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PhD candidate Mustafa Unal named finalist for CIMIT Technology Prize

The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) has selected PhD candidate Mustafa Unal as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 CIMIT Prize in Primary HealthCare, a national and highly selective competition aimed to stimulate and sponsor the development of truly innovative technology to support the efforts of primary-care practitioners serving the most significant needs of their patients. In this national competition, highly innovative projects of outstanding engineering students in top U.S. universities compete for three top prizes: $150,000, $100,000, or $50,000.

Selected by a distinguished panel of technologists and primary-care clinicians, Unal has received $10,000 in initial funding for research expenses and to prepare for the final round in August, in which he will compete for one of the three top prizes.

Rigoberto Advincula conducts workshop in the Philippines on “Technopreneurship and Innovation”

Rigoberto C. Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, worked overseas in the Philippines as part of Visiting Professor Program (VPP) with Philippine Development Foundation in late April.
 
Advincula is on the board of trustees of the organization.
 
During his time in the Philippines, he conducted a “Technopreneurship and Innovation” workshop with a program supported by the United States Agency for International Development.

Countdown to commencement

Case Western Reserve University will award approximately 2,100 diplomas at Sunday’s commencement ceremonies.
 
Double alumnus, university trustee and EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark A. Weinberger will deliver the commencement address at convocation, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. Following the event—at which degrees officially are conferred for all undergraduate and graduate/professional students—each school and college will host a separate diploma ceremony. All students receiving bachelor’s degrees, regardless of major, will be presented with their diplomas at the undergraduate studies diploma ceremony.

Young scientist earns honors at area science fairs

Francesca Fabe, a senior at Beaumont High School in Cleveland Heights doing research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve, has earned honors at two local science fairs for her work in investigating the fatigue behavior of stranded cables used in biomedical engineering applications.
 
This is Fabe’s second year working with Janet L. Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the lab of John J. Lewandowski, the Arthur P Armington Professor of Engineering II in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Chris Fietkiewicz wins Srinivasa P. Gutti Memorial Teaching Award

Chris Fietkiewicz, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has won the Srinivasa P. Gutti Memorial Teaching Award.
 
The award is presented annually by the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi to honor members of the engineering faculty that show an exemplary commitment to undergraduate teaching.
 
Fietkiewicz obtained a BS degree in 1991 in electrical engineering through a joint program between Messiah College and Temple University in Pennsylvania. He then worked for 10 years in industry, first as an electrical engineer in industrial automation, and later as a software engineer in Silicon Valley.