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Energy wiz Robert Savinell wins Hovorka Prize
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Engineering Professor Robert Savinell, PhD, has shaped the fields of electrochemistry and electrochemical systems with his research. At commencement May 17, the university recognized his achievements with the 2020 Hovorka Prize, which honors a researcher and a teacher who impacts the world.


Pandemic aid: FDA fast-tracks Case spinoff
Thursday, April 16, 2020

The FDA gave emergency approval to Synapse Biomedical Inc. and its system that helps wean people from respirators, potentially making the life-saving machines more available during the pandemic.

Ventilators work by artificially breathing for a patient, using air to inflate and deflate the lungs. TransAeris Diaphragmatic Pacing uses small electrodes to stimulate a patient’s diaphragm.

 CEO Anthony Ignagni ’83, MS ’89, co-founded the company in 2002 based on technology he helped develop at the Case School of Engineering in collaboration with University Hospitals. The result may have thousands breathing easier.


Alumnus MD shares tips on avoiding virus
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

As an internal-medicine certified physician with a doctorate in biochemistry, Peter Tippett, MD, PhD ’81, has valuable insight into the coronavirus and how to avoid it. Recently, the founder and CEO of careMesh shared his tips on LinkedIn.

Most of us know to wash our hands, but when is it best to wear a mask, or gloves? And what kind of gloves? Are winter gloves OK?

 Yes, they are. But mind your “safe zone.”


Hotshot from Coldwater named rookie of the year
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Freshman basketball sensation Cole Frilling was named the Great Lakes Region Rookie of the Year. The freshman aerospace engineering major, a native of Coldwater, Ohio, is the first player in the program’s history to earn the honor. No wonder:


CWRU moves to remote classes as coronavirus precaution
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

On March 10, University President Barbara Snyder announced the suspension of in-person classes and a switch to remote learning, starting next week, when students are scheduled to return from spring break.

In response to health concerns over the coronavirus and its spread, the university has banned large gatherings and students now on campus are encouraged to leave and wait to be called back in April.


Running strong. Math major David Hall awarded NCAA scholarship
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Senior David Hall, a member of the men’s cross country team, has been selected for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of his athletic accomplishments and academic excellence.

Hall, one of CWRU’s top runners, holds a 3.971 cumulative grade point average as a Mathematics major. He’ll receive $10,000 toward graduate school and hopes to become a professor.




Barbara Snyder stepping down to lead AAU
Monday, February 3, 2020

After taking Case Western Reserve University to new heights, Barbara Snyder will step down in fall of 2020 to lead the prestigious Association of American Universities, which represents the nation’s leading research universities.

There will be a national search for her successor.





Sunniva Collins promoted to associate dean of CSE
Sunday, January 19, 2020

In her new role, the president of the Case Alumni Association will oversee all graduate degree programs at the Case School of Engineering and help to develop new learning opportunties for alumni.



Scientist from Kansas will lead College of A&S
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

University leaders announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, that Joy Ward, PhD, is coming from the University of Kansas to lead the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 1.

Ward is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas, a public research university, as well as the associate dean for research. Her hiring concludes a lengthy search for the successor to Cyrus Taylor, PhD, who led the college for a dozen years before returning to the physics faculty at the end of 2018.

Provost Ben Vinson III lauded Ward as an accomplished scientist and leader who brings others along.

“Joy’s career demonstrates a long and consistent commitment to supporting and advancing the efforts of others,” he said. “She will be an outstanding dean for the college.”





Act of kindness leads to brilliant career at CWRU
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Professor Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD, is globally recognized as the scientist who named the mycobiome. He’s published hundreds of journal articles and this summer won a $3 million federal grant to build on earlier breakthroughs that hold promise for helping people with Crohn’s disease.

 And it all started with a single act of kindness that allowed him to stay in America.






Movin' up: Data science gains department status
Thursday, December 12, 2019

The university today announced the new Computer and Data Science Department at the Case School of Engineering, a change made possible by a $5 million gift from Kevin Kranzusch ’90.

 The new department pulls data science out of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. EE majors will now graduate from the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering.

Dean Balakrishnan said the split, which began earlier this year, will allow the school to focus more keenly on the exploding fields of data science, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.




As Bill Kochevar showed, there’s valor in research
Thursday, December 5, 2019

As biomedical engineers at the Case school of Engineering get ready to move into the next stage of brain-controlled prosthetics, they remember the volunteer who got them started.

“He wasn’t a doctor or scientist. Paralyzed from the shoulders down in a bicycling accident in 2006, the 56-year-old Clevelander became the first person in the world with quadriplegia to regain functional control of his arm and hand using technology implanted in his brain and limb.”

