Welcome to think[box] Radio, a monthly podcast inspired by Sears think[box], the innovation center at Case Western Reserve University, the largest maker space on an American college campus. We hope to share with you some of the magic that happens here and inspire your own innovations and dreams.
Your host, Robert Smith, is the former innovation economy reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The show is produced by Abbie Murphy for the Case Alumni Association in cooperation with the Case School of Engineering.
Every episode features an innovator connected to Case Western Reserve University, one of the nation’s leading research universities. We let them tell us what drives them, where they get their ideas, and what tools seem to work best. So sit back, listen in, and learn why the CWRU motto is “Think beyond the possible.”
While most popular with students, Sears think[box] is open to all. That includes alumni like Steve Burns ’11, MEM ’11, Brecken Blackburn, PhD ’21, and Matt McPheeters ’12, MS ’13, PhD ’21. The trio tapped the resources of the campus
innovation center to launch their company, Lighthanded, and to develop a promising medical device.
Eric Kaler, the first engineer to lead Case Western Reserve University in 20 years, is going to make Case a busy place. He wants to grow enrollment, expand the research enterprise, and build a $300 million science and engineering flagship on Case Quad. Meanwhile, he and his wife, Karen, have introduced a new lord of the manor at Harcourt House, a beloved rescue dog named Adelbert—whom you will meet in this podcast.