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Methods of Optimal Control for Fuel Efficient Class-8 Vehicle Platoons Over Uneven Terrain 

Ward, Jacob (2022-08-18)
This thesis implements an NMPC control system to facilitate fuel-optimal platooning of class-8 vehicles over challenging terrain. Prior research has shown that Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC), which allows ...

Investigating E. coli Contamination in Choccolocco Creek, AL 

Larson, Eleanore (2022-08-16)  ETD File Embargoed
Pathogen loading, specifically high Escherichia coli (E. coli) concentrations, is a major cause for poor surface water quality worldwide. Many rivers and streams are used recreationally, and contamination poses a communal ...

Interactions of "Forever Chemicals" – Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances with Dissolved Organic Matter Extracted from Commonly Employed Soil Organic Amendments 

Lawhon, John (2022-08-15)
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of chemicals that are highly persistent and ubiquitous in the environment. These compounds, known for their adverse effects on humans and the ecosystem, reach ...

Developing omics and cell culture resources in non-model organism for their application in elucidating complex trait evolution in natural populations. 

Clark, Amanda (2022-08-15)
In the past, researchers chose models organisms to answer research questions based on their simplicity in morphology, domestication, and/or life history traits. Now, with high throughput sequencing (HTS) rapidly becoming ...

Trust and Distrust in Conversational AI Agents: The Effects of Agent Interaction Style and User Information Need 

Harrison, Ebenezer Nana Banyin (2022-08-15)  ETD File Embargoed
Conversational agents (CAs) with artificial intelligence (AI) are computer programs with the ability to interpret and respond to users’ natural language and communicate with the users as humans would do with another human. ...

Exploring Geochemical Methods to Measure Arsenic-Dissolved Organic Matter Complexes and Coal Combustion Residuals in Surface Water 

Herron, Caitlyn (2022-08-15)  ETD File Embargoed
Chapter 1, investigates the geochemical controls governing arsenic (As) mobility, precisely the formation of As-DOM complexes. Dissolved organic matter (DOM) reduces As mobility through equilibrium binding of As to the ...

Assessment of Breeding Soundness in White-tailed Deer in Alabama 

Malmström, Ester (2022-08-12)
The deer family (Cervidae) has a nearly world-wide distribution, and deer farming has, in recent years, been gradually accepted as an economically promising industry. It is demonstrated that ungulate body size and horn/antler ...

Translating and Applying Recent Research on Military Family Life: A Preliminary Examination of the Efficacy of Mobile-Application-Based Professional Development for Military Human and Family Service Professionals 

Quichocho, Davina (2022-08-09)  ETD File Embargoed
A new mobile application (app) was developed by the Military REACH team. It delivered research-backed professional development content to practicing human and family service providers over the course of eight weeks. The ...

Assessment of Geochemical Reactivity in Geologic CO2 Utilization and Storage Systems 

Iloejesi, Chidera (2022-08-08)  ETD File Embargoed
Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is a consequence of increasing energy consumption. As a result, developing ways to manage excess CO2 emissions has become a vital concern to avert the exacerbating effects ...

Transcendent Hunger: Poor Women and Resource Raids in Civil War Georgia 

Powell, Rebecca (2022-08-05)  ETD File Embargoed
Poor women in Civil War Georgia organized and participated in resource raids of varying sizes in cities, towns, and rural areas throughout the state from 1862 to 1865. While the largest “bread riots” in cities across the ...

Antennal Responses, Repellency, and Toxicity of Essential Oil Formulations on the German Cockroach (Blattodea: Ectobiidae) 

Ajibefun, Festus (2022-08-05)
The toxicity, repellency, and the electroantennogram responses induced by six essential oil formulations and their components against the pyrethroid-susceptible (S) and resistant (D and E) strains of the German cockroach, ...

Solvability and exact moment asymptotics for the interpolated stochastic heat and wave equation and the existence of an invariant measure for a special case. 

Eisenberg, Nicholas (2022-08-05)
This thesis will consist of two main projects, Chapters 2 and 4, and a smaller project in Chapter 3. We will be studying a general space-time fractional stochastic partial differential equation in Chapters 2 and 3 and the ...

Study of Ice Jam Events on Missouri River During the Winter Seasons 

Bhattarai, Nikit (2022-08-05)
Rivers are hugely affected by river ice processes for a significant portion of the year causing river ice jams in Northern rivers such as the Missouri River in Montana. Ice jamming is an accumulation of ice in a river, ...

Chinese Consumers’ Perceptions of Cross-Border E-Commerce Retailer Attributes: A Scale Development and Validation Study 

Huang, Xiao (2022-08-05)  ETD File Embargoed
Cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) offers a new way for consumers to purchase foreign products online. China is the largest e-commerce market in the world and thus is a lucrative market for CBEC. However, no quantitative scale ...

Exploring Targeted Long-Distance Travel Survey Sampling Frame Approaches to Support Travel Survey Collection 

Fisher, Mitchell II (2022-08-05)
Long-distance travel continues to grow in economic, environmental, and infrastructural importance. To inform policy, infrastructural funding, and travel demand forecasting, detailed travel survey findings are needed at the ...

Dual Mode Redox-Responsive MRI Contrast Agents 

Polander, Hillary (2022-08-05)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents function by shortening the relaxation times of targeted nuclei, thereby better distinguishing regions with different local concentrations of the visualized nuclei. ...

Study of deep neural networks on graph data in a generative learning regime 

Jiang, Chao (2022-08-04)
Graph-formatted data is ubiquitous among different domains from social networks and academic citation networks to drug-target interactions and others. Graph neural networks (GNNs) have achieved outstanding performance in ...

Evaluation of Bacillus biocontrol potential through the lens of secondary metabolite diversity in genomic, enzymatic, and chemical space 

Alam, Md Jahangir (2022-08-04)  ETD File Embargoed
Global food security is under threat by plant-pathogenic oomycetes and fungi. The overuse and misuse of pesticides against such pathogens triggers fungicide resistance and long-term environmental contamination. This warrants ...

Preventing the Preschool to Prison Pipeline: A Preliminary Study of the Effects of E-Coaching Head Start Teachers on Behavior-Specific Praise 

Taylor, Ja'Lia (2022-08-04)
The number of preschoolers expelled and suspended from school is the highest among all student groups. In the long run, preschool expulsions and suspensions can have statistically detrimental effects on a child's life ...

Data-driven semiconducting nanomaterials design for energy applications 

Choi, Yeseul (2022-08-04)  ETD File Embargoed
Silicon nitrides and hydrogenated silicon nitrides attract widespread scientific interest across multiple application fields due to their superior combination of optical, mechanical, thermal and optoelectronic properties. ...

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