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Alexis Abramson appointed interim chair of electrical engineering and computer science

Alexis AbramsonThe Case School of Engineering has named Alexis Abramson interim chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
A nationally recognized leader in advanced energy research, Abramson, the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation and director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, has been a member of the engineering school faculty since 2003, with a primary appointment in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a secondary appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In her nearly 15-year career at Case Western Reserve, she has built a robust research portfolio focusing on developing nanomaterials for alternative energy applications, virtual energy audits for building efficiency and accelerating commercialization of advanced energy technology.

LaShanda Korley co-leads national workshop for aspiring faculty

LaShanda KorleyLaShanda Korley, the Climo Associate Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, will team up with fellow Case Western Reserve University faculty member Emily Pentzer, assistant professor of chemistry, and Thomas Epps III of the University of Delaware, to bring the “Future Faculty Workshop: Grooming Diverse Leaders for the Future” to Case Western Reserve July 30–Aug. 1.
Centered on the unifying theme of “The Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Biology of Soft Materials,” the workshop brings together approximately 50 mentees and 50 mentors from around the country to support the career development of aspiring faculty. Soft materials include polymers and biomaterials.

Three CWRU entrepreneurs win Infosys Foundation Infy Maker Awards

Light bulb drawingThree of the 25 winners of this year’s Infosys Foundation Infy Maker Awards have roots at Case Western Reserve University.
Case Western Reserve University’s honorees were: Matthew Campagna, a rising junior studying computer engineering, of Reflexion Interactive Technologies LLC; Pavel Galchenko, a rising junior studying studying biochemistry and applied data science, of RVS Rubber Solutions; and Nathan Swift (GRS ’16, physics), of Hedgemon – Prevent Biometrics.

Biomedical engineering researchers recognized by State of Ohio

Blue ribbon awardA team of biomedical engineering researchers earned official commendations from the State of Ohio for its first-place finish in the collegiate division at the inaugural Medical Capital Innovation Competition earlier this year. The team consisted of Prateek Prasanna, a recent biomedical engineering graduate, Anant Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason II Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and was led by Pallavi Tiwari, assistant professor of biomedical engineering.
The team won for its NeuroRadVision technology, which is described as “a computerized decision support software toolkit, employing novel and advanced artificial intelligence and image analysis algorithms to differential recurrent brain tumors from benign radiation-induced treatment effects.”

Case Western Reserve University’s SDLE Center receives $1.47 million SunShot grant

Solar panelsThe Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Research Center at Case Western Reserve University, an organization that conducts degradation research on solar energy devices and materials, has been awarded a $1.47 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The project will focus on testing the interactions of a new commercial silicon solar cell technology, called passivated emitter rear cell (PERC), with the packaging materials in solar panels aged under accelerated and real-world conditions.