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Case Alumnus The Magazine of the Case Alumni Association

Spring 2015 • vol. 26 • no. 2

Celebrating 130 YEARS of Innovation

ALSO INSIDE: Engineers Week: Creation, collaboration and change Our scholarship students: best and brightest Innovation 2015 and beyond


Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit 2015 Models of Innovation

OCT. 26-28, 2015


The maker movement. Startup accelerators. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. These movements are gaining traction across the country and around the world—and present enormous opportunities for growth: for individuals, for companies, for regions and institutions. Please join us for three days of exploration, collaboration and scholarship focused on the opportunities and challenges of global innovation. This unique summit will bring together thought leaders from across industry sectors and geographies to discuss the impact of various models of innovation, including how they contribute to our regional economies, cultures and education. During the event, we’ll celebrate the unveiling of our innovation and entrepreneurship center, think[box], in its new, 50,000-square-foot home.

Learn more at: innovation-summit and mark your calendars now to join us Oct. 26-28!

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A Message from the Case School of Engineering Dear Alumni and Friends of the Case School of Engineering, For much of the thousands of years of human history, life looked pretty much the same from one generation to the next. Then came the industrial revolution and the spark of innovation that ignited an unprecedented technological transformation that has continued over the last two centuries. It’s somewhat staggering to think about all that’s happened in the lifespan of our institutions alone. When the first members of the Case Alumni Association organized 130 years ago, the telephone was barely a decade old — and these wall-mounted devices that once revolutionized communication are now practically antiques, replaced by the high-powered mini-computers we carry in our pockets. When you called someone then, you would never have asked, “Where are you?” since a phone number mapped to a single address — today it maps to a global citizen. At the Case School of Engineering — and its predecessor institutions — we’ve constantly been at the forefront of this march of progress and innovation. We count some of the world’s greatest innovators among our alumni ranks — from industrial giant Herbert Dow to the father of modern computing Don Knuth — and our campus was one of the original 10 connection points on the fledgling internet. We’ve got quite a tradition of innovation to celebrate as the Case Alumni Association marks its 130th anniversary, and we’re proud that our ecosystem of innovation is still thriving on our campus today. Much of this activity is driven by think[box] — the epicenter and physical home for our own brand of student innovation. We’ve worked hard to cultivate our model of maker culture — with the unique flair that it entails within a school of engineering — and it’s bearing fruit in the explosion of student-driven startups we’ve had in the past few years. What’s even more exciting is that we are keenly aware there is a whole community of innovators and entrepreneurs out there — and now is a great time to engage them. That’s why we’ve declared 2015 our Year of Innovation, and as part of that celebration, I’d urge you to attend the Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit this fall — a chance to gather this community together and celebrate different models of innovation, as well as to see the unveiling of the new, 50,000-square-foot home of think[box]. Visit to learn how you can attend. I hope to see you there! Sincerely,

Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD ’87 Dean and Leonard Case Professor of Engineering SPRING 2015

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A message from the

Case Alumni Association Dear Fellow Alumni, As my two-year term as president of your Case Alumni Association winds down in June, I choose to reflect on the organization’s accomplishments during my tenure. It’s been a wonderful couple of years that underscore the strides we have made as the annual fund and alumni relations arm for the Case School of Engineering, with support to the math and applied sciences students and alumni at the College of Arts and Sciences. This October will mark the third year of our expanded and reinvigorated homecoming and reunion events programming. This includes the highly successful Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE and streamlined Case Alumni Association Awards Presentation. Our alumni and guests are thrilled with the new format, which allows more time for interacting with innovative students and faculty, while reconnecting with campus friends from long ago. The “experience” is creative, innovative and refreshing – and we continue to receive accolades from across campus for our event. Make Case your destination this year and see for yourself Oct. 8-11, 2015. We have taken on a larger role at the annual technology and innovation conference, the International Computer Electronics Show, now known as CES. We, along with campus partners, sponsored a hugely successful reception that attracted alumni, students and guests from across the globe. Read more about this conference that draws some 160,000 attendees to Las Vegas each year on page 17. The Case Alumni Association continues to promote the professional development, career and educational aspects of your Case degree. We have hosted alumni receptions at conferences across the United States and in the ASEAN region, where we’ve connected faculty to alumni as well as alumni to each other, vastly increasing our reach in this global environment. Watch for new programming around lifelong learning, professional certification and faculty lectures beginning next fall. Finally, I am proud of the diverse group of professional alumni that are serving on our board and committees. We encourage everyone to get involved – there are numerous opportunities and volunteer programs for which we need your help. Contact your alumni engagement staff at the Case Alumni Association to learn more.

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 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 Kellie Mayle, 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 CASE ALUMNUS Terri Mrosko, Editor Steve Toth, J. Toth Graphic, Design & Layout PHOTO CREDITS Kevin Kopanski, p. 10, 12-13 Lensa Jotte, p. 11 Corey Wright, p. 14-16 Hilary Bovay, p. 20

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Case Alumnus T H E M A G A Z I N E O F T H E C A S E A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N

To serve and advance the interests of the Case School of Engineering, the math and applied sciences of Case Western Reserve University and its alumni and students.

SPRING 2015 • VOL. 26 • no. 2


ON THE COVER: Celebrating 130 years of Innovation

A salute to our amazing alumni innovators and Nobel Laureates dating back to 1885, the year that the Case Alumni Association was first established


Innovation, Technology and Discovery – Why CES should matter to you

The alumni networking reception held in January at the CES show in Las Vegas was a resounding success. What’s in store for 2016?


Where are they now?

Past scholarship recipient Arkady Polinkovsky ’08, MS ’10 shares why he’s come full circle as a Case alumnus and board member


2015 Junior/Senior Scholarship Program by the Numbers

A record number of students received scholarships to help offset tuition costs in their junior and senior years.


