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Volunteers needed for Engineering Challenges Carnival

Students building structures at E-Week CarnivalIn celebration of E-Week, the Case School of Engineering will host the annual Engineering Challenges Carnival for local youth, targeting students from preschool to eighth grade. The carnival will take place Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thwing Center, but volunteers can begin to sign up today.
The carnival provides an opportunity for Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff to inspire children to explore and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Volunteers can sign up individually or with a group.

Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership awards $1.1 million for promising university-based biomedical engineering technologies

Lab researchThe Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, which helps to commercialize projects by clinicians and biomedical engineering faculty that improve human health and well-being, has awarded more than $1.1 million in financial backing and other support for the 2017 round of funding.
The partnership, a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, selected seven advanced projects for full funding and four earlier-stage projects for pilot grants—research covering such patient needs as more effective brain cancer surgery, oral cancer diagnosis and devices to control pain.

David Schiraldi wins PMSE Distinguished Service Award

David SchiraldiDavid Schiraldi, chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and the Peter A. Asseff Professor, has been honored with the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division Distinguished Service Award.
For the past two decades, he has played an important role in the American Chemical Society’s PMSE Division, serving in leadership roles, coordinating the Cooperative Research Award for a number of years, leading the effort to streamline abstract submissions within PMSE, and contributing to a wide range of PMSE programs.

Gary Wnek presents at Innovation Leader Teach-In event

Gary WnekGary Wnek, the Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, joined representatives from Cleveland-based Innovation firm Nottingham Spirk for a whiteboard session on “Keys to Unlocking University Innovation” at Innovation Leader’s Teach-In Oct. 10-12 in Boston.
Held at MIT’s Media Lab, the event brought executives in research and development, design, corporate venturing and new product development together to share best practices and explore common challenges. The session also discussed the value of long-term relationships between companies and academic institutions.

CWRU researcher working with NASA, other partners to build small, battery-powered aircraft in next several years

Image of a flying cabNeed to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think.
Vikas Prakash, a Case Western Reserve University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is helping to create the light-weight, fully electric air vehicles that could make personal air travel for-hire a reality.