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IEEE EnergyTech Conference on campus May 21-23

Attend the third annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) EnergyTech Conference, held on the campus of Case Western Reserve University May 21-23.

The conference offers presentations from members of academia, government and industry on advances in energy systems concepts and electrical energy technology, including generation, control, transmission, storage and efficient use. Deliberately broad, this forum is an opportunity to view energy issues across the spectrum. Participants will include experts in energy fields, as well as attendees desiring to bring themselves up to date with the current frontiers and emerging promises in power and energy.

May 21 will feature four tutorials about energy systems and grid technologies. The following two days will be packed with information in an attempt to answer the major questions surrounding green energy.

Prof. Melissa Knothe Tate elected American Society of Mechanical Engineers fellow

Melissa Knothe Tate, professor of biomedical and mechanical and aerospace engineering, was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an honor lauding the top 3 percent of the profession.

Knothe Tate was elected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2010.

Biomedical engineering student Asha Singanamalli received runner up for paper at SPIE Medical Imaging 2013

Asha Singanamalli, a biomedical engineering student, received runner up for best student paper at SPIE Medical Imaging 2013. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.

She beat out 40 other student papers and 7 other finalists with her paper, titled “Identifying in Vivo Dce MRI parameters correlated with ex Vivo quantitative microvessel characteristics: a radiohistomorphometric approach.”

Get to know engineering and economics major, Hole Patch co-founder Mayank Saksena

Last year, a group of Case Western Reserve University students made headlines with Hole Patch, their innovative approach to fixing potholes using a bag filled with a secret recipe of non-Newtonian fluid. As a co-founder of the award-winning startup, junior Mayank Saksena played a major role in the company’s creation.

This year, Saksena is making headlines himself, having recently been named Northeast Ohio’s Best Intern by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. His nominators at BioEnterprise were so impressed by him both professionally and personally that they invited him back during the academic year—the first time the company had extended such an offer to an undergraduate.

His work at BioEnterprise combined his areas of expertise—entrepreneurship and engineering—as he created a market analysis for a wound-healing technology. It’s precisely the kind of work he’s always wanted to do.

Mechanical and Aerospace's Paul Barnhart wins Wittke Award for superior teaching style

Paul Barnhart pushes fourth- and fifth-year students to become problem solvers before they leave for graduate school or engineering careers.

“I don’t ask them questions that have answers in the back of a book,” said Barnhart, a Case Western Reserve University associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. “No professional engineer is asked to solve a problem that has an answer in the back of a book.”

Barnhart, who spent more than two decades working as an aerospace engineer with NASA contractors, is called “real,” “old school” and “caring” by his students, for his teaching style and willingness to help them in academics, campus life or their future.