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Case Alumnus 2015 Innovation The Magazine of the Case Alumni Association

Fall 2014 • vol. 26 • no. 1

Innovation 2015 Game Changers

ALSO INSIDE: ‘Woz’ wows at creativity and innovation live Q&A International Consumer Electronics Show highlights innovation and discovery Championing women in technology


FEBRUARY 14 – 27

A week full of events and activities across campus that highlight engineering innovation, from light bulb drops to engineering carnivals to the premier event: the Engineers Week Banquet.

Learn more and check out a full schedule of events at ENGINEERING.CASE.EDU/DELPP/EWEEK

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A Message from the Case School of Engineering

Dear Alumni and Friends of the Case School of Engineering, There’s something inherently exciting about anything new. It’s a feeling we know well at the Case School of Engineering, since we’re in the business of new knowledge – making groundbreaking discoveries, innovating life-changing products and educating new generations of Case engineers. If you were able to join us on campus this fall for Homecoming, you received a first-hand look at some of our newest, most exciting developments, from the new Tinkham Veale University Center to the announcement that we’re breaking ground on the first phase of the renovations that will move our innovation center, think[box], into it’s new 50,000-square-foot home. You can read more about how our vision of think[box] as one of the country’s largest campus-based innovation centers is coming to life in the following pages. And while those renovations are tremendously exciting, they’re only a small part of the engineering renaissance blossoming at Case Western Reserve University. In the past two years, we’ve renovated space in nearly every single department – a wave of enhancements that started with the school’s original circuitry sandbox, the Sally & Larry Sears Undergraduate Design Laboratory. Thanks to supportive alumni and friends, that wave has continued with an upgrade in the chemical engineering department that created the James Family Undergraduate Design and Control Laboratory. The Department of Civil Engineering’s geotechnical lab is also being completely renovated and upgraded, thanks to further support from friends and the CSE community. We’ve now debuted three classrooms of the future – giving our students more high-tech resources to support the kind of collaborative learning that will help them thrive in the field. And this year, a new biomedical engineering student lab is being designed, while two labs in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are to be renovated – a signals and controls lab and embedded systems lab. These renovations are the physical manifestation of the spirit of innovation we celebrate and cultivate here – the drive that keeps our eyes and minds on what’s next. And they’ve been made possible by a family of supporters rallying around that common spirit. I know I can’t wait to see all the great new ideas that will come to life in these new spaces. Sincerely,

Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD ’87 Dean and Leonard Case Professor of Engineering FALL 2014

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A message from the Case Alumni Association This year’s Homecoming Weekend was by all accounts a resounding success. We enjoyed a record number of alumni at all of our events, including nearly 200 people at our think[box] tours. We introduced two new events – the Dean’s Coffee and Chat on Friday morning and the Dean’s Brunch on Saturday morning. Both were well received, offering the wonderful opportunity for our alumni to meet and talk about all of the innovative and exciting events happening at the Case School of Engineering and around campus. For the first time ever, we broadcast live on the Internet from the Friday evening Dean’s Reception and ShowCASE. We had several watch parties across the globe, as alumni got together to enjoy the festivities from the comfort of their own homes. A huge “thank you” goes out to the folks at BoxCast for donating the equipment used for the live HD streaming. Gordon Daily ’00, MSE ’01 is the CEO of the company and a former council member of the Case Alumni Association. We couldn’t be more proud of his success. Our on-air hosts for the evening were Tony Bonina ’78 and the newest member of our Case Alumni Association staff, Claire McBroom. Great work, guys. If you want to see the recorded version of the live broadcast, which includes onsite interviews and our awards ceremony, simply go to

The Case Alumni Association serves the interests of more than 20,000 alumni of the Case School of Applied Science, Case Institute of Technology and the Case School of Engineering. Its mission is to serve and advance the interests of the Case School of Engineering, the math and applied sciences of Case Western Reserve University, its alumni and its students, through a strategic focus on fundraising, institutional leadership, responsive services, public relations and student programs. Established in 1885 by the first five graduates of the Case School of Applied Science, the Case Alumni Association is the oldest independent alumni association of engineering and applied science graduates in the nation. The Case Alumnus is a publication of the Case Alumni Association, Inc., a 501(c)3 public charity under the IRS code. CASE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC. Tomlinson Hall, Room 109 10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106-1712 Phone: 216-231-4567 Fax: 216-231-5715 Web: Email: OFFICERS Edward P. McHenry ’67, MBA ’71, President Jeffrey Herzog ’79, 1st Vice President James R. Sadowski ’63, MS ’67, 2nd Vice President Marvin Schwartz ’68, PhD ’73, Secretary Ronald J. Cass ’84, Treasurer Joseph P. Fakult ‘90, Assistant Treasurer

I can’t say enough about the great success we are experiencing with the new format of our Friday evening reception. We received rave reviews from those in attendance about the opportunity to connect with the best and brightest students at Case. The innovation and creativity they display at this event is second only to the opportunity to speak with them directly during the entire evening. It’s a pleasure being able to connect students to our alumni this way, and we have more upcoming opportunities planned. Read about them in the pages of this issue.

STAFF Stephen J. Zinram, Executive Director Thomas J. Conlon, Chief Financial Officer Anne E. Cunningham, Senior Director of Development Terri Mrosko, Senior Director of Alumni Engagement Daniel Dean, Director of Alumni Relations Claire McBroom, Manager of Grants and Stewardship Ryan Strine, Assistant Director – Annual Giving Diane M. Zaffuto, Database Manager Pamela A. Burtonshaw, Database Assistant Corey Wright ’11, MEM ’13, Webmaster

Thank you, as always, to our alumni. Your dedication and commitment – the time you spend volunteering on various committees, at student events or on advisory boards – is priceless. We appreciate your support in both time and annual fund gifts. You are truly making a difference in the lives of our students.

CASE ALUMNUS Terri Mrosko, Editor Steve Toth, J. Toth Graphic, Design & Layout

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ON THE COVER: Innovation 2015

A salute to the game-changing innovation taking place on campus as the Case School of Engineering kicks off its “Year of Innovation”


Calling all Makers and Innovators

A preview of the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show and why Case is making its presence known once again

10 Creativity and Innovation Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak

visits campus for a live Q&A with students


Championing the Cause

Students and alumni take on the challenge of attracting more women to STEM careers


3, 2, 1, Liftoff

Renovations begin on the new home of think[box] this fall



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Dean’s Message President’s Message Case Connections Alumni Activities and Events Class Notes In Memoriam The Last Word: Resolve

12 ON THE COVER: Rendering of the Richey-Mixon Building, which will house the new seven-story home of think[box] in the old Lincoln Storage Building located on the southwest edge of campus. Plans were announced during this year’s Homecoming Weekend Blue Block Party, with renovations on the first four floors beginning this fall. Projected opening, fall 2015.

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STEM Education News for Case School of Engineering and Case Western Reserve University EECS Department Chair Endowed by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Kenneth A. Loparo, PhD ’77 and current chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Case School of Engineering will be the first person to hold the Arthur L. Parker Endowed Chair for the department. Case School of Engineering has received a $2 million commitment to create the chair from Parker Hannifin Corporation. The position is named in honor of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s founder. “This endowed chair reinforces our company’s connection to Case Western Reserve University and furthers our goal to support education in the communities where we do business,” said Parker Chairman, CEO and President Don Washkewicz. “Through this commitment, we are providing a foundation that we hope will inspire today’s students to become the inventors of tomorrow in the spirit of our founder Art Parker.” Dr. Loparo earned a doctorate in systems and control engineering and joined the university’s engineering faculty in 1979, winning multiple teaching and research awards since then. Dr. Loparo is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a distinction reserved for those who have achieved exemplary expertise in the field. He became chair of EECS in 2013 and is also a past president of the Case Alumni Association.

