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Attention students: Learn more about this year’s innovation and business plan competitions

Student entrepreneurs can get their great ideas off the ground by entering a number of innovation, design and business plan competitions. These contests take place throughout the year and provide first-hand experience in every aspect of business—from research and manufacturing to marketing and finance. Winning teams can earn up to $100,000 to grow their business.
Case Western Reserve University is hosting an information session Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center to introduce students to the competitive opportunities coming up this academic year.

Case Biomaterials Faculty and Students Win Research Awards and Officer Elections at SFB 2014 in Denver

An excellent team of 10 students and 7 faculty from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering attended the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) Annual Conference in Denver during April 16-19. This meeting is the nation’s largest and most prestigious annual meeting of biomaterials engineers and scientists.

The students presented on their research while the faculty networked with their colleagues, took part in SFB officer elections and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings. Two graduate students (Christopher Hernandez from Dr. Agata Exner’s lab and John Hermann from Dr. Jeff Capadona’s lab) as well as one undergraduate student (Victor Pan from Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta’s lab) received the prestigious STAR (Student Award for Outstanding Research) award, while graduate student Christa Modery-Pawlowski (also from Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta’s lab) received an honorable mention in the student awards.

Energy, engineering and entrepreneurship class begins at CWRU

With the support of a two-year grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Case Western Reserve University's Case School of Engineering, Weatherhead School of Management and Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) have begun an interdisciplinary pilot graduate-level course on energy and entrepreneurship.
The course—Energy, Engineering & Entrepreneurship—is designed to encourage technical innovation in advanced energy.

Improving the lifetime performance of ceramic fuel cells

Fuel cells generate electricity from fuels more efficiently and with fewer emissions per watt than burning fossil fuels. But as fuel cells age, their efficiency decreases.
Materials science researchers at Case Western Reserve University received an $800,000 Department of Energy grant to study how to make one type of fuel cell—solid oxide fuel cells—last longer.

Parker Hannifin Foundation commits $2 million to endow engineering chair at Case Western Reserve University

The Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has received an extraordinary gift from the Parker Hannifin Foundation: a $2 million commitment to create the Arthur L. Parker Endowed Chair in the electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) department. The position is named in honor of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s founder.
Ken Loparo, current chair of EECS at the Case School of Engineering, will be the first person to hold the chair.