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Undergraduate biomedical engineering program named No. 8 in country

Case Western Reserve University’s undergraduate biomedical engineering program is ranked eighth nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 college rankings.

The ranking coincides with the enrollment of the program’s largest first-year class in history—estimated to be more than double the size of recent classes. The first-year class across the university is the largest, most diverse, and most academically accomplished class ever.

The rankings come from a peer-assessment survey done last spring.

Robert Kirsch, interim chairman of the department, credits his predecessor, Case School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, for efforts to raise the program’s profile and to recruit faculty recognized as established leaders and rising stars. Duerk also added several chairs of other biomedical engineering programs to the department’s advisory board.

5 questions with ... engineering student, national design contest winner Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith has always had a knack for fashion. And though her latest foray into the design world is much less couture and a lot more wearable, it’s actually earning her national recognition.

Smith, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering double major, recently won a nationwide competition to design a new T-shirt for Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honors society, of which she is a Case Western Reserve chapter member and the public relations chair. The shirt, selected by popular vote on the organization’s website, is now for sale online and is being snapped up by Tau Beta Pi members across the country.

Undergrad student team’s USB Signal Master a finalist at Texas Instruments design contest this summer

A Case Western Reserve undergraduate student engineering team was a 2012 finalist in the popular Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest Engibous Summit. Of 140 teams nationwide that entered the contest, only the top 12 designs were invited to the finals this summer in Dallas, Texas.
The Case team entered a device they had created for their EECS senior design project. The USB Signal Master is a small, modular, USB instrumentation platform with three instrument modules, a 200MHz oscilloscope, a 40MHz arbitrary waveform generator and an 11-channel digital logic analyzer. The device has further potential applications as a network analyzer, biological interface, semiconductor parameter analyzer, digital multimeter or even for custom instruments.
Watch their video of the project:

Prof. Iwan Alexander joins WCPN's "Sound of Ideas" to discuss off shore wind

Iwan AlexanderProfessor Iwan Alexander, chair of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department and faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, joined WCPN's "Sound of Ideas" radio program to discuss off shore wind energy. Along with host Mike McIntyre, Prof. Alexander discussed the potential of wind energy and the feasibility of a Lake Erie wind farm with Matt Kaplan from IHS Emerging Energy Research and Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo.

Listen or watch the discussion online at ideastream.

BME professor Erin Lavik's research highlighted at American Chemical Society meeting

Nanoparticles added to platelets double internal injury survival rate

Erin LavikNanoparticles tailored to latch onto blood platelets rapidly create healthy clots and nearly double the survival rate in the vital first hour after injury, new research shows.
“We knew an injection of these nanoparticles stopped bleeding faster, but now we know the bleeding is stopped in time to increase survival following trauma,” said Erin Lavik, a professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and leader of the effort.
The researchers are developing synthetic platelets that first responders and battlefield medics could carry with them to stabilize car crash or roadside bomb victims. An injection could slow or halt internal bleeding until the victim reaches a hospital and receives blood transfusions and surgery.