NEW TECHNOLOGY COURSES THIS FALL New this fall is a nine-course, 27-credit-hour program that gives students an opportunity to earn a master’s degree in wireless health. The program is the latest from Case Western Reserve in San Diego, which also offers a graduate certificate program in wireless health, wearable computing, health information technology and security in computing. A new curriculum this year at Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State University has students hacking hardware, software and data for credit. It’s the first comprehensive cyber-security education program of its kind in the country offered to undergraduates. Learn more at

CWRU signs academic partnership with Mapua Institute of Technology Case Western Reserve University has entered into an academic partnership with Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines, paving the way for student and faculty exchange programs and joint research projects focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Case School of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics Gary Wnek joined Mapua President and Chief Executive Officer Reynaldo B. Vea in the Philippines for a signing ceremony Sept. 27. The partnership grew out of Wnek’s visit to Mapua in May as the first visiting professor under the PhilDev Innovation Development through Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) program. The program brings U.S.-based faculty experts in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — to work with partner institutions in the Philippines to help promote innovation and entrepreneurship. This new partnership will focus on integrating those elements into the curriculum at Mapua.

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Alumni gifts for athletics, think[box] show strong ties to alma mater James C. Wyant ’65, a four-year varsity letter winner in cross country and track at the Case Institute of Technology, and Richard A. Vanderhoof ’39, who played football and wrestled at Case School of Applied Science, recently paid tribute to their sports ties to Case through generous gifts that will impact Spartan athletics for years to come. The Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center, made possible through a $4 million lead donation by Wyant, was dedicated on October 9, 2014. At the university gathering, Wyant told those in attendance that he was making an additional $2 million commitment to add a 15,000-square foot addition to the facility. He didn’t stop there. Wyant also made a $3 million pledge to the Case School of Engineering’s innovative hub, think[box]. “Jim Wyant’s commitment to the students who have followed him is absolutely extraordinary,” stated President Barbara R. Snyder. “These two new gifts represent a wonderful balance of support for student life and for their academic pursuits.” Vanderhoof, who has given generously in the past to such endeavors as the Richard ’39 and Opal Vanderhoof Infrastructure Research and Education Facility located in the Department of Civil Engineering, as well as endowed scholarships to benefit civil engineering students, made two more recent gifts. The first helped build a classroom of the future located in the Bingham Building. The second gift is for the Vanderhoof-Case Commons, an open space located on the second floor of the new Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center in the common area leading into the varsity club lounge and balcony. Design plans for display cases and wall space to hold sports memorabilia honoring the history of Case athletics are currently underway.

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Innovation 2015

GAME CHANGER : a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way

As a community of innovators, we at Case Western Reserve University often ask how “new” is defined. When you’re in the business of new knowledge, what you have is never enough. Our minds are on what could be, what can be and with the right motivation and resources, what we can become. That’s how we view innovation. And that’s why the Case School of Engineering is kicking off its Year of Innovation – a 12-month salute to the spirit and spark that turns bright ideas into world-changing products. The first stop? The Christmas morning of the high-tech world, the mother of all trade shows – the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 6-9. Student startup success stories coupled with a global alumni alliance network is creating the catalyst churning out game-changing products. But even before we strike that high note at CES to start 2015, Case Western Reserve University played host to one of the biggest game changers in technology history. The man who gave the world the Apple I and Apple II computers, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was on hand to answer students’ questions on creativity and innovation this fall at the Tinkham Veale University Center. And for the first time ever, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science sent nine students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Steph Hippo, the dynamic computer science major bent on empowering women in computing on campus and beyond, is connecting to alumni and faculty champions to push this agenda forward Finally, with the announced launch of think[box] 2.0 this fall and expected opening one year from now, all eyes are fixed upon what has eloquently been described as “an inventor’s entrepreneurial paradise.” Let the game changing begin. FALL 2014

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Calling all makers and innovators! Join us at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – Jan. 6-9, 2015 With a special networking reception for alumni and student innovators on Jan. 6


even student startups from Case Western Reserve University’s Blackstone LaunchPad made the trek to Las Vegas this past January. Two of them – Carbon Origins and Everykey – return in January 2015, after making major strides in the commercialization of their respective products. The next International CES will take place Jan. 6-9, 2015. Case will be back with even more booth space to showcase innovative student and alumni startups, as well as its inventor makerspace, think[box]. “We had a great response to our presence at the Consumer Electronic Show earlier this year. We are coming back in 2015 with an increased footprint, adding two booths plus Carbon Origins’ booth conjoining our exhibitor space,” said Bob Sopko, director of Blackstone LaunchPad. “CES is excited to have us back, especially as it grows from strictly a consumer electronics show to one that highlights innovation and discovery.” Some of the student and alumni startups represented at the Case School of Engineering booth in 2015 include: • Event38 Unmanned Systems – Located in the former BF Goodrich headquarters in Akron, Ohio, the company builds mission-specific unmanned aircraft and sensor packages for aerial data collection, specializing in agriculture and surveying. • Osmisys – A product development company specializing in electronic and electromechanical design, embedded software, quick-turn prototype development and manufacturing services. It currently shares office space with another Case startup, Boxcast, which will also be represented. • SpiroSano – A company dedicated to improving respiratory health through better data and disease management, its platform creates a complete infrastructure for managing disease states such as asthma or COPD. • 360x360 Selfie Stick – Meet the Taiwanese alumnus inventor who holds the patent on the “multi-axis omni-directional shooting extender,” which aids in taking group smartphone selfie shots. • Artkick – A product from another alumnus that turns a television into a digital gallery of the world’s greatest photographs and art masterpieces.

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Student startups reach finals in national business competition Carbon Origins and Everykey, companies started by Case Western Reserve university students and alumni that were at CES 2014, were finalists in the first Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day – a national entrepreneurship contest in New York City. Case sent the second-most teams to the event, with three among the competition’s 20 finalists. Carbon Origins took third place and a $10,000 prize to invest in its flagship technology Apollo, a 2.5-square-inch device that can be attached to almost any object to record data with sensors, GPS, WiFi and other features. Everykey finished in the top seven. The startup offers wristbands that replace passwords for devices, such as phones and tablets. Everykey is currently in the midst of a $100,000 Kickstarter appeal. SensID showcased its original software and device that helps train nurses for the operating room. case alumnus magazine

2015: Showcasing our global reach New this year is the Global Alliance Reception and Networking Event that will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Palms Casino Resort in the Fantasy Tower Penthouse. Sponsored by the Case School of Engineering, the Case Alumni Association and the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University, this reception is designed to bring our alumni and students together in one space as part of the CES experience. If you’re a maker, we’d like to make your acquaintance. Whether you’re a garage workshop tinkerer or a fulltime entrepreneur, if you’re part of the community of innovators, we want to hear your story! Be sure to stop by this special reception and become part of our alumni alliance.

Consumer Electronics Show by the numbers Total attendance at the 2014 CES: 160,498 International attendance: 140 countries New product announcements: 20,000+ Exhibits: 3,673 Total exhibit space: 2.06 million net square feet

WILL WE SEE YOU IN LAS VEGAS? We’ll be there with our student and alumni entrepreneurs, rubbing elbows with tech’s elite as they introduce their latest and greatest. If you’ll be there, we’d love to see you. Stop by our booths in Eureka Park: 75427, 75429, 75431 and 75433.

