Think Big RFPs

About RFPs

The landscape of higher education is changing rapidly.  To help Case Western Reserve University remain agile and fresh in addressing these changes—while also maintaining a strategic focus and North Star—the Provost's office will issue annual Requests for Proposals on topics of key importance to moving the university forward along the pathways.  

These topics will typically be selected over the summer months after consultation with university leadership and a review of annual alignment plans and external opportunities/challenges. They will then be presented each fall semester to the university community to seek solutions and ideas for moving forward priority areas in particular pathways.

2020 Investments in Humanity & Technology

The Think Big 2020 plan invests the majority of dollars in two areas: 1) Faculty hires in the foundational disciplines that fuel CWRU’S human/technology work; and 2) investments in the future of learning through the campus-based Think Big RFP competition. These investments will position CWRU to push boundaries, merge liberal arts and technological approaches, and to prepare students to be ethical and empathetic learners who will go out into the world and lead in this new reality. Read on to see the winners of the 2020 RFP competition.

2020 Think Big RFP Competition Winners

Description: RFP Investment

The project will introduce HoloLens into lectures as a part of three classes taught in three different departments in two different schools which will build the framework for future expansion of this new pedagogical technique as a new frontier in human-technology interface in education. 

Lead Contact

Alp Sehirlioglu, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case School of Engineering, alp.sehirlioglu@case.edu

Description: RFP Investment

The RFP will create the first ever HoloLens image of the Antikythera Mechanism, an astronomical and calendrical calculating device dating from the 2nd or 1st centuries BCE. The end goal will be to have this HoloLens image become part of the educational programming at both CWRU and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, perhaps as a permanent interactive educational display at the CMNH, or at any museum/planetarium that supports HoloLens technology.

Lead Contact

Paul Iversen, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Classics, College of Arts and Sciences, paul.iversen@cwru.edu 

Description: RFP Investment

A new NeuroDesign fellowship between Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, modeled after the Stanford BioDesign Program.

Lead Contact

Stephen Fening, PhD, Director, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership and Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Case School of Engineering, steve.fening@case.edu

Description: RFP Investment

This program will provide training for senior PhD students and post-docs in translational research and entrepreneurship.

Lead Contact

Cheryl Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, clw8@case.edu

Description: RFP Investment

In this project mixed-reality with avatars team training modules using the Microsoft HoloLens will be designed and piloted, and the modules will include well-established tools for teamwork, such as the TeamSTEPPS curriculum.

Lead Contact

Tyler Reimschisel, Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education, Research and Collaborative Practice, tyler.reimschisel@case.edu

Description: RFP Investment

Short for “humanities lab,” H.lab Embedded will develop CWRU’s capacity for interdisciplinary human-tech collaboration by designing, building, and testing a shared vocabulary and framework for embeddable, team-based ethical engagement with and critical reflection on new research in data science, AI, and other emerging technologies.

Lead Contact

Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, College of Arts and Sciences, timothy.beal@case.edu

Description: RFP Investment

Establish CWRU as the leader in holographic higher education and research.

Lead Contact

Erin Henninger, Executive Director, Interactive Commons, exh191@case.edu

Description: RFP Investment

The goal of this project is to implement and validate a pilot online learning class for the teaching of human anatomy to nursing students using Microsoft HoloLens.  

Lead Contact

Mark Griswold, Professor, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, mag46@case.edu

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