Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

“U.S. News & World Report” graduate, professional school rankings announced

The Case School of Engineering moved up one slot to No. 46 in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate and professional schools, released today. The engineering school improved its standing in several categories, including recruiter ratings, graduate admissions test scores, and the percentage of members of the National Academy of Engineering on its faculty.
Overall, Case Western Reserve University placed three degree programs in the nation’s top 10, including the master’s degree and Doctor of Nursing Program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, as well as the social work master’s degree program at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Science.
Learn more about this year’s rankings. 

Engineering student’s company wins kudos at SXSW

Case Western Reserve University student Xyla Foxlin’s startup company Parihug won the reader’s choice poll in Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year pitch competition at SXSW.
The sophomore mechanical and aerospace engineering major has invented a way to send digital hugs via high-tech teddy bears, and she was among 22 other entrepreneurs vying for the Startup of the Year title at the event in Austin this week.

U.S. State Department-sponsored group from seven nations visits Case Western Reserve

As part of a U.S. State Department program, Case Western Reserve University is hosting 15 representatives of higher education and government from seven countries in a cross-disciplinary program to demonstrate how an American research university forms links with industry and other private-sector businesses.
Officials from Panama, Uruguay, Tunisia, Portugal, Poland, India and Singapore arrived March 1, and will participate in wide-ranging activities both on and off campus through March 13, including a tour of Sears think[box], where the visitors can watch students and faculty make innovation happen.
Daniel Lacks, chair of the university’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, leads the program.

BME’s Dominique Durand elected AAAS fellow

Dominique DurandDominique Durand, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering, has been elected to fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Each year the nonprofit organization elects a select portion of its membership to the rank of fellow to recognize significant efforts on behalf of the advancement of science and innovation. Durand was recognized for his contributions in the field of engineering.

He was officially inducted into the 2015 class of fellows at a ceremony in February held in Washington, DC.

Case Western Reserve University launches Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems

Case Western Reserve University has launched a new institute dedicated to advancing research on the Internet of Things. The Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems (ISSACS), will lead specific initiatives in data science, cybersecurity, networks, embedded systems and more.
The Internet of Things—the network of billions of physical devices that can connect to the internet and each other—is generating data at an exponential rate; this new institute, led by the Case School of Engineering, will help the university leverage its strengths in sensors and electronics, networks and communications, systems and control, data science and analytics, and other related technology fields to operate on the leading edge of this rapidly growing area of research and opportunity.