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Creativity and Innovation: Woz wows at live Q&A

“You need to be an innovative and creative thinker, follow your passions and forge your own path.“


ase Western Reserve University played host to one of the great innovators of our time on the first Saturday in October. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spent the morning on campus to field students’ questions about everything from Android versus iPhone, to wearable technology like smart watches and Google Glass, and whether the next major breakthrough will be on the software or hardware side of the industry. The crowd of 700 people packed into the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom of the Tinkham Veale University Center. “For a university that celebrates innovation, what better person to have on campus than Steve Wozniak, the ultimate innovator and maker? I don’t need to tell you the revolutionary impact his life has had – certainly in the computing field. But in addition to his professional accomplishments in that area, Steve has dedicated his talents and energies to promoting STEM education, hands-on learning and access to computing capabilities,” stated Provost Bud Baeslack in his opening remarks. After touring the university’s think[box] makerspace, Wozniak took questions from the audience. The Hacker Society, a sponsor of the event, along with Blackstone LaunchPad, the Case School of Engineering, think[box], the Case Western Reserve Career Center and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, started off the Q&A. Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD ’87 served as moderator.

Steve Wozniak toured think[box] during his visit on campus.

Woz’s message to students was clear. You need to be an innovative and creative thinker, follow your passions and forge your own path. Q: Back in Apple I and Apple II days, how much of your own contributions were hardware and how much were software? Woz: “When I started, [personal] computers were out of range. Nobody would [own] a computer in my lifetime. I told my dad I was going to own a 4K computer someday, and he said that it will cost as much as a house. I luckily had all the skills I needed because back then, you had to do it all. I had to build the hardware, and I had to write my own programming language. p. 10

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You get pushed – you do things you were never trained to do, you never read in books. If you have a really good mind – don’t believe you have to get it all out of books – think about studying the lower architecture. Go down one level lower at least or maybe all the way to the bottom. Look at what wires are doing what to sensors. Sometimes not knowing what you are doing helps. And not having money helps because you are always going to make things inexpensive for yourself. That’s one advantage young students have and why they are so attractive to companies like Apple, Google and Facebook. If you are smart and haven’t done something before, you’ll sit down and do it. Instead of reading the book, you are writing the book. But you have to let go and say, I can trust myself to come up with designs or solutions that have never been in books before. Having the same answers as everyone else – that’s not where the creativity comes from.” Q: Were there things in your background that put you in the position to be in that role? Woz: “I was doing things in elementary school that when I look back were equivalent to grad school projects at a university, but I didn’t know it. I was a hardware guy and enjoyed old ham radio. I was lucky – in high school, we didn’t have a computer but my electronics teacher every year took bright students and found places in industry where they could learn a little more. Somehow I discovered little bits of information that touched on computers and digital logic. I found a description of a computer in a manual when I was working at one of these companies. Back in elementary school, I used to design things with logic, so I asked myself, can I design a computer? I sat down with paper and it took many, many weeks and months until I could say that I actually designed this computer from digital equipment. Then it became my hobby. Nobody did this with me – no friends, no teachers, no grades. There are no rewards except in your head. You are doing the thing you love in life, following your own internal passion.”

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc., with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

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CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE: supporting women in STEM fields

Jeni Panhorst ’99, Intel Corporation (fourth from the left), with Case students attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2014. Steph Hippo is third from right.


he number of female students majoring in computer science at Case School of Engineering is below the national average. Steph Hippo, a fifth-year senior who graduates this spring with an undergraduate degree in computer science, wants to see that number grow.

Case is attracting more women overall in the STEM fields – about 35% of incoming students, and well above the national average of 18%. After attending a conference for women in technology, Steph knows the department can do better. Attending the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing with nine electrical engineering and computer science department students in October was eye-opening for Steph. She learned that some universities’ computer science departments boast upward of 40% women. Others hover around only 7-8%. Steph learned that Case’s 16.5%, last year’s enrollment in the department, was better than many. Promoting the cause Five years ago, Steph came to Case from Altoona, Pennsylvania, to major in biomedical engineering. Her interest in a field related to healthcare stemmed from her passion to improve an industry she views as “broken.” “It just seemed that the healthcare industry could use a lot of improvement. I came to Case because I wanted a university that had good connections with hospitals in the area. Even if I didn’t stay in BME – which I didn’t – I knew I could still focus on healthcare,” Steph shared. p. 12

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Since switching majors, Steph recently completed an eight-month co-op at Explorys, a Cleveland-based leader in healthcare big data, cofounded by Case alumnus and Chief Software Architect Doug Meil MS ’98. The experience left her craving “healthcare startups and anything to do with data.” Because of the groundwork Steph laid down while still a student, she has several career options open to her. In addition to positioning herself well, Steph knows a thing or two about promoting a cause. She is the public relations director of the CWRU Hacker Society, which more than tripled its membership after merging with the Association for Computer Machinery, ACM. Now, it is not unusual to see 60 students at a weekly meeting, compared to less than 20 in the past. Through Hacker Society, Steph connected with one of the group’s original members, Toby Waite ’11, now an engineering manager at Yelp! in Silicon Valley. The two exchanged numerous emails before finally meeting in person this fall. With Waite’s help – along with contributions from individual alumni, the Case Alumni Association, the Case Hacker Society and the EECS department – the nine students, including Steph, were able to make the trip to Phoenix for the Grace Hopper conference. Waite said that supporting Grace Hopper was an obvious way to “pay it forward” and help create more of the opportunities that inspired him and defined who he is today. “Through some combination of social connections, assertiveness, and luck, I had access to interesting projects with professors, cheap or free access to local conferences and meet-ups, hackerspace meetings and other events,” Waite recalled. “These experiences and the connections I made from them were very inspiring to me and opened a lot of doors, but that wasn’t the typical experience for most students in our department. Increasing the availability of those kinds of experiences is especially important for students who have limited access to mentors and role models on campus, like women in computer science.” Meanwhile, Jeni Panhorst, a 1999 computer engineering alumna working for Intel, contacted the Case Alumni Association with the intention of soliciting students to the Grace Hopper event. Panhorst is a board member for Grace Hopper and knows firsthand how valuable the event can be to students. “As a woman in technology, I feel fortunate to have stumbled across the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing six years ago. It is an opportunity for networking and information, filled with both technical and career-related content, with an impressive list of speakers,” Panhorst said. “For a technical woman looking to find her way in this field, it’s inspiring and empowering, with a true sense of community. Attended by nearly equal numbers of professionals and students, it’s a great way for women in technology to reaffirm their commitment to their chosen field of study/work.” At the conference, the alumna and students were able to connect. Panhorst did everything from practice interviewing with the young women, who were nervous about the career fair, to just talking about what Case was like when she was there, as well as offering industry advice. “The students immersed themselves in the experience; they were excited beyond belief to meet the computing celebrity in their midst and were genuinely engrossed in the technical and career-related subject matter,” Panhorst said. “It was a pleasure to witness what the small spark of interest in GHC of Steph’s was able to ignite in such a short period of time. The benefit of supporting students to participate at GHC will grow long after the event itself.” More than ever before, Steph is committed to empowering her peers and advocating that more students across all departments be given the opportunity to attend professional conferences.“It really changes your perspective. The people you meet and the connections you make are irreplaceable. The whole experience is something you take with you, to carry you through school and motivate you to keep going.”

