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Man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging technologies to move again—just by thinking

BrainGate patient Bill KochevarBill Kochevar grabbed a mug of water, drew it to his lips and drank through the straw.
His motions were slow and deliberate, but then Kochevar hadn’t moved his right arm or hand for eight years.
And it took some practice to reach and grasp just by thinking about it.
Kochevar, who was paralyzed below his shoulders in a bicycling accident, is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies.

Engineering faculty members win NSF CAREER grants

Lab researchTwo Case School of Engineering faculty members are among three Case Western Reserve University researchers to receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants, totaling nearly $1.7 million.
Michael Hore, assistant professor of macromolecular science and engineering, received a $500,000 CAREER award to unravel how nanoparticles move through a tight pore—a process known as translocation.
Bo Li, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received a $500,000 award to develop computational tools to improve additive manufacturing processes.

PhD student receives award from Society for Biomaterials

Blue ribbon awardMousa Younesi, a PhD student in the lab of Ozan Akkus, the Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won a Student Travel Achievement Recognition award for his contribution to the 2017 meeting of the Society for Biomaterials.
Younesi was recognized for his paper, “The Effect of PDGF-BB Delivery from Heparinized Collagen Sutures on Healing of Lacerated Flexor Tendon In-vivo.” 

Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk elected to leadership position in AIMBE

Dean Jeffrey DuerkJeffrey L. Duerk, dean of the Case School of Engineering, has been elected by his colleagues in the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) to serve as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors as a director-at-large.
AIMBE is a nonprofit organization representing the top 2 percent of researchers and scholars in the field. Founded in 1991, the organization serves as an advocate for public policy issues related to improving lives through medical and biological engineering.
As director-at-large, Duerk will help set strategic priorities for AIMBE and direct the course of the organization’s future.

CWRU places two of top three finishers in national student startup competition at South by Southwest

Dominic Montante, Xyla Foxlin, Matt Campagna and Brian PollackHaving two of the nation’s top eight qualifiers for the final round of South by Southwest’s (SXSW) “Student Startup Madness” competition was already impressive.
To have both student entrepreneurial teams from Case Western Reserve University finish among the top three in the country this week was beyond special.
“Stunning results,” said Bob Sopko, director of CWRU LaunchNet, who accompanied the student teams to Austin and admitted getting “a little choked up” when the results were announced. “The CWRU teams did an outstanding job connecting their tech innovations to real human needs. We were honored to make it to the top eight, and stunned to have two of the top finishers. The competition was very difficult.”