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Computer model to help cities maintain drinking water infrastructure

Water glassA team led by Case Western Reserve researchers is creating a computer model to help cities make the right decisions when it comes to drinking water.
 
Their goal includes helping municipal officials keep drinking water supplies safe—for example, by avoiding disastrous developments like the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water. Or, more effectively managing threats such as the poisonous algae blooms that plagued Toledo’s water supply in the summer of 2014.

Engineering grad student Jaqueline Wallat wins Baxter Young Investigator Award

Blue RibbonJaqueline Wallat, a graduate student in macromolecular science and engineering, is one of six graduate students and postdoctoral fellows being honored with a first-tier Baxter Young Investigator Award.
 
“The Young Investigator Awards seek to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that help resolve critical medical needs,” according to the health care product company.

Team Cleveland takes gold in Cybathlon FES bike race

Cybathlon FES bike race rankingsIn front of a sold out arena of 4,600 fans, Mark Muhn pedaled his way to victory in a record time of 2:58 in the functional electrical stimulation bike race at the first international Cybathlon (“Cyborg Olympics”). Paralyzed by a spinal cord injury and powered by contractions of his own muscles activated by surgically implanted neural stimulators developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Muhn rode a recumbent Catrike® in head-to-head races around a 750 m track at the SWISS Arena in Kloten, Switzerland.
 
The Cybathlon is an international competition featuring events in six disciplines with physically disabled athletes using assistive technology, including arm and leg prosthetics, brain-computer interfaces, bike races using neural stimulation, power wheelchairs and exoskeletons.

Engineering researchers and collaborators win $2M NSF EFRI award to add efficiency to integrated quantum photonics

Philip FengA multi-university and multidisciplinary team of researchers including Philip Feng, associate professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve, has won a $2-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a photonics system integration research project to ultimately reduce the complexity and increase the capacity of quantum information processing for secure communication, metrology, sensing and advanced computing.
 
The awarded project is through the NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, in the area of Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)

A model program in data science

DataCase Western Reserve University has a strong track record of launching outstanding academic programs. The university’s data science minor has been highlighted by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) as a national model for collaboration between academia and industry partners.
 
BHEF recently published a case study, “Creating a Minor in Applied Data Science,” that examines how Case Western Reserve worked in tandem with business leaders to create a program that integrates critical skills for a 21st-century workforce like critical thinking, collaboration and effective communication.