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Engineering researchers named among winners of 2017 BioArt Competition

Illustration of the impact of mercury on red blood cellsA team from Case Western Reserve University’s Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory has been named among the winners of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s sixth annual BioArt Competition.
Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Birnur Akkaya, a visiting scholar with the lab, and Courtney Fleming, a Cleveland Institute of Art student who is working in the lab as a scientific art intern, won with their illustration depicting the impact of mercury exposure on red blood cells.

Engineering’s Rajib Paul, Liming Dai published in National Science Review

Nano structureRajib Paul, senior research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, had their paper titled “Carbon-based supercapacitors for efficient energy storage” published in the National Science Review in May.
The paper was written with Xuli Chen, associate professor at Hunan University in Hunan Province, China; Chen and Paul previously worked with Dai in the CWRU Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering.

Mustafa Unal receives international honors for research

Mustafa UnalMustafa Unal, a recent alumnus from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) – Turkey Award from Junior Chamber International (JCI) in the category of medical innovation for research conducted at Case Western Reserve.
The award recognizes up to 10 individuals from 10 different categories between the ages of 18 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people.

David Zeng selected as first provost’s faculty fellow in international affairs

David ZengDavid (Xiangwu) Zeng, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Frank H. Neff Professor, has been appointed the inaugural provost’s faculty fellow in international affairs. The appointment is awarded to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated a commitment to the internationalization of Case Western Reserve University.
Zeng was recommended for this role to Provost William A. “Bud” Baeslack III by David Fleshler, vice provost for international affairs. Zeng will serve as co-chair of the International Affairs Advisory Council (IAAC) and act as a key advisor to the Center for International Affairs. The IAAC includes faculty across all schools and guides the ongoing internationalization of Case Western Reserve.

Eric Baer awarded American Chemical Society Rubber Division's highest honor

Eric BaerThe American Chemical Society Rubber Division selected Distinguished University Professor Eric Baer, who also is the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, for its highest honor: the 2018 Charles Goodyear Medal.
The division established the award in 1941 for scientists and engineers who have made significant contributions or changes to the rubber industry through an invention, innovation or development.