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Waterfall Swing makes splash in Austria

Engineering meets art in the Waterfall Swing on display for the next six months at the OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, Austria.
 
The 18-foot-tall steel structure suspends riders beneath a wall of water, which—with the help of high-tech sensors—stops for every swing, letting the rider pass through without getting soaked.
 
The team of designers behind the swing includes think[box] manager Ian Charnas, Pebble smart watch creator and Case Western Reserve University alumnus Andrew Witte, Mike O’Toole and Andrew Ratcliff.
 

Associate dean of research Clare Rimnac elected director of ASEE Engineering Research Council board

Clare Rimnac, associate dean of research and Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, has been elected as a director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Research Council Board of Directors.
 
The council is composed of members from the organization’s university, industrial and government members. It provides a forum for the discussion of issues and exchange of information about the research activities of ASEE members, represents research interests externally and within the ASEE and serves as a liaison with other organizations concerned with research and its administration.
 
Rimnac’s three-year term as director began June 16. 

Engineering students bring solar solution to Botswana family

A family in the village of Mmanoko in Botswana has access to safe, renewable electric power thanks to the efforts of engineering students from the University of Botswana and Case Western Reserve University.
 

The prohibitively high cost of running power lines to remote villages in Botswana has left some 85 percent of rural households in the country without access to electricity. As part of a research program that addresses sustainable energy issues in the region, students installed a 100-watt solar lighting system in the home of Mmanoko resident Tlhabologang Kebopetswe that will allow her and her family to light their home, watch TV and charge their cell phones.
 

BME associate professor Erin Lavik's clot-building nanoparticles raise survival rate following blast trauma

Spherical hemostatic nanoparticles accumulate on a clot-stabilizing mesh of fibrin the body produces. Credit: Andrew Shoffstall

A type of artificial platelet being developed to help natural blood platelets form clots faster offers promise for saving the lives of soldiers, as well as victims of car crashes and other severe trauma.

In preclinical tests led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher, the artificial platelets, called “hemostatic nanoparticles,” when injected after blast trauma dramatically increased survival rates and showed no signs of interfering with healing or causing other complications weeks afterward.

Mechanical engineering professor Ozan Akkus growing replacement tissue for torn rotator cuffs

A Case Western Reserve University engineer won a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to grow replacement rotator cuffs and other large tendon groups to help heal injured soldiers and athletes, accident victims and an aging population that wants to remain active.

Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, already devised a technique to reconstitute collagen—a building block of tendons—into tough fibers and induce adult stem cells to grow into tendons on those fibers.

“This is a concept that works on a lab bench,” Akkus said. “We will refine the concept and test the validity on an animal model.”