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Professor Malcolm Cooke, Executive Director

(216) 368-0514 • • Nord 523A

Malcolm Cooke has over twenty years of teaching experience in the areas of design, manufacturing and rapid prototyping. He received his Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) degree from Coventry University, his Master of Science (M. Sc.) from Warwick Universtiy – both located in the United Kingdom – and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Previously responsible for the development of on-campus manufacturing laboratories, computer-aided-design studios and innovative engineering design and manufacturing curriculum, Dr. Cooke now serves as the executive director for think[box]. His research interests include integrating advanced design and rapid prototyping technologies to address the challenges of engineering bone tissue.



Professor Gary Wnek, Faculty Director

(216) 368-3116 • • Kent Hale Smith 416

Gary Wnek received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He has served as faculty at MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2004, he joined Case Western Reserve University as a Professor of Chemical Engineering. A co-author of over 130 papers, co-editor of 4 books and an encyclopedia, he also holds 21 U.S. and 2 European patents. Technology from his research group has stimulated launchs of three start-ups, and he recently co-founded a new company focused on polymeric materials for medical applications. Dr. Wnek's research interests include polymers in medicine, microfluidic devices, and polymers in energy storage.



Larry Sears, Trustee Advisor

Mr. Sears received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Case in 1969. Three years later, he founded Hexagram, Inc (now ACLARA Wireless Technologies), a company that is responsible for many of the largest installations of fixed-network, automated meter-reading systems in the United States. In 2006, Mr. Sears established the Undergraduate Design Lab at Case. This lab features workstations with state-of-the-art equipment, project rooms, and student activity space, providing Case Electrical Engineering students with valuable hands-on experience. Mr. Sears holds or co-holds 19 patents and is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case. He lectures on circuit and product design, is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is a Trustee of Case.



Ian Charnas, Manager

(216) 368-1492 • • Glennan 209X

Ian Charnas graduated from Case in 2005 with B.S degrees in both computer and mechanical engineering. His work blends art and technology in creatively-themed exhibits and events, including the World's Largest Twin Musical Tesla Coils, a Magical Mustache Mirror, and a Waterfall Swing. Mr. Charnas and his work  have been featured on and Wired Magazine, NPR and NPR online, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, Boing-Boing, Make Magazine, PitchFork, and Hack-a-Day. He aims to inspire creativity at think[box] and the belief that you can do anything.



Ben Guengerich, Design/Manufacturing Operations Specialist

(216) 368-3248 • • Glennan 209X

Ben Guengerich graduated from Case in 2012 with B.S. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He is particulary interested in rocketry, music, and making manufacturing more accessible to everyone. Ben believes that collaborative environments like think[box] give anyone with the spark of an idea and a little bit of ambition a place to make their dreams into reality.



Ruth D'Emilia, Department Assistant

(216) 368-3248 • • Glennan 209X

Ruth D'Emilia received her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art.