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News Article | November 25, 2016

The nation’s best Online Engineering Degree Programs are being highlighted by leading higher education information and resource provider for 2016-2017. The site released its ranking of the top 50 four-year schools and top 33 two-year schools offering engineering degrees online, honoring Siena Heights University, Eastern Michigan University, Texas A&M University, Indiana State University and Missouri State University Springfield as the highest scoring four-year schools and Holmes Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Crowder College, Tulsa Community College and Diablo Valley College as the highest scoring two-year schools. "Surveys show one of the most popular college major choices for high school seniors is engineering,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of “As we see more colleges take their programs online to meet the growing demand, it’s important for us to highlight schools going the extra mile by offering the best combination of affordability and quality online engineering curriculum for students.” Colleges must meet specific minimum requirements to qualify for a spot on the ranking. Each must be regionally accredited and hold public or private not-for-profit status. Maximum in-state tuition cost requirements are also set at $5,000 or less annually for two-year schools and $25,000 or less annually for four-year schools. Eligible colleges are scored based on more than a dozen unique data points, including financial aid offerings, graduation rates and variety of online programs. Final rankings are determined based on these school-specific scores. An alphabetical list of the schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Engineering Degrees list can be found below. See the attached map for school count by state. Full rankings and further details on data and methodology can be found at the link below: Two-Year Schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Engineering Degrees list: Arapahoe Community College Big Sandy Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Central Georgia Technical College Central Texas College College of the Siskiyous Columbus State Community College Cowley County Community College Crowder College Diablo Valley College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Iowa Community College District Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Gateway Community and Technical College Holmes Community College Hudson Valley Community College Iowa Central Community College Ivy Tech Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Merced College North Dakota State College of Science Ocean County College Odessa College Ozarks Technical Community College Schoolcraft College Stark State College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Wake Technical Community College Washtenaw Community College Western Wyoming Community College Four-Year Schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Engineering Degrees list: Arkansas State University - Main Campus Baker College of Muskegon Bemidji State University Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clemson University Daytona State College Delta State University East Carolina University Eastern Michigan University Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Ferris State University Florida Atlantic University Fort Hays State University Indiana State University Indiana University - East Kennesaw State University Liberty University Missouri State University - Springfield Morehead State University National University Northern Arizona University Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Old Dominion University Pittsburg State University Saint Cloud State University Siena Heights University Southeast Missouri State University State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota Stony Brook University Texas A & M University - College Station The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin University of Arizona University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Central Florida University of Delaware University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Nebraska at Omaha University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Dakota University of South Carolina - Upstate University of Southern Mississippi University of Toledo University of Virginia-Main Campus Utah Valley University Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Washburn University Western Kentucky University began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

News Article | October 28, 2016

Ideal Credit Union has announced the promotion of Chris Friederichs to Vice President of Lending Operations. Friederichs started his career with Ideal CU in 1989 as a teller, then moved into lending operations and member services. Prior to his promotion, he served as Director of Central Underwriting. Friederichs is a trusted lending professional with over 27 years of financial experience. Friederichs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Saint Cloud State University. His volunteer efforts include the Hastings basketball boosters, Hastings Youth Athletic Association, Cub Scouts, Second Harvest Heartland and he is active in his church. He enjoys walks with his wife, spending time with children, family and friends, motorcycling, golf and camping. “Chris is a seasoned professional with a broad range of lending experience in both indirect and direct/consumer markets,” stated Ideal CU President/CEO Brian Sherrick. “He will be instrumental in making strategic and tactical decisions to continue our successful loan growth while keeping losses low.” Founded in 1926, Ideal Credit Union is a member owned financial institution that specializes in providing excellent member service, great rates and convenience to 50,000 members. Ideal CU offers a complete range of services, including a full suite of electronic banking products, savings, checking, loans, mortgage products and title services, exclusive VIP member payback, business services, investment services and more. Visit for details and locations.