Bill Kochevar died in 2017, but his dream lives on.




Wildfires spark interest in Prof’s ‘fire blanket’
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

As wildfires roared through California, forcing thousands to flee their homes, a Case researcher’s house-saving solution became a hot topic of conversation.

Fumiaki Takahashi, PhD, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, proposes protecting houses and buildings by wrapping them in huge fire blankets.




With effort, CWRU rises in global rankings
Thursday, October 31, 2019

By claiming the credit it’s due, the university was able to enhance its standing in several key international rankings, often dramatically.

 An effort led by the Office for International Affairs found that the university fares best in objective rankings based on facts, like research citations and patent filings. Such rankings also reflect the strengths of the Case School of Engineering.





Two chemies honored as Beckman Scholars
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

As Beckman Scholars, Katherine Yan and Kevin Pataroque will receive research grants and mentoring designed to tap their promise as young scientists.

Yen, a third-year student studying chemistry and chemical engineering, intends to use the scholarship to research modifications to a common medical device that could improve patient outcomes from hernia surgery.

Pataroque, a third-year student studying chemical engineering, will research contaminants in the environment that have been linked to liver diseases and cancer and try to engineer a solution.

CWRU is one of only 12 institutions nationally chosen by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to participate in the program.




Alumni recall 50 years at The Observer
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

As CWRU’s student newspaper celebrates a half century in print, past reporters and editors—many of them science and engineering majors—recall how working for The Observer shaped their college years and often their careers.

 “On a math major track, classes were not memorable. I learned four different computer languages, mainly because they kept becoming obsolete. The only professor who truly had an impact on me was noted journalist Herb Kamm, whose class led me to my time writing for The Observer.”




Anne Cunningham connects global alumni to Case
Friday, September 13, 2019

Her travels have taken her to Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and China, introducing her to the university’s global alumni population—who are glad to see her.

“The CWRU alumni who live internationally are just the proudest alumni,” Cunningham said.

As associate dean of external relations and associate vice president of development at the Case School of Engineering, it’s her job to harness that pride.





New Engineering Action Center takes flight
Friday, September 6, 2019

For years, Case students have used their technological skills to improve the lives of others, diving into engineering projects locally and abroad. But just over a year ago, the university set itself apart, ratcheting up support for humanitarian projects with the launch of the new Center for Engineering Action.

 "We are among a select group of schools that have chosen to make this an important part of engineering education," said James McGuffin-Cawley, PhD, senior associate dean at the Case School of Engineering.




Sandy Russ named interim dean of Arts & Sciences
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Distinguished University Professor Sandra “Sandy” Russ has agreed to serve as the next interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, beginning Sept. 1, as the university continues its search for the successor to Cyrus Taylor.

Taylor stepped down as dean in December after leading the college for 13 years and assumed full-time faculty status in the Department of Physics. Professor of Religion Timothy Beal has been serving as interim dean and will make way for Professor Russ, a child psychologist.




Class of 2023 is one to shout about
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The 1,360 First Years who arrived on campus this week were chosen from 28,987 applications, resulting in an acceptance rate of 27%. That makes the Class of 2023 the most selective in university history. And that's not all.



NASA looking to Case technology for fresh air in deep space
Friday, August 9, 2019

If astronauts are going to travel deep into space, we’re going to need to find ways to make fresh air in microgravity environments.

Burcu Gurkan, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, might have the solution.





Case physicists spark new interest in dark matter
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

If dark matter is so powerful, why hasn’t it killed anyone (that we know of)?

 With that provocative question, CWRU physicists captured the attention of the scientific community and renewed interest in the unseen universe.

 “We hope work like this helps to bring alternative dark matter candidates into a wider consciousness of more people,” says lead author Jagjit Singh Sidhu, a physics doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University. “We don’t really know what dark matter is, and what it’s made of. It’s good to consider as many different options as possible.”





CWRU, Microsoft partnership sharpens medical imaging
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting is faster, more accurate and potentially lifesaving. Using quantum computer technology, researchers at CWRU and Microsoft may be creating the future of medical imaging.

“With help from Microsoft's quantum algorithm, the Case researchers found they could produce the scans in one third to one sixth of the time it took previously, while boosting the precision of the scans by more than 25%.”



Engineering’s top fundraiser taking his skills to medicine
Monday, July 8, 2019

Michael Dolsak, a development officer who helped attract millions to the Case School of Engineering, will now turn his attention programs at the new Health Education Campus. He will direct fundraising for all of the university’s health sciences programs as vice president for health sciences development.

