MythBusters' Adam Savage visits Case Western Reserve University's Sears think[box].
Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

James McGuffin-Cawley appointed associate dean of research

James McGuffin-Cawley, the Arthur S. Holden Professor of Engineering, has been named associate dean of research for the Case School of Engineering.
McGuffin-Cawley has been a member of the engineering faculty since 1991, and for the last nine years, he has served as the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he led the efforts to redesign the department’s curriculum—creating a more modern, vibrant program more closely connected with the school’s research initiatives.

CWRU students install solar panels in Namibia

When Michael Goldberg started his Massive Open Online Course two years ago, he hoped it would empower students around the globe to launch their own businesses.
He never imagined that Case Western Reserve undergraduates would travel to another continent to help them.
But that’s precisely what happened when a conversation between Goldberg and engineering professor Daniel Lacks connected students in Cleveland with an aspiring entrepreneur in a Namibian village.

Gelfand Center engineering director Me’lani Joseph to deliver keynote at Great Lakes Science Center science camp

Me’lani Joseph, engineering director of the university’s Leonard Gelfand STEM Center, will deliver the keynote at the Great Lakes Science Center’s Girls Go! Science program on April 23.
The daylong event includes workshops and hands-on activities led by women working in STEM fields—science, technology engineering and math—aimed to inspire students in grades 6-12 to pursue STEM careers.

Other presenters include representatives from Tremco, Rockwell, NASA and Lubrizol.

Engineering students chosen for prestigious University Innovations Fellows program

The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) selected Case Western Reserve University students Marc Bouchet and Calin Solomon as “University Innovation Fellows” in a national program that empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking.
Epicenter is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell.
An official pinning ceremony inducting the students as Innovation Fellows was held Friday, March 25 in Sears think[box].

Anthropology, engineering students collaborate on global health issues in Uganda

Disposal of medical waste is not the most glamorous issue in global health, yet the risk it poses to health workers, community members, and the environment is significant in resource-poor locations around the world. At rural health clinics in Uganda, for example, medical waste—from wrappers to used needles—is often thrown in a pile behind the building and set on fire every once in a while.
“Medical waste management is a complex process that intersects with other health problems. The complexity of the system poses challenges that are difficult for under-resourced health systems to manage fully and safely. No one approach will address the entire issue,” Andrew Rollins, professor of biomedical engineering and medicine, said.