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    • A Methodology for Strategically Designing Physical Products that are Naturally Resistant to Reverse Engineering
    • Harston, Stephen P.
    • Reverse engineering - defined as extracting information about a product from the product itself - is a design tactic commonly used in industry from competitive benchmarking to product imitation. While reverse engineering is a legitimate practice -...


    • A Prototype Platform for Array Feed Development
    • Nagel, James Richard 1980-
    • Radio frequency interference (RFI) is a growing problem for radio astronomers. One potential solution utilizes spatial filtering by placing an array of electrically small antennas at the focal plane of a parabolic reflector. This thesis documents...


    • A Simulation-Based Approach for Evaluating Gene Expression Analyses
    • Pendleton, Carly Ruth 1984-
    • Microarrays enable biologists to measure differences in gene expression in thousands of genes simultaneously. The data produced by microarrays present a statistical challenge, one which has been met both by new modifications of existing methods and...


    • A System Level Approach to D-Fiber Electric Field Sensing
    • Kvavle, Joshua Monroe 1980-
    • This dissertation presents the novel creation of a hybrid D-fiber electro-optic polymer electric field sensor. The sensor is made by removing a portion of the cladding from a D-shaped optical fiber, thus exposing the core to interaction with...


    • A Top-Down Proteomic Approach for the Discovery of Novel Serum Biomarkers of Pregnancy-Related Disease
    • Merrell, Karen 1979-
    • The serum fraction of blood is an ideal material in which to search for novel biomarkers for disease. It is easily obtained through relatively non-invasive means, routinely collected, and a rich treasure-trove of information about the health of an...


    • Active Impedance Matching and Sensitivity Optimized Phased Array Feed Design For Radio Astronomy
    • Carter, David E
    • One of the many challenges in radio astronomy is the ability to make accurate measurements quickly. In recent years engineers and astronomers have begun implementing phased array feeds (PAFs) as a way to negate the long observation times required...


    • Active Noise Control of a Two-Fan Exhaust-Mounted Array Using Near-Field Control Sources and Error Sensors
    • Rust, Ryan Leonard 1982-
    • Multiple fans are sometimes used in an array configuration to cool various types of electronic equipment. In addition to adding another noise source, using two fans with closely spaced blade passage frequencies (BPF) can create an annoying beat...


    • Alterations in Uterine and Placental Sodium Pump Abundance May Contribute to the Onset of Mouse Labor
    • Vance, Carlos Jacob 1976-
    • Objective: Reductions in sodium pump (SP) abundance can give rise to increases in contractile force in uterine and vascular smooth muscle as well as an increased secretion in secretory cells, including potentially those of the placenta. To...


    • An Analysis of SeaWinds Simultaneous Wind/Rain Retrieval in Severe Weather Events
    • Allen, Jeffrey R 1979-
    • Scatterometers, such as SeaWinds, can provide wide coverage of ocean surface winds. They estimate near-surface wind vectors by relating measured radar backscatter to a geophysical model function. However, SeaWinds measurements are also sensitive...


    • An Optimization-Based Framework for Designing Robust Cam-Based Constant-Force Compliant Mechanisms
    • Meaders, John Christian 1980-
    • Constant-force mechanisms are mechanical devices that provide a near-constant output force over a prescribed deflection range. This thesis develops various optimization-based methods for designing robust constant-force mechanisms. The...


    • Antioxidants in Cancer Research and Prevention: Assay Comparison, Structure-Function Analysis, and Food Product Analysis
    • Garrett, Andrew Robert
    • Recent epidemiological studies have suggested that the development and progression of several chronic diseases may be initiated or augmented by oxidative stress. Reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species react readily with and can...


    • Application Improvements of Slab-Coupled Optical Fiber Sensors
    • Chadderdon, Spencer L.
    • This dissertation explores techniques for improving slab-coupled optical fiber sensor (SCOS) technology for use in specific applications and sensing configurations. SCOS are advantageous for their small size and all-dielectric composition which...


    • Application of Two-Color Pyrometry to Characterize the Two-Dimensional Temperature and Emissivity of Pulverized-Coal Oxy-Flames
    • Draper, Teri Snow
    • Oxy-combustion is a developing technology that enables carbon dioxide (CO2) capture. Flame temperature and emissivity data were taken on a 150 kWth, pulverized-coal, burner flow reactor (BFR) that has been modified to run oxy-combustion with pure...


    • Assessing Item and Scale Sensitivity to Therapeutic Change on the College Adjustment Scales: Working Toward a Counseling Center Specific Outcome Questionnaire
    • Wimmer, Christian L 1976-
    • Many college counseling centers use outcome measures to track therapeutic change for their clientele. These questionnaires have traditionally looked primarily at a client’s symptom distress (e.g. depression, anxiety, suicidality, etc.) and are...


    • Assessing the Effect of Wal-Mart in Rural Utah Areas
    • Nelson, Angela
    • Walmart and other ``big box'' stores seek to expand in rural markets, possibly due to cheap land and lack of zoning laws. In August 2000, Walmart opened a store in Ephraim, a small rural town in central Utah. It is of interest to understand how...


    • Azimuth Modulation of the Radar Backscatter at Near-Normal Incidence
    • Greenwood, Andrew D. 1968-
    • Radar observations of the ocean surface are becoming increasingly important. Common applications are wind retrieval and global weather forecasting and characterization. Because of the common use of ocean radar measurements, it is important to...



    • Backprojection for Synthetic Aperture Radar
    • Duersch, Michael Israel
    • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is a type of radar capable of high-resolution coherent imaging. In order to produce coherent imagery from raw SAR data, an image formation algorithm is employed. The various image formation algorithms have strengths...


    • Beamforming Techniques and Interference Mitigation Using a Multiple Feed Array for Radio Astronomy
    • Hansen, Chad K 1977-
    • Radio frequency interference has become a large problem to radio astronomers. This thesis proposes the idea that radio frequency interference can be mitigated using a phased array feed in conjunction with a large reflector. A phased array feed...


    • Better Speakers Make More Friends: Predictors of Social Network Development Among Study-Abroad Students
    • Brockbank, J Wyatt
    • Social network development has been studied in the social sciences for the last several decades, but little work has applied social network theory to study-abroad research. This study seeks to quantitatively describe factors that predict social...


    • Calibration Procedure for a Microscopic Traffic Simulation Model
    • Turley, Carole 1982-
    • The inputs to a microscopic traffic simulation model generally include quantitative, but immeasurable data describing driver behavior and vehicle performance characteristics. Engineers often use default values for parameters such as car-following...

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