Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Attention students: Ready for this year’s design competitions?

The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) and the Division of Education and Student Programs (DESP) are hosting a networking and information session to kick-off two student competitions—the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge and the Saint-Gobain Design Competition.
The session will take place Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Nord 310, and will provide details about the contests, which present in-depth, hands-on opportunities for students to learn about clean energy and materials, explore building their own businesses and a chance to compete to win $10,000 or more in prize money.
Students will be able to network with contacts from organizations including Blackstone Launchpad, Jumpstart Inc., NorTech, think[box] and the university’s Technology Transfer Office.

Case School of Engineering jumps nine spots in U.S. News rankings of undergraduate programs

The Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has been ranked 35th in the nation for undergraduate engineering education in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings—a nine-spot gain.
The Case School of Engineering's undergraduate biomedical program ranked No. 11. Case Western Reserve overall maintained its position as the nation’s 37th-ranked university, and the university saw other significant gains in categories involving admissions and undergraduate alumni. The university’s overall selectivity ranking jumped from 47th to 34th, and the alumni participation ranking climbed from 48th to 44th. 
“We are pleased with the progress we have made in specific areas,” President Barbara R. Snyder said, “but recognize that we have ample room to improve. We will continue to build momentum in areas of growth, and identify ways to strengthen our performance in other categories.”

Mechanical and aerospace’s Vedha Nayagam honored by NASA

Vedha Nayagam, research associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been honored by NASA for his research with the International Space Station. 
Nayagam’s work earned a Top Space Station Research Award in the category of Discoveries in Microgravity in recognition of outstanding results on cool flames in space, which was named a top discovery on the International Space Station last year.

Though the experiments were conducted in space, the discoveries that came out of Nayagam’s work on the Flame Extinguishing Experiment (FLEX and FLEX 2) has applications on Earth as well, particularly in new technologies involving internal combustion engines.

Attention Students: Kelly Services announces engineering scholarship

Kelly Services has announced it is accepting applications for its 2014 Future Engineers Scholarship Program.
The company awards one $5,000 per year to a full-time, second- or third-year engineering student toward expenses for tuition, fees, books and room and board.
Candidates must demonstrate potential for and commitment to a career in engineering, as well as outstanding academic performance. The application deadline is Oct. 15.
Learn more about the program and how to apply.

CWRU moves to No. 4 in ”Washington Monthly” rankings of best universities

Case Western Reserve climbed to fourth among national universities in The Washington Monthly’s annual rankings of colleges that best contribute to the nation’s future.
Released today, the magazine’s ratings focus on three categories: social mobility, research production, and commitment to service. In 2011, Case Western Reserve broke into the Top 10 with a seventh-place finish, and repeated that result last year.
“Colleges and universities help advance society through learning and discovery,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We appreciate Washington Monthly’s recognition of our commitment to excellence, innovation and engagement in our community.”