From the Executive Director
Innovation abounds at
Case Western Reserve. As we end the academic year, we also
approach the end of Rob Widing’s first
academic year as the new Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management (WSOM).
Several new initiatives have originated at Weatherhead this year. The launch of a new Design & Innovation Department
provides further academic and practice expansion of Weatherhead’s core theme of Manage by Designing, by combining the Department of
Information Systems (IS) and the Department of Marketing and Policy
Sciences (MAPS). The merger will strengthen the Weatherhead School’s reputation for bold and
innovative scholarship that anticipates and leads emergent business practice,
both for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs -
defined as an entrepreneur within a company: an employee with a flair
for innovation and risk-taking who is given unusual freedom to develop
products or subsidiary businesses within a company. Professor Richard
Buchanan was appointed the new department chair effective July 1. Weatherhead’s new Design & Innovation
Department further enhances the University initiative to build
Interdisciplinary Alliances, which is the centerpiece of the
university’s strategic plan, “Forward Thinking”.
In other exciting news, Weatherhead's first
chair in accounting and auditing was created in April. The Andrew W.
Braden Professor in Accountancy and Auditing will be held by Professor
Mark Taylor. Mark will also be the chair of accountancy effective July
1, 2013. Andrew “Andy” D. Braden, CPA (1916-1993) was a beloved
professor who taught accountancy at Case Western Reserve for more than
We invite you to engage with us and learn more about these and other
initiatives by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All my best,
Anne M. Borchert
Senior Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Strategic Projects
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MARKETING AND VISIBILITY
Events Around Campus
On April 12, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, best-selling author,
youth advocate, Army combat veteran and social entrepreneur Wes
Moore delivered the keynote address at the Unity Banquet. The annual Unity
Banquet & Scholarship Dinner celebrates the academic
accomplishments of underrepresented students and graduating seniors
at Case Western Reserve University.
Turning 50! The Department of
Macromolecular Science and
Engineering, the oldest polymer department in the country,
celebrate its 50th anniversary. As part of the
department will host the MACRO Frontiers Conference from
June 6 – 8, 2013. Learn more here.
This year’s Inamori Ethics Prize honoree is Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia
and one of the most successful and ethical outdoor industry
businessmen alive today. The Inamori Ethics Prize will take place on September 12, 2013. Learn more about the Inamori Ethics Prize here.
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Underwriters Laboratories helps launch a Master's degree in fire science and engineering at CWRU
row: Paul Brown (UL), Anne Borchert (CWRU), Iwan Alexander (CWRU),
Roger French (CWRU),
Bob Miller (CWRU), Don Talka (UL), Tom
Front row: August Schaefer (UL), Provost Bud Baeslack (CWRU)
With the support of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Case Western
Reserve will offer an MS in fire science and engineering this fall. The
master’s degree will focus on the scientific disciplines of combustion,
found in mechanical engineering, and flammability, found in
macromolecular science and engineering.
“The program reflects the growing need for fire engineers and
scientists who can research and improve products, building materials,
structures and more in the ever-changing environment,” said August
Schaefer, senior vice president and public safety officer at UL.
"Business surveys, as well as industry partners and trade
organizations, say there is a need for fire prevention engineers and
desire for new fire protection and safety research", said Iwan
Alexander, chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Mechanical engineering has long offered combustion engineering as a
subfield, but the new master’s program includes courses from chemical
engineering and materials science and several from macromolecular
science and engineering.
Learn more about this new master’s degree and other new
programs in the Case School of Engineering.
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Atotech invests in electroplating research at CWRU
The world’s lead manufacturer of chemicals for the metal finishing and
electroplating industry has just signed a major research agreement with
Case Western Reserve University. Atotech Deutschland GmbH,
headquartered in Berlin, a global company with 4,000 employees, has
been collaborating with researchers at Case Western Reserve University
for the past six years on developing improved chemistries and
characterization techniques for advanced metallization of semiconductor
devices by electroplating.
The research program will centrally involve four faculty members from
chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and the
macromolecular science and engineering departments. In addition to the
graduate students involved in the research, Atotech will dedicate
several of its own scientists to the program, who will be on-site at
Case actively participating in the research and facilitating the
collaboration and communication between the university and the company.
One of the faculty members involved is Rohan Akolkar of the Chemical
Engineering Department. Akolkar recently joined Case Western Reserve
University after spending many years at Intel’s R&D division in Portland, where he led research teams focused on
developing novel interconnect strategies. His research interests here
include electrochemical phenomena in next-generation batteries,
photovoltaic and semiconductor devices.
Read more about this collaboration.
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Dominion funds pilot program to improve STEM pipeline
of the Links, Inc. with Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley,
Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at
The Dominion Foundation awarded Case Western
Reserve University a small grant to help launch The Saturday Academy,
which is designed to change the lives of underrepresented minority
students in northeast Ohio; specifically the pilot program aims to
introduce and encourage approximately 20 students to explore a career
in the STEM disciplines. The program is an initiative of the Office of
Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity; and serves students in
grades 6-10. The program partners with various community organizations,
to enhance the traditional education experience by providing ancillary
programming in various emerging fields of study. Pictures
featured in this story, are from “Links Day,” where we welcomed over 35
East Cleveland school district students, in partnership with the Links,
Inc., one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of
women committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and
economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African
Visit the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal
Opportunity website to learn more about their other programs.
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