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Case Alumnus The Magazine of the Case Alumni Association

Homecoming 2015 • vol. 27 • no. 1


Homecoming & Reunion Edition

Destination: SPECIAL


Homecoming & Reunion Edition


Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio Join us for three days of exploring the opportunities and challenges of various Models of Innovation at the global scale. Hear from some of the minds behind Atari, Gallup,, Make: Magazine, America Makes, the Smithsonian, Made in Space, Goldman Sachs, the U.S. Department of Commerce and many more. Plus, join us for a special celebration of innovation at Thinkapalooza on Tues., Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. to get an upclose look at the first phase of the Richey Mixon Building, the new, 50,000-square-foot home of the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship center, think[box]. Learn more and register for both events at CASE.EDU/INNOVATIONSUMMIT



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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 Jeffrey Herzog ’79, President James R. Sadowski ’63, MS ’67, 1st Vice President Marvin Schwartz ’68, PhD ’73, 2nd Vice President Joe Fakult ’90, Secretary Ronald Cass ’84, Treasurer Nick Barendt ’95, MS ’98, Asst. Treasurer STAFF Stephen J. Zinram, Executive Director Thomas J. Conlon, Chief Financial Officer Anne E. Cunningham, Senior Director of Development & Global Initiatives 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 Pamela A. Burtonshaw, Coordinator of Database Operations Corey Wright ’11, MEM ’13, Webmaster CASE ALUMNUS Terri Mrosko, Editor Steve Toth, J. Toth Graphic, Design & Layout PHOTO CREDITS Hilary Bovay, cover skyline; p. 2, 10-11 Rob Wexler, cover insets

A message from the Case Alumni Association Four years ago the Case Alumni Association moved Reunion to coincide with Case Western Reserve University’s Homecoming Weekend. Partnering with the university has provided many new, exciting opportunities for alumni to engage with their alma mater. This year will be no different. Our theme, “Destination: CASE,” is a play on the city of Cleveland’s current public relations effort. Just like when you were here, Case is a major player in Cleveland, Ohio, and throughout the world. What can you expect when you attend the 2015 Homecoming and Reunion Celebration? One of our alumni characterized it as having three experiences in one weekend: the engineering and science experience, the university experience and the reunion experience. These three experiences are interwoven throughout the weekend. Friday morning, experience the Case School of Engineering’s global leadership and innovation at a coffee chat with Dean Jeffrey Duerk, followed by a reception for our emeriti faculty members. Friday evening, attend the Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE and the Case Alumni Association’s Awards Presentation. This is your chance to meet students and faculty at their interactive research and design displays, where you’ll have the opportunity to vote on the best. Saturday afternoon, tour the recently renovated Richey-Mixon Building, the new home of think[box]. The university experience includes a Friday luncheon for all alumni hosted by President Barbara Snyder, followed by the THINK FORUM lecture, “An Ecosystem of Innovation: think[box], FUSION and Entrepreneurship.” Saturday morning, join deans Cyrus Taylor and Jeffrey Duerk for brunch and watch the homecoming parade from the Cleveland Botanical Garden or attend the tailgate party and football game on Saturday afternoon. The third experience is reuniting with friends. Whether it’s a class reunion, a gathering of former teammates, a fraternity/sorority event, or just meeting up with old friends, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend is the perfect opportunity. For instance, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is reuniting for the third time in four years. Classes ending with 0’s and 5’s are encouraged to hold a class-related function. If you need help planning your event, our office can assist. The 50th Reunion Class of 1965 dinner and the Grand Classes luncheon are set. While on campus, stop by our office in Tomlinson Hall. Our staff looks forward to hosting you the weekend of October 8–11, 2015. Sincerely,