Engineers Week 2015: Creation, Collaboration and Change

Case Alumni Association is a proud sponsor of some key E-Week events




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Dean’s Message President’s Message Case Connections Alumni Activities and Events Destination: Case Homecoming & Reunion 2015 Preview Class Notes In Memoriam The Last Word: Role Model

ON THE COVER: This fall, the Case Alumni Association celebrates its 130-year anniversary. Established in 1885 after the first class graduated as civil engineers and started the association, the group elected its first officers and appointed two committees – one to prepare a constitution and the other to design an alumni badge. Since that time, many notable and innovative alumni have gone on to great achievements in many industries and institutions.




The best way to stay connected to the Case Alumni Association between magazine issues is to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Please join our sites today for the latest news on alumni, students, faculty and innovative research and projects.

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STEM Education News for Case School of Engineering and Case Western Reserve University Engineering Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk named IEEE fellow Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD ’87, dean of the Case School of Engineering, joined an exclusive group of scholars in being named a 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow for contributions to rapid magnetic resonance imaging technologies. Fellows are recognized for their leadership and technical accomplishments and for their positive impact on society. Dean Duerk joins fellow biomedical engineering professor Dominique Durand, electrical engineering and computer science Chair Kenneth Loparo and EECS professors Benham Malakooti and Christos Papachristou, among current faculty who have received this highest designation from IEEE. Read more about Dean Duerk’s career accomplishments at

EECS Chair Kenneth A. Loparo elected AIMBE fellow The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering announced the induction of Kenneth A. Loparo, PhD ’77, Nord Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Loparo joins 23 other Case Western Reserve University faculty members in this elite group of scholars. Only the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country receive this honor. Loparo is past president of the Case Alumni Association.

ASM International elects Sunniva Collins as board president ASM International announced Sunniva R. Collins, MS ’91, PhD ’94, associate professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as ASM’s elected 2015 board president. Prior to joining the faculty of the Case School of Engineering in 2013, Dr. Collins was employed by Swagelok Company for 18 years, beginning in 1995 as a research metallurgist. Dr. Collins is an active member of the Case Alumni Association, and has given generously of her time as an alumni interviewer for the junior and senior scholarships.

Paul Stephan retires after 14 years in development for the Case Alumni Association Paul Stephan ’64, most recently director of leadership gifts at the Case Alumni Association, recently retired after 14 years of service to the organization. His professional career includes teaching computer science at Case Western Reserve University for 30 years, and earlier, managing several substantial software projects for the Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network, St. Vincent Charity Hospital and the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Stephan earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Case Institute of Technology in 1964 and obtained a master’s degree in operations research from the University of Pennsylvania two years later. Stephan received a Meritorious Service Award from the Case Alumni Association in 1990. He plans to remain active in the organization as a volunteer board member. p. 4

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nections Case Alumni Association welcomes new director of alumni relations Case Alumni Association, the annual fund and alumni relations office of the Case School of Engineering, has named Kellie A. Mayle as its new director of alumni relations effective April 1. Mayle brings more than nine years of experience in the alumni relations field. Most recently, she was the assistant director of alumni relations – educational and regional programming at Kent State University. In that position, Mayle was responsible for planning and implementation of programs and projects that engaged alumni with the university. In her role, she annually executed more than 35 special events including alumni education programs that highlighted faculty expertise and regional alumni presidential programs. Prior to Kent State, Mayle was the alumnae specialist and alumni admissions network coordinator at Ursuline College. “We are very pleased to welcome Kellie to the Case Alumni Association,” commented Stephen Zinram, executive director. “Her background in special events planning, in particular alumni educational programs, will be a great asset as we continue to develop an alumni lifelong learning program.”

Robert Gao appointed new chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Robert Gao, an esteemed scholar, researcher and educator, joins the Case School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as chair. Professor Gao comes to Case from the University of Connecticut, where he served as the Pratt and Whitney Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for seven years. Professor Gao is a fellow of the ASME, IEEE and SME, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Society of Instrumentation and Measurement, an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and the recipient of multiple awards. “Professor Gao’s outstanding record of excellence in research and education makes him ideally suited to lead our mechanical and aerospace engineering department. Please join me in extending him a warm welcome to our community and in wishing him the best in his new appointment,” stated Case School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD ‘87.

Alumni eligible to receive $10,000 tuition offset for online master’s degree The online engineering master’s degree programs now offered at the Case School of Engineering are designed for working professionals and can be accomplished in less than two years. Even if you are away from campus, you can still experience one of the most industry-recognized and comprehensive degrees remotely. For a limited time, Case alumni can receive up to $10,000 in tuition offset toward one of these degrees: Master of Engineering or MS in Biomedical, Mechanical, Civil and Systems and Control Engineering. Learn more at or call 855.976.4004.


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First, a bit of history.


Representing math, science and technology In his book, “From School to Institute,” author C.T. Martin writes that in its 67th year, Case School of Applied Science, originally incorporated in 1880, became Case Institute of Technology. In 1967, the federation of the Institute and Western Reserve University changed the name to reflect both institutions. In 1885, the first five graduates of the Case School of Applied Science came together to form an alumni association. While the original records of the organization were destroyed when Old Main burned, the Case Alumni Association has remained intact for 130 years. Through the decades, innumerable notable, inventive and illustrious alumni and professors have made an indelible mark on the university. From Nobel Laureates to industrial giants to technical geniuses to entrepreneurs, innovation remains at the core. Case Alumni Association is proud and humbled to continue to play a role in supporting and promoting alumni, faculty and student innovation – and we look forward to the next 130 years!

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ALBERT A. MICHELSON, Case School of Applied Science Professor of Physics, 1882-1889 Nobel Prize for Physics in 1907 for the MichelsonMorley Experiment

The Michelson-Morley interferometer experiment was conducted in 1887 on the Case Campus by Michelson and Edward W. Morley, of Western Reserve University. It proved the non-existence of the ether, provided circumstantial evidence to substantiate Einstein’s theory of relativity, and led to more accurate measurements to be made by means of light-waves.