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2015 will be held Oct. 14-16 in Houston, Texas. Let us know if you plan to attend! Contact Terri Mrosko, senior director of alumni engagement at or 216.368.0111, to learn more about supporting women in STEM majors on campus.

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3, 2, 1, liftoff!

think[box] launches plans for new home in the Richey-Mixon Building

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It’s time to take it up a notch or two – or seven. Renovation work takes place this fall on the first phase of the seven-story, 55,000-square-foot space that will house think[box]. The initial four floors are scheduled to be completed within a year in a storage structure located on the southwest edge of campus. Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder announced the launch – in grand style – at the Blue Block Party on Oct. 16 over Homecoming Weekend. She was joined on stage by many of the project’s alumni champions including Larry ’69 and Sally Zlotnick FSM’72, GRS ’74 Sears, who committed $5 million; Barry Romich ’67, who initially committed $1 million and then doubled his commitment this summer; and President of Invacare Technologies J.B. Richey ’62, who along with Invacare Chairman Mal Mixon committed $5 million to name the building. Instead of the hardhats and shovels seen at a traditional groundbreaking, the project’s leading supporters each flipped a large switch, launching a video version of a think[box] rocket skyward. Rumbling engines and smoke plumes filled the enormous tent used to celebrate the transformation of the Lincoln Storage Building into the Richey-Mixon Building. think[box] 2.0: the vision When the $30 million project is complete, at approximately 7,000 square feet per floor, think[box] 2.0 will be 11 times bigger than the current 4,500 square feet of maker space in the basement of the Glennan Building. This will provide the luxury of adding meeting rooms and workspace, manufacturing equipment and expertise to help guide users. “It will be the largest design and innovation center on any campus in the U.S. It’s going to be an amazing facility, and we’re committed to this in a big way at Case, because kids have to build things. They have to learn how to build to be engineers,” stated Case School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD ’87. This project will take think[box] from a tinkerer’s playground to an inventor’s entrepreneurial paradise. Talk about a game changer.

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An ecosystem of innovation The new facility will be defined by its seven unique floors – separate space set aside for imagining, designing, building, marketing and more. It will allow students, alumni and the community-at-large to take the ideas in their heads and bring them to life faster and better than ever before in a university-based setting.

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FLOOR 7: Incubator A place to nurture and grow promising student startups into thriving companies with access to office space, faculty expertise and all the resources of think[box].

“Having a resource of a business person to talk to, a lawyer to get some advice on IP or setting up a corporate structure [is invaluable].”

– Jack Daly ’89, MS ’91, managing partner, Goldman Sachs Group

FLOOR 5: Project Space A home for the university’s dozens of student groups and design competition teams.

FLOOR 3: Prototyping An entire floor will be devoted to top-of-the-line prototyping tools such as 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, laser cutters, design software and more – open and accessible to makers of all kinds.

“It’s space like this that the great ideas are coming out of, from small teams of people. And that’s really the power of think[box].”

– Alex Derbes ’99, portfolio manager, Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co.

FLOOR 1: Community A welcoming gathering place for brainstormers, builders and budding entrepreneurs. Home to an innovators hall of fame and administrative space for K-12 outreach programs that inspire the next generation of inventers.

“The machines are cool and that’s what draws people here, but you won’t find this kind of access at most other universities. We are and will continue to be open to every single undergraduate and graduate student, as well as faculty, staff and alumni. And indeed, think[box] is open to the public.” – Ian Charnas ’05, manager of think[box] case alumnus magazine

INNOVATION “I hope this building will become a center for entrepreneurship. Sometimes it only takes one idea to generate a company.”

– Mal Mixon, chairman, Invacare Corporation

FLOOR 6: Entrepreneurship Home to the university’s business startup resources: Blackstone LaunchPad, the intellectual property clinic and Technology Transfer Office. A vital component that turns the corner from invention to real, ready-for-market innovation.

FLOOR 4: Fabrication A high-tech workshop with metal working, welding and woodworking equipment designed to produce larger runs.

“Think[box] is … a place where all of us engineers and tinkerers can come and prototype whatever we want. I’m a very hands-on engineer, I love picking things up and building things, playing and prototyping, and I knew that having think[box] on campus was what would help me grow the most as an engineer.”

- Xyla Foxlin ’18, first-year engineering student

FLOOR 2: Collaboration An open space that invites people to linger, tinker and talk – sharing their ideas across departments, schools and even across Northeast Ohio.

Help bring the think[box] ecosystem of innovation to life. Contact Anne Cunningham, senior director of development at Case Alumni Association, at 216.368.0069 or to schedule a tour or to discuss ways you can help the next generation of dreamers become entrepreneurs. Learn more at

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Alumni Activities & Events Building a Case community – one career at a time Michael Sidman admits he had not set foot on campus since graduating from Case School of Engineering with a degree in electrical engineering in 1993. What enticed him back? An email from Case Alumni Association’s director of alumni relations seeking volunteers for our Career Mentor Series. The career mentoring program offers alumni the opportunity to share career advice and lessons learned as part of a panel discussion targeted at first-year engineering students. What started as a lunchtime endeavor that attracted a handful of students, is now a more formal program set in the SAGES classroom. The alumni have a broader impact on students, offering a more meaningful experience for all.

Corey Wright ’11, MEM ’13, founder & CEO at Technically Wright, LLC; Michael Sidman ’93, security and network consultant for AT&T; Taneisha Deans ’12, PhD candidate, polymer science at Case Western Reserve University; Doreen Katz’99, owner, project manager, DMPK Houseworks, LLC

“Students need direction. That’s where the alumni come in – to help them figure out the course of their career,” Sidman pointed out. The discussion often centers on choosing a major, interviewing for that first job, the importance of networking and answering career-related questions posed by students. Sidman enjoyed sharing advice, especially since his own career took an unexpected turn upon leaving Case. While majoring in electrical engineering, Sidman worked part time in a computer lab providing information technology support for Weatherhead School of Management and the electrical engineering department. Later, he was able to leverage his experience and interest in computer hardware and local area network support into a new career field. “Coming out of college in a soft employment market in 1993, I realized my IT skills were more valuable than my degree,” stated Sidman, who has worked as a security and network consultant at AT&T for the last 15 years. “I was fortunate to find a career in this field, even though it was not my major field of study.” Sidman noted that during his time at Case, there were few formal mentoring opportunities available to students. He recalls one of his favorite professors, Dr. Frank Merat – an associate professor of electrical engineering – offering him a few words of career advice. But that was the exception, Sidman said. Today, as a certified information systems security professional and a certified ethical hacker by trade, Sidman appreciates the chance to spend an hour “mentoring” students. Afterward, he reached out to the Case Alumni Association asking to be connected to both the student Hacker Society and Dr. Swarup Bhunia, the professor teaching the new cyber-security courses. Sidman has since met with each and is thrilled that he can lend industry expertise.

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“Getting Michael re-engaged to his alma mater this way is exactly the type of outcome we hope for in promoting volunteer activities to our alumni,” said Terri Mrosko, senior director of alumni engagement at Case Alumni Association. “Of course, the career advice our alumni offer our students is invaluable, but we’d like to think of this as a winning opportunity for everyone.” Whether it is an in-person mentoring event or taking the time to ensure that what is taught in the classroom is applicable to real-world careers, the thread that ties the alumni mentors back to Case is a sense of community. “Honestly, it makes me feel better,” Sidman shared. “I want Case students to tie into the community here because it wasn’t as strong back then. I now know how important that is to one’s career.”

