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Engineer and entrepreneur Xyla Foxlin stars in Microsoft commercials

Xlya FoxlinXyla Foxlin had an unforgettable 21st birthday: She spent it in Los Angeles on the set of a commercial for the Microsoft Surface laptop.
 
Foxlin, a rising senior studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, is featured prominently in two recently released commercials promoting the new device.
 

Christian Zorman appointed interim associate dean of research

Christian ZormanThe Case School of Engineering has named Christian Zorman as the interim associate dean of research.
 
A renowned expert in the field of MEMS, Zorman has spent his research career focused on developing novel, enabling materials and their requisite processing techniques, particularly for applications in challenging environments. He earned both his MS and PhD at Case Western Reserve before becoming a researcher there in 1994 and then joining the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2002. He holds secondary appointments in both biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering.

New machine-learning program shows promise for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Brain scan imagesA new machine-learning program developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University appears to outperform other methods for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms begin to interfere with everyday living, initial testing shows.
 
More than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, according to estimates, and the numbers are growing as the population ages. The disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. And while there is no cure, several drugs can delay or prevent symptoms from worsening for up to five years or more, according to the National Institute on Aging and published research.

Ya-Ting Liao wins NSF funding to study flame spread in space

Ya-Ting LiaoYa-Ting Liao, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, won a joint award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to conduct flame experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).
 
The funding is part of $900,000 in NSF funding in support of combustion and thermal transport research to be performed on the ISS. The projects are also supported by CASIS, which manages the U.S. National Laboratory aboard the ISS.

Swagelok Center teams up with Princeton University researchers on new analysis technique

Image analysis of crystal moleculesResearchers at the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials at Case Western Reserve University have collaborated with Princeton University to develop a new technique to analyze organic crystals.
 
Electron backscatter diffraction is a technique commonly used to examine the crystallographic structure of polished inorganic samples. It can be used to determine grain size, crystal orientation and phase identification of samples. Used in combination with energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy, the microstructure of metallic samples can be thoroughly characterized. Using image processing, the fraction of each phase can be measured.