Case Western Reserve University will contribute expertise and key facilities to a $148 million lightweight metal manufacturing research consortium that President Barack Obama announced yesterday.
“I don’t want the next big job-creating discovery to come from Germany or China or Japan. I want it to be made here in America,” Obama said during the announcement.
Primarily sponsored by the Department of Defense, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be led by Columbus-based Edison Welding Institute, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. The institute, called ALMMII for short, is expected to bring 10,000 jobs to this region over the next five years.
Could Cleveland be the next Silicon Valley? According to a recent article in MAKE magazine, it’s got the right mix of ingredients to help maker culture thrive.
The article points to resources like Case Western Reserve’s think[box] that give budding entrepreneurs and innovators in Northeast Ohio free—or practically free—access to high-tech prototyping tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters and CNC equipment.
Stuart J. Rowan, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been recognized by the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society as the winner of the 2014 Edward W. Morley Medal.
The Cleveland Section of the ACS awards the annual prize to honor significant contributions to chemistry through achievements in research, teaching, engineering, research administration and public service, outstanding service to humanity or to industrial progress.
Compadre, a company best known for transit packaging solutions, has obtained an exclusive license to pursue commercial uses for AeroClay, an innovative technology developed in a Case Western Reserve University materials lab.
About two years ago, executives of Compadre, a privately held company based in Austin, Texas, became fascinated with the research of David Schiraldi, professor and chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve. Schiraldi and his lab team developed AeroClay—the trademarked name for an array of lightweight, durable and environmentally friendly aerogel materials.
Think[box] has kept nearly 1,000 pounds of material—including more than 600 pounds of electronic waste—out of landfills since launching its recycling program in the fall.
Working with Case Western Reserve's Office for Sustainability and Custodial Services, the university’s invention center has placed bins and carts outside think[box] in Glennan for 11 different waste streams: e-waste, batteries, light bulbs, tires, toner, cardboard, cans and bottles, paper, scrap metal, equipment disposal and even hazardous waste.