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5 questions with ... USG President, civil engineer James Hale

Hey students: James Hale wants to hear from you. As president of the Undergraduate Student Government, Hale helped organize the State of the University Address, during which President Barbara R. Snyder reflected on the past year, shared plans for the future and answered questions from students.

To ensure his constituents’ voices were heard, Hale instated a new initiative this year: an online forum to which students could post questions for President Snyder to answer during her remarks. Questions posed on the forum ranged from housing to academic concerns—topics that weigh heavy on the minds of students.

Beyond noting students’ concerns at the State of the University Address, Hale wants to hear from undergraduate students personally, to find out how he can help improve campus.

School wins $1.2M federal grant to develop flexible nanoscale electronics

Case Western Reserve University researchers have won a $1.2 million grant to develop technology for mass-producing flexible electronic devices at a whole new level of small.

As they’re devising new tools and techniques to make wires narrower than a particle of smoke, they’re also creating ways to build them in flexible materials and package the electronics in waterproofing layers of durable plastics.

The team of engineers, who specialize in different fields, ultimately aims to build flexible electronics that bend with the realities of life: Health-monitoring sensors that can be worn on or under the skin and foldable electronic devices as thin as a sheet of plastic wrap. And, further down the road, implantable nerve-stimulating electrodes that enable patients to regain control from paralysis or master a prosthetic limb.

Prof. Arthur Heuer delivers Sauveur Memorial Lecture in Boston

Professor Arthur Heuer, Distinguished University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, delivered the 67th Sauveur Memorial Lecture to the Boston Chapter of ASM International (The Materials Information Society) on Nov. 6, 2012. Heuer's lecture was entitled “On the Growth of Alumina Scales.” The ASM Boston Chapter met jointly with the New England Section of the American Ceramic Society for this special event.

Albert Sauveur (1863-1939) was dean of American Metallurgists and the first professor of metallurgy at Harvard University, where he served from 1899 to 1935. Among his many honors, he received an honorary degree from the Case School of Applied Science in 1921.

Using technology first developed by CLiPS, university researchers are making computer data storage cheaper and easier

Businesses and consumers may soon have a simpler, cheaper way to store large amounts of digital data.

A Case Western Reserve University physics professor and his graduate student have launched a company aimed at making an optical disc that holds 1 to 2 terabytes of data—the equivalent of 1,000 to 2,000 copies of Encyclopedia Britannica. The entire print collection of the Library of Congress could fit on five to 10 discs.

The technology they’ve developed would provide small- and medium-sized businesses an alternative to storing data on energy-wasting magnetic discs or cumbersome magnetic tapes, the founders say.

PayScale assesses ROI of degrees; ranks Case Western Reserve 37th in nation

The research firm PayScale created their 2012 College Salary Report to assess the value of a four-year degree, and determined that the 15 best undergraduate degrees for starting median salary were all in engineering, computer and physical sciences, and math. PayScale also calculated those degrees’ return on investment based on the median income of a degree holder over that of a high school graduate.
PayScale ranked Case Western Reserve University 37th in the country for its return on investment, out of 850 schools it evaluated. They determined the average annual ROI was 9 percent for Case Western Reserve grads, earning them a 30-year net ROI of $680,300; for those who receive financial aid, the average annual ROI was calculated at 11.1 percent, with a 30-year return of $755,800.

Learn more about PayScale's 2012 college report.