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From the Executive Director

sample imageWhat’s in store for 2013? Before we think ahead, let’s take a look back at the newly released 2011-12 Case Western Reserve University Annual Report, Think Ahead. 

At Case Western Reserve University, we are thinking ahead toward novel ways that companies can engage with us - we have onecorporate partner opening an office on campus and supporting research with multiple faculty members; there are collaborative research and partnerships on government grant opportunities; some employ our talented students as commercialization associates as well as permanent hires to take their business to the next level; others utilize our world–class executive education programs to help their employees hone the necessary skills for today’s rapidly changing economy. Don't miss out.  Contact us to explore ways to partner with Case Western Reserve that will best suit your company needs.

As always, I welcome your comments at

All my best,
Anne M. Borchert
Senior Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Strategic Projects

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Engineers Week to be held February 14 - 22

Students at Eweek Banquet 2012

Engineers’ Week (E-week) is a significant celebration on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.  

Did you know that………..E-Week is a national observance, and is generally celebrated during the third full week of February? Countless engineering, education, and cultural societies, corporations, engineering schools and government agencies participate in this celebration.  Did you know that the reason the “holiday” is celebrated in February is to coincide with President George Washington’s Birthday? Washington has been described as the nation’s first engineer due to his work in promoting construction of roads, canals, the Capitol, docks and ports, water works, and new efforts to extract coal and ores and develop manufacturing resources.*  

E-Week began in 1951, and its main purpose is to call attention to the contributions that engineers have made to society.  This year's celebration at Case Western Reserve University will be held from February 14 – 22. 

The highlight is always the E-week Banquet, which will be held this year on the evening of Thursday, February 21. It will feature a panel discussion on Eaton's Green Future Right Here in Northeast Ohio, with experts from Eaton Corporation, The Jacob Group, Higley Construction and Green Concepts International.  The panel will be facilitated by Professor Alexis Abramson who is currently working as a Director of DOE's Smart Buildings program, and will discuss the exciting “green” project of building Eaton’s new headquarters.  

The week’s programs have been generously sponsored by Accenture, Keithley, Eaton, Philips, Swagelok, Alcoa and Sherwin Williams.

Learn more about other Engineer’s Week activities. 

*Source: National Engineers Week Foundation

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PTC, NASA and CWRU partner to train next generation of engineers

PTC - NASA - CWRU Announcement
Left to right: Alister Fraser (PTC), Iwan Alexander (CWRU), John Stuart (PTC), Anne Borchert (CWRU), Bud Baeslack (CWRU), Jim Free (NASA), Mike Grieves (NASA)
Sean Kiley (PTC)

Case Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center and software-maker PTC are teaming up to put students to work on real aerospace projects, manufacturing problems and more, using tools used in industry.

The university is the second nationwide to become a host of NASA’s Strategic Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering (SPACE) program. The program is designed to help train the next generation of engineers and scientists. As a part of this program PTC has generously provided Case Western Reserve with a significant gift of software to be used in engineering courses designed to help students develop project management skills.

In addition to CWRU students, “the Case Western Reserve-NASA-PTC SPACE program will involve partnerships with universities across the country,” said Iwan Alexander, chair of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve, who leads the program at the university. “This is expected to lead to joint projects with team members from different universities collaborating on designs of hardware and missions relevant to NASA’s goals.”

Read more about this exciting new partnership.

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Research ShowCASE returns to campus

The "Talking Foreign Policy" panelists—from left: Mike Newton, Paul Williams, Milena Sterio and Michael Scharf—prepare for their pilot episode.

Research ShowCASE will return to campus on Friday, April 12, 2013. 

Research Showcase is the university's daylong celebration of cutting-edge research being conducted at Case Western Reserve University. All Case Western Reserve faculty, staff and students, as well as researchers from university-affiliated institutions, are invited to participate. The event will include scientific posters, interactive display booths and more.

Research ShowCASE is FREE and OPEN to the community. For more information, visit the Research ShowCASE website.

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Fowler Center helps organizations create Sustainability Action Plans

Case Western Reserve University students Mayank Saksena and Noah Gostout.
Photo Credit: Lisa DeJong, Plain Dealer

The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at the Weatherhead School of Management works with organizations of all sizes to help them improve their financial performance by fully embracing sustainable business practices.  Through the Sustainability Circles program, they do this in a way that is affordable and accessible; builds brand equity and revenues; reduces costs and manages risks; engages employees and stakeholders, and builds strong community.  The Sustainability Circle brings up to ten organizations into peer community meetings, one day per month, for six months, coupled with individualized coaching sessions. Together, they work through a professionally designed curriculum to support participants in creating and launching their Sustainability Action Plans and other sustainability projects. 

The next Sustainability Circle cycle launches with a dinner on February 20th and an all day session on the 21st.  Key Bank, DDR, Greater Cleveland RTA, Seaman Corporation, Tarkett and Fairmount Minerals will be participating in this cycle.  Please contact Beau Daane, Director, Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at  or 216-368-4795 for more information.

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