Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

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.

Electrical nerve-block research by Case Western Reserve researchers aims at asthma, heart failure

Nerve cellsBiomedical engineering researchers at Case Western Reserve University are refining more than 15 years of work on an electrical nerve-block implant, focusing their next step on new applications related to treating asthma and heart failure.
The research by Niloy Bhadra, an assistant research professor of biomedical engineering, Kevin Kilgore, a professor of orthopaedic surgery, and three other Case Western Reserve investigators was bolstered this summer by a four-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health grant.

CWRU Motorsports team places first in acceleration, overall dynamic at Midnight Mayhem

Baja carThe Case Western Reserve University Motorsports team and their “mini baja” off-road vehicle placed first in acceleration and overall dynamic at the Midnight Mayhem racing event in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 23. They received 42nd place overall as they were using this competition to train new drivers.
The car is almost entirely designed and built by undergraduate students at Sears think[box]. Aside from the shock absorbers, tires, safety equipment, etc., the team members fabricate the parts.

Film screening: All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

Leo BaekelandAll Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic is a 56-minute film is about Bakelite, the first totally synthetic plastic, invented in 1907 by Leo Baekeland. Prior to inventing this world-changing material, Baekeland invented Velox photographic paper.
Hatsuo “Ken” Ishida, professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, is the host for the screening Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium.

Remembering emeritus professor, triple alumnus Harry W. Mergler

Harry W. MerglerServices will be held this weekend for an emeritus professor and three-time alumnus who made a major impact on Case Western Reserve University and on the field of engineering. Harry W. Mergler, a member of the university’s faculty for more than 30 years, died last month at the age of 93.
As a child, Mergler developed an early love for engineering, according to an article in the spring 2006 edition of Case Alumnus. He often invented new things, which, he explained, “satisfied me when I was a young person.”