Gary Wnek, Case School of Engineering’s associate dean of academics, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.
Wnek, who is also faculty director for both think[box] and the Master of Engineering and Management program, is among 73 of the nation’s top engineering educators selected by the NAE to participate in the forum for their work on developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines. Attendees will share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education, and will leave the two-and-a-half day event with a charter to bring about continued improvement at their home institution.
Rigoberto C. Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of America (UPAAA) on Sept. 1 at the UPAAA General Convention in Las Vegas.
He also was guest speaker at the convention, giving a talk titled “Engineering for Ingenuity.”
Anant Madabhushi, associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at Case Western Reserve, has been invited to serve as associate editor for the Journal of Medical Imaging, a soon-to-be-launched scientific publication offered through the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.
The Journal of Medical Imaging will publish high-quality peer-reviewed papers on fundamental and translational research and applications focused on photonics in medical imaging. The scope of the publication will include topics on imaging physics, tomographic reconstruction algorithms (such as those in CT and MRI), image processing, computer-aided diagnosis, visualization and modeling, image perception and observer performance, technology assessment, ultrasonic imaging, image-guided procedures and digital pathology.
Scientists know that physical and biochemical signals can guide cells to make, for example, muscle, blood vessels or bone. But the exact recipes to produce the desired tissues have proved elusive.
Now, biomedical engineering researchers at Case Western Reserve University have taken a step toward identifying that mix by developing an easy and versatile way of forming physical and biochemical gradients in three dimensions.
Ultimately, one of their goals is to engineer systems to manipulate stem cells to repair or replace damaged tissues and organs.
Minh Khanh Nguyen, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received the 2013 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award.
This award is one of the highest honors a postdoctoral researcher can receive in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Nguyen is one of two recipients of this year’s award. He received $2,500 and will present on his research, which focuses on injectable hydrogels for therapeutics delivery and tissue regeneration, at the TERMIS annual event.
Nguyen works in the lab of Eben Alsberg, associate professor of biomedical engineering. He is the second recipient of the award from Alsberg’s lab in the last three years; in 2011, Melissa Krebs received the award.