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Case Study

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 Western Reserve University 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.