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Making solar panels last longer

Solar panelsResearchers at Case Western Reserve University have taken a crucial step toward increasing the lifespan of photovoltaic solar panels and potentially lowering solar-energy costs for manufacturers and consumers.

A team of scientists at Case Western Reserve’s Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Research Center recently unveiled a new method to quickly and accurately read tens of thousands of images of solar panels as they break down and ultimately fail over time.

This latest research, believed to be the first of its kind, relies on electroluminescence photography coupled with “machine learning” to build on previous gains in measuring the effect of weather and time on solar panels at the research center.

Startup goes inside our blood, draws top pitching prize at new CWRU contest

Red blood cellsWhat’s in a drop of blood?

For most of human history, gleaning useful data from a substance as plentiful as people proved to be an expensive exercise that matched inefficiency with inexactness.

No more—if Punkaj Ahuja can help it.

“Blood is universal in a way few things are,” said Ahuja (CWR ’09; GRS ’11, biomedical engineering), founder and CEO of Apollo Medical Devices. “Yet, it can tell us much more—and should.”

Case School of Engineering named among the country’s best engineering graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report

Case Western Reserve University signU.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of graduate and professional programs this week, once again placing the Case School of Engineering among the country’s top 50 engineering schools.

Case School of Engineering specialty programs also posted strong showings in the latest rankings, with biomedical engineering again landing in the country’s top 20 programs. In addition, aerospace engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering all moved up in rank.

Explore all the rankings here.

Me’lani Labat Joseph to speak on Women in STEM panel

Me'lani JosephMe’lani Labat Joseph, director of engineering at Case Western Reserve University’s Leonard Gelfand STEM Center, will be part of a panel of experts discussing issues for women in STEM at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 71st Annual Meeting of the Community Relations Committee and Sidney Z. Vincent Memorial Lecture.
The event will be Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The lecture is free and open to the public. Register now.

Case Western Reserve University receives additional $500,000 state grant for technology start-up fund

Conducting researchThe Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Case Western Reserve University an additional $500,000 grant for a campus-based translational research fund to help faculty researchers advance and commercialize their innovations.

The new round of funding follows an initial award of $500,000 in 2016, when administration of the commission’s statewide Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) was transferred to Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO).