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OZY Genius Award winners pursue secrets of superconductors, hoping to revolutionize electronics

Two years ago, as Case Western Reserve University Professor Harsh Mathur finished his lecture on superconductivity to his introductory physics class, he suggested that maybe one of the students in the audience would solve the 100-year-old challenge of superconducting at room temperature.
Electrical engineering student Sylvester Amponsah, then a sophomore, felt as if Mathur were talking to him directly, and thought, “Why not me?”
At extremely cold temperatures, superconductors allow electrical current to pass without resistance. But if they could be made to work at room temperature, superconductors could revolutionize electronics, much as semiconductors did in the last century, and lead to a highly efficient electrical power grid and more.

Alp Sehirlioglu named senior member of the IEEE

Alp Sehirlioglu, the Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been made a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Senior member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which a member can apply, and it is a distinction only 7 percent of the organization’s 431,000 members have achieved.
Sehirlioglu’s research focuses on functional electro-ceramics with a focus on interfacial phenomena and energy conversion.

National thought leaders to explore models of innovation, CWRU to showcase think[box] at Innovation Summit

Case Western Reserve University will host Innovation Summit 2015: Models of Innovation to explore the opportunities and challenges of various models of innovation at the global scale.
On Oct. 26 to 28, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, academic experts and policy makers nationally will examine how diverse regions and industries leverage their strengths to fuel new companies, products, technologies and ideas.

CWRU, CSE break fundraising records

The Case School of Engineering broke its all-time fundraising record for the third year in a row—raising a total of $33 million—part of a record-setting year of fundraising across the university.
Case Western Reserve University’s supporters set 22 all-time records for fundraising in fiscal year 2015, including its eighth all-time record for attainment in the past nine years. That total of $166.9 million bested 2014’s record by $15.3 million—a figure nearly three times as high as the previous year’s growth.

Materials science doctoral candidate awarded Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity Founders Grant

Janet Gbur, doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded the Ruby Leigh Orgain Founders Grant in the amount of $9,000 from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.
Nine grants are awarded annually to members pursuing post-baccalaureate education with each grant named in honor of one of the founding members of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. As an alumna of ZTA, Gbur served as membership and general advisor to the Zeta Gamma ZTA Chapter at Youngstown State University, held the positions of secretary and fraternity education chair for the Cleveland East ZTA Alumnae Chapter, served as province president XII-A overseeing ZTA chapters at Baldwin Wallace College, Ohio Northern University and Youngstown State University and was awarded the Honor Ring, the highest individual honor granted by the fraternity for outstanding and sustained service to the fraternity on a local and national level.