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West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a four-year college located in Montgomery, West Virginia, United States. It is the largest regional campus of West Virginia University and is governed by the WVU Board of Governors. Locals generally call the school WVU Tech, West Virginia Tech, or simply Tech. Wikipedia.

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News Article | October 28, 2016

A list of the nation’s Best Electrician Programs for 2016-2017 has been released by the Community for Accredited Online Schools ( As a leader in higher education information and resources for students, the site ranked schools offering on-campus or online electrician programs to find those providing the best overall value for students. Top finishers include Idaho State University, Great Basin College, Jackson College, Montana State University Northern and the College of Southern Nevada among four-year schools and East Mississippi Community College, Hinds Community College, Rockingham Community College, Augusta Technical College and Beaufort County Community College among two-year schools. “The need for qualified electricians is growing, and the programs on our list represent the best training opportunities for this in-demand trade,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Our analysis shows students where to find the best combination of quality and affordability when it comes to earning an electrician degree.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools weighs over a dozen different data points, including statistics on cost, program features, graduation rates and more to determine a score for each electrician program in the country. To qualify for the Best Electrician Program lists, schools must also meet specific minimum requirements: institutions must be accredited public or private not-for-profit entities and must provide career placement assistance to students. A complete list of schools included on the Best Electrician Programs list is included below. To learn where each school ranks and for more information on the data analysis and methodology used, visit: Recognized as the Best Electrician Programs among two-year schools: Recognized as the Best Electrician Programs among four-year schools: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bismarck State College Bluefield State College Brazosport College Capitol College College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College Dunwoody College of Technology Fairmont State University Florida State College at Jacksonville Great Basin College Gulf Coast State College Idaho State University Indian River State College Jackson College Kentucky State University Lake Washington Institute of Technology Lake-Sumter State College Lawrence Technological University LeTourneau University Missouri Western State University Montana State University-Northern New England Institute of Technology Northern Michigan University Northern New Mexico College Northwestern Michigan College Northwestern State University of Louisiana Palm Beach State College Pennsylvania College of Technology Pensacola State College Pittsburg State University Point Park University Rochester Institute of Technology Seattle Community College - North Campus Seminole State College of Florida South Florida State College State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton SUNY College of Technology at Delhi University of Akron Main Campus University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Hartford Utah Valley University Valencia College Wayne State University West Virginia University at Parkersburg West Virginia University Institute of Technology Western New Mexico University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.

Song H.,University of Virginia | Song H.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology | Brandt-Pearce M.,University of Virginia
Journal of Lightwave Technology | Year: 2013

In long-haul dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) systems with periodic dispersion compensation and amplification, system performance is adversely affected by severe physical impairments due to fiber losses, dispersion and nonlinearity. Fiber modeling is a prerequisite for the development of physical impairment mitigation techniques to improve system performance. The distance between two interacting symbols in time and wavelength, i.e., the range of influence (RoI) of each physical impairment, plays an important role in the development of these mitigation techniques. In this paper, we use the Volterra series transfer function (VSTF) method to define impairment characteristic coefficients that capture intersymbol interference (ISI), self phase modulation (SPM), intrachannel cross phase modulation (IXPM), intrachannel four wave mixing (IFWM), cross phase modulation (XPM) and four wave mixing (FWM), to characterize the impact of these impairments individually on the system output. We then investigate the impact of system parameters, namely, duty cycle, spectral efficiency, frequency chirp, and span length, on the RoI for long-haul DWDM systems. © 2012 IEEE.

Ghostine R.A.,Florida State University | Jisr R.M.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology | Lehaf A.,Florida State University | Schlenoff J.B.,Florida State University
Langmuir | Year: 2013

The surface roughness of polyelectrolyte multilayers made from poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), PDADMAC, and poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS, was measured as a function of film deposition conditions. For dry multilayers, the significant roughness which builds up for thicker films is much more apparent for multilayers terminated with PSS. Corresponding roughness for PDADMA-capped multilayers may be seen by imaging in situ under electrolyte. Roughness may be substantially reduced, but not eliminated, by annealing in salt. Annealing does not lead to loss of polyelectrolyte from the film, even under conditions where the salt concentration is high enough to place the film properties beyond the glass transition. Roughness does not correlate with the molecular weight of the polyelectrolyte and is thus not caused by solution or film polymer chain conformations. The wavelength of the roughness features is approximately proportional to film thickness, which supports a mechanism whereby roughness is generated by anisotropic swelling due to water and polyelectrolyte addition in a manner similar to water uptake in hydrogels. Roughness is preserved by the glassy PSS layer and probably incorporated within the film as it grows. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

Coffman-Wolph S.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2016

Applying the concept of fuzzy logic (an abstract version of Boolean logic) to well-known algorithms generates an abstract version (i.e., fuzzy algorithm) that often results in computational improvements. Precision may be reduced but counteracted by gaining computational efficiency. The trade-offs (e.g., small increase in space, loss of precision) for a variety of applications are deemed acceptable. The fuzzification of an algorithm can be accomplished using a simple three-step framework. Creating a new fuzzy algorithm goes beyond simply converting the data from raw data into fuzzy data by additionally converting the operators and concepts into their abstract equivalents. This paper demonstrates: (1) how to apply the general framework by developing a fuzzy algorithm for a simple linear search algorithm and (2) the success of this process through the development of the Fuzzy Golden Ratio Section Search.

