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CWRU among best in the country for commercialization of research

Patient with neural electrodes connected to his headCase Western Reserve ranked 13th in the country—ahead of Harvard, Georgia Tech, and the University of Chicago—in a new study of research universities’ effectiveness in translating research breakthroughs into commercial success.
“This result is a testament to the dedication and creativity of our faculty, as well as the efforts of our Technology Transfer Office and leadership of Vice President for Research Suzanne Rivera,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “I congratulate them all, and look forward to still more innovation that benefits our world.”

Team of CWRU undergraduates takes first place in Cleveland Medical Hackathon

CrasBand team members (from left) Josef Scheidt, Rohan Sinha and Nsisong Udosen at the Cleveland Medical HackathonThey thought they had no chance.
After all, most of the 150-plus competitors comprising 22 teams in last weekend’s Cleveland Medical Hackathon at the Global Center for Health Innovation downtown were health professionals with PhDs and functioning prototypes of their inventions.
And all the Case Western Reserve University team of undergraduates had was an idea: a concept called CrasBand (pronounced crossband), a wrist device that monitors a person’s cardiac health in real time.

Attention undergrads: learn more about microscopy and more with SCSAM

 Image analysis of crystal moleculesCase Western Reserve University’s Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) is accepting applications for its undergraduate student program, which offers students a chance to get hands-on experience with characterization equipment and gain a better understanding of the link between materials structure and composition through research.
SCSAM has a range of highly sophisticated microscopes and characterization equipment available for student projects as part of the program. Projects can be class-based, related to research in faculty labs or undertaken as part of a co-op experience. All projects must be approved by a faculty or co-op advisor.

Federal planning grant to help manufacturers, workforce adapt to IoT connectivity

Person using Ipad on manufacturing floor“Smart” technologies and connected systems—enabled by “the Internet of Things” (IoT)—are profoundly changing how people live and work.
To support research that helps communities understand and adapt to that transformational change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated a Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) program.

Students create wind-tunnel sandstorms on visit to China

Andrew Wang, Amber Phillps, HongXiang "Nicole" Yue from Lanzhou University and Dan Gil pose inside the structure they built to test electrostatic charging inside the wind tunnel.A trio of Case Western Reserve University students this summer began a three-year research project in a western China wind tunnel that could play a role in advancing our understanding of electrostatic charging.
They also managed to eventually order dumplings and noodles at a local tea house by more than just pointing and using minimalist Mandarin.