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CWRU grants exclusive license to Folio Photonics

Folio Photonics LLC, a start-up company spun off from research in the Center for Layered Polymer Systems at Case Western Reserve University, received an exclusive license from the university to commercialize products for a large and evolving archival optical data storage market.
Folio Photonics is developing an optical data storage disc with terabyte scale capacity, said company founder Kenneth D. Singer, the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics. The license, through the university’s Technology Transfer Office, is for the length of the patents, at least 20 years.

Civil engineering technical committee honored by ASCE Geo-Institute

The Committee on Engineering Geology and Site Characterization (EG&SC), chaired by Xiong (Bill) Yu, associate professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve, has been selected to receive the Technical Committee of the Year award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute.   
The award recognizes the contributions of technical committees to the mission of ASCE Geo-Institute in the form of member engagement, leadership and quality of services. The winning committee is selected from around 20 national technical committees of the Geo-Institute. The public announcement was made during the Geo-Congress 2014 Geocharacterization and Modeling for Sustainability, the annual conference of ASCE Geo-Institute, held in Atlanta in February.

Madabhushi team awarded patent in digital pathology, cancer detection

Anant Madabhushi, associate professor of biomedical engineering and a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded U.S. patent 8718340, titled “System and method for accurate and rapid identification of diseased regions on biological images with applications to disease diagnosis and prognosis.”
The invention relates to a method and system for detecting biologically relevant structures in a hierarchical fashion, beginning at a low resolution and proceeding to higher levels of resolution.

Flexible supercapacitor raises bar for volumetric energy density

Scientists have taken a large step toward making a fiber-like energy storage device that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors, communications equipment or other small electronics.
The device is a supercapacitor—a cousin to the battery. This one packs an interconnected network of graphene and carbon nanotubes so tightly that it stores energy comparable to some thin-film lithium batteries—an area where batteries have traditionally held a large advantage.
The product’s developers, engineers and scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, Tsinghua University in China, and Case Western Reserve University in the United States, believe the storage capacity by volume (called volumetric energy density) is the highest reported for carbon-based microscale supercapacitors to date: 6.3 microwatt hours per cubic millimeter.

Engineering major wins university’s first gold medal at national rowing championships

As engineering major Patrick DelBarba waited to launch his boat for the finals of the nation’s largest collegiate regatta, one question kept crossing his mind: Would he even get to race?
Philadelphia’s recent flooding had contributed to an extremely fast current on the Schuykill River, and as his event at the Dad Vail Regatta approached Saturday, a bracing wind began blowing upstream.
It was “absolute insanity,” DelBarba recalled, describing waves splashing over his head as he approached the starting line. “We were worried that they would cancel our race right then and there.”