Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]
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James T’ien honored by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

James T’ien, the Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2015 Space Processing Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
 
The award is given every other year for significant contributions in space processing or in furthering the use of microgravity for space processing.

T’ien was recognized specifically for his research into the fundamentals of flame spread and flammability, for contributions to spacecraft fire safety and leadership and support of the physical sciences in microgravity.

High fashion meets high tech

A team of artists and engineers are using sophisticated sensors to create illuminated clothes.
 
The design team includes Case Western Reserve alumnus and Sears think[box] lab technician Ray Krajci, and the illuminated outfits were recently featured on Inside Science TV.

Watch now.

Sherwin-Williams gives $1 million for Institute for Advanced Materials

The Sherwin-Williams Co. announced plans to commit $1 million toward materials research through the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) at Case Western Reserve University.
 
With the commitment, the Cleveland-based producer of paints and coatings combines nearly 150 years as an international leader in materials and coatings with Case Western Reserve’s extensive research in advanced materials and polymers. The funding will support collaborative projects with Case Western Reserve faculty and graduate students aimed at creating innovative designs in coating technologies.

Macro’s Rigoberto Advincula to present corrosion webinar Nov. 5

Nearly one fourth of the total corrosion costs which are estimated at $551 billion annually or 6.3 percent of GDP are preventable according to research at Case Western Reserve University by Rigoberto Advincula, professor of macromoluecular science and engineering, who is presenting a webinar on the subject Nov. 5.
 
The scope of the corrosion problem in industrialized countries is enormous making it crucial to mitigate its effect or inspect structures prior to failure. Any metallic specie other than the noble metals are prone to specific oxidation conditions, foremost are carbon steel structures and pipes.

Innovation hub think[box] gets more support and a new name

The university’s innovation hub that opened earlier this month already has a new name: Sears think[box].
 
Or, more formally: the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] at the Richey Mixon Building.
 
As part of events involved in the university’s Innovation Summit, President Barbara R. Snyder announced Tuesday evening that the couple’s giving to think[box] now totals $10 million; in recognition of their generosity, she added, the innovation center had been named in their honor.