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Co-presidents of Nottingham Spirk to deliver keynote address at 2015 Engineers Week Banquet

John Nottingham and John Spirk, the co-presidents of business innovation firm Nottingham Spirk, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Engineers Week Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
Nottingham, Spirk and their innovation team have created a number of award-winning products, including the SpinBrush, the largest selling powered toothbrush line; Swiffer SweeperVac, the largest selling floor care appliance; Scott's Snap Spreader System; dozens of Dirt Devil/Hoover products, Sherwin-Williams Twist & Pour; CardioInsight EC Vue, a noninvasive heart mapping system based on  technology originally developed at Case Western Reserve University; and HeathSpot, the first integrated, commercialized telemedicine/medical device system.

Engineering doctoral researcher accepts international graduate scholarship

Mohsen Seifi, doctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded one of three 2014 American Society for Testing and Materials International Graduate Scholarships. He was recently recognized at the ASTM Fall Meeting in New Orleans, where he officially accepted the award from James Thomas, president of ASTM International.
Established in 2009 to coincide with ASTM’s Year of the Professor initiative, the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM International standards. The objective of the ASTM scholarship program is to enhance a student’s knowledge, understanding and application of ASTM International and its standards. The organization awards up to four $10,000 scholarships each year.

Grad students rank CWRU among the country’s best engineering programs

Graduate student rankings placed Case Western Reserve University in the No. 2 spot on’s annual list of the country’s top 50 engineering graduate programs.
In addition, the university was named No. 2 in the country in both career support and academic competitiveness.

CWRU to be part of 100-gigabit network

The City of Cleveland and OneCommunity are installing the nation’s first commercially available metropolitan 100-gigabit network. The 100-gigabit network will connect in downtown Cleveland, through Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) to University Circle. The innovative $1.02 million project will be made possible through a recently awarded, $700,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant combined with supplemental funding from the City of Cleveland and OneCommunity, setting a new “Gold Standard” for connectivity.
“EDA is pleased to invest in the strong regional collaboration being led by the City of Cleveland and OneCommunity to establish a network that will connect the Health-Tech Corridor,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “This public/private partnership will drive innovation and job creation for the city and regional businesses to support entrepreneurs and advance the region’s reputation as a destination for innovation.”

Researchers discern the shapes of high-order Brownian motions

For the first time, scientists have vividly mapped the shapes and textures of high-order modes of Brownian motions—in this case, the collective macroscopic movement of molecules in microdisk resonators—researchers at Case Western Reserve University report.
To do this, they used a record-setting scanning optical interferometry technique, described in a study published today in the journal Nature Communications.
The new technology holds promise for multimodal sensing and signal processing, and to develop optical coding for computing and other information-processing functions by exploiting the spatially resolved multimode Brownian resonances and their splitting pairs of modes.