Steve Zinram Executive Director, Case Alumni Association HOMECOMING 2015

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HOMECOMING & REUNION WEEKEND OCT. 8-11, 2015 Celebrate 130 Years of Innovation at the Annual Case Alumni Association All-Classes Celebration Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 - The InterContinental Hotel Featuring the Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE and the Case Alumni Association Awards Presentation, open to all engineering, math and applied sciences graduates, family and friends, as well as students and faculty. This event provides time for attendees to explore, enjoy and experience “excellence.” The highlight of the evening is the interactive research and design displays, including student entrepreneurs featured at this year’s high-tech International Consumer Electronics Show. case alumnus magazine

Meet your Case Alumni Association Award Winners of 2015 GOLD MEDAL AWARD Glenn Ricart ’71, MS ’73 Founder/Chief Technology Officer, US Ignite Ricart was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame for his work in creating the world’s first interchange point on the ARPANET, now known as the Internet, and implementing the first institution-wide TCP/IP network. Ricart holds multiple patents for his inventions and has co-founded five startups.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD Tien-Li Chia, MS ’82, PhD ‘85 President, ControlSoft, Inc. Chia established the ControlSoft Research Fellowship through the Case Alumni Association. He continues to maintain strong ties to process control research at Case Western Reserve University, and credits the research done by Case professors as instrumental to the company’s startup. Ram Fish ’95, MS ‘95 Vice President, mHealth - Samsung With more than 20 years’ experience in developing products, Fish has become a true leader in his field. In his current role, Fish is responsible for driving new initiatives focused on disruptive technologies and platforms for the health and wellness market, including wearable technology. Laura Diehl Crowl ’45 Retired, General Electric and Mathematics Instructor Crowl, the first woman undergraduate of the Case School of Applied Sciences, received her bachelor’s degree in physics in 1945. After graduation, Crowl worked in the fluorescent lamp laboratory for General Electric at Nela Park in East Cleveland. She earned a master’s degree in Physics from Rice University in 1949.


LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD FROM CASE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Gerald “Mac” McNichols ’65 and Paula Austin McNichols ’65 The couple established the Paula ’65 & Gerald ’65 McNichols Scholarship and a Fellowship Fund for Technical Entrepreneurship to support students majoring in management science and engineering. They have continued active involvement with their alma mater including the school’s campaign steering committee and in recruiting prospective students.

SAMUEL H. GIVELBER ’23 AWARD Frank Merat ’72, MS ’75, PhD ‘78 Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering – Case School of Engineering Merat received the Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching in his role as associate professor, as well as the Distinguished Advisor Award given by the National Association of Academic Advising. He is a previous Meritorious Service Award winner of the Case Alumni Association, and is actively involved on its board.


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A longtime advocate of expanding and utilizing one’s professional network, Derbes champions the importance of experiences and connections outside of the classroom to one’s education. He remains a proponent of spaces like think[box].

PAST PRESIDENT AWARD Ed McHenry ‘67 Under his two-year tenure as president of the Case Alumni Association, McHenry was instrumental in solidifying the partnership between the organization, Case School of Engineering and the university. The Case Alumni Association has made strong strides in annual fundraising and alumni engagement, as well as significantly growing the Case Alumni Foundation and its endowments. p. 3

GOLD MEDAL AWARD 2015 Internet Hall of Fame Inductee to Receive Top Alumni Award by Terri Mrosko – Senior Director of Alumni Engagement

“I was finally in the company of others interested in computing,” Glenn Ricart ’71, MS ’73 thought as he started academic life at the Case Institute of Technology in 1968. Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013 for pioneering the first interconnection point on what would ultimately become known as the Internet, the freshman knew instantly that Case was the right choice for him. Ricart first came to CIT for a campus visit while still in high school and spent the entire trip in the computer center. His other two college choices – Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – barely allowed him to view their computers, let alone spend time using them. “The computer center set me up with an account – Student No. 99929 - even though I did not yet have a student ID. I didn’t see much of the campus that visit, but deciding to attend Case was an easy choice because of this experience,” Ricart attested. Intrigued his first day of a chemistry class on waves, Ricart immediately decided he wanted to be a physicist. Then he received an “F” on a lab assignment for physics his junior year. Apparently, using equipment in the computer lab instead of the required calculators to compute data for the assignment was not allowed. After all, Ricart was told, that type of computing technology would never be available to him in a physics setting. Glenn Ricart ‘71, MS ‘73

