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Robert Gao elected to fellowship in the International Academy for Production Engineering

Robert GaoRobert Gao, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Cady Staley Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the Academy of Fellows of the International Academy for Production Engineering.
 
Known as CIRP, the French acronym of the organization, the College International pour la Recherche en Productique is the world leading organization in manufacturing-related research. The academy has restricted membership based on demonstrated excellence in research and has some 600 academic and industrial members from 50 industrial countries.

PhD student awarded scholarship for work in diagnostic imaging

Nathaniel BramanNathaniel Braman, a PhD student and researcher in the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD), was awarded the Terry M. Speth Service Professional Memorial Scholarship for Diagnostic Imaging Research.
 
Braman conducts research in the area of breast cancer imaging analytics. His current work focuses on the prediction of genetic subtype and chemotherapy response of breast tumors from textural features on dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI.
Anant Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering and director of CCIPD, mentors Braman in these projects.

Carla Mann Woods to deliver Ford Lecture Nov. 3

The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the fall 2016 Ford Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 3 featuring Carla Mann Woods, CEO of Mann Healthcare Partners.
 
She has been developing and marketing medical devices for more than 20 years. She began her career at Pacesetter Systems, where she planned new technology applications and product needs for pacemakers. She joined Advanced Bionics, a neuromodulation company eventually acquired by Boston Scientific. During her tenure at Advanced Bionics/Boston Scientific, she led the business development, product development and marketing for products including the Precision Spinal Cord Stimulator, the BION® microstimulator, implantable infusion pumps and cochlear implants. For these products she holds more than 40 U.S. patents and was the shareholder representative in the Boston Scientific acquisition.

Professor emeritus inducted into NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame

Eli ReshotkoEli Reshotko, the Kent H. Smith Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been inducted into the NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame.
 
Honored by NASA Glenn for his research contributions in aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, Reshotko is internationally renowned for his fundamental research on compressible boundary layers, their stability and transition.
 
He was officially inducted along with the rest of the class of 2016 at a ceremony on Sept. 14 held in the Mission Integration Center Auditorium at the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Student and faculty team wins VentureWell grant for port sterilization project

Blue ribbonA team of senior biomedical engineering majors and Case Western Reserve University faculty won a VentureWell E-Team Grant to advance a project aimed to reduce catheter infection rates.
 
Ironically, when patients end up in hospitals to get treatment, they can be exposed to new infections from the inadvertent introduction of bacteria into the blood while medication is being administered through the injection ports of in-dwelling catheters. These catheter-related blood stream infections—or CRBIs—are a serious issue for hospitals. They can lead to extended stays for patients, as well as increased costs for the hospital, up to $2.8 billion a year nation wide.