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CSE’s Umut Gurkan and team receive CTSC award

A research team led by Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace Engineering, received a $50,000 Annual Pilot Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Cleveland funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
 
The CTSC Annual Pilot Program supports innovative translational research projects focused on the invention and preclinical development of novel technologies to address unmet clinical needs. In this project, Gurkan is working with Jane Little, associate professor of hematology and oncology in the Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program at University Hospitals, and Connie Piccone, assistant professor of pediatric hematology and oncology and clinical director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Anemia Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

CSE PhD student wins Best Student Paper Award at IEEE conference

Jaesung Lee, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has won a Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Frequency Control Symposium (IEEE IFCS) for presenting his paper entitled “Atomically Thin MoS2 Resonators for Pressure Sensing.”
 
Lee and his faculty mentor Philip Feng, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, reported an experimental investigation of a new type of nanoscale device that is exceptionally responsive to small pressure variations, and yet can tolerate pressure changes over wide ranges.
 

CTSC/Coulter grant awarded to biomedical engineering, medicine faculty

Anant Madabhushi, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and investigators at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, including Lyndsay Harris, professor of medicine-hematology and oncology, and Hannah Gilmore, assistant professor of pathology, were awarded a one-year Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative and Case Coulter Translational Research Partnership grant for their proposal titled, “Computerized Histologic Image-based predictor of recurrence in breast cancers following treatment.”
 
Additional key personnel included Ajay Basavanhally, research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
 

CSE’s Gary Wnek takes entrepreneurship education to the Philippines

Gary Wnek, the Case School of Engineering’s associate dean of academics, recently traveled to the Philippines as the first visiting professor under the PhilDev Innovation Development through Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) program.
 
The program brings U.S.-based faculty experts in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and math—to work with partner institutions in the Philippines to help promote innovation and entrepreneurship.

CWRU grants exclusive license to Folio Photonics

Folio Photonics LLC, a start-up company spun off from research in the Center for Layered Polymer Systems at Case Western Reserve University, received an exclusive license from the university to commercialize products for a large and evolving archival optical data storage market.
 
Folio Photonics is developing an optical data storage disc with terabyte scale capacity, said company founder Kenneth D. Singer, the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics. The license, through the university’s Technology Transfer Office, is for the length of the patents, at least 20 years.