The growing list of ventures and art developed at think[box] includes those featured here:

photo: Case Western Reserve University

Apollo Medical Devices LLC

A portable tester uses a single drop of blood to provide near-immediate medical information and could be used by hospitals and in developing nations and disaster relief areas. Punkaj Ahuja (CWR '09, GRS '11, biomedical engineering) and Patrick Leimkuehler, Apollo's CEO, have won more than $385,000 this year to further develop their product.

photo: Geemay Chia

Clean Mate

It's a walker, chair and caddy all in one, designed to help individuals with physical limitations do household duties more easily. Created by Geemay Chia, a 2015 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Clean Mate placed second in a student competition judged by the International Housewares Association and third in a student design contest held by the Industrial Designers Society of America earlier this year.

photo: Andrew Reach

Model Citizens

Mixed-media sculptures designed and built by Cleveland-area artist and architect Andrew Reach use 3-D printed pieces intermingled with wood and stainless steel parts. The work has been displayed at venues including University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Maria Neil Art Project in Cleveland, where Reach had a solo exhibition.

photo: Courtesy of CWRU Baja


Every year since 2001, undergraduate students on the CWRU Baja team have designed, built and raced a custom off-road mini-Baja vehicle. This year, at a race event hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) that drew nearly 100 university-based teams, the Case Western Reserve team finished in eighth place nationally and 14th internationally—its best showing ever at an SAE event.

photo: Andrew D. Horchler

Compliant Modular Mesh Worm

Mimicking an earthworm's method of moving by contracting its body segments sequentially, this invention, still under development, is a plastic mesh robot designed to move in tight spaces, potentially making it useful for pipe inspections. It is a project of the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory at both Case School of Engineering and the Department of Biology.