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CWRU students engineer art exhibit at MOCA

Two Case Western Reserve University engineering students have teamed up with students from the Cleveland Institute of Art to combine high-tech with high-fashion at a new art exhibit and competition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.
“In the Dark” opened at MOCA Jan. 30 and features the students’ wearable designs, which incorporate techie features like 3-D-printed components and LED lighting.
Check out the Plain Dealer’s article about the exhibit. 

CWRU students and faculty break innovation records

Case Western Reserve University students and faculty are bringing their ideas to life at record rates. According to the university’s recently released annual report, the campus entrepreneurship program Blackstone LaunchPad has helped launch 12 student startup companies. And 223 faculty members submitted inventions to the university’s Technology Transfer Office, which licensed 36 patents.


CWRU engineers find epileptic activity spreads in a new way

Researchers in the biomedical engineering department at Case Western Reserve University have found that epileptic activity can spread through a part of the brain in a new way, suggesting a possible novel target for seizure-blocking medicines.
Evidence from a series of experiments and computer modeling strongly suggests individual cells in a part of the brain, known as the hippocampus, use a small electrical field to stimulate and synchronize neighboring cells, spreading the activity layer by layer.

Undergraduate applications top 21,600—growing 200 percent since 2007

Case Western Reserve continued its surge in undergraduate applications this year as more than 21,600 students applied for admission to the Class of 2018. The total represents an 18 percent increase over last year—and a leap of nearly 200 percent since President Barbara R. Snyder arrived in 2007.
“This extraordinary growth is a testament to the exceptional work of our entire admissions team, the faculty and staff who so warmly welcome and encourage prospective students, and our current undergraduates themselves,” President Snyder said. “This university long has offered remarkable opportunities, and the world is starting to realize just how outstanding a Case Western Reserve education can be.”

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s Umut Gurkan wins APT Center’s Steven Garverick Innovation Incentive award

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and collaborator Glenn Wera, of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, have won the first annual Steven Garverick Innovation Incentive award from the APT Center.
The team is working to develop a biochip to measure synovial fluid in joints and prosthetics for signs of infection or inflammation.