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CWRU to host summer coding camp for high school students

Case Western Reserve University has teamed with TECH CORPS and RITE (Regional Information Technology Engagement) along with other Northeast Ohio higher education institutions to offer free coding and computer technology camps to high school students this summer.
The High School Coding Camps are designed to engage students in hands-on, interactive coding activities. The students will learn industry standard programming languages and through a series of activities they will be exposed to the same activities software developers encounter every day.   In addition to developing technical and 21st century skills, the students will interact with technology professionals from NEO companies as well as learn about educational and career pathways in the region.

Liming Dai selected for Faculty Distinguished Research Award

Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, is among four prominent university researchers named as this year’s Faculty Distinguished Research Award recipients.
Each year, a university committee selects Faculty Distinguished Research Award winners, honoring those who uphold and build upon Case Western Reserve’s history as an innovative, research-driven institution.
Dai has embodied excellence in organic materials research since his career began in 1983 as an engineer at China’s Zhejiang Chemical Industry Research Institute. Dai has since moved through the ranks of academia, with stops at various institutions along the way. Since 2009, he’s been on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, where he’s continued his research in macromolecular science and engineering.

Check out student innovations at St. Gobain Design Challenge finals April 13

Four teams of student innovators will compete for thousands of dollars in funding in the final round of this year’s St. Gobain Design Competition on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center.
The annual competition encourages students from across schools to design and build a prototype device that takes an existing material and, using principles of materials science and engineering, create a new and innovative use for it that solves a problem for society.

CWRU researchers make biosensor 1 million times more sensitive

Physicists and engineers at Case Western Reserve University, including Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, have developed an optical sensor, based on nanostructured metamaterials, that’s 1 million times more sensitive than the current best available—one capable of identifying a single lightweight molecule in a highly dilute solution.
Their goal: to provide oncologists a way to detect a single molecule of an enzyme produced by circulating cancer cells. Such detection could allow doctors to diagnose patients with certain cancers far earlier than possible today, monitor treatment and resistance and more.

Daniel Lacks named chair of Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Daniel Lacks, the C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named chair of the Case School of Engineering’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Lacks has been a member of the Case School of Engineering faculty for 13 years. His research interests lie in molecular simulation of materials, and he has emerged as a leading figure in the university’s international efforts and influence. He created a unique study abroad opportunity for engineering students that allowed them to take one of their core course, thermodynamics, in Botswana, where they could see the principles brought to life in real-world scenarios. In addition to teaching formal courses abroad, he has taken dozens of students to perform solar panel installations in developing countries like Lesotho and Namibia. He was also the first western faculty member to visit an engineering school in Myanmar, where he played a key role in updating the country’s engineering curriculum and taught the first U.S. course in the country’s history after it reopened to the world following 50 years of political and academic isolation.