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Eric Baer wins Polymer Processing Society's James L. White Innovation Award

Eric BaerEric Baer, Distinguished University Professor and Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has received the James L. White Innovation Award from the Polymer Processing Society. He was recognized at the award ceremony at the 32nd International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society in July in Lyon, France.

In conjunction with his award, Baer addressed the conference in plenary session speaking on the topic, “New Polymeric Nanolayered Systems by Continuous Co-extrusion – Forced Assembly.”

Engineering student, alumnus named among Cleveland’s up-and-coming professionals

Cleveland skylineTwo of the Case School of Engineering’s own are being celebrated among Cleveland’s top up-and-coming young professionals. Xyla Foxlin, a mechanical and aerospace engineering student, and alumnus Carlin Jackson both earned spots on Crain’s Cleveland Business’ latest Twenty in Their 20s list.
 
Foxlin has been making headlines for her startup Parihug, which delivers digital hugs via high-tech teddy bears, and Jackson is at the helm of his own IT consulting company.
 

Jennifer Carter wins ASM teaching award

Jennifer CarterJennifer L.W. Carter, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been named the recipient of the Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers from ASM for dedicated and effective instruction and mentoring of students at various stages of education in addition to impacting undergraduate education.
 
The award, established in 1952 in memory of an outstanding metallurgy teacher, engineering dean and former ASM president, recognizes young teachers of materials science, materials engineering, and design and processing.

Create a business in three days at Launch CWRU Weekend Sept. 2-4

Do you have a business idea, or want to work on a team to experience what it’s like to create a product or service?
 
Come to Launch CWRU Weekend and create a business in just three days.
 
LaunchNet will host Launch CWRU Weekend Sept. 2-4 for aspiring entrepreneurs.

CWRU researchers win grant to double operational life of thin film solar cells

Solar PanelsEngineers and scientists at Case Western Reserve University have been awarded federal funds to try to double the lifetime of thin-film solar energy cells.
 
The researchers received a one-year, $165,775 U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative award to adapt a technology used to protect fiber optics.
 
Solar cells convert energy from the sun into electricity and are considered by many to be essential to the worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants generated by traditional energy production. Thin-film solar panels absorb a broader spectrum of sunlight and some versions can be manufactured at lower cost than widely used silicon solar panels, but they’ve been plagued with a shorter operating life.