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CWRU students and alumni bring hard science and fun to CES 2015

Nine teams of Case Western Reserve University student and alumni entrepreneurs will showcase their inventions and burgeoning businesses at the world’s premier stage for innovation, the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The annual exhibition draws more than 150,000 attendees from around the globe.
Two teams—Everykey and Carbon Origins, which introduced their concepts at last year’s CES—return and will join seven innovators displaying their products for the first time at the show:

Engineering PhD student wins award at international event

Jaesung Lee, a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) who is mentored by Assistant Professor Philip Feng, received a Best Paper Award at the American Vacuum Society’s (AVS) 61st International Symposium & Exhibition, held in Baltimore in November.
In his talk, titled “Temperature-Compensated Graphene Nanomechanical Resonators,” Lee presented the first thermally stable graphene nanomechanical resonators operating in a wide temperature range, from room temperature up to approximately 300 degrees Celsius. The new temperature-compensated design applies to graphene resonators consisting of atomically thin graphene and gold electrodes. It minimizes the overall thermal expansion of the devices, making their resonance frequencies immune from temperature variations.

Students scale CWRU wind turbine

A group of students from Case Western Reserve University and Lorain County Community College got a bird’s eye view of campus—and an up-close look at wind energy technology—by climbing the campus wind turbine.
The joint training session between Case Western Reserve engineering students and students enrolled in LCCC’s alternative energy technology associates degree program was organized by Wind Energy Research Center Director and materials science and engineering professor David Matthiesen.  
Watch a video of the climb. 

Case Western Reserve to lead $27.3 million federal grant for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

Case Western Reserve is one of two universities in the country selected to lead a $27.3 million international effort to identify the causes of a mysterious and deadly phenomenon that strikes people with epilepsy without warning.
For the past several years, federal health officials have explored ways to spur meaningful research regarding this fatal complication of the neurological condition. Known as SUDEP, for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, it is the most common cause of mortality for individuals with epilepsy. Because those felled by SUDEP show no signs of trauma or other explanation for the loss of life, progress in understanding the causes and mechanisms of SUDEP has been painstakingly slow.
This new initiative, dubbed the Center Without Walls for Collaborative Research, requires scientists to connect with peers elsewhere in a strategic and richly interactive way.

Industrial gifts allow upgrades to SCSAM instrumentation

Two recent industrial gifts have allowed Case Western Reserve University’s Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) to upgrade two of its major instruments.
Lubrizol has provided $65,000 to purchase a Vantec 500 2-D area detector for the Bruker Discover D-8 X‑ray diffractomer to replace the existing 20-year-old detector, which has now become obsolete. The new detector has the high speed and sensitivity of the original, but has better resolution, a higher dynamic range, and provides cleaner, higher quality 2-D diffractive patterns.