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Chemical engineers build community garden

On a section of East 84th Street dotted with abandoned buildings and vacant lots, five seniors from a Case Western Reserve University chemical engineering class spent the spring building a community garden they handed over to residents and others this week.
Leafy greens and onion stems rise from dark, rich soil in beds raised and sealed from unhealthy lead in the gravely ground beneath and the chemicals used to pressure-treat the lumber frames.
A rake, left atop one bed, awaits its owner’s return.
”We have something physical to show, something that will live on after we leave,” said Kelley Morris, who graduates from Case Western Reserve with a chemical engineering degree on May 18.

BME’s Nicole Seiberlich wins Diekhoff Award for graduate mentoring

Nicole Seiberlich, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, wants her PhD students to make painful discoveries—to struggle and find answers on their own.
For that—and teaching, listening and counseling them—Seiberlich won the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Student Mentoring this spring.
Case Western Reserve University created the award in 1978 to recognize faculty who are outstanding mentors to graduate students, connect them with experts in their discipline, engage them academically and promote their professional development. Two faculty members are chosen annually for the award.

CWRU and Intwine Connect LLC forge research commercialization partnership

A new partnership between Case Western Reserve University and Intwine Connect LLC represents a fresh twist to how ideas developed by university researchers are brought to the commercial market.

The agreement builds on an existing collaboration between the company and Kenneth A. Loparo, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It has been arranged through Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office, which helps faculty and student researchers turn inventions and other intellectual property into commercial ventures. Intwine Connect is leasing lab and office space on campus. The company also employs graduate and post-graduate engineering students to help develop technology and analyze potential new business markets.

CSE’s Eric Baer wins Paul J. Flory Polymer Research Prize

Eric Baer, Distinguished University Professor and Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been awarded the Paul J. Flory Polymer Research Prize.
The award was given at the 22nd World Forum on Advanced Materials (POLYCHAR 22), held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, April 7-11. Baer also presented the event’s keynote address, entitled “New Nanofiber and Nanolayer Systems by Forced Assembly.”
The Paul J. Flory Polymer Research Prize was presented to Baer for his extraordinary contributions to polymer science and engineering. The award is named for distinguished American chemist Paul J. Flory, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1974 for his research achievements in the physical chemistry of macromolecules.

CSE’s Sunniva Collins wins Technical Educator Award

Sunniva Collins, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been honored by the Cleveland Technical Societies Council with its 2014 Technical Educator Award.
The award is bestowed annually to individuals in the field of engineering who have demonstrated outstanding performance, creative ability and technical conduct in their profession.
Collins will accept her award at the organization’s annual Scholarship & Achievement Awards event on Monday, May 5.