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Film screening: All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

Leo BaekelandAll Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic is a 56-minute film is about Bakelite, the first totally synthetic plastic, invented in 1907 by Leo Baekeland. Prior to inventing this world-changing material, Baekeland invented Velox photographic paper.
Hatsuo “Ken” Ishida, professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, is the host for the screening Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium.

Remembering emeritus professor, triple alumnus Harry W. Mergler

Harry W. MerglerServices will be held this weekend for an emeritus professor and three-time alumnus who made a major impact on Case Western Reserve University and on the field of engineering. Harry W. Mergler, a member of the university’s faculty for more than 30 years, died last month at the age of 93.
As a child, Mergler developed an early love for engineering, according to an article in the spring 2006 edition of Case Alumnus. He often invented new things, which, he explained, “satisfied me when I was a young person.”

University celebrates passing $1.5 billion campaign goal, $20 million gift to biomedical engineering

At Thursday night's Blue Block Party, President Barbara R. Snyder announced the university surpassed its $1.5 billion campaign goal, alongside (from left) Board of Trustees Chair Jim Wyant, trustee Tim Callahan and Forward Thinking Campaign Chair Frank Linsalata.Buoyed by commitments from nearly 55,000 donors and philanthropic organizations, Case Western Reserve has surpassed its expanded $1.5 billion capital campaign goal.
The historic achievement also marked the second time in three years that the university exceeded a campaign endpoint well ahead of schedule.
President Barbara R. Snyder announced the achievement Thursday evening after a celebration kicking off the university’s homecoming weekend. During the event, she also announced that one alumnus and his wife have been so moved by the achievements of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering that they have committed $20 million to support its efforts.

Eric Baer to speak at UT Austin symposium

Eric BaerEric Baer, Distinguished University Professor and the Herbert Henry Dow Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Engineering and Computer Science, will showcase his research on nanofiber and nanolayer systems at the 50 Years Symposium and Celebration held at the University of Texas at Austin Oct. 10-14.
Baer is one of 30 world-leading experts in polymer and materials science presenting at the symposium to honor renown polymer scientist Donald R. Paul and his 50th anniversary with UT Austin’s McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering.
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Simon “Si” Ostrach, extraordinary engineering mind, avid supporter of wrestling program, passes away

Simon "Si" OstrachSimon “Si” Ostrach, who ultimately became “a giant in the field,” had no idea what engineering was when he graduated high school.
“I came from Eastern European people, and the anticipation was that you’re going to be a physician or a teacher or maybe an attorney,” he said in an interview for NASA’s Oral History Project in 2014. “I’d never spoken to an engineer. I had no idea what engineers did.”
Ostrach had set his sights on pre-med—until he worked at a summer camp after graduation with his high school guidance counselor.