Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

CWRU tech transfer grants exclusive license to Compadre; AeroClay LLC is formed

Compadre, a company best known for transit packaging solutions, has obtained an exclusive license to pursue commercial uses for AeroClay, an innovative technology developed in a Case Western Reserve University materials lab.

About two years ago, executives of Compadre, a privately held company based in Austin, Texas, became fascinated with the research of David Schiraldi, professor and chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve. Schiraldi and his lab team developed AeroClay—the trademarked name for an array of lightweight, durable and environmentally friendly aerogel materials.

Think sustainability: nearly 1,000 pounds of material recycled at think[box]

Think[box] has kept nearly 1,000 pounds of material—including more than 600 pounds of electronic waste—out of landfills since launching its recycling program in the fall.

Working with Case Western Reserve's Office for Sustainability and Custodial Services, the university’s invention center has placed bins and carts outside think[box] in Glennan for 11 different waste streams: e-waste, batteries, light bulbs, tires, toner, cardboard, cans and bottles, paper, scrap metal, equipment disposal and even hazardous waste.

Crowdsourced testers prefer new cyber search method created by CWRU computer scientists

Computer scientists at Case Western Reserve University have developed a new tool to search and fetch electronic files that saves users time by more quickly identifying and retrieving the most relevant information on their computers and hand-held devices.
Anonymous testers recruited through crowdsourcing preferred the new search tool nearly two-to-one over a keyword-based lookup interface and the most commonly available lookup search interface using Google.


Computer science alumnus commits $2.6 million to help launch data science program

Case Western Reserve University’s efforts to launch an undergraduate major in data science this fall just got a significant boost from a business leader who knows a great deal about the subject. Bob Herbold, the chief operating officer (COO) of Microsoft during its period of greatest growth, has committed $2.6 million to endow the Robert J. Herbold Professor of Informatics and Analytics at the Case School of Engineering.

“The ability to evaluate and apply data has always been an integral part of an organization’s success,” Herbold said. “But the unprecedented amount of information available today demands far more sophisticated approaches to analysis and execution. Case Western Reserve’s historic strengths give the university a unique advantage in preparing students to seize these emerging opportunities.”

Nanoparticle pinpoints blood vessel plaques

A team of researchers, led by biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that enables magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to pinpoint blood vessel plaques caused by atherosclerosis. The technology is a step toward creating a non-invasive method of identifying plaques vulnerable to rupture—the cause of heart attack and stroke—in time for treatment.
Currently, doctors can identify only blood vessels that are narrowing due to plaque accumulation. A doctor makes an incision and slips a catheter inside a blood vessel in the arm, groin or neck. The catheter emits a dye that enables X-rays to show the narrowing.