Google Hangout comes in handy to connect alumni across the world to students during the Career Mentor Series

To learn more about the many ways you can get involved and view a list of volunteer opportunities, visit us online at

The most rewarding events connect students directly to alumni, such as this networking event for biomedical engineering majors that Case Alumni Association hosted in October in collaboration with the Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice at the Case School of Engineering and the Career Center of Case Western Reserve University. After a welcome by Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD ’87, students had the opportunity to learn some networking tips and then converse with biomedical engineering alumni regarding career and academic advice.

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William D. Kuhlman ’38 Midland, MI Bill, 96, and his wife Jane, 95, are still making sweet music together after 75 years of marriage – literally. The couple play a couple of gigs each month in their community – Bill on the hammered dulcimer and Jane on the autoharp.

Marvin Sassler ’55 Stuart, FL Marvin is self-employed as president of Dynaspot Corp., a consulting firm supplying software, hardware and systems engineers within the aerospace industry.

Franklin Abbott, MS ’56 North Royalton, OH Franklin retired after 42 years at Lubrizol as a manager of polymer research.

1950s William R. Kerslake ’51, MS ’55 Cleveland, OH William became a great-grandfather on Sept. 1, 2014, when his granddaughter Dennena (Kerslake) Ouunnizzi gave birth to little Beuni.

Robert A. Darden ’52 Beachwood, OH For his 85th birthday, Bob went skydiving, along with three of his adult grandchildren.

Lawrence C. Cerny ’51, MS ’53 Kettering, OH Lawrence and wife Elaine celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Sept. 24, 2014, along with their three children, spouses and four grandchildren.

Thomas Litzler ’53, MS’62 Rocky River, OH Tom was recognized during Homecoming Weekend 2014 with the Samuel H. Givelber ’23 Award from the Case Alumni Association. This fellowship-related honor recognizes Tom for his work in helping to revive the Case Clubs of Cleveland. He also served on the council board of the association, including one year as president. p. 20

Raymond J. Kiraly ’56 Willoughby Hills, OH Raymond’s granddaughter, Kristy Walsh, is a 2014 Case graduate in biomedical engineering.

Wen Ko, MS ’56, PhD ’59 Cleveland, OH Dr. Ko is professor emeritus in electrical engineering at the Case School of Engineering as well as being a double-degreed alumnus of the Case Institute of Technology. He was recognized by the Case Alumni Association this October with a Meritorious Service Award at the 129th All-Classes Dean’s Reception over Homecoming Weekend.

John Hrastar ’59 Silver Spring, MD John had a book published, “Liquid Natural Gas in the United States: A History,” that tells the history of liquid natural gas, which started in Cleveland in 1940. It includes the story of the Cleveland East Ohio Gas Company fire of 1944 (130 fatalities) that almost ended LNG as an industry. Case played a significant part in the LNG recovery, primarily because three Case professors (Barnes, Braidech and Donaldson) were the technical consultants for the Mayor’s Board of Inquiry. They wrote the major report on the disaster. case alumnus magazine

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G. Michael Skerritt ’60 Bratenahl, OH Mike became a great-grandfather for the fourth and fifth time with the birth in February of twins Henry and Caleb, to granddaughter Emma Covry.

Frank N. Linsalata ’63 Gates Mills, OH Frank and his wife, Jocelyne, are the 2014 recipients of the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award from the Associated Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland. This award recognizes an individual with exceptional leadership skills in motivating others for fundraising projects that benefit charitable institutions and demonstrates commitment to the advancement of philanthropy. The award was presented at a luncheon on National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 7.

Pau-Chang Lu, PhD ’63 Longmont, CO Pau-Chang’s work is accessible online by searching Google at “Pau-Chang Lu.” He still does research and writing, as well as reading, every day.

David V. Neff ’64, MS ’68, PhD ’71 Willoughby, OH Dave received the Trzecinski Award from the American Foundry Society’s Cast Metals Institute “for his exceptional contributions to the Institute as an instructor and member of its faculty.” Dave has been active in the metal-casting industry and the Society for more than 40 years. FALL 2014

Robert Smialek ’65, MS ’67, PhD ’70 Dublin, OH Bob holds three degrees in metallurgy from the Case Institute of Technology. He has a long and varied career including nearly 20 years of managerial positions with General Electric and high-level positions in technology and the investments field. Bob was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award from the Case Alumni Association this past October.

James Wyant ’65 Tucson, AZ Jim received the Gold Medal Award from the Case Alumni Association at this year’s 129th Annual All-Classes Dean’s Reception held Homecoming Weekend at Case Western Reserve University in October. Jim is former dean and professor emeritus of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, the largest academic department in optical sciences in the nation. Jim is also a university trustee of Case Western Reserve.

Barry Romich ’67 Creston, OH Barry was honored with a Meritorious Service Award from the Case Alumni Association in October 2014 for his commitment and generosity to the Prentke/Romich collaboratory, now known as think[box]. His illustrious career and dedication to STEM programs throughout the country, among many numerous accomplishments, elevates this alumnus to a true hero in the eyes of Case alumni across the globe. p. 21


Michael H. Diamant ’68 Cleveland, OH Michael was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015 for his work in the practice areas of arbitration, commercial litigation, international arbitration, governmental litigation, intellectual property and mediation at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He has achieved this honor every year since 2006.

Eugene C. Muratore ’68 Naperville, IL Gene received the Thomas Pangborn Gold Medal from the American Foundry Society for his outstanding leadership for more than 40 years in technical service in iron casting technology to foundries worldwide. The award specifically recognized Gene “for educating and promoting the fundamentals of cast iron melting and processing to the engineering community as well as for service to AFS in both Division 8 (Melting) and Division 5 (Cast Iron).”

Carl A. Singer ’68 Passaic, NJ Carl was recently awarded a master’s degree in homeland security from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is retired but keeps busy with volunteer work, including serving as a member of the Executive Board of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee.

David Rea ’69 Knoxville, TN David is currently consulting part time on a greenfield aluminum rolling project in Saudi Arabia. He is otherwise enjoying his retirement. p. 22


Warwick Doll, PhD ’70 Spartanburg, SC Warwick married Betty Farley on April 27, 2014. Eric R. Snyder ’72 Hudson, OH Eric recently retired after 37 years at Lincoln Electric. Dante Frabotta ’73 Knoxville, TN Dante recently retired from ALSTOM Power, Inc., after a 40-year career in the electric power industry. Walley G. Francis ’73 Syracuse, NY Walley retired from the Administrative Computing Services Department at Syracuse University at the end of January 2014 after 40 years of service. Laurie Kern ’79 Murrieta, CA Laurie is learning to be a traditional silversmith (making vessels and holloware) for her retirement career. You may see her work at Jeffrey Schad ’79 Kirtland, OH Jeff became president of Ericson Manufacturing Company in Willoughby, Ohio, in June 2014. Andrew Wasynczuk ’79, MS ’79 Westwood, MA Andy is currently a senior lecturer of business administration at his other alma mater, the Harvard Business School. He received a Meritorious Service Award from the Case Alumni Association for his illustrious career with the New England Patriots and strong ties to Case and his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was a member of the Case School of Engineering Visiting Committee and is currently a trustee of Case Western Reserve University. case alumnus magazine

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Robert J. Cox ’81, MS ’83, PhD ’89 Mountain View, CA Robert was appointed chair of the Planning Commission of the City of Mountain View, California.

