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Dean Jeffrey Duerk named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dean Jeffrey DuerkCase School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey Duerk has been elected to fellowship in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for lifetime achievement and leadership in innovation and scientific discovery.
He will be inducted along with the 175-member class of 2016 fellows on April 6 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston during NAI’s annual conference.
NAI fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in such areas as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and support and enhancement of innovation.

Northern Ohio institutions become laboratories for future energy usage

Case Western Reserve University wind turbineCase Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo will serve as “living laboratories” that demonstrate the value of integrating distributed energy sources with the assortment of devices, equipment and other power consumers within buildings and across the grid.
The effort begins this month with a one-year award administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The Department of Energy-funded project is an expansion of transactive control demonstration activities ongoing at PNNL. Corporate partners FirstEnergy, Eaton Corp., Siemens and Johnson Controls are participating in this three-site activity. The total project investment from DOE and industry exceeds $1 million.

Filling need for fast and accurate assessment of blood’s ability to clot

plateletsCase Western Reserve University researchers have developed a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than current methods—using only a single drop of blood.
Even better, the device provides more information about the blood than existing approaches.
Rapid and accurate assessments are essential to ensuring that patients prone to blood clots—as well as those who have difficulty clotting—receive care appropriate to their conditions.

Chemical engineering students take research from class project to peer-reviewed publication

Light bulb symbolizing bright ideaMost class projects end with a final grade. But a team of chemical engineering students took their capstone project a step further.
Undergraduate students Karun Kumar Rao, Molly Ferguson, Kyle Murphy and Jean Zhao spent the spring semester working on a project for Sherwin Williams: developing a method to characterize the degree of coalescence of resin films.

Engineering PhD student honored with two prestigious awards

Mustafa UnalThe Coblentz Society recently honored Mustafa Unal, a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with two awards.
He received both the Coblentz Student Award and William G. Fateley Student Award. The Coblentz Student Award is given annually to four outstanding students around the world who have shown excellence in vibrational spectroscopy research. Then, from the pool of winners of the Coblentz Student Award, the recipient of the William G. Fateley Student Award is selected by mutual agreement of the Student Affairs Committee of the Coblentz Society and the Fateley donor group.