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CWRU part of $70 million public and private initiative to grow, improve manufacturing

3d printerCase Western Reserve University is among the leaders of a $70 million consortium to demonstrate ways to improve and expand manufacturing in the United States.

The first major investment came from a $30 million federal grant that established the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. An additional $40 million will come from the State of Ohio Third Frontier, nine research universities, five community colleges, 40 companies and 11 nonprofit organizations that are a part of the institute.

Along with Carnegie Mellon University and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing, Case Western Reserve helped forge partnerships among the more than five dozen organizations across Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. After an extensive evaluation process involving the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the group won the competition to become the pilot effort of an ambitious initiative to transform manufacturing across the country.

“Case Western Reserve has a long and proud history of bringing discoveries to market,” said Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, a professor of materials science and engineering.  “We are honored by this opportunity and look forward to collaborating with this outstanding group of university, nonprofit and industry partners.”

Join Iwan Alexander to discuss wind energy at Monday's Science Cafe Cleveland at the Market Garden Brewery

Is wind power just a bunch of hot air ... or real energy for the future? That's the topic of Iwan Alexander's discussion at the next Science Cafe Cleveland this Monday, Aug. 13, at the Market Garden Brewery. 

Alexander, chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, will talk about offshore wind (including the Great Lakes), its relevance, barriers to implementation and its role now and in the future relative to conventional fuels for electrical power--coal, natural gas and nuclear.

Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion starts at 7 p.m. The Market Garden Brewery is located at 1947 W. 25th St. in Cleveland.

University hosts EEC's Entrepreneurship Immersion Week

Case Western Reserve University welcomes undergraduate students from across the region, beginning this weekend, as host of the sixth annual Entrepreneurship Education Week, sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium. This intensive, one-week academic immersion experience for undergraduates from all disciplines is designed to teach the basic skills needed when developing new business concepts. 

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 5, a team of five Case Western Reserve students will meet teams from eight other colleges and universities for activities like a human Tetris icebreaker to the week's grand finale business-concept competition on Fri., Aug. 10.

Learn more about the Entrepreneurship Education Week's activities.

Learn more about BME's Nicole Steinmetz, from hobbies to video games to interschool collaboration

Featured in this week's university newsletter, The Daily, assistant professor of biomedical engineering Nicole Steinmetz shares her take on super powers, competitive sports and nanomedicine. Highlights include her favorite thing about Case Western Reserve—the integration of the medical and engineering schools—and her collaboration on a science video that explains nanomedicine to K-12 students. Read the article, and watch her educational video, The Nanoman, below:


President Obama honors BME researcher Jeffrey Capadona with Presidential Early Career Award

President Barack Obama Monday named biomedical engineering Professor Jeffrey R. Capadona one of the nation’s 96 most promising young scientists for his pioneering work in bridging connections between artificial implants and the human body.
Capadona, a biomedical engineering associate professor at Case Western Reserve University and a research health scientist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, was humbled by the news and quickly credited to his mentors, co-workers and students.
“I do not feel deserving. There are so many great researchers, doing incredible work, that I am honored to be considered for recognition of my small part,” Capadona said, then added that he did take some pleasure in the news. “This award tells me that my ideas aren't all crazy.”