Marc Kelemen ’81 Westlake, OH As director of quality, engineering and regulatory affairs at Roe Dental Labs, Mark is leading the company’s effort to obtain DAMAS (ISO 13485 for partial specific dental appliances) certification. He led the efforts for ISO 17025 accreditation in China and Israel in 2014 as president of Nanosynopsis.

William Ryan, PhD ’81 Castle Rock, CO Since retiring as a full professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Arizona in 2011, William became a senior associate with Zeta Associates. He is a fellow of the IEEE and has more than 100 publications in the area of coding for data transmission and data storage. In 2009, he co-authored the graduate textbook, “Channel Codes: Classical and Modern.”

Thomas N. Coniglio ’84 Twinsburg, OH Tom is one of three Case Western Reserve University alumni named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference 60th Anniversary Football Team. A four-time All-PAC honoree, Tom was named team MVP for the 1983 campaign after recording 23 receptions for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He also served as a captain for the 1983 squad that finished 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the PAC.

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Ivan E. Locci, MS ’84, PhD ’86 Cleveland Hts., OH Ivan was awarded the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal by NASA on Sept. 12, 2014. This is one of the highest awards in the agency and represents acknowledgement of Ivan’s significant contributions to NASA’s mission and purpose as principal researcher in the Structures & Materials Division of NASA Glenn Research Center. Ivan was also elected as a fellow of ASM International (formerly known as the American Society for Metals), representing recognition of distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering, during the ASM awards dinner on Oct. 14 in Pittsburgh.

Fred DiSanto ’85 Willoughby Hills, OH Fred is one of three Case Western Reserve University alumni named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference 60th Anniversary Football Team. He was a 1996 inductee of the Spartan Club Hall of Fame, and was named the PAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1983 after totaling 1,127 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. Fred was also tabbed All-America Honorable Mention by the Associated Press for the first of two straight seasons. During the 1983 and 1984 seasons, he led the Spartans to records of 8-1 and 9-0, respectively, and the number nine spot on the final national rankings in 1984. One of the finest studentathletes to ever suit up at Case, Fred is the only Spartan to earn 12 varsity letters with four each in football, basketball and baseball.

James L. Donnelly ’85 Greensboro, NC Jim is one of three Case Western Reserve University alumni named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference 60th Anniversary Football Team. Jim was a 2011 inductee of the Spartan Club Hall of Fame, and a second team Associated Press All-American in 1983, with 814 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Also an All-PAC selection in 1983, Jim was a three-time Academic All-American from 1982-84. p. 23


Joseph Rencis, PhD ’85 Cookeville, TN Joseph is the dean of engineering and the Clay N. Hixson Chair for Engineering Leadership at Tennessee Tech University. He was named the 2014-15 president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education. He also received the 2014 ASEE Mechanics Division Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award, which is awarded annually for distinguished and outstanding contributions to engineering mechanics education. This is considered the premier award in the engineering mechanics education community.

Sara SchaefferAlsop ’94 Poway, CA Sara works at Hewlett-Packard in San Diego as a product support manager with commercial products. The married mom of four graduated from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, with a Master of Business Administration specializing in marketing. She completed the degree part time over 25 months, with a 4.0 GPA.

See a video of Sara’s journey to graduation

1990s Ganesh Raman, PhD ’91 Glenview, IL Ganesh is deputy vice-provost for research and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is recognized for his work in the field of aeroacoustics and has made advances in reducing noise from aircraft, automobiles, wind turbines and office machines. Ganesh also serves as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Aeroacoustics and recently edited his third book, “Frontiers in Aeroacoustics.” He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK.

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F. Kurtis Kasper ’99 Houston, TX Kurt began an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry on July 1, 2014. Doreen Pulley Katz ’99 Shaker Heights, OH Dori was selected as this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, winning the top honor in the mystery-thriller category with her first book, “The Dead Key,” which is set in Cleveland in 1978 and 1998. She emerged from a pool of 10,000 entries.

2000s Ozan Akkus, PhD ’00 Cleveland, OH Ozan, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Case School of Engineering, won a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to grow replacement rotator cuffs and other large tendon groups to help heal injured soldiers and athletes, accident victims and an aging population that wants to remain active. He has already devised a technique to reconstitute collagen – a building block of tendons – into tough fibers and induce adult stem cells to grow into tendons on those fibers. case alumnus magazine

NOTES Andre U. Aguillon ’01 Holland, OH Andre was promoted to assistant professor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and associate medical director at the Regional Center for Sleep Medicine. He was also made associate program director for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program.

Gordon Daily ’00, MSE ’01 Cleveland, OH Gordon’s company, BoxCast, is teaming up with ESPN Cleveland for live streaming of high school football games. BoxCast already delivers live streams of sports broadcasts to 70 colleges and universities, and was the channel used to livestream over the Internet this year’s Dean’s Reception and ShowCASE hosted by the Case Alumni Association over Homecoming Weekend 2014.

Rajeev Raghavan ’01 Houston, TX Rajeev and Archana Vargheese CAS ‘01 celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this year.

Benjamin R. Bayat ’02 Oakland, CA Ben joined the investment team at Illuminate Ventures, a venture capital firm based in the Bay Area.

Adam C. Snyder ’02, MEM ’03 Akron, OH Adam was recently named chief operating officer at Incept.

Ian Charnas ’05 Cleveland, OH Ian received the Young Alumnus Award from the Case Alumni Association at this year’s reunion and homecoming celebration during October 2014. In addition to his tireless work as the manager of think[box], Ian travels the world demonstrating some of his innovative creations – the waterfall swing set, the world’s largest twin musical Tesla coils and his smartphone app, a Magical mustache Mirror. FALL 2014

Bryony (DuPont) Niemeyer ’08 Corvallis, OR Bryony was hired as assistant professor at the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University in September 2013. Kyle Neimeyer ’09, MSE ’10, PhD ’14 Corvallis, OR Kyle received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in January 2014.

2010s Keith Lupton ’11 Willoughby, OH Keith was promoted to finishing manager of the Avery Dennison Graphics Division in Fairport Harbor. Matthew Yanosko ’11 Dyer, IN Matthew was promoted to senior IT analyst at Eaton Corporation. He and his wife, Margaret Dooley ’11 recently relocated to Indiana. Valencia Williams ’14 Bristol, PA Valencia is working at Accenture as a technology analyst.

