Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Civil engineering student athlete receives winter NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Nicholas HeimRecent Case Western Reserve University graduate Nicholas Heim was selected as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded to just 174 student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions annually, who excel at an elite level in athletic competition, in the classroom, and in the local community.
Heim, a civil engineering major, is the second Case Western Reserve athlete to win the honor this academic year, joining football player Dayton Snyder. He is the 23rd Spartan ever to win the award, and the 12th since the 2006 season.

Chemical engineering students expand community garden

Two years ago, a group of chemical engineering students created a community garden in a Cleveland neighborhood as part of a class project. This year, a new group of students has expanded and improved the East 84th street garden as part of their senior capstone project.

Aiming to make lasting improvements, two groups of student, including Matt Zembas, Jacob Cogar, CJ Krimbill Nicole Thompson, Kristen Jones, Becky O'Toole and EvanTsiklidis, expanded the lot, added a fence and built an irrigation system.
Check out the Plain Dealer’s coverage of the new-and-improved garden. 

CWRU, UHCMC to partner exclusively with Siemens Healthcare to bring MRI research technique to clinical application

At the recent 24th annual meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in Singapore, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Siemens Healthcare announced an exclusive research partnership to further develop a quantitative imaging method known as Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF). University and hospital researchers and Siemens’ developers will further refine the promising method of quantitative tissue analysis.
“We have been working with Siemens for over 30 years, developing and applying emerging MRI technologies, and we are excited to continue this great partnership,” said Mark Griswold, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve and program chair at the ISMRM conference. “The goal of MR Fingerprinting is to specifically identify and characterize individual tissues and diseases, but to try to get there, we’ve had to rethink a lot of what we do in MRI.”

Celebrate science, the arts and Cleveland at Bal Ingenieux June 4

Join Ingenuity Cleveland for Bal Ingénieux, its annual celebration of creativity of all kinds, June 4 at the Tenk Building in the Flats.
The event is styled as a masquerade ball and includes dinner, dancing, unique performances, and this year, science experiments prepared by Case Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box].
The university’s innovation hub has also been selected as the winner of Ingenuity Cleveland’s inaugural Innovator’s Award, which will be presented at the event.

PhD candidate Mustafa Unal named finalist for CIMIT Technology Prize

The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) has selected PhD candidate Mustafa Unal as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 CIMIT Prize in Primary HealthCare, a national and highly selective competition aimed to stimulate and sponsor the development of truly innovative technology to support the efforts of primary-care practitioners serving the most significant needs of their patients. In this national competition, highly innovative projects of outstanding engineering students in top U.S. universities compete for three top prizes: $150,000, $100,000, or $50,000.

Selected by a distinguished panel of technologists and primary-care clinicians, Unal has received $10,000 in initial funding for research expenses and to prepare for the final round in August, in which he will compete for one of the three top prizes.