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In this issue:

From the Executive Director | Collaboration looks to clean up contaminated water | Accenture Fund Celebrates a Decade of Support | University, industry celebrate engineers week | Three Corporations Support Diversity Efforts

From the Executive Director




Thank you for your partnership!

This has been an exciting year thus far with many examples of strong collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and industry. We have highlighted here some of the many ways that our industry partners work with our faculty, staff, and students. Some like Accenture are celebrating a decade of partnership!

In addition, I am excited to share with you Case Western Reserve University's 2008-09 annual report, Think Beyond the Possible. The publication and its dynamic website highlight select stories from around the university, showcasing how members of the Case Western Reserve community exemplify the university's new tagline and break boundaries every day. The continually updated site houses videos, audio slideshows and the essential data to recount the year. In Corporate Relations we work every day to build bridges between industry and the University. As we begin to tell the story of industry/academic partnerships at Case Western Reserve, I want to hear from you. Tell me your story of collaboration. If you are an alum like Claude Kennard MBA'91, featured in the story about MAR Systems, tell me about your story of innovation and partnership.

Together, we can create a conversation that adds layer upon layer of meaning to the phrase Think Beyond the Possible.

I look forward to hearing your stories.

All my best,

Anne M. Borchert


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Collaboration Looks to Clean Up Contaminated Water


Claude Kennard (MBA '91) says he founded MAR Systems, a clean water technology company headquartered in Solon, OH, to develop a faster, cheaper and greener solution to clean up contaminated water streams, particularly with regards to mercury.

Working hand-in-hand with the company to achieve that goal is Case Western Reserve University Macromolecular Science and Engineering Chair David Schiraldi, PhD, and his research team. MAR Systems funding supports one of Schiraldi's postdoctoral fellows, and supports the surface analysis of a proprietary material for MAR Systems.

Kennard says the company's relationship with the university has allowed him to tap into capabilities that wouldn't otherwise be available. "We needed to work with a partner that could handle the rigors of our research. Dave (Schiraldi's) team combined the intellectual know-how with real-world application. We have been able to bring our project from experimentation to lab scale to manufacturing," he says.

Read more on this collaboration.


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Accenture Fund Celebrates a Decade of Support


Global consulting, technology and outsourcing company Accenture's tradition of giving back has become a model example of corporate engagement and generosity. Now in its 10th year, the Accenture Alumni Fund has raised over $250,000 in support of Case Western Reserve University and has helped to create a company-wide culture of giving.

Through the fund, the company's 100-plus Case Western Reserve alumni have sponsored the university's annual E-week banquet and the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit among other initiatives.

"By pooling all of our contributions into the fund, we're actually able, as a group, to have a much bigger impact and focus our money in a bigger way," says Don Richards (CIT '79, MGT '81), senior managing director of information technology outsourcing, who manages the fund. "It made us come together much more as an alumni group, and we build a lot of momentum that way." Richards is pictured above at this year's E-week banquet.

The company's involvement goes far beyond monetary support. Employees regularly visit campus to talk with today's students and to participate in a variety of university events.

"We always emphasize going beyond just donating money," says Peter Henry (CWR '95), a senior manager of infrastructure services, adding that Case Western Reserve alumni who work at Accenture keep in touch with each other, and with the university, through an internal social networking site.


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University, Industry Celebrate Engineers Week


This spring, Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and business partners came together for an annual celebration of engineers' contributions to society during the university's annual E-week celebration. The week's activities included a 3.14-mile "Pi Run," the famed egg drop competition, a Lego robot challenge and a paper airplane design contest, among other activities.

Delivering the keynote speech at this year's E-week banquet was Joseph Kovach BS'75, MS'80, PhD'86 (pictured). Kovach is vice president of technology and innovation at Parker Hannifin, an ongoing sponsor of E-week.



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Three Corporations Support Diversity Efforts


For American business to lead tomorrow's economy, Case Western Reserve University and its industry partners understand that it is critical to develop a diverse workforce. That is why creating a diverse and inclusive community is one of the core values of the university's strategic plan and among its highest institutional priorities.

Three corporations support diversity efforts

To help meet this need, Case Western Reserve and its friends in the business community provide tremendous support to diverse student groups in order to cultivate tomorrow's leaders.

This spring, business partners Alcoa, Eaton Corporation and the Dominion Foundation were among the many supporters whose generous funding allowed students from Case Western Reserve's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), to attend the society's national conference in Toronto. Pictured are students on the Executive Board of NSBE at this year's national conference, along with advisor Bonnie Copes from the Division of Education in the Case School of Engineering.

With more than 30,000 members nationwide, NSBE is among the largest student-managed organizations in the country. The society aims to "increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

Read more about diversity programs at Case Western Reserve


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