Apple debuted a number of new technologies last week, including the latest version of its Apple Watch, which includes health monitoring capabilities that trace their roots to Case Western Reserve University.
Mehran Mehregany, the Goodrich Professor of Engineering Innovation, took a leave from Case Western Reserve November 2009 through August 2010 to start the engineering program at (the then newly found) West Health Institute in San Diego, serving as the founding EVP of Engineering. In December 2009, while at the West Health Institute, he identified the need for low-cost remote home monitoring of fetal heart rate and contractions in pregnant women and a responsive solution using wearable sensors. He assembled a team at the West Health Institute to develop the product, and named it “Sense4Baby.”
Consumers aren’t embracing electric cars and trucks, partly due to the dearth of charging stations required to keep them moving. Even the conservation-minded are hesitant to go electric in some states because, studies show, if fossil fuels generate the electricity, the car is no greener than one powered with an efficient gasoline.
Charging cars by solar cell would appear to be the answer. But most cells fail to meet the power requirements needed to directly charge lithium-ion batteries used in today’s all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, however, have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency—the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe.
Case Western Reserve is seeking faculty, students and staff to volunteer at Innovation Summit 2015: Models of Innovation, the university’s three-day event Oct. 26-28.
More than 200 volunteer opportunities are available to help ensure a smooth, successful event, help attendees and speakers navigate campus and connect the summit with volunteers on social media.
Secure your volunteer spot today!
When Lauren Anderson found out she won a Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship, she thought she was dreaming.
The Case Western Reserve University junior had just woken up from a nap and checked her email when she learned she would have her final two years of tuition paid for and receive a post-graduation job. It seemed almost too good to be true, she remembered.
“It’s one of the best feelings I have ever had,” Anderson, who is a member of the CWRU volleyball team, said. “After being accepted, I have been so much more stress-free and have been able to focus more on my classes, volleyball and my college experience rather than searching for jobs and internships.”
During the next three years, researchers at Case Western Reserve University will team with NASA Glenn Research Center and firefighters nationally, from Cleveland to Oregon, to design and test sensors aimed at protecting firefighters from respiratory damage and illnesses.
The Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the group a $1.5 million Assistance to Firefighters/Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to make prototypes.