A development officer since 2010, Dolsak is best known for securing the engineering school’s largest gift, $20 million, from alumnus Bob Aiken and his wife, Brenda, for strategic initiatives in biomedical engineering.




Math standout honored as Academic All-American
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Junior David Hall completed a standout season for the CWRU cross country team in 2018, earning all-region honors with a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. 

Academically, he earned a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a mathematics major—which helped earn him a Junior Senior Scholarship from the Case Alumni Association.

No wonder he was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Track & Field/ Cross Country Second Team.




Eureka! CWRU leaps ahead in patent rankings
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Case Western Reserve University ranked 17th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents--or patents for inventions--in 2018, according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Their report, created with data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation.

CWRU has exhibited steady growth in the rankings, climbing to 17th from 43rd last year and 46th in 2015.



Recent grad extends Case's reach in Africa
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Dan Gil (right) with the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Congo Todd P. Haskell (center) and Maryse Nkoua (left).

Dan Gill, who in May earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the Case School of Engineering, traveled to Congo this spring and partnered with a Congolese physicist to offer a workshop in molecular simulations for scientists in that country. 

The project built on previous visits by Case researchers and Gil said he’s now inspired to pursue work that is relevant for both developed and developing nations.

“The challenges they face come from the lack of infrastructure, definitely not a lack of good human resources.” 




Everykey takes top prize at Morgenthaler-Pavey startup competition
Monday, June 10, 2019

CWRU-connected startups shared $70,000 awarded at the second annual Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition June 29, after organizers threw more money into the pool.

The first place prize and $25,000 went to Everykey, founded by Chris Wentz ’13. He and his team in Little Italy hope to replace passwords with a device that unlocks computer networks and mobile phones.

Three other teams founded by Case graduates finished in the money and stand to receive discounted legal advice and free business counseling in addition to cash.





Fulbright students taking Case name abroad
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Before earning her degree in mechanical engineering, Anna Sklenar spent a year in Russia learning the language and the Russian perspective on modern times. Now she’s going back as a winner of a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant.

She joins Poland-bound biology/management major Jasmin Bhangu as one of two Fulbright scholars from the class of 2019.




'This one's for Dad.' Alumnus ascends Mt. Denali
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Two weeks ago, Jeff Hunter ’05, a software developer in Sunnyvale, California, set out on a 22-day expedition up the side of Alaska’s Mount Denali. He’s climbing the mountain in memory of his father, Alliance, Ohio, lawyer Robert Hunter Jr., who died May 17, 2017, after a battle against Frontotemporal Degeneration, or FTD, a degeneration of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.

Jeff is attempting to summit the 20,000 foot peak as a fundraiser for FTD research. He's asking people to donate to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration via his crowdfunding  campaign,



Case spinoff Folio Photonics starts to soar
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Six years ago, Folio Photonics licensed the optical archive technology developed in the Center for Layered Polymer Systems at the Case School of Engineering.

Recently, the Solon startup announced that a call for investment attracted $8 million. And the former chairman of Panasonic North America has joined the board.




Com science grad now America's Wordsmith
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Anu Garg '02 has been supplying a word a day, every day, to vocabulary enthusiasts for 25 years. That remarkable consistency (from com- + sistere – “to take a stand”) began in 1994 in computer science classes on Case Quad. Wordsmith now reaches nearly 400,000 subscribers in 171 countries.

“I started this as a hobby when I was in graduate school and it remained a hobby" for the 16 years that he worked as a research engineer, programmer or consultant. Eventually the email list grew so much he was working two jobs. He chose Wordsmith.



Physicist Philip Taylor wins Hovorka Prize
Friday, May 17, 2019

A leader in science and environmentally responsible living, Distinguished University Professor Philip Taylor adds another accolade to his long list of honors. He is the 2019 winner of the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, which recognizes exceptional achievement in teaching, research and service to humanity.

 The 81-year-old theoretical physicist will be honored during commencement Sunday, May 19.




Mama Mia, is Little Italy getting too crowded?
Thursday, May 16, 2019

The ethnic enclave next door to Case Quad serves as an extended campus for many Case students who live, work and dine there. But residents of the old world neighborhood have begun to object to the pace of development.

Following community opposition, a Cleveland planning commission recently rejected the latest plans for a new apartment complex at Cornell and Murray Hill Roads.




Robotics wizard Roger Quinn named CWRU distinguished researcher
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Professor Roger Quinn pioneered biologically-inspired robotics at the Case School of Engineering and influenced a generation of students and colleagues. This spring, the university honored him for his lasting accomplishments. Quinn was one of five faculty members to receive the 2019 Distinguished Research Award.

