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Emeritus professor Mihajlo Mesarovic honored by U.S. Club of Rome

Mihajlo Mesarovic, professor emeritus of systems engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was honored earlier this month by the United States Association of the Club of Rome.
 
The organization, which is a national chapter that supports the international Club of Rome, a global policy think tank, held a special symposium in New York in honor of the 40th anniversary of Mesarovic’s book Mankind at a Turning Point.
 
The book, co-written with Mesarovic’s colleague Eduard Pastel, became a nonfiction bestseller in Europe and has been described as “an enormous step forward in our understanding of the essence of the worst bottlenecks our world is facing.”

Students to hack hardware, software and data to build security skills

Come fall, students at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University will begin hacking computers—for credit.
 
Each university is offering the first of three courses in a new curriculum in which engineering and computer science students will learn how to break into — and then protect — hardware, software and data. The goal is for students to understand how they can then protect their own, or their employer’s, computers from viruses, phishing attacks, so-called Trojan horses and other cyber attacks.
 

EECS’s Philip Feng wins NAE Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant

Philip Feng, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant from the National Academy of Engineering.
 
The grant will support Feng’s work with collaborator Tse Nga (Tina) Ng from Palo Alto Research Center. The team is conducting research on integrating an extremely thin layer of semiconducting crystals, specifically molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), with state-of-the-art printed electronics on flexible substrates. This research could lead to innovative technologies and methods for integrating materials, as well as reveal new ways to incorporate novel 2-D materials into functional devices.
 

Using big data to identify cancers

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and colleagues used “big data” analytics to predict if a patient is suffering from aggressive triple-negative breast cancer, slower-moving cancers or non-cancerous lesions with 95 percent accuracy.
 
If the tiny patterns they found in magnetic resonance images prove consistent in further studies, the technique may enable doctors to use an MRI scan to diagnose more aggressive cancers earlier and fast track these patients for therapy. Their work is published online in the journal Radiology.

The work comes just two months after senior author Anant Madabhushi and another group of researchers showed they can detect differences between persistent and treatable forms of head and neck cancers caused by exposure to human papillomavirus, with 87.5 percent accuracy. In that study, digital images were made from slides of patients’ tumors.

 

E-Week Banquet keynote featured in Forbes

Leadership insights shared by alumnus and former Microsoft COO Bob Herbold at February’s Engineers Week Banquet have been featured in Forbes magazine.
 
Herbold shared lessons learned from the successes and failures of some of the world’s biggest technology companies with more than 600 members of the Case School of Engineering community at the event.
 
Read the full Forbes article.