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Engineering students, professor take part in first U.S. college course in Myanmar


Zack Scott (second from left) and Jordan Lajoie (far right) work with students from Yangon Technological University.

The streets of Yangon, Myanmar, are jam-packed with cars and a new Mercedes-Benz dealership has opened. People carry the latest smart phones and tablets.
Electricity is sporadic and unreliable, though. And the city has open sewers.
“It just feels like the place burst open to outside technology all at once; there was no gradual introduction to anything,” said Anne Walker, a Case Western Reserve University master’s student. “It’s an odd combination of high and low tech.”

CWRU teams dominate Ohio Clean Energy Challenge semi-finals

The Ohio Clean Energy Challenge has announced its semi-finalists for the 2014 competition—with six of the 10 contest slots going to teams from Case Western Reserve University.
Established by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge is part of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Teams develop clean energy business plans and work with mentors to perfect their commercialization strategies and investor pitches. The 10 semifinalists will present their pitches in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges on Jan. 29, 2014 at Cleveland State University.

Neural prosthesis restores behavior after brain injury, as reported in IEEE Spectrum

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University and University of Kansas Medical Center have restored function using a neural prosthesis in a biologic model of brain injury.
Ultimately, the team hopes to develop a device that rapidly and substantially improves function after brain injury in humans. There is no such commercial treatment for the 1.5 million Americans, including soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI), or the nearly 800,000 stroke victims who suffer weakness or paralysis in the United States, annually.


EECS researchers report nanoscale energy-efficient switching devices at IEDM 2013; news featured in IEEE Spectrum

By relentlessly miniaturizing a pre-World War II computer technology, and combining this with a new and durable material, researchers at Case Western Reserve University, including Philip Feng, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, have built nanoscale switches and logic gates that operate more energy-efficiently than those now used by the billions in computers, tablets and smart phones.
Electromechanical switches were the building blocks of electronics before the solid-state transistor was developed during the war. A version made from silicon carbide, at the tiniest of scales, snaps on and off like a light switch, and with none of the energy-wasting current leakage that plagues the smallest electronics today.
The scientists reported their findings Dec. 9 at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in Washington D.C. The work was also featured in IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication and website for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

CSE’s Peckham among two CWRU scientists named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Two Case Western Reserve University scientists who are leaders in innovation and turning discoveries into improvements in health, new materials and more have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Robert H. Miller, professor of neurosciences and the university’s vice president for research, and P. Hunter Peckham, the Donnell Institute Professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics and founder of the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center, are among 143 researchers from 94 universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes to receive the honor.