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Operating A Center For Applied Research And Technology (Cart)

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship Education: Crossdisciplinary Programs

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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14.935.1 - 14.935.6



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Bruce Mutter Bluefield State College

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Operating the Center for Applied Research & Technology (CART, Inc.)


The paper describes the continuing development of the Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART, Inc.) at a small college as a vehicle for entrepreneurial success. It discusses our Unmanned Systems Laboratory (USL) to provide teams of engineering technology students for our School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (SET) with in-house internship experience and the School with a source of increased funding through CART, the operation of our own Course Management System (CMS) as a fee-based self-sustaining business operation, our ongoing applied research projects for the mining industry and defense agencies, our partnerships with other colleges, universities, industry, and government, the creation of our ET AL fundraising unit, and the operation of the shop CART store.

The vision of CART is to become a highly respected resource for innovative engineering and emerging technologies in the discovery of advanced research and design of applications that drive our economic viability, solve industrial problems, and strengthen economic security and national defense.

Our specific mission is to produce outstanding financial returns by providing efficient and effective research contracting, program development, and revenue generation for our School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science. CART, Inc. focuses on innovation through applied research, transferring technologies to markets, continuing education, and raising funds that will enhance the overall competitiveness of our College.

CART was created to enhance the competitive position of our college for applied research opportunities in the current environment for research and development; promote the general economic development of the region; expedite and simplify the acquisition and utilization of research contracts; improve technology transfer; and link applied scientific research and technological advancements to economic development of our region.

CART fosters and supports applied research at our School for Engineering Technology & Computer Science and provides evaluation, development, patenting, management and marketing for the inventions and diverse service capabilities of its students, faculty, and staff. CART operations are subject to an independent audit.


CART, Inc. enjoys a unique small business relationship with the School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (SET) at our college. SET prepares students for professions in which knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained in classrooms, online, and in laboratories, are applied primarily to the implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of industry. SET education focuses on applications of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in applied research, technology development, product improvement, manufacturing, and engineering operational functions.

Mutter, B. (2009, June), Operating A Center For Applied Research And Technology (Cart) Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5495

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