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Macro’s Eric Baer honored by Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society

Eric Baer, Distinguished University Professor and the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been recognized by the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society with the William Fowler Award for Distinguished Research in Physics.
The William Fowler Award honors the society’s members who have done outstanding research in the field, and there have been just 12 recipients since the award’s inception 25 years ago.

Attention undergrads: Get published!

Discussions, the undergraduate-run research journal at Case Western Reserve University, is accepting submissions for its spring issue.
The journal accepts research papers written by undergraduate students from around the world and from a variety of disciplines, including science and engineering.
Papers for the spring issue must be submitted by April 11.

MAE’s Ozan Akkus named AIMBE fellow

Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows.
Akkus was nominated and elected for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of failure of musculoskeletal tissues and methodologies for biofabrication of mechanically competent musculoskeletal biomaterials.
The AIMBE College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country, and fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research and innovation.

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.