Biswas T.,Saint Cloud State University | Biswas T.,Loyola University New Orleans | Notari A.,University of Heidelberg | Valkenburg W.,RWTH Aachen
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics | Year: 2010

In this paper, instead of invoking Dark Energy, we try and fit various cosmological observations with a large Gpc scale under-dense region (Void) which is modeled by a Lemaître-Tolman-Bondi metric that at large distances becomes a homogeneous FLRW metric. We improve on previous analyses by allowing for nonzero overall curvature, accurately computing the distance to the last-scattering surface and the observed scale of the Baryon Acoustic peaks, and investigating important effects that could arise from having nontrivial Void density profiles. We mainly focus on the WMAP 7-yr data (TT and TE), Supernova data (SDSS SN), Hubble constant measurements (HST) and Baryon Acoustic Oscillation data (SDSS and LRG). We find that the inclusion of a nonzero overall curvature drastically improves the goodness of fit of the Void model, bringing it very close to that of a homogeneous universe containing Dark Energy, while by varying the profile one can increase the value of the local Hubble parameter which has been a challenge for these models. We also try to gauge how well our model can fit the large-scale-structure data, but a comprehensive analysis will require the knowledge of perturbations on LTB metrics. The model is consistent with the CMB dipole if the observer is about 15 Mpc off the centre of the Void. Remarkably, such an off-center position may be able to account for the recent anomalous measurements of a large bulk ow from kSZ data. Finally we provide several analytical approximations in different regimes for the LTB metric, and a numerical module for cosmomc, thus allowing for a MCMC exploration of the full parameter space. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd and SISSA.

Schoenfuss H.L.,Saint Cloud State University | Maie T.,Clemson University | Moody K.N.,Clemson University | Lesteberg K.E.,Saint Cloud State University | And 2 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Selective pressures generated by locomotor challenges act at the level of the individual. However, phenotypic variation among individuals that might convey a selective advantage may occur across any of multiple levels of biological organization. In this study, we test for differences in external morphology, muscle mechanical advantage, muscle fiber type and protein expression among individuals of the waterfall climbing Hawaiian fish Sicyopterus stimpsoni collected from sequential pools increasing in elevation within a single freshwater stream. Despite predictions from previous laboratory studies of morphological selection, few directional morphometric changes in body shape were observed at successively higher elevations. Similarly, lever arm ratios associated with the main pelvic sucker, central to climbing ability in this species, did not differ between elevations. However, among climbing muscles, the adductor pelvicus complex (largely responsible for generating pelvic suction during climbing) contained a significantly greater red muscle fiber content at upstream sites. A proteomic analysis of the adductor pelvicus revealed two-fold increases in expression levels for two respiratory chain proteins (NADH:ubiquinone reductase and cytochrome b) that are essential for aerobic respiration among individuals from successively higher elevations. Assessed collectively, these evaluations reveal phenotypic differences at some, but not all levels of biological organization that are likely the result of selective pressures experienced during climbing. © 2013 Schoenfuss et al.

Ahmad Z.,Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology | Ahmad Z.,University of Auckland | Sayyad M.H.,Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology | Yaseen M.,University of Punjab | And 3 more authors.
Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical | Year: 2011

An organic compound 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(3′,5′-di- tertbutylphenyl)porphyrinatocopper(II) (TDTPPCu) is synthesized and studied as an active material for multifunctional capacitive sensor. The capacitance of the device as a function of illumination, humidity and temperature has been investigated. It is observed that the capacitance increases by 4.7 times from the dark condition under an illumination of 3850 lx. The capacitance is also changed 9.5 times with the increase in relative humidity (RH) from 30% to 95%. No change in capacitance appeared below critical temperature 120 °C. Based on the experimental results for the multifunctional sensor a mathematical model has been developed. The model is mainly based on the assumption that the capacitive response of the sensor is associated with dielectric polarization. The sensors are simulated using this model. The simulated results match well with experimental results. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Amiri R.,Saint Cloud State University | Elkeelany O.,Tennessee Technological University
Conference Proceedings - IEEE SOUTHEASTCON | Year: 2016

Ensuring network traffic privacy and improved performance is a key factor to provide trustworthy communication for data transmission. In this research work, we investigate a mechanism to integrate our previous works: open TCP/IP core and the cryptosystem on the same Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chip. Challenges are addressed in this paper regarding the data format of the encrypted message and the method to handle this format by open TCP/IP core. In addition, both integrated systems (TCP/IP and cryptosystem) exhibit different throughput measurements. Thus, a buffer systems is proposed to mitigate the throughput variance. Analysis of total interfacing time delay is evaluated accordingly. © 2016 IEEE.