Special Recognition Ana B. Locci, MS ’85, PhD ’88 Cleveland Hts., OH Ana received her degrees in biologyecology from Case Western Reserve University. She teaches courses in biology and is the director of the University Farm located 10 miles from campus. Locci is married to Ivan E. Locci, MS ’84, PhD ’86, and was recently recognized by President Snyder for her more than 25 years of service to the university. p. 25

In Memoriam

Paul J. Louzecky ’32, Rochester, MI, Sept. 10, 2013

Kenneth V. Keidel ’49, Conneaut, OH, Sept. 13, 2014

Roy H. Peck ’32, Weaverville, NC, date unknown

William A. Markey ’49, Fort Collins, CO, May 5, 2014

Charles G. Wistar ’37, Williamsburg, VA, April 17, 2014

Donald R. Wilkinson MS ’49, Shorewood, WI, Dec. 20, 2013

Herbert W. Holkesvic ’38, Austin, TX, date unknown

James E. Allen ’50, Weirton, PA, July 24, 2014

Robert L. Hilderbran ’39, city unknown, Feb. 1, 2014

Louis R. Bechtel ’50, Santa Barbara, CA, July 7, 2007

James P. Gravenstreter ’40, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 20, 2014

Earl R. Blewitt ’50, city unknown, July 2014

Frank E. Marble ’40, Pasadena, CA, August 11, 2014

Bruce R. Burgan ’50, Hudson, OH, Sept. 17, 2014

Lloyd P. Benjamin ’41, Shaker Heights, OH, April 7, 2008

John M. Cazier ’50, Los Angeles, CA, August 24, 2014

Harry Gilbert ’41, Seattle, WA, April 24, 2014

J. Blair Dennison ’50, Hillsboro, OH, Feb. 1, 2014

D. Bill Husted ’41, Salinas, CA, Feb. 8, 2013

George I. Doering ’50, Reno, NV, Sept. 11, 2008

Emil L. Levstik ’41, Sun City, AZ, August 28, 2013

Richard T. Green ’50, Beaverton, OR, date unknown

William Dean Mathers ’41, Tampa, FL, Feb. 27, 2014

Louis P. Hine, Jr. ’50, Chico, CA, May 4, 2014

Prescott S. Cole ’42, MS ’55, MGT ’55, Pittsburgh, PA,

Edward E. Kaduk ’50, Pendleton, OR, June 4, 2014

Jan. 27, 2006

Joseph M. Lane ’50, Palm Beach, FL, August 29, 2010

Dean C. Mathews ’42, Eden Prairie, MN, June 7, 2014

Remo R. Maneri ’50, Midland, MI, August 28, 2014

Kenneth R. Parker ’42, Cleveland, OH, April 20, 2014

David E. Willis ’50, city unknown, Feb. 2, 2014

Robert G. Trudeau ’42, West Covina, CA, Nov. 15, 2010

John F. Koran ’51, Rocky River, OH, June 12, 2014

Carl J. Weber ’42, Greer, SC, Feb. 24, 2014

Louis R. Le Bras ’51, MS ’53, MS ’55, Pittsburgh, PA,

Clifton W. Woltz ’42, Houston, TX, May 8, 2014

April 19, 2009

Nelson M. Blachman ’43, Piedmont, CA, April 28, 2014

Daniel F. Mika ’51, Port Townsend, WA, May 8, 2009

John G. German ’43, Springfield, MO, date unknown

Robert W. Nowack ’51, Beaverton, OR, April 28, 2006

Frank J. Modic ’43, Moorestown, NJ, May 1, 2014

Robert J. Ormesher ’51, Burrell, PA, August 16, 2014

John R. Reitz ’43, Ann Arbor, MI, June 29, 2014

Carl A. Rouse ’51, Princeton, NJ, Feb. 25, 2014

Russell E. Umbenhour ’43, Canton, OH, April 9, 2014

Joseph O. Campeau ’52, Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2014

Louis J. Collister ’44, city unknown, August 2014

John Chovan, Jr. ’52, city unknown, Feb. 9, 2014

William H. Davis ’44, Wickliffe, OH, May 2012

James W. Coats ’52, Heath, OH, April 15, 2007

Irvin M. Krieger ’44, Beachwood, OH, Oct. 4, 2014

Dale F. Dowis ’52, Huntington Beach, CA, July 5, 2011

William S. Stamp ’44, Jamesville, NY, August 2014

Freman A. Ericson ’52, Magnolia, AZ, August 2014

Kenneth M. Treadwell ’44, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1, 2014

Dale C. Greig ’52, Willoughby Hills, OH, September 2014

William W. Burton ’45, Ben Lomond, CA, March 3, 2014

Joey Y. Kumagai ’52, Fountain Valley, CA, July 7, 2014

Dudley D. Kimpton ’45, Wadsworth, OH, April 30, 2014

Harry R. Calsing ’53, city unknown, July 24, 2014

Stephen J. Koonce ’45, San Diego, CA, June 21, 2014

Norman R. Cox ’53, Solon, OH, August 9, 2014

Harvey W. Perry ’45, Grand Rapids, MI, June 24, 2014

William C. Huber ’53, Huntsville, AL, Jan. 8, 2014

Edward J. Reta ’45, Macedonia, OH, August 14, 2014

Vincent R. Lalli ’53, Cleveland, OH, July 8, 2014

Robert C. Tupa ’45, Cleveland, OH, Feb. 23, 2014

Bruce W. McLeod ’53, Federal Way, WA, Feb. 11, 2010

Donald D. Deming ’46, Greenville, SC, July 31, 2007

Joseph F. Mendicino ’53, Athens, GA, March 27, 2012

Stanley E. Gifford ’46, Falmouth, ME, Dec. 19, 2008

Clyde W. Scott ’53, city unknown, Feb. 2, 2014

Herschel D. Howard ’46, Schenectady, NY, Feb. 1, 2014

Donald R. Whitman ’53, Willoughby, OH, April 20, 2014

Elmer E. Fischer, Jr. ’47, Cleveland Heights, OH, June 13, 2009

Lowell L. Heinke ’54, Cleveland, OH, September 2014

Harold W. Long ’47, Avon Lake, OH, July 29, 2014

Frank J. Kish ’54, Delaware, OH, Sept. 9, 2014

Edwin J. Zwiesler ’47, Dayton, OH, June 1, 2014

Takuo Mimura MS ’54, city unknown, Feb. 19, 2014

William A. Apple ’48, Seminole, FL, June 9, 2014

William N. Smith ’54, Rock Creek, OH, April 9, 2014

Philip A. Ebinger ’48, Roseville, CA, August 1, 2014

James E. Vamos ’54, Cleveland, OH, June 8, 2014

Sherman D. Goodman ’48, Oley, PA, Nov. 30, 2010

Earl C. Detrich ’55, Cincinnati, OH, April 19, 2014

Milton S. Hetzel, Jr. ’48, Dublin, VA, April 20, 2011

Donald A. Dick ’55, Brentwood, TX, April 2014

Stuart M. Blydenburgh ’49, Lakewood, OH, Feb. 4, 2014

Philip W. Patterson ’55, Bethel Park, PA, June 5, 2014

Edward J. DaRin ’49, Los Angeles, CA, August 3, 2014

John J. Phipps ’55, Waukegan, IL, May 9, 2014

H. Franklin Hostetler ’49, MS ’57, city unknown, August 2, 2014

Jerry E. Slee ’55, MS ’57, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 9, 2013

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Notable Deaths Gary A. Stoltz ’55, city unknown, Sept. 6, 2014 Thomas C. Bowden ’56, Mission Viejo, CA, date unknown Franklin W. Delaney ’56, city unknown, February 2014 John P. Kilbane ’56, Cleveland, OH, July 22, 2014 Gilbert C. Lee ’56, Tallmadge, OH, July 23, 2009 John R. Valentine ’56, Moreno Valley, CA, Oct. 9, 2009 Edward M. Hudimac ’57, Latrobe, PA, May 6, 2014 Glenn F. Knoll ’57, Santa Rosa, CA, April 20, 2014 John Law, Jr. ’57, Moscow, ID, Jan. 18, 2014 William N. Marquard ’57, Cleveland, OH, July 14, 2014 James J. Poledna ’57, McKinney, TX, August 11, 2011 Robert J. Walter ’57, Sandusky, OH, August 2014 Edwin G. Rossman ’58, El Sobrante, CA, Feb. 5, 2014 Paul E. Swenson MS ’59, Granville, OH, May 7, 2014 Sterling N. Farmer ’60, McCandless, PA, July 29, 2014

William V. Bowen, Jr.

