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Case Western Reserve researcher tests new methods to anchor wind turbines

Wind turbinesThere are lots of moving parts to bringing the world’s first freshwater wind turbines to Lake Erie by 2018, but Case Western Reserve University researchers are focused on keeping one critical piece from moving too much: the vertical support structure.
Several methods to anchor nearly 500-foot-high wind turbines in fresh water have been proposed and tested in laboratory models in recent years, even as construction plans continue for the $126 million, six-turbine wind farm about 10 miles northwest of Cleveland.

10 Case Western Reserve University entrepreneurs to show at CES 2018

CES show floor crowdsCase Western Reserve University will again show of some of its best innovations at CES 2018 Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas, including self-powered “smart building” sensors and low-cost, hand-held blood analysis devices and more among its 10 exhibits.
“The interest from our students and resulting number of booths speaks to the innovative culture evident on this campus and in the Northeast Ohio community,” said Bob Sopko, who accompanies the students to the trade show as director of the CWRU LaunchNet program.
“We have some impressive new exhibitors, and a few of our veterans are back from previous years.”

Materials science students present winning research at conferences

Materials science researchZhe Ren and Aaron Washburn, graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, won first- and second-place poster awards at the 29th American Society for Metals (ASM)-Heat Treating Conference in Columbus in October. In addition, PhD student Henry Neilson won a first-place award for his research at the Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) meeting in Pittsburgh that month.

Researchers receive Department of Defense grant for implantable muscle stimulator

Physician in white coat with stethoscopeA team of researchers led by Kath Bogie, a biomedical engineer and associate professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has received a $1.8 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an implantable muscle stimulator for preventing pressure ulcers and deep tissue injuries to the buttocks. These serious medical conditions, which are caused by lying or sitting in one place for long periods of time, can lead to severe pain and infection, even death.
Bogie’s co-principal investigators are Christian Zorman of Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering, Douglas Shire of the Cleveland VA Medical Center, and David Keicher and Marcelino Essien of Integrated Deposition Solutions Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M.

Students work to create device that treats jaundice in areas without electricity

SAGES students and jaundice treatment deviceIn their first semester at Case Western Reserve University, 18 students created devices that could help solve a health care problem in rural sub-Saharan African villages.
“Engineering Design for the World’s Poorest” is not a theoretical class; the SAGES First Seminar uses hands-on design to solve concerns of the world’s most impoverished communities. This fall, the class examined an issue that a pediatrician in Nigeria had brought to Professor Daniel Lacks’ attention: jaundice treatment in areas without electricity.