Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Me’lani Labat Joseph to speak on Women in STEM panel

Me'lani JosephMe’lani Labat Joseph, director of engineering at Case Western Reserve University’s Leonard Gelfand STEM Center, will be part of a panel of experts discussing issues for women in STEM at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 71st Annual Meeting of the Community Relations Committee and Sidney Z. Vincent Memorial Lecture.
The event will be Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The lecture is free and open to the public. Register now.

Case Western Reserve University receives additional $500,000 state grant for technology start-up fund

Conducting researchThe Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Case Western Reserve University an additional $500,000 grant for a campus-based translational research fund to help faculty researchers advance and commercialize their innovations.

The new round of funding follows an initial award of $500,000 in 2016, when administration of the commission’s statewide Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) was transferred to Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO).

Civil engineering graduate students, professor write paper on effective and safe berming in cold regions

Road workIndividuals from the Department of Civil Engineering recently had a paper titled “Effective and Safe Berming for Pavement Shoulder Maintenance in Cold Regions” published.

Authors on the paper are: Yuan Guo and Jiale Li, graduate assistants in the department; Xiong (Bill) Yu, professor of civil engineering; and Qiangbin Huang, professor of geological engineering at Chang’an University in Xi’an, China.

Watch CWRU startups pitch investors for $50K in prizes

Lightbulb drawingOn March 15, six startups—each with at least one current Case Western Reserve University student or recent alum—will pitch professional investors for $50,000 in prizes in the first-ever “demo day” of the Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition.

Register for a free ticket to this on-campus event, March 15 at the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box]. The competition starts at 7 p.m.

Mario Garcia-Sanz appointed program director of ARPA-E

Mario Garcia-SanzMario Garcia-Sanz, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been selected for a two-year stint as a program director at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
During his appointment at ARPA-E, Garcia-Sanz will work on projects related to advanced control engineering; wind energy systems; renewable and conventional power generation; electrical distribution systems; smart grid technologies; and water treatment plants and networks.