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Case School of Engineering to honor 12 endowed professorships

Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts CenterThe Case Western Reserve University community is invited to join in a celebration honoring 12 recently endowed engineering professorships on Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center.
Honorees include Alexis Abramson, Ozan Akkus, Rohan Akolkar, Roger French, Robert Gao, Mehmet Koyuturk, Anant Madabhushi, Mehran Mehregany, Mohan Sankaran, Alp Sehirlioglu, Nicole Seiberlich and Dustin Tyler.

An hors d'oeuvers reception will follow the ceremony. Complimentary on-site parking is available. RSVP to or 216.368.1149.

Rigoberto Advincula writes about, presents on 3-D printing nanocomposites

Rigoberto AdvinculaRigoberto Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, recently wrote an article and gave a presentation on 3-D printing nanocomposites.
His article, titled “3D Printing Biocompatible Polyurethane/Poly(lactic acid)/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites: Anisotropic Properties” was published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
The article detailed the first 3-D printing of biocompatible polyurethane/PLA composite, which could be used for biomedical applications.

Share your ideas to optimize health care big data at the Medical Capital Innovation Competition

CalendarHealth care generates vast amounts of big data, and organizations are actively seeking solutions that will unlock the true potential of this data and turn it into actionable tools that will change the landscape of health care.
Innovators are invited to compete for $100,000 in cash prizes at the Medical Capital Innovation Competition on April 25-26 at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

Graduate students win awards for posters at Electronic Materials and Applications Meeting

Blue ribbon awardWilliam Huddleston and Kevin Pachuta, graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received second and third place awards, respectively, at the eighth Electronic Materials and Applications Meeting.
The meeting, organized by the American Ceramic Society, was held in January in Orlando.
Huddleston’s and Pachuta’s posters were selected for awards from 43 entries.

Engineering students show Rwandan villagers how to install solar panels

Engineering students meeting with Rwandan villagersFor years, Daniel Lacks has taken Case Western Reserve University engineering students to African villages, showing them a different way of life and, more recently, aiding those they visited by installing solar panels in their villages.
What he and his students didn’t realize, though, was the inherent problem with that model.
Last summer, Lacks, chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, returned to the first village where he and his students installed solar panels in 2014—only to find that the system hadn’t worked for months and the villagers didn’t know how to fix it. Though the solution ultimately was an easy one, he knew it could become a common problem.