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Engineering student Alan Filer wins Fulbright scholarship to South Korea

Fourth-year engineering student Alan Filer has won a Fulbright scholarship to travel to South Korea in the fall. There, he’ll explore ways to make cheaper and cleaner alternatives to costly and toxic materials used in solar panels.
 
Filer, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering in May, is focused on replacing rare earth metals and heavy metals with two highly proclaimed materials: graphene and quantum dots.
 
He’s challenged with developing manufacturing techniques that make the replacements equal to or better than the materials used now, and ensuring what works in the lab works in the real world.
 
The project is something he’s been working toward since arriving at Case Western Reserve University from his home in Colorado Springs.
 

Engineering student wins Best Student Paper award at international conference

Tina He, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), advised by Philip Feng, PhD, won the Best Student Paper competition at the eighth IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered & Molecular Systems (IEEE NEMS 2013). Her paper is titled “Dual-Gate Silicon Carbide Nanoelectromechanical Switches.” The evaluation criteria included originality, technical strength of the paper, presentation and question-answer performance at the conference.
 

CSE’s Abramson selected to participate in STEM leadership program at Drexel

Alexis Abramson, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been selected to join the 2013-14 class of fellows of Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel®).
 
She joins 18 other women faculty members in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields from prestigious universities and colleges across the country as part of the program—a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine that focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness.
 

BME's Anant Madabhushi and team featured on cover of Medical Physics

Anant Madabhushi, associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of the newly created Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, recently published an article titled “Spectral Embedding Based Active Contour (SEAC) for Lesion Segmentation on Breast Dynamic Contract Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” The paper was the cover article for the March issue of Medical Physics.

Shannon Agner of Rutgers University was the lead author on the paper, while Madabhushi served as the senior author. Jun Xu, professor at Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, was a co-author. Xu is a former research associate under Madabhushi.

Read the article.

University-led teams win funding for two manufacturing projects

Case Western Reserve University and partners have won funding to develop new ways to repair and alter costly manufacturing tools using three-dimensional printing technology.
 
In addition, Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve are leading a second team that also won funding to learn how to control and understand microstructure and mechanical properties of parts made with two kinds of additive manufacturing to ensure parts qualify for aerospace, medical, and other uses. CWRU will be taking the administrative lead on this work as well as leading the evaluation of mechanical properties.