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Preventing failure in brain-computer interfaces

A team of researchers led by Case Western Reserve University has received a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to investigate why brain implants fail, and to test a drug that may prevent such failure.

Implants include brain-computer interfaces that use a tiny electrode implanted in the brain surface to connect patient and machine. These electrodes are used to restore movement or enable the paralyzed to communicate or move robotic limbs. Additional types of electrodes implanted in the brain can provide deep brain stimulation to eliminate epileptic seizures or symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or simply record brain activity.

Cutting the cost of titanium: CSE team wins ARPA-E funding to explore new extraction method

A Case Western Reserve University proposal for a low-cost, energy-efficient method to extract the strategic metal titanium from ore has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for contract negotiations. This one-year project will be funded by ARPA-E at about $675K through the program on Modern Electro/Thermo-chemical Advances in Light-metal Systems.
With a high strength-to-weight ratio and unparalleled chemical stability, titanium is critically important for applications in aerospace, transportation and defense. However, the current process used to refine titanium from ore is extremely energy-intensive, making titanium expensive, thus limiting its widespread use.

BME’s Musa Audu receives outstanding teaching award

Musa Audu, research associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received the Case Western Reserve University Biomedical Engineering Society’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2012-2013.
Audu was cited for his unique ability to motivate students, provide assistance both inside and outside of class and personally impact students’ careers.

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with the Case School of Engineering

All Case Western Reserve University students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends are invited to help celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Fri., Oct. 4. Celebrate our history and culture of being "makers" by viewing various vignettes of "making in action" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Nord Hall 310.

Come mingle and network with peers who are interested in the exciting world of innovating, making and advanced manufacturing.

Associate Dean Gary Wnek to participate in NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Gary Wnek, Case School of Engineering’s associate dean of academics, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

Wnek, who is also faculty director for both think[box] and the Master of Engineering and Management program, is among 73 of the nation’s top engineering educators selected by the NAE to participate in the forum for their work on developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines. Attendees will share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education, and will leave the two-and-a-half day event with a charter to bring about continued improvement at their home institution.