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Mechanical and aerospace’s Vedha Nayagam honored by NASA

Vedha Nayagam, research associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been honored by NASA for his research with the International Space Station. 
Nayagam’s work earned a Top Space Station Research Award in the category of Discoveries in Microgravity in recognition of outstanding results on cool flames in space, which was named a top discovery on the International Space Station last year.

Though the experiments were conducted in space, the discoveries that came out of Nayagam’s work on the Flame Extinguishing Experiment (FLEX and FLEX 2) has applications on Earth as well, particularly in new technologies involving internal combustion engines.

Attention Students: Kelly Services announces engineering scholarship

Kelly Services has announced it is accepting applications for its 2014 Future Engineers Scholarship Program.
The company awards one $5,000 per year to a full-time, second- or third-year engineering student toward expenses for tuition, fees, books and room and board.
Candidates must demonstrate potential for and commitment to a career in engineering, as well as outstanding academic performance. The application deadline is Oct. 15.
Learn more about the program and how to apply.

CWRU moves to No. 4 in ”Washington Monthly” rankings of best universities

Case Western Reserve climbed to fourth among national universities in The Washington Monthly’s annual rankings of colleges that best contribute to the nation’s future.
Released today, the magazine’s ratings focus on three categories: social mobility, research production, and commitment to service. In 2011, Case Western Reserve broke into the Top 10 with a seventh-place finish, and repeated that result last year.
“Colleges and universities help advance society through learning and discovery,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We appreciate Washington Monthly’s recognition of our commitment to excellence, innovation and engagement in our community.”

Chemical engineering’s Robert Savinell recognized as Distinguished University Professor

During his high school career on Cleveland’s West Side, one of Robert F. Savinell’s teachers said he needed to choose a field of focus. He selected chemistry and immediately hit the ground running.
After graduating from Cleveland State University with a degree in chemical engineering, Savinell enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to obtain master’s and PhD degrees in the same subject. It was during his time at Pitt that he was exposed to electrochemistry and the mentorship of Chung-Chiun Liu, now a Case Western Reserve University Distinguished University Professor.

CWRU pride: University makes list of top LGBT-friendly colleges

Case Western Reserve is among the Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities, according to Campus Pride, a national organization that aims to make universities safer and more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The recognition, announced this week in The Huffington Post, follows Case Western Reserve’s first five-star ranking on the Campus Pride Index, a detailed survey of universities’ policies, services and institutional support for LGBT individuals.
“This recognition from Campus Pride is the result of tireless efforts among our faculty, staff, students and alumni to promote the principles of inclusion,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We are pleased to receive this honor, and will continue to seek ways to advance diversity across our campus.”