june 2022 – NEWS FROM CASE

The weather is hot and so is the research at Case. National Geographic Magazine recently visited the lab of Professor Dustin Tyler, PhD ’99, whose smart prosthetics are changing lives. Just up the Quad, Burcu Gurkan and her team is attracting attention and grants as it applies science to some of society’s biggest challenges. Meanwhile, Professor Roger Quinn will explore robotics with a new title—one that bestows an esteemed rank. Welcome to our June newsletter.  


Burcu Gurkan’s research team in the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering is attracting support from leading science foundations, and no wonder. Answers to climate change and clean energy may be brewing in her lab.    


Roger Quinn, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering and a pioneering roboticist, has been named a Distinguished University Professor–the highest academic honor bestowed by Case Western Reserve University. Dean Ragu Balakrishnan announced Quinn’s new title at the spring awards program of the Case School of Engineering. Quinn’s colleagues, gathered in the lobby of Nord Hall, responded with an ovation.


National Geographic Magazine recently featured the work of Professor Dustin Tyler, PhD ’99, and his efforts to restore a sense of touch for people who have lost limbs. Tyler’s groundbreaking research was further explored in the magazine’s podcast, Overheard. The conversation lends insight into the life-changing power of biomedical engineering at Case.


The Case School of Engineering said goodbye to a combined 123 years of wisdom and experience May 19, as it hosted a retirement party for professors Ken Loparo, PhD ’77, Marc Buchner and Wyatt Newman in Nord Hall. Loparo and Buchner are long-time leaders in both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, prompting one colleague to observe, “Nothing will ever be the same.”


After nearly four decades of space engineering, Marla Perez-Davis, PhD ’91, said goodbye to the NASA Glenn Research Center, which she has led since January 2020. She’s the first Puerto Rican to lead a NASA space center and a role model to female science and engineering students at Case. Cleveland’s WKYC-TV recounted the uncommon journey of the esteemed chemical engineer, who will receive our Meritorious Service Award at Homecoming this fall.

ALUMNI CAREER FAIR:  CWRU is a partner in the HireOhio Multi-University Alumni Career Fair, which brings together top employers and graduates of the state’s top universities. The spring edition takes place June 9 at The Ohio Union in Columbus.  Learn more and register HERE.


SHARING STRATEGY: Business consultant Carlin Jackson ’15, MBA ’16, a member of the board of the Case Alumni Association, will be the featured speaker in the Veale Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at noon May 18 via Zoom. As co-founder and Chief Architect at Content Status, Carlin combines his expertise in technology and finance to help businesses create new strategies. Register HERE


REUNION SEASON : Homecoming 2022 offers many reunion opportunities, like the CIT Class of 1972 50th Reunion,  the 10th Reunion of former Think[box] employees, and reunions for Baja members and Greek chapters. Is your group gathering? Go to our Homecoming 2022 homepage to find out. Questions? Email Kelly.Hendricks​ Find more information HERE. 

About your will: You know a will is vital when it comes to distributing your assets to the people and causes you care about, but did you know that creating one has personal benefits? Check out our article on the Top 10 reasons giving from your will is a good idea. Lear more HERE. 


Watch Valencia Williams ’14, a former Junior Senior Scholar, congratulate the latest class of Junior Senior Scholars and welcome them as future members of the Case Alumni Association. Continuing a prized tradition, the Case Alumni Foundation this spring awarded $671,000 in scholarships to 221 rising juniors and seniors—supporting their efforts to attain Case degrees.


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