Nobel Prize for Physics in 1960 for his invention of the bubble chamber used in the study of high-energy nuclear interactions

Nobel Prize for Physics in 1955 for his precision determination of the magnetic moment of the electron; the first alumnus to receive the prize

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GEORGE A. OLAH, Department Chair, Chemistry

Department Chair, Physics

Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1994 for his hydrocarbon and methane gas research that produced ways to create cleaner and more efficient fuel

Nobel Award for Physics in 1995 for pioneering experimental contributions to lepton physics and for the detection of the neutrino

“It was all work and no play, but what I learned in the operations research program at Case proved to be of great value in subsequent years. In particular, I learned some recursive methods in the queuing theory course and thoroughly enjoyed learning some probability theory in a course that used the Feller’s classic text.” – Edward C. Prescott, MS ’64

EDWARD C. PRESCOTT, MS ’64 Nobel Prize for Economic Science in 2004 for contributions to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles

Additional Nobel Laureates from Case Western Reserve include Professor John J.R. MacLeod, 1923 in Physiology/ Medicine; Dean Frederick C. Robbins, 1954 in Physiology/ Medicine; Chair Earl W. Sutherland, Jr., 1971 in Physiology/Medicine; Professor George H. Hitchings, 1988 in Physiology/Medicine; Alfred G. Gilman (MED ’69), 1994 in Physiology/Medicine; Ferid Murad (MED ’65) 1998 in Physiology/Medicine; and Perter Agre (Internal Medicine ’75-’78) 2003 for Chemistry. SPRING 2015


PAUL C. LAUTERBUR ’51 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2003 for his work that made the development of magnetic resonance imaging possible

“When I graduated (with a B.S. in chemistry, because I did not qualify for an engineering degree as I had replaced a Unit Operations laboratory course with a graduate course in Quantum Chemistry), I was tired of lectures and professors, and determined to get back to lab work.” – Paul Lauterbur ’51

PAUL BERG, PHD (WR’52) Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1980 for his fundamental studies of the biochemistry of nucleic acids, with particular regard to recombinant-DNA

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Celebrating 130

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YEARS of Innovation


Innovation 2015 Innovation, Technology and Discovery – Why CES should matter to you


he International Consumer Electronics Show, held each year during the first week of January in Las Vegas, has rebranded itself as CES to more accurately reflect its overall role as a global stage for innovation, technology and discovery – not just consumer electronics. The show draws 180,000+ attendees – including more than 45,000 from international destinations alone. The incredible innovation on display and the ever-expanding presence of our alumni network build a strong case on why you should mark your calendars now to attend. This will be the third year that the Case School of Engineering and student startups from Case Western Reserve University will participate at CES. Case Western Reserve is the only university to showcase student as well as alumni startup companies. “We are leading the way, positioning the school and the university as a frontrunner in innovation. Our collaboration with the Case Alumni Association adds strength and expands the global reach in engaging and showcasing alumni and student innovators. This year we expect even bigger numbers and greater success,” stated Daniel Ducoff, associate dean of development and global relations at the Case School of Engineering. Seventy alumni, students and guests attended our jointly sponsored reception held opening night at the Palms Casino Resort Fantasy Tower Penthouse Suite this year. Will we see you there in 2016?

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There is No Event Experience like CES Jan. 6-9, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV 2nd Annual Global Alumni Reception Wednesday Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE! “I found of most value the number of quality alumni that attended the reception. The alumni event promoted excellent discussions, leads and opportunities. The alumni varied from retired – with many years of fruitful work to students working on interesting projects and many alumni in-between.” – Frederick J. Lisy ’89, MS ’91, PhD ’93 – President, Orbital Research, Inc.

“Very enjoyable and paired with the amazing technologies at CES, the alumni reception is a dream event.” – JeShaune Jackson, MS ’14, MBA ’14 – Founder/President, BioComm

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Where Are They Now? A look at one of our past scholarship recipients

Arkady Polinkovsky ’08, MS ’10

What were your majors at Case? BS: Mechanical Engineering MS: Mechanical Engineering - Robotics What is your position and where do you currently work? Lead Engineer at Gearing Solutions in Solon, Ohio Briefly describe your current job duties: I am the head engineer at Gearing Solutions, but I’m not a fan of that title as I see engineering as a team sport. GS is an engineered products company, which specializes in roller gear technology. We produce the third generation of planetary and cycloidal roller gears used in a wide range of gearheads, speed reducers and speed increasers, providing maximum torque – minimum space. At GS, I’m responsible for the Engineering, Testing and IT departments. At a small company you get to wear many hats and that is part of the fun. When did you receive a Junior/Senior Scholarship, and what impact did it have on your education at Case? I believe I had the scholarship both my junior and senior year. The tuition between by freshman and senior year jumped, and the Junior/Senior scholarship bridged that gap and allowed me to avoid taking out another loan. You’ve come full circle as a Scholarship Committee member; how/when did you get involved with the Scholarship Committee? Steve Zinram, executive director of the Case Alumni Association, asked me if I was interested in helping give away “other people’s” money to students – how could I say no to that? I also became a member of the Case Alumni Council, which is a great networking experience for young alumni. To be honest, I am just super impressed with the students that I interviewed this year. Case School of Engineering is putting out one hell of a product – well rounded engineers! “The coolest thing I did during my time at Case was...” participate in student run initiatives, such as Formula SAE and DARPA Urban Challenge. Although both involved a car, they are very different, but the part that is the same is the friendship and comradery that was formed by those who participated! “My Case education…” has opened a door that is able to lead to many more, now that I’ve learned to open any door I want to get through. And, being a CWRU engineer, we tend to blow them open! “My advice for today’s Case Junior/Senior Scholarship students…” is twofold; one is to have fun and follow your interests, and two, focus on the foundation before building the roof. Also, the professors and staff are awesome; get to know them and you will learn even more! SPRING 2015

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2015 Junior/Senior Scholarship Program by the Numbers By Claire McBroom


ebruary 2015 was record breaking for a few reasons – it was the coldest February on record in Cleveland, but it also saw unprecedented numbers of scholarship nominees complete the application and interview process for the Case Alumni Association’s Junior/Senior Scholarship program. In fact, the coldest day of February actually closed campus and forced 27 interviews to be rescheduled. Here is this year’s scholarship program by the numbers, as well as some first-hand accounts from students who were interviewed for a scholarship.

