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CSE alumnus Aaron Mayer wins Fulbright to study bioengineering in Switzerland

When Aaron Mayer (CWR ’13) started at Case Western Reserve University, he wanted to select a major that combined his love of math, science, medicine and engineering.

He decided to try biomedical engineering—and it turned out to be the perfect fit.

The range of coursework and classes fed Mayer’s overarching interests, but it wasn’t until he began his lab work that his passion grew and he saw the potential for a lifelong career.

Now, just more than a month after commencement, he’s starting that career: He’s earned a Fulbright Award to conduct research at Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne in Switzerland. Mayer applied for the Fulbright while a student at Case Western Reserve and recently was notified of the award.

EECS’s Philip Feng selected to participate in NAE’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Philip Feng, assistant professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 19th annual U.S. Frontiers in Engineering symposium.
The event highlights creative, young engineers from industry, academia and government who are performing exceptional research and technical work in their fields. The 81 attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from 310 applicants.

Civil chair David Zeng named Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year

David Zeng, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Frank H. Neff Endowed Chair Professor, has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Cleveland Section with its Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year award.
Zeng is recognized as an internationally renowned expert in geotechnical earthquake engineering, centrifuge modeling, lunar soil mechanics and offshore wind foundation. He is also leading Case Western Reserve’s research efforts on shale gas.

Metal-free catalyst outperforms platinum in fuel cell

CSE's Liming Dai teams with researchers from South Korea and the University of North Texas to optimize cheap, easy-to-make alternative

Researchers have discovered an inexpensive and easily produced catalyst that performs better than platinum in oxygen-reduction reactions.

The finding, detailed in Nature’s Scientific Reports online, is a step toward eliminating what industry regards as the largest obstacle to large-scale commercialization of fuel cell technology.

Students: Deadline to apply to participate in EEC Immersion Week: June 30

Entrepreneurship Immersion Week is an intensive one-week, academic immersion experience for undergraduates from all disciplines to immerse themselves in the skills needed to help develop new business concepts and apply these skills in a team-based business concept competition.

This year, teams of five students from each of the 11 EEC institutions will participate.