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CSE’s Umut Gurkan named among top innovators by MIT Technology Review

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s Innovators Under 35 – Turkey list.
The magazine has been compiling the list of scientists and innovators whose work is transforming the world’s technology for more than a decade. Gurkan accepted the award and presented his work at the awards ceremony Sept. 17 in Istanbul.

BME’s Anant Madabhushi awarded NCI grant

Anant Madabhushi, professor of biomedical engineering, and his team have been awarded a $389,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop image-based methods to predict aggression in oropharyngeal cancer.
Madabhushi is the director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at Case Western Reserve University. The center’s research seeks new ways to use informatics to quantitatively describe disease morphology and build new predictors for distinguishing aggression in diseases, including tumors of the prostate, breast, colorectal and brain; lung cancer; carotid plaque; and epilepsy.

Join the conversation at the NorTech Innovation UnConference

The NorTech Innovation UnConference will take place Sept. 24 at the Cleveland Convention Center, but the event is anything but conventional. No predetermined agenda, no keynote speakers and no Power Point. Just a venue for Northeast Ohio’s most innovative minds to mix, mingle and discuss the next generation of game-changing ideas, trends and technologies.
Instead of following a set agenda, attendees will have the chance to pitch and convene sessions on topics that matter most to them. The conference has also invited 31 of the region’s most innovators in technology, business, research, finance and more who will be available to share their insights with attendees.

Hartman Foundation expands support for Case School of Engineering co-op program

David Hartman, a 1958 graduate of Case Institute of Technology, wants all engineering students to benefit from the “real world learning” cooperative education provides.
The Hartman Foundation Inc., which he founded and is now led by his son, Douglas, is investing time and money to make that happen at Case Western Reserve University.
Foundation directors have approved a second $300,000 donation to the Case School of Engineering (CSE) co-op program. President Douglas Hartman will regularly visit campus to meet with students, faculty and staff involved in the program and tour and meet with officials of companies that do—or are considering—offering co-ops.

Attention students: Learn more about this year’s innovation and business plan competitions

Student entrepreneurs can get their great ideas off the ground by entering a number of innovation, design and business plan competitions. These contests take place throughout the year and provide first-hand experience in every aspect of business—from research and manufacturing to marketing and finance. Winning teams can earn up to $100,000 to grow their business.
Case Western Reserve University is hosting an information session Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center to introduce students to the competitive opportunities coming up this academic year.