325 – The number of students nominated by faculty

$609,700 – The total amount of scholarship aid given to the 200 rising juniors and seniors majoring in engineering, math or science who applied for an award and qualified. For comparison, 121 rising juniors and seniors were awarded $471,400 in scholarships last year.

$609,700 in scholarship aid awarded this year

“As a recent scholarship recipient, I am happy to say that the Junior/Senior Scholarship process was one of my most gratifying and memorable experiences with this university. I now consider myself not only a student, but also a part of the network of support graciously provided by the Case Alumni Association. I hope to one day return to campus to aid in the future of passionate undergraduates, as well as to show my appreciation to the Case Alumni Association for instilling confidence in me as a student.”

20 – The total

number of alumni volunteers and staff who conducted Junior/Senior Scholarship interviews

– Khailing Neoh ’16, chemical engineering

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“This scholarship helps to show me that the university and its alumni care about my education. It rewards the hard work I have done and will continue to do. Now that my younger brother is entering college in the fall, our family’s finances will be split between two universities. This scholarship will alleviate our financial burden, minimizing the amount of loans I need for next year. I thank all of the alumni for their support of my education.” – Drew Mitchell ’17, computer science

$3,064 – The average amount of a Junior/Senior Scholarship awarded in 2015

14 – The number of students who were interviewed via Skype because they were out of the country, out of the state, or otherwise off-campus on co-op

“New and returning scholarship recipients celebrated with Case Alumni Council members and university staff at a reception on March 26.” SPRING 2015

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ENGINEERS WEEK 2015 Creation, Collaboration and Change: The Building Blocks of Engineering

Engineers Week 2015 marked more than 125 years of engineering education and research – and innovation – at the university. Each year, student leaders from the Case Engineers Council plan and execute events during Engineers Week that focus on building a sense of community on campus, in University Circle and beyond. This year’s theme showcased the qualities that define innovation and celebrated how engineers are at the forefront of making it all happen. Case Alumni Association is a proud, longtime sponsor of two Engineers Week events: the Engineers Week banquet and the Society of Women Engineers luncheon. In 2016, the Case Alumni Association will take the lead on the banquet, and we encourage all of our alumni and alumni-based companies to consider sponsoring this prestigious event. More details on the Feb. 26, 2016, event will be unveiled as the year unfolds.

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Society of Women Engineers Luncheon - Friday, Feb. 20

Keynote Speaker: Laura Flanagan ’90

Laura Flanagan ’90, most recently president of the Snacks Division at ConAgra Foods, presented the keynote talk at this year’s SWE luncheon. Flanagan graduated from the Case School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in systems and control engineering and has worked as a manufacturing engineer at Saturn Corporation before earning her master’s degree in business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1996. From there, she pursued a career in consumer products brand management. Flanagan joined the Case School of Engineering Dean’s Visiting Committee in 2014 and was recognized for the Case Alumni Association Meritorious Service award two years ago. Flanagan’s talk “Five to Thrive,” focused on the value of her Case education, life beyond purely an engineering career and the five pieces of advice she wished she had received 25 years ago. “Do what you love and success will come,” Flanagan told the audience. “Don’t always chase the profession with the highest salary unless you love your work. Also, have a thirst for learning – never stop! Use each chapter of your life as a foundation and launching pad for the next.” Flanagan underscored the importance of the “3 Cs,” which she said are communication, collaboration and confidence. She cautioned, “Pick your bosses carefully. Make sure he or she is someone you can learn from and is authentic, open and honest, and genuinely wants you to succeed.” Finally, Flanagan discussed the importance of building one’s network and how to achieve work/life balance as a professional woman in the working world today. Student comments after the talk indicated they were impressed with Flanagan’s “real-world advice” and how she shared her personal experience in a straightforward way. They relayed that they especially enjoyed Flanagan’s thoughts on finding balance and doing what makes you happy in your career and personal life. SPRING 2015

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Engineers Week Banquet - Thursday, Feb. 26

Think Vertical: Expanding the Role of Engineering Through Vertical Innovation™

Keynote Address by John Nottingham and John Spirk, Co-Presidents, Nottingham Spirk

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This year’s Engineers Week theme – Creativity, Collaboration and Change: the Building Blocks of Engineering – tied in perfectly with the synergy and partnership the Case School of Engineering has with the night’s featured speakers.

A rapt audience enjoyed this year’s keynote address by the founders of Nottingham Spirk, a global product design and business innovation firm known for creating some of the world’s most popular consumer items. The company has received numerous awards, and their founders were featured on the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes, among other media outlets.

John Nottingham (left) and John Spirk (right) are both graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Their NS innovation team, which includes many Case graduates, has co-created nearly 1,000 commercialized patents. The Nottingham Spirk “vertical innovation” process has helped client/partner companies earn more than $50 billion in combined sales.

Stephen Zinram, executive director of the Case Alumni Association, opened the evening after a welcome by the president of the Case Engineers Council. Zinram thanked all of the sponsors of the event, many of whom were represented in the audience. Case Alumni Association, celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, has grown and changed many times throughout its history, he said. “Our alumni network spans not just the United States, but across the globe. That is one powerful network!”

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Industry and alumni sponsors at a specific level are provided the opportunity to display their company products and interact with attendees prior to the banquet. Sponsors are also recognized in the program and throughout the week with displays at various Engineers Week events.

Each year, a different department from the Case School of Engineering is featured. Students showcased their research and projects from Macromolecular Science and Engineering this year. Attendees have the opportunity to personally visit and interact with these remarkable students during the evening.

The Case Engineers Council organizes all of the events during Engineers Week. At the Engineers Week banquet, students from all engineering disciplines enjoy meeting industry representatives, as well as interacting with alumni in attendance.

