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Senior Stephen Hatch earns Rockwell Automation’s Student Associate Innovation Award

Rockwell Automation named senior Stephen Hatch one of its three Student Associate Innovation Award winners. Hatch, a computer engineering major, is doing a co-op at Rockwell Automation, during which he developed an automated way to compare icons for several hundred devices against a known baseline. His work “was important to guarantee the quality of the software in a fast and easily reproducible manner, and ultimately promote a positive user experience,” his manager said. The award honors three students who demonstrate leadership skills and develop creative solutions to business challenges.

Pure oxygen not required in a new artificial lung device

Lung DeviceJoseph Potkay from Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (and a Research Assistant Professor in EECS) and his co-workers have developed a new artificial lung device that can use air as a ventilating gas instead of pure oxygen. The invention could mean that oxygen cylinders may no longer be needed in artificial lungs.  

Potkay and his co-workers created microfluidic channels and made them branch into smaller channels and then into artificial capillaries, similar to how arteries and capillaries work in a real lung.

With pig blood injected into the device fluid inlet they fed air into the gas inlet resulting in oxygen molecules diffusing across the gas exchange membrane into the blood on the way to the blood outlet. Blood coming from the inlet would typically be rich in carbon dioxide and would diffuse across the membrane to the air outlet. 

The device exhibited oxygen exchange efficiencies three to five times better than found in current devices in which pure oxygen is needed, enabling air to be used as the ventilating gas.  This is the first demonstration that features as small as those found in the lungs are effective.

CWRU Cutters Take First Place at Robotic Lawnmower Competition

(From the CWRU "daily")

CWRU Cutters

CWRU Cutters, the university’s autonomous robotic lawn mowing team, won first place at the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Robotic Lawnmower competition in Dayton last weekend. The team includes undergraduate and graduate students from electrical engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.

For the first time in the competition’s eight-year history, CWRU Cutter, the team’s robot lawn mower, earned the “Best Quality of Cut Award” for mowing 80 percent of the competition’s cutting field area while creating an aesthetically pleasing look to the resulting field. Teams from 15 universities competed, including Auburn and Wright State, which placed second and third respectively.

Cutter's mower in action

The team has been invited to attend the Institute of Navigation’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems conference in Portland, Ore., in September, where they can present for 20 minutes and display the mower for attendees.

Find more on the competition here or email Roger Quinn or Brad Hughes.

IEEE PES award

IEEE Power and Energy Society Logo

Steve Umans has been selected to be the new recipient of the IEEE PES Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award for the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES)! This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of electromechanical energy conversion. Steve is an Adjunct Professor in the EECS department.


The IEEE Power & Energy Society sponsors twenty-five society-level awards. All award recipients are selected through a vetted nomination process. Both the EECS department and the IEEE Power & Energy Society are very proud of Prof. Uman's accomplishment! He will receive this award and recognition at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 26th at the IEEE PES General Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

EECS Freshman, Joshua Schwarz, is creating a facebook app every week for a full year!

Joshua SchwarzJoshua Schwarz, a freshman in EECS, has pledged to create one facebook app every week for a full year. Thus far he has created fifteen apps (as of April 16!). The apps have titles such as "Relationship Mania", "Teddy Bear Hugs", and "Social Horoscope" - the latter app allows you to select an astrological sign and connect with a friend having that sign.

Joshua was interviewed by Channel 3 news (see this link for a brief story and the video of his interview). He also regularly updates his website which has links to all his apps)

We wish Joshua good luck with the project (and with his studies also of course!)