Best of 2021

Best of 2021

Our most popular stories from the past year showcase the world of Case—the earnest students, the innovative faculty, and the alumni superstars who made us proud.

1.

Teaching through Covid

When school went remote, Case instructors scrambled to design new classes and labs, often innovating on the fly. See why students gave them stellar grades.

2.

Uniting man and machine

Through his Human Fusions Institute, Professor Dustin Tyler, PhD ’99, is bringing new abilities to people who have lost the use of limbs—while showing us that the sense of touch knows no bounds.

3.

Tribute:
Don Schuele

Our story on the passing of Professor Don Schuele, PhD ’63, reminded readers of the many contributions of an alumnus known for his leadership, his science and his passion for students.

4.

100 years of Case Alumnus

A remarkable anniversary offered a glimpse into how much Case—and Case’s world—has changed across a century.

5.

Words of
wisdom

For commencement 2021, 18 alumni shared advice they would give to their younger selves. We can all learn from it.

6.

The Glass
Guru

In the world of glass, alumnus Arun Varshneya is world renowned. His development of chemically strengthened glass made the EpiPen work—and prevented your smartphone from shattering every time you dropped it.

7.

Mi Casa,
Su Casa

Many international alumni found their home away from home at Steiner House, one of the oldest cooperative housing communities on an American college campus. Steiner House turned 50 in 2021 and is still going strong.

8.

A changing
serenade

Hark! Female voices, like Christine Pan’s, herald a new day for the venerable Case Men’s Glee Club.

9.

Those unsinkable student groups

Despite the challenges of a pandemic year, engineering student groups found creative ways to continue their missions and even achieve new triumphs.

10.

Our favorite image of the year

The cover photo of the fall 2021 Case Alumnus, shot by Lillian Messner, showed students pouring from the iconic Rockefeller Building at class exchange in September. They were vaxxed and peeling off masks, but they were back in force and it was great to see. Case Quad was lonely no more.