Engineering alumni have the opportunity to network with each other, as well as faculty and industry leaders. The event draws more than 600 people, and is expanding each year. The 2015 Engineers Week banquet took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland.

SAVE THE DATE: Engineers Week Banquet - Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016


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Alumni Activities & Events April 9 – WISER Career Networking LeanDog, a floating office space on the shores of Lake Erie This event focused on career networking for students in Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable, an organization that receives grant money from the Case Alumni Association. The WISER students met with staff members from the Career Center the week before, where they learned networking tips that they were able to put into play during the April 9 event. Carmen Fontana ’00, MSE ’05 shared her own career path with the group, highlighting the unanticipated twists and turns one can expect along the way.

April 10 – Special Lecture - the Albert M. Higley ’17 Endowment for Civil Engineering Nord Hall – Case School of Engineering The lecture was sponsored through an endowment held at the Case Alumni Foundation. Dr. Craig Benson of the University of Virginia discussed sustainability, design and life cycle analysis in engineering. The audience of 50 included alumni, current students and faculty. A brief reception followed the lecture. “Life cycle analysis has been a tool for the chemical industry for about a decade or so. Professor Benson’s presentation of how LCA is used in his field of study validated my personal belief that such an approach should be the norm in technology and manufacturing sectors.” – Jennifer Fakult ’96, Raw Material Procurement, Americas – The Lubrizol Corporation

“The range of alumni that attended the event was fantastic. The speed networking component worked out great! WISER cannot thank the Case Alumni Association enough. Your efforts definitely have not gone unnoticed, and we look forward to continuing a strong connection with your organization in the years to come.” – Kimberly Yacoub, Class of 2015, Chemistry and the 2014-15 WISER President (Left to right) David Meehan, project executive at the Albert M. Higley Company, Dr. Craig Benson, and Dr. David Zeng, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering

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April 14 – An Ecosystem of Innovation: think[box], FUSION and Entrepreneurship


Law Offices of Alston & Bird, Atlanta, GA

130th Annual All-Classes Celebration featuring the Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE and the Case Alumni Association Awards Presentation

As a precursor for an event we plan to replicate during Homecoming Weekend in October, the evening featured speakers from the Case School of Engineering, Weatherhead School of Management and the School of Law. The presenters shared highlights of how this synergistic relationship works. Mathematics student Ian Ferre, Class of 2017 and chief executive officer of Greenlite Technologies, who partnered with mechanical engineering student Samuel Crisanti, presented their product – an economical foot-powered cell phone charger designed for third-world countries.

Upcoming calendar events

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 5-9:30 p.m. InterContinental Hotel – Founder’s Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit 2015 – Models of Innovation Oct. 26-28 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH

CES 2016 – Global Alumni Networking Reception Wednesday , Jan.6, 2016 7 p.m. Las Vegas, NV

Engineers Week Banquet Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 5:30-10 p.m. Cleveland, OH

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES – Alumni Receptions: Save the Date Materials Science & Technology – Columbus, OH on Oct.5, 2015 Ohio Department of Transportation – Civil Engineering – Columbus, OH on Oct. 28, 2015


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leveland in recent months has gained national media attention as a destination city. Our wonderfully eclectic city has truly captured the travel industry spotlight. Among those Cleveland gems is University Circle and, of course, the amazing campus of Case Western Reserve University.

As the campus and surrounding community continues to transform, many of our alumni ask about what’s new, what favorite spots are still enjoyed today and what’s in store as far as expansion and renovation on campus. The Case Alumni Association recently created a visual representation of some of the iconic places that many remember from their student days. You can view Destination: CASE, our “look book,” online at Below are some shots that should evoke a memory or two. Enter our trivia contest for a chance to win your own printed copy of Destination: CASE.

Two famous atria located in Cleveland. Can you name them?

What is the name of this bakery located in Little Italy?

What engineering department is housed in this building?

Who is this and what class did he teach?

Where can you view the fountain behind this student?

To submit your responses, visit and complete the form. One entry per person please. We will give away booklets to 10 lucky winning entries.

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Homecoming & Reunion Weekend – Oct. 8-11, 2015 Join us for these events and more during your Destination: Case Homecoming & Reunion Weekend this October. Registration opens in July, and here’s a preview of the events hosted or sponsored by the Case Alumni Association for engineering, math and applied sciences graduates.

Friday, Oct. 9 10 – 11 a.m. Coffee & Chat with Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk The dean shares his continued vision for the Case School of Engineering and responds to your questions and feedback in a townhall format. 11 – 11:45 a.m. Case Institute of Technology/Case School of Engineering Emeriti Faculty Reception A reception for the remarkable faculty we’ve come to know over the years – toast some of your favorite engineering, math and applied sciences professors from Case. 3 – 4:30 p.m. THINK FORUM – An Ecosystem of Innovation: think[box], FUSION and Entrepreneurship See how synergistic relationships bridge innovation disciplines across campus including engineering, legal and business and meet students who launched their unique products. 5 – 9:30 p.m. 130th Annual All-Classes Celebration: Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE and Case Alumni Association Awards Presentation A refreshing take on the traditional banquet, this free-flowing format provides more opportunities to connect with classmates and interact personally with today’s faculty and student innovators. The evening features student entrepreneurs and a short video presentation of our distinguished alumni award winners.