Quinn’s body of work stands as a “hallmark in the field of motor control research, bridging neurosciences and engineering,” a colleague wrote.




Last hurrah for Hessler Street Fair?
Monday, May 13, 2019


The Hessler Street Fair, the annual kickoff to summer in the campus community, will celebrate its 50th anniversary June 1-2 with a cacophony 21 bands and more than 80 food, art and craft vendors. And then organizers intend to take a break.

“The Hessler Neighborhood Association has grown weary of the event and there are a lot of reasons,” Packy Malley, the director of the Hessler Street Fair, told The Plain Dealer. "It’s not necessarily going to end. But it’s definitely going to take a hiatus.”





Art museum plans greener, more vibrant U-Circle
Sunday, May 5, 2019

The landscape continues to change around the CWRU campus and what's happening with Doan Brook is eye opening. Case students and faculty will soon have a new greenway into the Cultural Gardens--along a rediscovered stream.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Museum of Art unveiled a landscape plan that envisions outdoor dining in the summer, winter skating on Wade Lagoon, and new installations of outdoor art.




Prestigious scholarship will send Case senior to Cambridge
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Senior Megan Masterson will head to England in the fall to study astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, her tuition paid by a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship. She is one of only 34 students in the United States selected for the scholarship endowed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Masterson is scheduled to graduate in May with degrees in astronomy and mathematics and physics. She was helped in her academic journey by a Junior Senior Scholarship from the Case Alumni Foundation.




That's Mobility. Alumni launch bike sharing for the poor
Monday, April 15, 2019

Researching how low-income people get around, recent Case graduates Justo Karell and Siddhartha Sen realized that people who are homeless don’t always need a shelter. They need a way to get from the shelter to opportunities that can improve their lives.

They also realized that bike-sharing services, which might offer a solution, tend to be focused in bustling neighborhoods. Their solution—bike sharing for the poor—launches this month at a homeless shelter on Cleveland's west side.




Feeling blue? Woody the robot has a clue
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Professor Kiju Lee and her robotics team have trained a "social bot" to read facial expressions faster and more accurately than any robot before. The implications are huge.



The Barking Spider Tavern rocks again
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

One of the favorite campus haunts of Case students and alumni just reopened in a new set of threads. The former Barking Spider Tavern is now Cosmic Dave’s Rock Club, a newfangled franchise of the local Dave’s Cosmic Subs chain.

For 30 years the Spider staged bands and folkies in the historic carriage house at the heart of the CWRU campus. Cosmic Dave’s will bring back the live music and full bar, while offering its trademark subs and 1960’s tie-dyed vibe.




How new campus will change medical education
Thursday, March 28, 2019

“Collaboration” is the theme threading the new Health Education Campus, which opens to classes in July. Students from nursing, dental and medical schools will mix and learn together in the gleaming new complex.

 Though some classrooms and labs are dedicated to a particular discipline, “Students share many common areas, including a cafeteria, library and a central atrium large enough to hold a football field.”

See inside via The Plain Dealer:




Prof's super drone may herald new era in aviation
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

An autonomous drone designed by Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Vikas Prakash stayed aloft for nearly three hours in a recent test flight near Dayton.

It’s secret? A new “structural battery” that could speed the development of electrified aircraft.




Rockwell gets creative in search of tech talent
Monday, March 18, 2019

Rockwell Automation is looking to hire 150 software engineers just in Cleveland this year, so it's become a more creative recruiter. The engineering giant just hosted its first hackathon. 

"Brown said Rockwell already does a great job hiring candidates right out of college, but it’s more difficult to attract mid-level workers. The target audience for the hackathon was individuals who had been out of college for three to five years..."



Swish! Hillary Hellmann is one for the record books
Friday, March 15, 2019

In 99 games during her collegiate career, Hillary Hellmann collected 1,593 points, second in team history, and a record 220 three-pointers. The 437 points she poured in this season places her first among UAA players. Meanwhile, she has earned a 3.7 grade point average while majoring in mechanical engineering.

 Hellmann’s off to Boston in May to work for Gillette. But CWRU and Sears think[box] will always hold a special place in her heart.




Students head to Costa Rica to engineer solutions
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Members of the Humanitarian Design Corps, a student group supported by the Case Alumni Association, look to apply engineering skills to solving problems in underserved regions of the world. That means spending spring break in a parched village in Costa Rica, devising a new water system.