Zabihian F.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology | Fung A.S.,Ryerson University
Energy Conversion and Management | Year: 2013

In this paper, the hybrid solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and gas turbine (GT) model was applied to investigate the effects of the inlet fuel type and composition on the performance of the cycle. This type of analysis is vital for the real world utilization of manufactured fuels in the hybrid SOFC-GT system due to the fact that these fuel compositions depends on the type of material that is processed, the fuel production process, and process control parameters. In the first part of this paper, it is shown that the results of a limited number of studies on the utilization of non-conventional fuels have been published in the open literature. However, further studies are required in this area to investigate all aspects of the issue for different configurations and assumptions. Then, the results of the simulation of the syngas-fueled hybrid SOFC-GT cycle are employed to explain the variation of the stream properties throughout the cycle. This analysis can be very helpful in understanding cycle internal working and can provide some interesting insights to the system operation. Then, the detailed information of the operation of the methane-fueled SOFC-GT cycle is presented. For both syngas- and methane-fueled cycles, the operating conditions of the equipment are presented and compared. Moreover, the comparison of the characteristics of the system when it is operated with two different schemes to provide the required steam for the cycle, with anode recirculation and with an external source of water, provides some interesting insights to the system operation. For instance, it was shown that although the physical configuration of the cycle in two systems is the same, the actual configuration (the equipment actually taking part in the process) can be different. Finally, the results of the simulation for different types of the inlet fuel show that system outputs and operational parameters are greatly influenced by changes in the fuel type. Therefore, the possibility of variation of the inlet fuel type should be considered, and its impacts should be investigated before utilization of biogas, gasified biomass, and syngas as fuel in hybrid SOFC-GT cycles. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Sedghisigarchi K.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology
IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting | Year: 2011

The objective of the paper is to present active and reactive power control schemes for inverter based distributed energy generators connected to low voltage electric power networks. Inverter power flow control strategies for both grid-connected and standalone modes are presented. The inverter uses a Phased Locked Loop (PLL) signal to synchronize with the grid voltage in islanded mode and to control the DG active and reactive power outputs after synchronization. The control schemes are developed using MATLAB\Simulink and Simpowersystem toolbox. The simulated model has been tested for various case scenarios. The results confirm the accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed methods. © 2011 IEEE.

Coleman N.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2012

In a distributed system, the principle of separation of policy and mechanism provides the flexibility to revise policies without altering mechanisms and vice versa. This separation can be achieved by devising a language for specifying policy and an engine for interpreting policy. In the Condor [14] high throughput distributed system the ClassAd language [16] is used to specify resource selection policies and matchmaking algorithms are used to interpret that policy by matching jobs with available machines. We extend this framework to specify and interpret authorization policies using the SPKI/SDSI [6] public key infrastructure. SPKI/SDSI certificates are represented using the ClassAd language and certificate chain discovery is implemented using a modified matchmaking algorithm. This extension complements the resource selection policy capabilities of Condor with the authorization policy capabilities of SPKI/SDSI. Techniques for policy analysis in the context of resource selection and authorization are also presented. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.

Zabihian F.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2016

The hands on approach used to introduce the principles of renewable energy resources to high school students are presented in this paper. This approach was implemented for the eleven students who attended the STEM summer camp at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) in summer 2015. The course was designed to include from the basic concepts of electricity to wind and solar energy as well as energy storage. First, the students were able to measure the grid power characteristics using an Electricity Usage Monitor. Then, they learned how to measure voltage and current using multi-meters. Next, they were introduced to the idea of renewable energy using the Alternative Energy Conversion Kit. After these preliminary steps, the students started to conduct experimentations of solar photovoltaic cells, solar thermal energy devices, wind turbines, and fuel cells. Through these experiments the students discovered (not lectured) the principles of operations of these units, the effects of various parameters on their performance, and their pros and cons. The students' performance on the pre-and post-quizzes showed a significant improvement in students understanding. Their feedback also indicated that while they learned a lot, they had a fun time and enjoyed the course. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2016.

Coffman-Wolph S.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2016

Teaching an introductory course in computer programming can be challenging. Additionally, introducing grade school, middle school, and high school students to computer science without a computer lab seems impossible. The activities presented in this paper do not require a computer lab and can be done with a range of age groups, any number of people, and people with no prior computer experience. The goal is to introduce various topics using fun physical activities and everyday experiences that are familiar. Most young kids and even some college students seem to be unaware of what computer science means. These activities help them understand the depth and diversity a computer science undergraduate degree can entail. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2016.

Sedghisigarchi K.,West Virginia University Institute of Technology
IEEE Industry Applications Magazine | Year: 2013

This article presents a novel microprocessor-based controller for hightemperature proton-exchange membrane (HTPEM) fuel cells. The controller manages start-up, control, protection, shut-down, and monitoring functions. This portable unit controls HTPEM fuel cell components to ensure secure and reliable operation in both normal and transient operation modes. The proposed controller monitors critical fuel cell parameters such as cell voltages, air/hydrogen inlet temperatures, air/hydrogen inlet pressures, stack temperature, and stack current. The controller software has several concurrent control loop tasks, which send proper commands to the fuel cell system. The hardware consists of a development microchip board and a novel interface inputoutput (I/O) board, including a liquid crystal display (LCD) and a keyboard. © 1975-2012 IEEE.

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