Saturday, Oct. 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Brunch and Parade Watch with Deans Cyrus Taylor and Jeffrey Duerk Enjoy brunch and live jazz from a Case Western Reserve University student quartet, then gather just outside our venue to watch the Homecoming parade pass by. Includes complimentary valet and general admission to the Cleveland Botanical Garden exhibits. Noon – 1:30 p.m. CIT Grand Classes Lunch & Social For alumni who graduated from Case Institute of Technology in 1950, 1955 and 1960. Reconnect to fellow classmates at this reception and luncheon. 1 – 3 p.m. THINK FORUM: think[box] Tours at Richey-Mixon Building Tour the new home of think[box], a facility defined by its seven unique floors including separate space set aside for imagining, designing, building, marketing and bringing ideas to fruition. 5 – 8 p.m. CIT Class of 1965 50th Reunion Dinner An evening full of reminiscing, laughter and fellowship for this 50-year celebration for graduates of the Case Institute of Technology. 6 – 9 p.m. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Ohio Rho Private Reception Celebrate the fraternity’s first year return to campus with brothers, friends and spouses at a private cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at the Alumni House. SPRING 2015

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class notes 1950s Melvyn B. Spira ’56 Monterey Park, CA Mel retired from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in 2014 at the age of 80, after serving 40 years as an engineer. Courtesy Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

1960s Richard Socash ’60 Boulder, CO Richard “Dick” and Mary Dorothea “Dickie” celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2014.

Robert J. Hanold, MS ’62, PhD ’66 Bozeman, MT Bob, a shale pioneer visionary, was featured in the January 2015 edition of the — an online forum focusing on the ever-growing community of energy & climate thought leaders.

Gerald E. Hite ’62 Galveston, TX Jerry works full-time as a physics professor at Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus.

Larry J. Hornbeck ’65, MS ’68, PhD ’74 Van Alstyne, TX Larry was presented with an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Award of Merit – the Academy’s top science-technology award. Larry received the award for inventing digital micromirror technology at Texas Instruments in 1987, which is now used in DLP cinema projection. Larry is a former Case Alumni Association Gold Medal Award recipient. He previously won an Emmy® for this technology used in the Beijing Olympics telecast.

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Joseph M. Gingo ’66 Akron, OH Joseph announced his retirement as an executive officer of A. Schulman, Inc., an international supplier of plastic compounds and resins.

Robert J. Herbold, MS ’66, PhD ’68 Bellevue, WA Bob, retired chief operating officer of Microsoft and former longtime senior executive at the Proctor & Gamble Company, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science by the University of Cincinnati at its Doctoral Hooding & Master’s Recognition Ceremony in 2014, at which Bob was a keynote speaker. Bob previously received the Case Alumni Association’s Gold Medal Award.

1970s Peter S. Gilmour ’70 Mesa, AZ Peter was recently promoted to staff development program manager at Smart Modular Technology, a global leader in specialty memory solutions.

Larry J. Hornbeck ‘65, MS ‘68, PhD ‘74 receives an Oscar for his technology. Photo credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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class notes Eugene C. Muratore ’70 Naperville, IL Eugene, after 22 years as senior foundry metallurgist, recently retired from Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium, a global mining and metals company.

Steven B. Rubin ’71 Monterey, CA Steven welcomed his fifth grandchild in 2014.

Jerry Adamic ’72 Richardson, TX Jerry is enjoying his retirement in Richardson, Texas.

Philip A. King ’72 Saint Charles, MO Philip is vice president, St. Louis operations at Elbit Systems of America, a provider of high performance products and system solutions.

Rudolph Potenzone, Jr. MS ’75, PhD ’78 Redmond, WA Rudolph joined iChemLabs as chief business officer. iChemLabs is a scientific software company specializing in all forms of computational chemistry.

Daniel J. Kovalik ’76 Macedonia, OH Daniel retired in 2014 after 37 years in software engineering.

Richard W. Vesel MS ’76 Hudson, OH Richard has launched a subscription-based macroeconomic-focused website that gives indicators on the United States economy. View the website at


1980s Lawrence S. Olanoff ’80 Johns Island, SC Larry was appointed to Ironwood Pharmaceuticals’ board of directors as well as to its pharmaceutical advisory committee. Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is a drug manufacturer that develops and markets various medicines.

Batara P. Sianturi 1983 Budapest Batara, a 27-year veteran banker, returns to Indonesia as country head to manage the institutional and consumer businesses for CITI, with responsibility for all Citi businesses across the franchise in Indonesia. Batara will report to Michael Zink, a 1981 graduate of Case and the head of ASEAN and Citi country officer for Singapore.

1990s Victoria V. Livschitz ’94 San Ramon, CA Victoria, founder and chief technology officer of Qubell – an innovator in automated application deployment and configuration for web-scale applications – recently announced the availability of the first application management platform for cloud applications.

Dr. Benjamin J. Martin ’95 New Albany, OH Benjamin was named co-director of the Advanced Prostate Cancer Clinic at the Central Ohio Urology Group.

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class notes 2000s Timothy J. Peshek ‘01, MS ’03, PhD ‘08 Garfield Hts., OH Timothy, a research assistant professor of materials science and engineering who is part of the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center at Case Western Reserve University, is one of just 10 researchers from around the world to receive funding through Google’s Little Box Challenge Academic Awards. His research interests include materials informatics and physics-guided multivariate modeling, power electronics performance modeling and design, semiconductor device physics, and thin film deposition.

Douglas Fisher ’50, MS ’64 sent in photos taken at Camp Case in the summer of 1947. He stated that all in the photos are 1950 Case Institute of Technology graduates.

Bradley S. Kleinman MEM ’05 Chicago, IL Bradley was recently promoted to success director at Sprinklr, a social media company in the greater Chicago area.

Hillary C. Emer 2007, MSE2007 Cleveland Hts., OH Hillary was recently promoted to director of professional services and support leader at MRI Software LLC Services.

Trevor O. Jones, MSE ’09 Cleveland, OH Trevor was named a 2014 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors – a distinction awarded to only 170 innovators and inventors worldwide.