 “The needs of the community and the skills and the passions of the students really aligned well,” said Neil Chavan, a senior majoring in chemical engineering and environmental studies.




Thinkbox adds hardware 'cool' to Case hackathons
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

HackCWRU attracted more than 350 young people to Sears think[box] earlier this month for 36 hours of innovation and competition. Many are ready to come back.

 “think[box] is the key factor that makes HackCWRU so special,” a Case engineering student explained. “The majority of hackathons are strictly computer science events. With think[box], HackCWRU is able to provide students with the resources needed to create a really cool hardware hack.”




Wow. Capital campaign nets nearly $2 billion
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Organizers initially sought a billion dollars. That wasn’t bold enough for CWRU supporters. By the close of the Thinking Forward campaign, donors had given or pledged more than $1.8 billion, exceeding all goals and expectations.

 "We are honored and humbled by this support, which has already made a significant positive impact on our university," said University President Barbara Snyder.




Case’s 'Alexa Champion' thrills more than Amazon
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Freshman computer science major Austin Wilson is a master of Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon. And that means more than you might think.

His success at manipulating electronic cars and video games with voice commands puts him at the cusp of new technology. People are noticing.

 “Soon after he published a video about his Elite Dangerous Ship Assistant skill on his YouTube account, the video racked up more than 50,000 views in just three days and caught the attention of publications like PC Magazine and Popular Mechanics. The skill also won him first place in Amazon Alexa’s API Mashup Contest.”




Akron students’ robot is heading to the nationals
Monday, February 4, 2019

Members of Team Destiny Boyz have been invited to bring their robot, Morty, to the Vex Robotics Competition in Kentucky this spring. It’s a first for the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame STEM High School, an Akron public school. 




Charles Phipps ’49 pledges $5 million to Case
Saturday, January 26, 2019

The dean has new resources at his fingertips, thanks to computer science pioneer Charles Phipps CIT ‘49. The former director of strategy at Texas Instruments pledged $5 million to the Case School of Engineering to create a fund the dean can tap for research or big ideas.

Venkataramanan “Ragu” Balakrishnan sounds delighted to be called the Charles H. Phipps Dean at the Case School of Engineering.

“This support is incredibly helpful to the school and I am so grateful to Mr. Phipps for his generosity.”




Encore! Hopeful entrepreneurs crowd CWRU startup contest
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The second edition of the $50,000 Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition attracted more than 50 companies, nearly double the number of entrants in the contest’s first year. Judges have winnowed the pool to six finalists, all with Case connections. Here they are:




Ohio Third Frontier awards $500M to CWRU innovation
Thursday, January 17, 2019

CWRU becomes the only Ohio university to receive the startup fund award each of the last three years. The grant, to the university’s Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund Program (CTP), is aimed at helping faculty researchers advance and commercialize their innovations.

 “We are grateful that the state has recognized the unique capabilities of CWRU to commercialize its technologies,” said Stephanie Weidenbecher, director of the CTP program.





Bold and beautiful, new med school nears finish
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Classes begin in July at the $515 million Health Education Campus, which is nearing completion just west of campus.

Academic programs from the CWRU School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine will start moving in in March.

 Thanks to Plain Dealer architecture writer Steven Litt, you can peek inside and get a sense of what’s coming.





Look who's representing the CLE at CES 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019

More than 4,500 exhibitors are displaying the future of consumer electronics at CES 2019. Student innovators from the Case School of Engineering are making sure that Cleveland is well represented.





Research threatened by government shutdown
Sunday, January 6, 2019

“We have numerous grants from the affected agencies that will be on hold” because of the political standoff, said Suzanne Rivera, vice president for research in the university’s Office of Research and Technology Management.

Of special concern to CWRU is the loss of NFS funding.




Dean Cyrus Taylor resigns
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Cyrus Taylor, a prominent physicist and the longtime dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, resigned his position in December and returned to the classroom. On January 1, he assumed full-time faculty status in the Department of Physics.

University President Barbara Snyder announced that Professor of Religion Timothy Beal will serve as interim dean of the college.




CWRU bringing 12 innovation teams to CES 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019

CWRU is expected to again dominate the university presence at the world’s largest consumer electronics show, commanding a dozen booths at CES 2019 in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11. The Case display will feature several student startup teams and some alumni innovators.

Gundo Susiarjo ’97, MSE ’98, PhD ’03, is flying in from Jakarta to showcase a new television platform based on AI technology that he has launched in Indonesia. Meanwhile, Professor Philip Feng and graduate student Devendra Waikul will present CrystalE and their suite of wireless sensors that could change how buildings are powered.