Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the director of Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratory (OBL), has won a $392,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study a new way to help rebuild damaged tendons.
The project, which includes work with biomaterials, biofabrication and stem cells, is funded jointly by the NSF’s Division of Materials Research and Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation.
The tendons of the shoulder are particularly vulnerable to degeneration with aging—especially the supraspinatus, which controls the ability to raise the arm to perform mundane tasks like reaching a shelf or brushing one’s teeth. Moreover, a significant percentage of repairs to this tendon fail.
Nicole F. Steinmetz, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Rigoberto Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, were awarded a grant from the nanomanufacturing program in the National Science Foundation Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation that provides $424,300 to fund nanoparticle research.
This grant, titled “Scalable Nanomanufacturing and Supra-Assembly of Virus-Hybrid Janus Bionanoparticles,” will provide funding for scaled-up nanomanufacturing and assembly of virus-based Janus bio-nanoparticles, including higher-order structures.
Alexis Abramson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Dominique Durand, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering, have been selected as two of the top 25 STEM professors in Ohio by onlineschoolsohio.com.
Abramson is a nationally recognized leader in nanotechnology research and was recently appointed as faculty director of Case Western Reserve University’s Great Lakes Energy Institute. Durand is director of the Neural Imaging Center and a global leader in neural engineering and the control of epilepsy.
Onlineschoolsohio.com generated its first annual top 25 list of STEM professors to celebrate faculty at Ohio colleges and universities for their achievement in teaching, mentoring and conducting research in their STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—specialties.
The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) and the Division of Education and Student Programs (DESP) are hosting a networking and information session to kick-off two student competitions—the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge and the Saint-Gobain Design Competition.
The session will take place Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Nord 310, and will provide details about the contests, which present in-depth, hands-on opportunities for students to learn about clean energy and materials, explore building their own businesses and a chance to compete to win $10,000 or more in prize money.
Students will be able to network with contacts from organizations including Blackstone Launchpad, Jumpstart Inc., NorTech, think[box] and the university’s Technology Transfer Office.
The Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has been ranked 35th in the nation for undergraduate engineering education in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings—a nine-spot gain.
The Case School of Engineering's undergraduate biomedical program ranked No. 11. Case Western Reserve overall maintained its position as the nation’s 37th-ranked university, and the university saw other significant gains in categories involving admissions and undergraduate alumni. The university’s overall selectivity ranking jumped from 47th to 34th, and the alumni participation ranking climbed from 48th to 44th.
“We are pleased with the progress we have made in specific areas,” President Barbara R. Snyder said, “but recognize that we have ample room to improve. We will continue to build momentum in areas of growth, and identify ways to strengthen our performance in other categories.”