Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Rigoberto Advincula offers expertise on solar-powered plane

Solar Impulse 2—an experimental solar-powered aircraft—is in the midst of an around-the-world journey, and Case Western Reserve University Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering Rigoberto Advincula was tapped by the American Chemical Society to offer insights on the materials that are making the plane’s historic, fuel-free trip possible.
At a National Press Club briefing held in May, Advincula explained how the high-performance lightweight materials at the heart of Solar Impulse 2 are found in increasingly diverse applications. Advincula shared the program with George Corbin, global head of research and innovation at Solvay Specialty Polymers, a leading producer of advanced materials and partner on the Solar Impulse project.

Explore fine art collaboration at Sears think[box] June 18

Sears think[box]Case Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] and Zygote Press present FILE PREP, a group exhibition with artists Elizabeth Emery, Liz Maugans, Lisa Schonberg, Corrie Slawson and Rebekah Wilhelm, on Saturday, June 18 from 1-3:30 p.m.
Zygote Press, a nonprofit, artist-run print workshop that promotes contemporary fine-art printing, has been collaborating with Sears think[box] over the last three months, creating a technical and creative exchange between the innovation center and traditional printing. The artists served as ambassadors over the residency, learning approaches to digital manufacturing with the goal of sharing the information with the larger Zygote community.

Burning for knowledge: Researchers set to ignite fire in space

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center and around the world will perform the largest fire-safety experiment ever in space when the unmanned Cygnus cargo module backs a safe distance from the International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for this afternoon (June 14).
Small-scale experiments on materials about the size of an index card, done on the ISS, indicate that flames behave differently in microgravity than on Earth. This experiment, called Saffire-I, is expected to show how fire may grow and spread at a size that aerospace researchers consider dangerous.

Case School of Engineering Annual Report, Innovation Summit win national honors

Innovators: The Case School of Engineering Annual Report 2014-15Innovators, the Case School of Engineering 2014-15 Annual Report, has been named among the country’s best higher education publications, garnering a Gold Circle of Excellence Award for institutional presidents and annual reports from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
The Circle of Excellence Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing in higher education.
The inaugural Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit, which was organized with significant leadership from the Case School of Engineering, also won accolades: a bronze award in the multi-day event category.

Biomedical engineering technologies secure translational state funding awards

Working in collaboration with the university’s Technology Transfer Office, two biomedical engineering faculty members recently secured funding awards to help them move their research from campus to the marketplace.
The awards involve software that can distinguish between brain tumors and benign effects of radiation treatment and technology that tests babies for cystic fibrosis more quickly and easily than existing methods.