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Attention undergrads: learn more about microscopy and more with SCSAM

 Image analysis of crystal moleculesCase Western Reserve University’s Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) is accepting applications for its undergraduate student program, which offers students a chance to get hands-on experience with characterization equipment and gain a better understanding of the link between materials structure and composition through research.
SCSAM has a range of highly sophisticated microscopes and characterization equipment available for student projects as part of the program. Projects can be class-based, related to research in faculty labs or undertaken as part of a co-op experience. All projects must be approved by a faculty or co-op advisor.

Federal planning grant to help manufacturers, workforce adapt to IoT connectivity

Person using Ipad on manufacturing floor“Smart” technologies and connected systems—enabled by “the Internet of Things” (IoT)—are profoundly changing how people live and work.
To support research that helps communities understand and adapt to that transformational change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated a Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) program.

Students create wind-tunnel sandstorms on visit to China

Andrew Wang, Amber Phillps, HongXiang "Nicole" Yue from Lanzhou University and Dan Gil pose inside the structure they built to test electrostatic charging inside the wind tunnel.A trio of Case Western Reserve University students this summer began a three-year research project in a western China wind tunnel that could play a role in advancing our understanding of electrostatic charging.
They also managed to eventually order dumplings and noodles at a local tea house by more than just pointing and using minimalist Mandarin.

Electrical nerve-block research by Case Western Reserve researchers aims at asthma, heart failure

Nerve cellsBiomedical engineering researchers at Case Western Reserve University are refining more than 15 years of work on an electrical nerve-block implant, focusing their next step on new applications related to treating asthma and heart failure.
The research by Niloy Bhadra, an assistant research professor of biomedical engineering, Kevin Kilgore, a professor of orthopaedic surgery, and three other Case Western Reserve investigators was bolstered this summer by a four-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health grant.

CWRU Motorsports team places first in acceleration, overall dynamic at Midnight Mayhem

Baja carThe Case Western Reserve University Motorsports team and their “mini baja” off-road vehicle placed first in acceleration and overall dynamic at the Midnight Mayhem racing event in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 23. They received 42nd place overall as they were using this competition to train new drivers.
The car is almost entirely designed and built by undergraduate students at Sears think[box]. Aside from the shock absorbers, tires, safety equipment, etc., the team members fabricate the parts.