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Materials science students present winning research at conferences

Materials science researchZhe Ren and Aaron Washburn, graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, won first- and second-place poster awards at the 29th American Society for Metals (ASM)-Heat Treating Conference in Columbus in October. In addition, PhD student Henry Neilson won a first-place award for his research at the Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) meeting in Pittsburgh that month.

Researchers receive Department of Defense grant for implantable muscle stimulator

Physician in white coat with stethoscopeA team of researchers led by Kath Bogie, a biomedical engineer and associate professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has received a $1.8 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an implantable muscle stimulator for preventing pressure ulcers and deep tissue injuries to the buttocks. These serious medical conditions, which are caused by lying or sitting in one place for long periods of time, can lead to severe pain and infection, even death.
 
Bogie’s co-principal investigators are Christian Zorman of Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering, Douglas Shire of the Cleveland VA Medical Center, and David Keicher and Marcelino Essien of Integrated Deposition Solutions Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M.

Students work to create device that treats jaundice in areas without electricity

SAGES students and jaundice treatment deviceIn their first semester at Case Western Reserve University, 18 students created devices that could help solve a health care problem in rural sub-Saharan African villages.
 
“Engineering Design for the World’s Poorest” is not a theoretical class; the SAGES First Seminar uses hands-on design to solve concerns of the world’s most impoverished communities. This fall, the class examined an issue that a pediatrician in Nigeria had brought to Professor Daniel Lacks’ attention: jaundice treatment in areas without electricity.

Engineering researchers named among winners of 2017 BioArt Competition

Illustration of the impact of mercury on red blood cellsA team from Case Western Reserve University’s Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory has been named among the winners of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s sixth annual BioArt Competition.
 
Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Birnur Akkaya, a visiting scholar with the lab, and Courtney Fleming, a Cleveland Institute of Art student who is working in the lab as a scientific art intern, won with their illustration depicting the impact of mercury exposure on red blood cells.

Engineering’s Rajib Paul, Liming Dai published in National Science Review

Nano structureRajib Paul, senior research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, had their paper titled “Carbon-based supercapacitors for efficient energy storage” published in the National Science Review in May.
 
The paper was written with Xuli Chen, associate professor at Hunan University in Hunan Province, China; Chen and Paul previously worked with Dai in the CWRU Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering.