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EECS’s Philip Feng wins NAE Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant

Philip Feng, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant from the National Academy of Engineering.
The grant will support Feng’s work with collaborator Tse Nga (Tina) Ng from Palo Alto Research Center. The team is conducting research on integrating an extremely thin layer of semiconducting crystals, specifically molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), with state-of-the-art printed electronics on flexible substrates. This research could lead to innovative technologies and methods for integrating materials, as well as reveal new ways to incorporate novel 2-D materials into functional devices.

Using big data to identify cancers

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and colleagues used “big data” analytics to predict if a patient is suffering from aggressive triple-negative breast cancer, slower-moving cancers or non-cancerous lesions with 95 percent accuracy.
If the tiny patterns they found in magnetic resonance images prove consistent in further studies, the technique may enable doctors to use an MRI scan to diagnose more aggressive cancers earlier and fast track these patients for therapy. Their work is published online in the journal Radiology.

The work comes just two months after senior author Anant Madabhushi and another group of researchers showed they can detect differences between persistent and treatable forms of head and neck cancers caused by exposure to human papillomavirus, with 87.5 percent accuracy. In that study, digital images were made from slides of patients’ tumors.


E-Week Banquet keynote featured in Forbes

Leadership insights shared by alumnus and former Microsoft COO Bob Herbold at February’s Engineers Week Banquet have been featured in Forbes magazine.
Herbold shared lessons learned from the successes and failures of some of the world’s biggest technology companies with more than 600 members of the Case School of Engineering community at the event.
Read the full Forbes article. 

CSE jumps to No. 46 in U.S. News graduate school rankings

The Case School of Engineering climbed five spots to 46th nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s top graduate and professional schools, which was released this morning.
The intensity of the competition in this area is evident in that the school was one of seven tied for that ranking (the others were Brown, Iowa State, New York University, Northeastern, Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis). The school improved its figures for peer assessment, average quantitative score on the Graduate Record Exam, faculty membership in the National Academy of Engineering, and overall research funding as well as research funding per faculty member.

DDG vies for $1 million Hult Prize for startup contributing to social good

A team of students from Case Western Reserve University, developing a hand-held malaria testing device, is competing in the regional finals of the fifth annual Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition and startup platform for social good, this weekend.
The Case Western Reserve team is vying against 247 student-led finalists in six regions internationally for $1 million in startup funding from the Hult Prize Foundation.
“This is our opportunity to change the world and solidify the CWRU student body's place in global health care," said John Lewandowski, 23, who founded the malaria-testing venture, Disease Diagnostic Group (DDG), while earning a master’s degree in engineering management at Case Western Reserve.