Ramakrishnan L.,Saint Cloud State University | Desaer C.,Saint Cloud State University
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior | Year: 2011

Planaria, non-parasitic flatworms, were recently shown to be a simple yet sensitive model for investigating the pharmacology of convulsants and anticonvulsants. The present findings show that three distinct chemoconvulsants, (-)-nicotine, picrotoxin, and N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA), induce dose-dependent seizure-like paroxysms in the planarian Dugesia tigrina. Carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine, iminodibenzyl derivatives, exhibit anticonvulsive effects mediated mainly through the inactivation of voltage-gated sodium channels. Apart from these primary molecular targets, both carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine are known to activate γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABA A) receptors and inhibit NMDA activated glutamate receptors and neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The present study shows that in D. tigrina both carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine inhibit chemoconvulsant-induced seizure behaviors in a dose-dependent manner. Carbamazepine (100 μM) decreased by ~ 65% the cumulative mean planarian seizure-like activity (pSLA) observed in the presence of (-)-nicotine (10 μM), picrotoxin (5 mM), or NMDA (3 mM), whereas oxcarbazepine (1 μM) decreased by 45% the cumulative mean pSLA induced by (-)-nicotine (10 μM). The results demonstrate, for the first time, the anti-seizure pharmacology of carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine in an invertebrate seizure model.

Sultanov R.A.,Saint Cloud State University | Guster D.,Saint Cloud State University
Few-Body Systems | Year: 2013

A few-body type computation is performed for a three-charge-particle collision with participation of a slow antiproton p̄ and a muonic muonium atom (true muonium), i.e. a bound state of two muons (μ+μ-) in its ground state. The total cross section of the following reaction p̄+(μ+μ-) rarr; H̄μ + μ-, where muonic anti-hydrogen H̄μ = p̄μ+ is a bound state of an antiproton and positive muon, is computed in the framework of a set of coupled two-component Faddeev-Hahn-type equation. A better known negative muon transfer low energy three-body reaction: t+ + (d+μ-) → (t+μ-) + d + is also computed as a test system. Here, t+ is triton and d+ is deuterium. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Wien.

Kirmani E.,Saint Cloud State University | Hood C.S.,Illinois Institute of Technology
Journal in Computer Virology | Year: 2010

The traditional approach to modeling of internet worm propagation is to adopt a mathematical model, usually inspired by modeling of the spread of infectious diseases, describing the expected number of hosts infected as a function of the time since the start of infection. The predictions of such a model are then used to evaluate, improve, or develop defense and containment strategies against worms. However, a proper and complete understanding of worm propagation goes well beyond the mathematical formula given by the chosen model for the expected number of hosts infected at a given time. Thus, questions such as fitting the model, assessing the extent to which a specific realization of a worm spread may differ from the model's predictions, behavior of the time points at which infections occur, and the estimation and effects of misspecification of model's parameters must also be considered. In this paper, we address such questions for the well-known random constant spread (RCS) model of worm propagation. We first generalize the RCS model to our nonhomogeneous random scanning (NHRS) model. The NHRS model allows the worm's contact rate to vary during worm propagation and it thus captures far more situations of interest than the RCS model which assumes a scanning rate constant in time. We consider the problem of fitting these models to empirical data and give a simulation procedure for a RCS epidemic. We also show how to obtain a confidence interval for the unknown contact rate in the RCS model. In addition, the use of prior information about the contact rate is discussed. The results and methodologies of this paper illuminate the structure and application of NHRS and RCS models of worm propagation. © Springer-Verlag France 2008.

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