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In this issue:

From the Executive Director | Harnessing the power of wind | 40 years of summer fun and fitness | Engineers, artists team up in Saint-Gobain design competition | Connect with students at the university career fair

From the Executive Director




Government agencies understand the value in close partnerships between industry and academia, which is why proposal requests often require strong collaborations between businesses and universities.

Case Western Reserve University has had significant success in leveraging some of its long-term industrial partnerships with amazing results. Such was the case with the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials.

I invite you to visit the corporate relations website to learn more about some of the university’s most successful public-private partnerships. There you will find examples of recent collaborations at the federal and state levels that have significantly impacted the university, the region and the larger global community.

If you are interested in partnering with the university on a government proposal, or if you have any questions, please get in touch. I welcome your emails at

With best regards,

Anne M. Borchert
Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Strategic Projects


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Harnessing the Power of Wind


Bayer Material Science LLC of Pittsburgh is working with Case Western Reserve to determine the viability of polyurethane composites reinforced with Baytubes® carbon nanotubes, which show promise for use in wind turbine blades.

The project is funded in part by a $750,000 grant Bayer Material Science announced from the Department of Energy in July 2009. The company is partnering with the university and Molded Fiber Glass Companies of Ashtabula, Ohio, to assist with research as part of the project.

Read more about this project.


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40 Years of Summer Fun and Fitness


Since 1970, Case Western Reserve University has provided positive experiences in sports, nutrition, education and health activities to thousands of Cleveland youths through the National Youth Sports Program.

With generous support from such sponsors as Medical Mutual of Ohio, this program hosted over 500 children this summer. “We are proud to support an initiative that does so much good for the young people of Cleveland,” says Debra Green, Director of Community Relations at Medical Mutual. “Healthy habits learned in childhood can last a lifetime.”

The Case Western Reserve camp is one of only 27 programs left in the United States from the original 202 federally funded programs.

Learn more about NYSP.


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Engineers, Artists Team Up in Saint-Gobain Design Competition


Saint-Gobain recently hosted its inaugural Design Competition at the Case School of Engineering. This year’s theme, energy conservation in homes, produced interesting and potentially marketable products.

Case School of Engineering student John Christian Dalton and Cleveland Institute of Art students Andrew Brase and Norman Kuo finished first in the competition with their innovative housing insulation. Besides a cash award, the winning team was flown to Saint-Gobain’s R&D Center near Boston to present their concept and tour Saint-Gobain’s facilities.

The competition primarily involved students and faculty advisers from the university’s departments of materials science and engineering and macromolecular science and engineering, as well as participants from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Each team also had access to a mentor from Saint-Gobain’s Ohio operations, who provided advice and feedback. Plans call for next year’s competition to be open to all engineering and science departments.

The competition, in addition to the university’s recent formation of the Institute for Advanced Materials, highlights the depth and breadth of Case Western Reserve’s materials research efforts, which boast nearly 90 faculty members. In addition, Saint-Gobain recently invited ten faculty members to their R&D Center to explore collaborative research and development opportunities.

Pictured are the first and second place teams, along with executives from Saint Gobain, plus faculty members from CWRU and the CIA.


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Connect with Students at the University Career Fair


How can your company reach an audience of more than 1,000 students and alumni?

Attend the annual University Career Fair, Thursday, Oct. 7.

The fair connects employers with the best and brightest of Case Western Reserve, from engineering to English and undergraduates to PhDs.

Companies like Accenture, General Electric, Philips and The Timken Company have already signed on to enjoy even greater access and presence, as part of the University Career Fair Partner Program.

Registration for the University Career Fair will be accepted through September 24. An early-bird rate is available for those employers who register by August 20.

Learn how to become a partner by contacting Robin Gendek, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, at 216.368.4446.


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