Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Case Western Reserve University researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot

Origami inspired robot armA Case Western Reserve University researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space.
Kiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and her lab have moved from paper robots to 3-D-printed models that bend, contract, extend and twist. This novel mechanism is called TWISTER (TWISted TowEr Robot).

Medical device innovators to deliver Ford Lecture Oct. 17

Paul Yock and Michael AckermannThe Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the fall 2017 Ford Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 17 featuring Paul Yock, director of Stanford Biodesign, and Michael Ackermann, the executive chairman of Oyster Point Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The speakers will deliver their lecture, “Need to Succeed: The Surprising Power of Needs-Driven Health Technology and Innovation,” on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. at the Linsalata Alumni Center at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve hosts international symposium on running successful maker movement and innovation spaces

Sears think[box] at Case Western ReserveEsteban Salvemini, manager of the engineering and design studio at New York University Abu Dhabi, donned a welding helmet, flipped down the mask, grabbed a torch and began wielding it on a slab of aluminum: sort of.
The tool was a virtual-reality welding machine that Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric uses for training. The quality of Salvemini’s handiwork was displayed on a large video screen and scored in real time for all to see. The high-tech “machine shop” stood among a line of vendor exhibits on the second floor of the Tinkham Veale University Center, where people immersed in higher education’s emerging role in the maker movement and innovation gathered this week from all over the world.

MRI contrast agent locates and distinguishes aggressive from slow-growing breast cancer

MRI scansA new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent being tested by researchers at Case Western Reserve University not only pinpoints breast cancers at early stages but differentiates between aggressive and slow-growing types.
"Doing both will help doctors find the right treatment," said Zheng-Rong Lu, the M. Frank Rudy and Margaret Dormiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve and leader of the research. "There's no such technology available now that we know of."

Chemical engineering researcher teams with University of Arkansas to develop more energy-efficient fertilizer

Julie RennerJulie Renner, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is part of a multi-institutional team lead by the University of Arkansas that’s developing more energy-efficient fertilizer.
The team received a $2.4-million award from the National Science Foundation to develop a chemical process that converts nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater into a fertilizer called struvite.

Renner’s group will investigate ways to enhance the process through protein engineering. Proteins and peptides have emerged as a powerful way to direct the chemical process that derives solid materials from a liquid solution.