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Team Cleveland takes gold in Cybathlon FES bike race

Cybathlon FES bike race rankingsIn front of a sold out arena of 4,600 fans, Mark Muhn pedaled his way to victory in a record time of 2:58 in the functional electrical stimulation bike race at the first international Cybathlon (“Cyborg Olympics”). Paralyzed by a spinal cord injury and powered by contractions of his own muscles activated by surgically implanted neural stimulators developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Muhn rode a recumbent Catrike® in head-to-head races around a 750 m track at the SWISS Arena in Kloten, Switzerland.
The Cybathlon is an international competition featuring events in six disciplines with physically disabled athletes using assistive technology, including arm and leg prosthetics, brain-computer interfaces, bike races using neural stimulation, power wheelchairs and exoskeletons.

Engineering researchers and collaborators win $2M NSF EFRI award to add efficiency to integrated quantum photonics

Philip FengA multi-university and multidisciplinary team of researchers including Philip Feng, associate professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve, has won a $2-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a photonics system integration research project to ultimately reduce the complexity and increase the capacity of quantum information processing for secure communication, metrology, sensing and advanced computing.
The awarded project is through the NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, in the area of Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)

A model program in data science

DataCase Western Reserve University has a strong track record of launching outstanding academic programs. The university’s data science minor has been highlighted by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) as a national model for collaboration between academia and industry partners.
BHEF recently published a case study, “Creating a Minor in Applied Data Science,” that examines how Case Western Reserve worked in tandem with business leaders to create a program that integrates critical skills for a 21st-century workforce like critical thinking, collaboration and effective communication.

Xiong "Bill" Yu named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Bill YuXiong "Bill" Yu, professor of civil engineering, has been elected to fellowship in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
ASCE fellows are elected for celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 3.5 percent of ASCE members.
Yu was recognized for his research contributions to the design and application of innovative sensors and geophysical technologies to assist civil engineering research and practice, particularly, the innovative applications of time domain reflectometry principles as a sensing platform to understand the fundamental properties and processes in soils and concrete that affect their performance and durability. Yu is also recognized as a pioneer in the development and applications of structural health monitoring technologies for pavement, bridges and other civil infrastructure. 

Engineering’s Michael Fu wins grant to help commercialize device

Michael FuMichael Fu, research assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received one of four grants totaling $150,000 in the 2016 Target Challenge grant competition held by New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC), Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
Fu won the grant to help commercialize his electrical-stimulation-assisted video game hand therapy—a treatment for children with hand disabilities due to cerebral palsy, he explained.