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From the Executive Director

sample imageThis summer was all about the numbers at Case Western Reserve University, and some very impressive numbers they were:

•   The university climbed three spots to 38 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the best national colleges.
•   Raising $126 million, Case Western Reserve broke its all-time fundraising total by nearly $3 million in fiscal year 2010–11.
•  The Huffington Post named Case Western Reserve as one of its trendiest colleges.
•   Washington Monthly ranked the university No. 7 in its list of the top 10 schools that give back, as measured by the university’s community service and its volume of groundbreaking research.

With the 2011–12 academic year now in full swing, students, faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve are looking forward to another banner year, and we invite you, our valued partners, to participate with us in all of our programs. As always, I welcome your comments at

All my best,

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

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Case Western Reserve Awarded $540,000 to Study Offshore Wind

three wind turbinesThe Department of Energy has awarded Case Western Reserve University $540,000 in grants for two projects that will look at potential effects of offshore wind energy on the electric grid in the Great Lakes region. The grants are among just 41 nationally that received a total of $43 million over the next five years to spur innovation, lower costs and speed up the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems. 

The first project is led by Ken Loparo, PhD, the Nord Professor of Engineering, in collaboration with FirstEnergy, General Electric, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and PJM Interconnection. The second project is led by Indiana University , in collaboration with Case Western Reserve’s Dave Matthiesen, PhD, and Iwan Alexander, PhD.

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Rockwell Automation supports computer lab, recruiting efforts

Rockwell Automation
 is continuing its long-time support of Case Western Reserve with its recent gifts and ongoing recruitment efforts. 

The company recently donated InView display equipment for the Smith computer lab in the Case School of Engineering, which will help keep students up to date on the latest about the school. It also has pledged continued financial and software support for this and other computer labs at the engineering school. 

Rockwell’s support will help train the engineers of the future, and the company has good reason to want to invest in Case Western Reserve talent: More than 150 Case Western Reserve alumni and students currently work for the company as employees, interns and co-op students. Among them is senior computer engineering major, Stephen Hatch, a co-op student who recently received one of three Student Associate Innovation Awards. Read more here.

InView in the Smith Computer Lab

This fall, Rockwell hosted a “Day on the Quad” lunchtime barbeque to introduce students to the company. This November, Professor Ken Loparo will be attending Rockwell's Automation Fair trade show in Chicago representing CWRU as one of Rockwell’s preferred partner schools.  This year, Rockwell is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Automation Fair and expects over 15,000 customers and suppliers to attend. 

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Entrepreneurs share insight, experiences

Case for Community DayPictured (left to right): Joe Mandato, Charles Stack, Mal Mixon, Victoria Livschitz, Charu Ramanathan, Mark Chance

In celebrating Case Western Reserve's longstanding legacy of entrepreneurship, the Office of Corporate Relations hosted an entrepreneurship panel and reception over Alumni Weekend, titled Entrepreneurship: From Academia to Reality—Can It Happen?

The panel and reception provided an opportunity for students, alumni and friends of the university who have started their own companies or are interested in entrepreneurship to network and learn from each other.

The panel was moderated by Joe Mandato, DM’04, Trustee, Managing Partner of DeNovo Ventures. Panelists included: 

•   Mark Chance, PhD
Director of the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics; Interim Chair, Department of Genetics; Professor of General Medical Sciences Case Western Reserve University
Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of NeoProteomics

•   Victoria Livschitz, BS '94
Founder and CEO
Grid Dynamics

•   A. Malachi Mixon, III, Emeriti Trustee
Chairman of the Board

•   Charu Ramanathan, MS '00, PhD '04
Co-founder and VP Scientific Affairs

•   Charles Stack, LAW '82
Founder and CEO
Sideways, Inc.

Thank you to all of the panelists and guests for sharing their expertise.

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Saint-Gobain contest launches business effort

The annual Saint-Gobain Student Design Competition challenges multidisciplinary teams to put existing materials to a novel use that solves a societal need, with a heavy emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency. One team is taking their efforts to the next level. Mark Lorkowski, an electrical engineering and computer science major, had an idea for electronic shelf labels retailers could use to display prices. Excited, he told some classmates at Weatherhead School of Management.
Pictured: Samir Salka and Michael GiammoSpeed Networking

They investigated the market and potential product materials and designs, then brought the idea to last year’s Saint-Gobain Student Design Competition on campus. Lorkowski and two of his three Saint-Gobain teammates are now working as LorkTech, fine-tuning their product and talking with retailers about their needs.

Their startup has already hired several employees, including a member of the winning team from last year’s contest, Scott Dailey, a CIA graduate; Weatherhead School students Samir Salka and Saimah Haque; chemistry major Mike Giammo; and recent Cleveland State University graduate Peter DeCapua.

Read more here.

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