287(g) of The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (1996). Due to the fact that the systems dynamics model used is a deterministic model, there was a need to induce variability using random sampling. The variability was propagated through the outputs and allowed the researchers to identify not only point estimates of what increases are required to bring the 287(g) policy to baseline values, but also calculate confidence bands. Implementing the 287(g) policy with no other system adjustments has a detrimental impact on performance in terms of fugitives and non-criminal removals. Copyright © 2013 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Arnaout G.M.,Old Dominion University | Arbabi H.,Old Dominion University | Bowling S.,Bluefield State College
International Journal of Robotics and Automation | Year: 2015

In this paper, a new algorithm for semi-autonomous Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) systems is proposed for collaborative driving based on the use of agent technology and information sharing. The proposed Effective CACC (ECACC) algorithm consists of speed and distance control algorithms and a combined acceleration/deceleration control law. The efficacy and performance of the algorithm has been evaluated in highways for various flow rates and traffic conditions using microscopic traffic simulation. It is shown that the proposed ECACC algorithm provides superior performance on traffic dynamics than scenarios without it. The results show significance and indicate the potential of ECACC systems to improve traffic characteristics, which can be used to reduce traffic congestion. This impact is higher when the market penetration rate of ECACC-equipped vehicles increases.

Rife J.P.,Bluefield State College | Cantelon P.L.,National American University
Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest (Applied Physics Laboratory) | Year: 2010

During its 45 years of service, scientists and engineers at APL's William H. Avery Advanced Technology Development Laboratory pioneered the feld of hypersonic air-breathing propulsion systems, based on their post-World War II work on Bumblebee and Talos. Research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts within the Avery Laboratory resulted in the development of cutting-edge Supersonic Combustion Ramjet Missile (SCRAM) and dual-combustor ramjet (DCR) engine technologies that became the basis for the military's latest ramjet-powered vehicles. However, because of constantly shifting military RDT&E priorities, the laboratory was susceptible to budgetary pressures that ultimately resulted in its closure.

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