LET’S HEAR FROM YOU! Send your CLASS NOTES updates about job promotions and professional development awards, and personal milestones like your wedding and anniversary, as well as photos to p. 24

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In Memoriam Frederic W. Jacobs ‘39, Lufkin, TX, March 17, 2015

Marvin D. Girardeau, Jr. ‘52, Green Valley, AZ, January 13, 2015

Richard A. Vanderhoof ‘39, Cincinnati, OH, January 5, 2015

Gilbert H. Karcher ‘52, Nashville, TN, May 20, 1999

Lumley F. Wilson ‘41, Beaver Falls, PA, February 2, 2015

Raymond W. Krieger ‘52, Frankfort, KY, October 19, 2014

John A. Zivic ‘41, Hemet, CA, January 6, 2005

Elmer A. Kitinoja ‘53, Carlsbad, CA, February 20, 2015

Richard F. Garman ’42, MS ‘47, North, MI, November 18, 2013

Herman W. Leggon ‘53, Cleveland, OH, March 10, 2015

Louis J. Sanabor Dec. ‘42, Pittsburgh, PA, December 31, 2014

Robert B. Resek MS ‘53, Doylestown, PA, November 17, 2000

John J. Heilman ‘43, Sylvania, OH, April 4, 2005

Robert A. Sears ‘53, Lacey, WA, February 2, 2015

Nathan Oscar ‘44, Aurora, OH, March 23, 2015

Edward Slagle ‘53, Mason, OH, September 6, 2014

Hewitt H. Young ‘44, MS ‘50, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2, 2015

Joseph A. Fisher ‘54, Ravenna, OH, November 10, 2014

Robert V. Spurney ‘45, Cleveland, OH, October 1, 2014

Joseph G. Nemanich ‘54, Trotwood, OH, October 2, 2014

Carl W. Beck ‘46, Chesterland, OH, February 11, 2015

James S. Wolf ‘54, Clemson, SC, February 2, 2000

Ferdinand W. Boehmer ‘48, Cleveland, OH, October 8, 2014

Carl D. Whisler ‘54, city unknown, October 12, 2014

Sherwood L. Fawcett MS ‘48, PhD ‘50, Columbus, OH,

Richard A. Goodall ‘55, Akron, OH, October 13, 2014

February 3, 2015 Lewis E. LaGesse ‘49, Houston, TX, October 23, 2014 Jack E. Maxwell ‘49, Detroit, MI, October 24, 2014 Eugene l. Naegele ‘49, Tucson, AZ, January 2, 2015 George E. Terwilliger ‘49, Schenectady, NY, January 30, 2015 John A. Dvorak ‘50, Washington, MI, October 29, 2014 Ralph R. Huston ‘50, Glendale, AZ, February 27, 2015 George P. Millburn ‘50, Potomac, MD, January 10, 2015 Robert J. Sacha ‘50, Chagrin Falls, OH, December 26, 2014 Andrew Tasch ‘50, Cleveland, OH, November 2014 Judson M. Aspray ‘51, Tampa, FL, March 31, 2015 Matthew Chionchio ‘51, Oshkosh, WI, January 28, 2015 George J. Deutsch, Jr., ‘51, Tampa Bay, FL, October 22, 2014 William Hing ‘51, San Jose, CA, September 23, 2014 Levar C. Jensen ‘51, Cincinnati, OH, January 12, 2015 Edward E. Martinac ‘51, Willoughby, OH, September 22, 1997 Richard H. Shackson ‘51, Ann Arbor, MI, October 31, 2014 Joseph A. Yukich ‘51, Oberlin, OH, June 3, 2001 Charles T. Bingham, Jr. ‘52, Cleveland, OH, October 12, 2014


Gerald G. Covey ‘56, Cleveland, OH, September 3, 2014 Donald W. Dreisig ‘56, Canton, OH, September 24, 2014 Virgil C. Harrington ‘56, PhD ‘74, Englewood, NJ, April 15, 2014 Donald W. Robinson PhD ‘56, Provo, UT, November 10, 2014 Robert H. Rozek ‘56, Port Orange, FL, September 3, 2009 Alfred C. Enggasser ‘57, Huron, OH, September 27, 2014 Robert F. Kane ‘57, Houston, TX, March 5, 2015 John A. Matz ‘57, Wilmington, DE, October 25, 2014 Charles F. Mead ‘58, Lomita, CA, March 8, 2010 Francis L. Sammt ‘58, Charlotte, NC, October 2, 2008 Richard K. Traeger MS ‘58, Albuquerque, NM, November 19, 2014 Ronald P. Kananen ‘59, Sunset Beach, FL, December 3, 2014 Robert W. Pollard MS ‘59, Hilton Head Island, SC, March 7, 2015 Joseph Siedlicki ‘59, The Villages, FL, May 12, 2013 Calvert C. Canfield IV ‘60, Wakeman, OH, February 24, 2015 Wayne W. Fabian ‘60, Cleveland, OH, November 8, 2014 Harold M. Feightner MS ‘60, city unknown, November 17, 2009 John W. McKeever ‘60, Oak Ridge, TN, March 10, 2015 Norton Haberman PhD ‘62, city unknown, August 15, 2014

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In Memoriam Ronald B. Sokalski ‘61, MS ‘65, Flat Rock, NC, January 9, 2015 John J. Barni ‘63, MS ‘67, Gates Mills, OH, February 15, 2015

Notable Deaths

Frederick Canfield III MS ‘63, Fullerton, CA, November 21, 2014 Donald M. Lang ‘63, Marysville, OH, December 21, 2014 John G. Pierce ‘63, MS ‘66, PhD ‘69, Long Beach, CA, January 28, 2015 Gary J. Silverman ‘63, Los Angeles, CA, January 11, 2015 Gabriel Allen PhD ‘64, University Hts., OH, February 7, 2014 Richard H. Cavicchi MS ‘64, Cleveland, OH, October 2014 Thomas G. Spear ‘64, Vero Beach, FL, October 18, 2014 Richard H. Barkalow MS ‘65, Ocean City, NJ, December 2014 Ronald L. Citrenbaum MS ‘65, PhD ‘70, Calabassas, CA, November 8, 2010 Tom L. Galanis ‘65, Phillipines, October 21, 2014 Bruce T. Lowerre ‘65, Broward, FL, September 28, 2013 William R. Oviatt MS ‘65, Cleveland, OH, February 1, 2015 Stuart F. Daniels MS ‘66, PhD ‘70, Moorestown, NJ, November 9, 2014

Herman W. Leggon ‘53 Herman Leggon passed away on Feb. 8, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 84. Herman lost his beloved wife Zara a few years ago. He was a chemical engineering/industrial chemistry major and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha while at the Case Institute of Technology. Herman was a longtime member of the Case Alumni Council, Case Scholarship Committee, and a recipient of a Meritorious Service Award in 2005.

