Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Fall groundbreaking for first phase of expanded think[box] announced at White House “National Day of Making”

Case Western Reserve will break ground this fall on the first phase of a seven-story, 50,000 square-foot innovation hub designed to give visitors the space, technology and expert advice to imagine, prototype and, if they are so inclined, transform their creations into actual products.
The White House announced the university’s plans Wednesday as part of the administration’s National Day of Making, a celebration of America’s historic embrace of invention, whether it emerges from a tinkerer’s basement or a company’s research facility. Case Western Reserve’s initiative was among three the administration highlighted; the others were at Carnegie Mellon University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, Case School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey Duerk will join President Barack Obama and leaders from higher education and business later this morning for the first annual National Maker’s Faire at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


3, 2, 1 … Make! Join us on June 18th for events celebrating the first National Maker Faire

President Obama has declared June 18th as a National Day of Making. Northeast Ohio is rich in resources to support our maker community--from artists to engineers to tinkerers to hobbyists and everyone in between. See how makers are energizing our community and bringing science, art and a can-do spirit to neighborhoods all over Northeast Ohio.

Join the movement right here in Northeast Ohio with open houses at Case Western Reserve, and other maker spaces across the region, between 1 and 4 p.m. Then join us for a Google Hangout at 4 p.m. to share stories with other makers and get inspired to get making! Learn more now. 

Attention students: Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio Conference to be held June 20

The Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University invites post-doctorate, graduate and undergraduate students to attend the Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) Conference Friday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thwing Center.
Registration and abstract submission close Wednesday, June 18.
PiNO is a one-day conference that allows students seeking internships, co-ops or full-time employment to present posters and network with industry representatives from numerous companies.

New additive manufacturing center in Cleveland

Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing (rp+m) has formally partnered with Case Western Reserve University to move its research and development arm to the university, joining forces with faculty researchers to develop new technologies in the growing additive manufacturing market, assist students in entrepreneurship and with research opportunities, and boost economic development in the region.
The Avon Lake-based business and Case Western Reserve have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Additive Manufacturing Studio in think[box], the high-tech invention center on campus, this summer.

CSE’s Umut Gurkan and team receive CTSC award

A research team led by Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace Engineering, received a $50,000 Annual Pilot Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Cleveland funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The CTSC Annual Pilot Program supports innovative translational research projects focused on the invention and preclinical development of novel technologies to address unmet clinical needs. In this project, Gurkan is working with Jane Little, associate professor of hematology and oncology in the Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program at University Hospitals, and Connie Piccone, assistant professor of pediatric hematology and oncology and clinical director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Anemia Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.