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Center for Applied Research and Technology Transfer

The purpose of the Bluefield State College Center for Applied Research and Technology Transfer, Inc. (CART) is to provide leadership in applied engineering research and development.  Such leadership serves to enhance research, contract development, grant, and research contract administration services for the Bluefield State College School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (BSC ET&CS).  The Center provides business management services for BSC ET&CS as it conducts focused product development programs based in innovative research.  It also provides technical assistance, continuing education, and economic development that enhance BSC’s competitive edge in technology development regionally and nationally.  The Center serves to:

  • Foster creative entrepreneurial activities within our School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (SET&CS).
  • Generate research dollars for Bluefield State College and its School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science.
  • Lease research equipment and facilities for use by BSC through CART.
  • Serve as patent agency for obtaining patents on Bluefield State College’s School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science inventions and for licensing, developing and commercializing its products.
  • Continue the development, support and marketing for our advanced vehicle robotics program.
  • Manage and market BSC’s (CART’s) self-sufficient online course management system and deliver credit and non-credit professional development courses nationwide. 

CART was chartered on 28 July 1998, as the Applied Research and Technology Center, a state chartered not-for-profit corporation serving Bluefield State College as an approved cooperative organization. The Center serves to enhance the competitive position of Bluefield State College for applied research opportunities in the current environment for research and development; help 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 the State of West Virginia.