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Rigoberto Advincula elected to Council for the Future of Advanced Materials

Rigoberto AdvinculaRigoberto Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, was elected to the World Economic Forum’s Council for the Future of Advanced Materials last fall.
He will serve a two-year term as a member of the council, which maps out the worldwide impact of advances in science and technology and involves creation of policies and position papers for world leaders.
Membership in the council is prestigious and represents technology leaders in academia, major research corporations, and research and development centers.

Volunteer at the Engineering Challenges Carnival Feb. 11

Students running demonstrations at the Engineering Challenges CarnivalEngineering students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer to inspire young minds at the annual Engineering Challenges Carnival during Engineers week in February.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage children ages pre-K to eighth grade in learning about science and engineering through demonstrations and hands-on activities.
The carnival will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thwing Ballroom on Case Western Reserve University’s campus. Volunteer shifts are available in one-hour increments throughout the day.

Engineering PhD student wins a prestigious award from Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Mustafa Unal, a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, recently received the Society for Applied Spectroscopy’s (SAS) Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award.
The award is given annually to only one graduate student in recognition of outstanding research in the area of spectroscopy.
Unal works under the supervision of Ozan Akkus, the Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research is at the interface of engineering, biomedical optics and orthopedics.

CWRU, CSU partner in new “Internet of Things” collaborative

With a planning grant from the Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University (CSU) will partner in the development of a new regional academic collaboration to assess, promote and innovatively contribute to the vast interconnected network of devices known as “the Internet of Things.”
The $200,000, six-month grant is part of the Cleveland Foundation’s broader digital economy strategy—called the Digital Excellence Initiative—to invest in efforts that create a more connected community, support digital skills development, improve digital civic engagement, elevate regional digital leadership and encourage technology innovation for social good.

Interactive Commons team displays HoloLens exhibit at World Economic Forum’s 47th annual meeting

HoloLens demonstration at World Economic Forum meetingAs 3,000 leaders gathered in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum’s 47th annual meeting this week, the team from Case Western Reserve’s Interactive Commons was ready for its Davos debut.
The renowned gathering of company CEOs, national government officials, scholars, journalists and more features 400 sessions spread over four days. But the Interactive Commons team was presenting all day, every day, with demonstrations of educational applications of Microsoft’s mixed-reality technology.