Thomas E. Grubach ‘66, Willoughby, OH, January 2015 Madhukar V. Joshi PhD ‘66, Boston, MA, October 9, 2014

Richard A. Vanderhoof ‘39

Joel Lexier ‘68, Portland, OR, January 2, 2014

Dick Vanderhoof passed away in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 2015. He was 93. Dick majored in civil engineering at the Case School of Applied Science and also obtained a law degree. He worked for TVA and the Corps of Engineers right out of college and had a long career in federal and regional water and sewer administration. Dick was a retired Colonel of the U.S. Marines and a licensed civil engineer. He contributed greatly to his alma mater over the years – see full story about Dick’s life and contributions on next page.

John D. Stevenson MS ‘68, Cleveland, OH, November 2014 Ronald L. Thuma ‘68, Bluffton, SC, December 12, 2014 Keith G. Minton ‘69, March 21, 2015, Salem, SC James H. Reiman ‘71, Mansfield, OH, October 22, 2014 Bruce G. Frushour MS ‘72, PhD ‘74, Kirkwood, MO, March 4, 2012 Robert D. Petrasko ‘73, Cleveland, OH, April 8, 2012 Brian K. Yasaki ‘79, Bethesda, MD, September 14, 2014 James T. Zickes ‘82, Holland, OH, September 11, 2013 Jeffery A. Gleit ‘84, Waterford, CT, October 11, 2014 James R. Zabuski ‘85, Seven Hills, OH, October 12, 1993 Adam R. Johnston MS ‘93, Savannah, GA, May 2012 Rima R. Villiamas-Boncha ‘03, Springfield, PA, October 2006

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Please note a correction to the memoriam listing from our last issue of Case Alumnus. George I. Doering ‘50, Reno, NV, is alive and well, calling us himself to tell us so. Great news, indeed!

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RICHARD A. VANDERHOOF ’39 (1917-2015)

Our sincere gratitude goes out to Richard and his late wife, Opal, who were dedicated supporters of Case. Below are just a few examples of how their impact was felt across campus.

The Richard ’39 and Opal Vanderhoof Scholarship and Prize Fund was established in appreciation for the education and help Richard received while he was a student at the Case School of Applied Science. The scholarship fund, which benefits students from the Department of Civil Engineering, was recently amended to award an annual $500 prize for an outstanding student in civil engineering. The Richard ’39 and Opal Vanderhoof Infrastructure Research and Education Facility was named in recognition of the Vanderhoofs’ sizeable gift to the Department of Civil Engineering’s endeavor to build new laboratories. Along with the William H. Schuette ‘33 Structural Laboratory, it is the premier facility for structural testing on campus and promotes a principle objective for the department: to provide advanced education and perform advanced research focused on built infrastructure.

The Vanderhoof-Case Commons is 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. Richard was able to afford Case’s $350 a year tuition in the 1930s with his $200 athletic scholarship – he wrestled and played football. The space pays tribute to Richard’s athleticism with display cases and wall space to hold sports memorabilia honoring the history of Case athletics.

The Richard ’39 and Opal Vanderhoof Infrastructure Education Center, previously Room 103 in the Bingham Building, was renovated and renamed in 2014 to honor Richard’s most recent gift toward improving learning spaces on campus. This “classroom of the future” allows civil engineering students to learn with modern swivel desks, high-definition computers and portable dry erase boards that encourage group work and collaboration. SPRING 2015

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The Last Word:

‘Role Model’

By Xyla Foxlin

In attending the Women in Aviation Conference this past March, I received an incredible gift – the opportunity to network, attend workshops and to meet and listen to some of the most inspirational speakers in aerospace and aviation. The Boeing and Pratt and Whitney recruiters were impressed at the level of funding support I received to attend the conference, and in hearing about my involvement in other campus activities. If I hadn’t already committed to an internship, I would have considered the invitation to interview for a position to work on PW100s from Pratt and Whitney this summer! I can’t put into words the value of attending conferences as a student, especially as an underclassman. I was the youngest student at the conference, and that just impressed companies, pilots and speakers even more. By going out to dinner with new friends and mentors I’d met every night, I learned all about the “ins and outs” of the aerospace and aviation industry over casual mealtime conversation. I now have connections and contacts with airline pilots, Boeing engineers, aircraft mechanics, USAF fighter jet pilots, business operators and so many more. I have never been so inspired to keep working as hard as I can to achieve my dreams. Although I am planning a career in robotics, I love aerospace and still believe that aviation stories are some of the most empowering, as the obstacles every pilot faces are enormous. Meeting other women pursuing careers in heavily male-dominated fields was great (aviation is still under 6 percent female; to give some perspective, the computing workforce is 26 percent women). It helped to get their advice on how to deal with harassment and bias in the workplace, and knowing I have a handful of mentors to turn to will be extremely helpful as I begin my career. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Case Alumni Association and the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering for their support, which provided me the opportunity to form so many connections internationally with professionals in my field. I really hope this is a tradition that can continue in the future for students in all departments and of all races and genders. Xyla is a first-year mechanical and aerospace engineering student and think[box] teaching assistant, who represented the Case School of Engineering at the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference held in Dallas, Texas, in March 2015. Thanks to our generous donors, the Case Alumni Association is able to help send students to conferences across the country, an invaluable experience for these future engineers.

Xyla met many role models including Heather “Lucky” Penney, the F16 fighter jet pilot who flew the second aircraft off the ground over Washington, D.C. on 9/11. Here she is pictured with Wally Funk, an astronaut from NASA’s Mercury 13 project and the first female air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

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