Bill Bowen, former executive director of the Case Alumni Association, passed away on April 9, 2014. Bill was a graduate of Shaker Heights Schools, Hiram College and Butler University. He began his career as a teacher at Glen Oak School before joining the development team at the Case Alumni Association. He became the director of development for the Natural History Museum and later, the executive director of the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland. Bill was honored numerous times throughout his career for his dedication to the underserved in Northern Ohio.

Thomas D. McConnell ’60, Bernalilli, NM, March 22, 2011 H. James Rudge ’60, city unknown, March 3, 2011 Valentino Buttignol ’61, Pittsburgh, PA, May 14, 2014 Fay Fun ’56, MS ’61, PhD ’63, city unknown, Feb. 8, 2014 Alan W. Richards MS ’61, city unknown, Oct. 22, 2011 David F. Crozier ’62, Chester Springs, PA, March 29, 2014 Raymond G. Kvaternik ’62, Yorktown, VA, July 2, 2014 Alex Panno MS ’62, city unknown, April 25, 2014 George P. Souther ’62, Ocean Ridge, FL, March 20, 2014 John W. Kochera MS ’63, PhD ’67, city unknown, June 26, 2008 Gad Nathan PhD ’64, Israel, July 20, 2012 C. Guy Sperling ’64, Germantown, TN, July 30, 2014 Calvin E. Baxter ’65, Winter Haven, FL, May 2014 Robert F. Duncan ’66, Lopez Island, WA, May 2013 Frederick R. Eplett ’66, Ft. Wayne, IN, Feb. 7, 2014 Christian C. Liebermann ’66, Cleveland, OH, Feb. 9, 2014

Kenneth L. Klika MS ’90 Case Western Reserve Assistant Dean Ken Klika, a stalwart supporter of the College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate and graduate students and the university’s rowing club, passed away on Oct. 31, 2014, after a brave battle against cancer. His most recent role was leading space planning and facilities management for the college. Klika was a Cleveland native who served in the First Aircraft Wing of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a professor emeritus of the University of Akron and adjunct faculty of Case Western Reserve’s Department of Civil Engineering.

Richard D. Neroni ’66, Hemmet, CA, April 5, 2014 William B. Tessmer ’66, Columbia, MD, March 18, 2014 Jack D. Robertson ’68, Columbus, OH, Feb. 20, 2014 Kent E. Westerbeck MS ’68, Westmont, IL, Dec. 29, 2013 Charles A. May ’69, North Richland Hills, TX, Feb. 1, 2014 Howard L. Roth ’69, Newport Beach, CA, Sept. 14, 2014 Michael R. Stransky ’69, Cleveland, OH, Feb. 9, 2014 John C. Titter, Jr. ’69, Greeley, CO, March 4, 2014 Zahiruddin Usmani, PhD MS ’69, city unknown, April 9, 2010 Daniel E. Dutcher ’70, Dallas, TX, Nov. 10, 2013 Anthony P. D’Addario PhD ’71, San Diego, CA, Feb. 10, 2014 Robert N. Wilke PhD ’71, city unknown, Nov. 23, 2013 Richard E. Prael PhD ’72, Los Alamos, NM, Feb. 12, 2014 William F. White, Jr. ’78, Willoughby, OH, July 8, 2014 James P. Uihlein MS ’86, Fallbrook, CA, Dec. 12, 2013 John A. Miller ’87, Cleveland, OH, August 2014 James L. Washburn MS ’91, city unknown, April 24, 2011

Kenneth R. Parker ’42

Kenneth Parker passed away peacefully on April 20, 2014, at the age of 94. A graduate of the Case School of Applied Science and Cleveland Marshall Law School, Kenneth was a pioneer in the field of industrial chemical market research. He was the first manager of market research for the BF Goodrich Chemical Company and later the first director of corporate market research for the Glidden Company. Kenneth was a past grand officer of Sigma Nu fraternity and served on many professional and community boards throughout his career. He was a generous supporter of Case, funding three endowments held at the Case Alumni Association.

Kenneth L. Klika MS ‘90, Wadsworth, OH, Oct. 31, 2014 FALL 2014

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The Last Word:


By Luke Fakult, second-year mechanical engineering major

Not everyone can say they traveled solo 10,500 miles across the country on a three-wheeled motorcycle, immediately after turning 19, connecting with Case graduates along the way. Actually, I may be the only person able to claim this feat. At least the only one I know of. It all started with an excellent SAGES seminar I took last semester during my first year as a student at Case Western Reserve University. It was about the history of the U.S. landscape and its conservation, focusing heavily on the 59 national parks and the groups instrumental to their preservation. Coincidentally, my professor was a fellow motorcycle rider, and we talked several times about his various trips around the country. Midway through the semester, I decided it was time for a big adventure. I hoped to see the world that I was so earnestly learning about, in an attempt to expedite my shift from the classroom to the real world. After months of planning with several mentors, I took five weeks off this summer and began my trip shortly after the July 4th holiday.

Engineering student Luke Fakult takes a selfie with Larry Mattson ’57 of Manhattan Beach, California. The two had lunch at the Kettle restaurant on the Manhattan Beach Pier. In the fall of 2007, Larry rode his bicycle 2,800 miles across the country to commemorate his 50th reunion.

I rode west from my home just outside of Cleveland to Denver, Colorado; southwest to Los Angeles, California; north to Vancouver, British Columbia; northeast and then south to Billings, Montana; east to Sturgis, South Dakota; north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and back home. I met up with college friends and kind alumni along the way, and made more memories than I have been able to process to date! As a respite from the road, three Case alumni treated me to evenings spent learning about their careers, and two other alumni welcomed me into their homes for the night. I was happy to engage with such kind alumni of my school, and I was glad to see that each was so successful. From program and plant managers to a financial consultant, the alumni I met offered an exciting glimpse of where hard work at a university like this could take me. These meetings showed me how Case pushes students to aspire toward personal success, and now, how long the school has been at this practice. I’ve seen my peers start companies and win prestigious awards. Interestingly, the most prized lesson I gained from the trip was a sense of urgency. With this valuable opportunity, I realized it’s time I start taking advantage of what Case has to offer me. This trip inspired me to start taking control of my destiny, and Case, both actively and passively, is putting the wind in my sails. So onward I go, grateful to be a part of a tradition of greatness, toward the next adventure.

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Innovation 2015 Calling all makers and innovators! Mark your calendar to attend the Global Alumni Alliance at the International CES in Las Vegas, NV – Jan. 6-9, 2015

The International CES – Consumer Electronics Show – is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It’s where business gets done: on the show floor, in and around the conference programming, and in planned or impromptu meetings, and special events. This global innovation-show-of-the-year draws more than 160,000 attendees from 140 countries! Case Western Reserve University will be well represented at the upcoming show – once again bringing student business startups and providing opportunities to host and engage alumni attendees. Make your plans to visit our booths, join our alumni reception and make incredible connections with your fellow makers and innovators while at CES. What a great way to kick off INNOVATION 2015!

Student and Alumni Business Startup and think[box] Booths

Global Alumni Alliance Reception and Networking Event

Jan. 5-9 2015 Eureka Park Mandalay Bay Booths 75427, 75429, 75431 and 75433

Jan. 6, 2015 at 7 p.m. Palms Casino Resort, Fantasy Tower Penthouse 4321 West Flamingo Road - Las Vegas

Located in the University Innovations Marketplace Learn more about where to find CWRU at the CES:

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