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Stepping up. CAA board member will lead university into the Internet of Things

Nick Barendt ’95, MS’97, the treasurer of the Case Alumni Association, has been named executive director of CWRU’s Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems, or ISSACS. He’ll oversee campus research and efforts to establish the university as a leader in the emerging Internet of Things.

Read the story in The Daily.

Pioneering engineer. Myra Dria, '76, is named one of the most influential women in energy

She was one of only seven women in her graduating class of 700 from the Case Institute of Technology in 1976. The odds didn’t change much in the oil fields of Alaska and Texas. But Myra Dria carved out a remarkable career in a male-dominated industry.

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Luncheon offers private insight from Key’s top private banker

Bruce McCain, the chief investment strategist for Key Private Bank, will discuss investment strategies for the current economy at a pair of luncheons for Case alumni and their guests. The time to register is now for one of two informative presentations: Tuesday, April 24, at The Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, and Thursday, May 3, at The Country Club of Hudson.

Learn more and rsvp here

Top of the class. Junior-Senior Scholars honored at event that highlights alumni impact

Thanks to contributions from alumni, 117 aspiring engineers and scientists will receive help paying for their junior and senior years at CWRU. They were feted at a festive reception March 22 at Nord Hall.

See the highlights.

Research ShowCASE. See what everybody's thinking at CWRU

On Friday, April 20, researchers, scientists and students will descend on the Veale Convocation Center for Research ShowCASE 2018. The day of discovery exhibits the full range of research at CWRU. Alumni and business leaders are encouraged to attend.

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Global health expert to address forum on engineering healthcare solutions

Dr. Mori Morikawa, director of the Case Global Health Track and University Hospital's family medicine inpatient service, has practiced medicine around the world. He’ll share his insight at the forum of the Global Health Design Collaborative: 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Tinkham Veale University Center.

GHDC brings together students of medicine, engineering and anthropology to solve health problems in the developing world. Alumni are welcome. Learn more about the group here.


Senior Send-Off welcomes new alumni May 2

Join us as we congratulate our graduating seniors and welcome them into the fellowship of the Case Alumni Association. Interim Dean James McGuffin-Cawley will host our annual reception for engineering grads from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Jolly Scholar inside Thwing Center. Alumni are invited to join faculty and staff for food, drinks and trivia while networking with the Class of 2018! 

Please RSVP here.

Precious resource. Urban water expert to speak at annual Higley lecture

David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley and Co-director of the Berkeley Water Center, will deliver the 2018 Higley Endowed Lecture. His timely research focuses on improving water quality and finding new water sources in an era of climate change: 12:45 p.m. Monday, April 23, Bingham Building room 103. For more information and to RSVP, contact Nancy Longo at

Weatherhead professor wrote the book on Cleveland-style entrepreneurship

Michael Goldberg’s online class on entrepreneurship attracted 130,000 students worldwide. The success stories inspired his book, Beyond Silicon Valley: How One Online Course Helped Support Global Entrepreneurs, which will be launched at a reception celebrating the partnership between CWRU and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation: 5 p.m. May 3 at Sears think[box].

Register and learn more here.

When science set sail: ‘the Voyage of the Blossom’

In 1923, the Blossom embarked upon a three-year expedition to collects plants and animals from around the world. A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, which sponsored the voyage, recalls the derring-do of the biologists, surveyors and sailors and the Case professor who mapped their odyssey.

Read the story in The Observer.

Sensory breakthrough. Engineers achieve “cat-like" hearing from nano device

A research team that includes Philip Feng, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, have developed an ultra-thin device that detects frequencies beyond what the human ear can hear. Read about the breakthrough innovation in Interesting Engineering.

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