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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.

Mohan Sankaran's influential mentoring approach earns him Jackson Award

When an incoming first-year student asked to become involved in research, R. Mohan Sankaran, associate professor of chemical engineering, delivered.

The student, Megan Witzke, will graduate this month as a published researcher. She’ll enter a PhD program this fall as one of fewer than 100 chemical engineering students nationwide to receive a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Based heavily on Witzke’s success and recommendation, Sankaran, a Case Western Reserve University faculty member since 2005, won a J. Bruce Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. J. Bruce Jackson (ADL ’52) established the award in 2003 in honor of the late Dean Carl F. Wittke, Jackson’s mentor during his undergraduate years.

CWRU students add Jell-O to engineering lesson plans

A team of Case Western Reserve University students is pushing Jell-O as brain food—to teach middle schoolers about engineering.
For their efforts, the team won the Biomaterials Education Challenge and $2,500 prize at the Society of Biomaterials’ national meeting in April.
Jell-O may be the nation’s best-known biomaterial. The food is classified as a hydrogel, and collagen, a protein found in the body, gives it the shakable structure.
Plastic surgeons use collagen to puff up movie stars’ lips. But, as photos of aging actors’ sagging smiles attest, collagen doesn’t hold up forever. And that’s part of what makes it a good material to teach young students, said team member Julia Samorezov, a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering.