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Prof. Ko Receives an NIH Grant for Developing Micropackage Technology

Wen KoProf. Wen H. Ko in the EECS department has received a new NIH R21 grant.  This award will allow the team to explore and develop a non-hermetic, biocompatible micropackage technology for microfabricated wireless implantable devices or systems used in bio-medical research and clinical care.

The award is $400K for two years.  Prof. Ko has been on Case faculty since 1959, and Professor Emeritus since 1993.  He is a Life Fellow of both IEEE and AIMBE with numerous awards and achievements.  His collaborators on this NIH award include Prof. Chris Zorman and Prof. Philip Feng, both from the EECS department. 

Meral Ozsoyoglu named an ACM Fellow!

Meral Ozsoyoglu

The EECS department is proud to announce that Meral Ozsoyoglu, Andrew R. Jennings Professor of Computing,  has been named an ACM Fellow this year. The ACM Fellows Program was established by Council in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

Prof. Ozsoyoglu was named a fellow in recognition for "contributions to database management systems".

For more information about the award (and ACM!) go to: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/2011/fellows-2011

Senior Stephen Hatch earns Rockwell Automation’s Student Associate Innovation Award

Rockwell Automation named senior Stephen Hatch one of its three Student Associate Innovation Award winners. Hatch, a computer engineering major, is doing a co-op at Rockwell Automation, during which he developed an automated way to compare icons for several hundred devices against a known baseline. His work “was important to guarantee the quality of the software in a fast and easily reproducible manner, and ultimately promote a positive user experience,” his manager said. The award honors three students who demonstrate leadership skills and develop creative solutions to business challenges.

Pure oxygen not required in a new artificial lung device

Lung DeviceJoseph Potkay from Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (and a Research Assistant Professor in EECS) and his co-workers have developed a new artificial lung device that can use air as a ventilating gas instead of pure oxygen. The invention could mean that oxygen cylinders may no longer be needed in artificial lungs.  

Potkay and his co-workers created microfluidic channels and made them branch into smaller channels and then into artificial capillaries, similar to how arteries and capillaries work in a real lung.

With pig blood injected into the device fluid inlet they fed air into the gas inlet resulting in oxygen molecules diffusing across the gas exchange membrane into the blood on the way to the blood outlet. Blood coming from the inlet would typically be rich in carbon dioxide and would diffuse across the membrane to the air outlet. 

The device exhibited oxygen exchange efficiencies three to five times better than found in current devices in which pure oxygen is needed, enabling air to be used as the ventilating gas.  This is the first demonstration that features as small as those found in the lungs are effective.

CWRU Cutters Take First Place at Robotic Lawnmower Competition

(From the CWRU "daily")

CWRU Cutters

CWRU Cutters, the university’s autonomous robotic lawn mowing team, won first place at the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Robotic Lawnmower competition in Dayton last weekend. The team includes undergraduate and graduate students from electrical engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.

For the first time in the competition’s eight-year history, CWRU Cutter, the team’s robot lawn mower, earned the “Best Quality of Cut Award” for mowing 80 percent of the competition’s cutting field area while creating an aesthetically pleasing look to the resulting field. Teams from 15 universities competed, including Auburn and Wright State, which placed second and third respectively.

Cutter's mower in action

The team has been invited to attend the Institute of Navigation’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems conference in Portland, Ore., in September, where they can present for 20 minutes and display the mower for attendees.

Find more on the competition here or email Roger Quinn or Brad Hughes.