Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Chemical engineering’s Julie Renner wins ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship

Julie RennerJulie Renner, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded a ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship.
The fellowship program is a partnership between the Electrochemical Society and Toyota Research Institute of North America. Renner is one of just three researchers from across the country to be selected for the honor.

The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship aims to encourage young professors and scholars to pursue research in green energy technology that may promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of utilizing alternative fuels.

Sears think[box] featured in new online book

Sears think[box] exteriorCase Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] continues to gain national attention in the maker community: the seven-story campus innovation center was featured in a new book about the maker movement as a driver for economic development in cities.
Sears think[box] is particularly distinctive, according to the authors of Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing Our Cities, because unlike many university-based makerspaces, it is open to the entire community.

Distinguished University Professor Robert Savinell featured in ECS podcast

Robert SavinellRobert Savinell, Distinguished University Professor and the George S. Dively Professor of Chemical Engineering, shared his thoughts on the future of scholarly publishing, open science and accessibility as part of the Electrochemical Society’s (ECS) ongoing podcast series.
Savinell, editor of the ECS’s Journal of the Electrochemical Society, joined fellow ECS journal editor Dennis Hess for the discussion at the ECS meeting in May.
Listen now. 

Materials doctoral candidate Janet Gbur appointed to Microscopy Society of America Student Council

Janet GburJanet Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named president-elect of the newly formed student council of the Microscopy Society of America.
The society created the council earlier this year to improve the level and sustainability of student input and to provide leadership opportunities for society members at the earliest stages of their careers.

James McGuffin-Cawley named interim dean

James McGuffin-CawleyProvost Bud Baeslack announced today that the Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of James McGuffin-Cawley as interim dean of the Case School of Engineering, effective July 1.
McGuffin-Cawley, an alumnus of the school and member of its faculty since 1991, assumes the interim role upon the departure of current dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, who becomes executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami on July 1.