Ricart appealed the grade and a “very wise” dean suggested that he might be more interested in computer science. There was one problem – no such major existed at Case in the late ’60s. Ricart figured out what courses were needed for such a major and took as many as possible. “I never actually completed the requirements for any major at Case, and yet the faculty senate allowed me to graduate with a degree in ‘Engineering Undesignated.’ So, I look at myself as probably one of the first computer engineers ever to come out of Case,” Ricart ventured.

A nerd among nerds Ricart is quick to point out that many of his friends at CIT went on to do some great things in their careers. One founded Autodesk and AutoCAD, the design software, and another designed the first 8-bit computer CPU chip, which became the Intel 8008. In fact, many of his cohorts placed out of the undergraduate computing-related classes their freshman year and completed all the graduate-level courses their sophomore year. “I was truly a nerd among nerds at Case,” Ricart stated. “The faculty created new courses for us to take during our p. 4

Above, clockwise from top left: Ricart, as a freshman, far right (jackets and ties were required for dinner); the CIT official punch card, which students purchased from the A.R. Jennings Computing Center; row of tape drives at Chi Corporation. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: System programmers like Ricart carried cards with codes needed to instruct the Univac 1108 computer; Internet Hall of Fame Class of 2013; Ricart at his first job at the National Institutes of Health 2; the console of the Univac 1108 at Chi Corporation – the machine for which Ricart and other SSG members created the ChiOS operating system. case alumnus magazine

junior and senior years. Because of this, we had a powerful team that was self-reinforcing.” This in turn led to these computer whiz kids forming the “Subversive Systems Group.”

“I was finally in the company of others interested in computing.” - Glenn Ricart ’71, MS ’73

Ricart laughs as he recalls his undergraduate friends being unwelcome by the more sophisticated graduate students comprising the actual systems group in the A.R. Jennings Computer Center. As “pipsqueak” freshmen, they didn’t get along with their older counterparts. Every chance they got, the SSGs would figure out little holes in the system and create some harmless bugs for the systems group to fix.

During that time, Case wanted to upgrade its Univac 1107 computer and decided to help finance the project by selling time to organizations in the University Circle and Cleveland area. Chi Corporation was formed on campus to facilitate the transactions and maintain operations. None other than members of the SSG ended up actually in charge of the successor system to the Univac 1107, after creating a new operating system better than the manufacturer’s. Ricart was a key leader and member of that team.

A budding entrepreneur Ricart met his best friend, Sheldon Laube ’72, the first day of class. The two shared the same dorm suite in Fribley Commons. While Laube was certainly a computer nerd as well, Ricart acknowledged, he was even more interested in business and how to apply technology to make money. Laube, too, graduated from Case through special dispensations from the faculty senate – mainly because he founded a company, Consultants in Computer Technology, and hired all his student friends. “We learned a lot about business. It was really the bedrock that allowed me later in my career to become the suit-and-tie person I am today, although technology is my first love,” said Ricart about his time as vice president for programming at the student-run CCT. He later co-founded five startup companies, including CenterBeam with Laube, which was later sold to Earthlink. “I’m very pleased that Case prepared me to do that.” With nearly 40 years of innovation in computer networking including senior management positions at Novell, PricewaterhouseCoopers, National LambdaRail and US Ignite, Ricart’s distinguished career earned him this year’s Gold Medal Award from the Case Alumni Association. To read more about the Internet pioneer and his incredible list of achievements, many of which tie back to Ricart’s education at the Case Institute of Technology, visit Sheldon Laube ‘72


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Alumni innovation tied to wearable technology By Anne Cunningham – Senior Director of Development and Global Initiatives


ngineers design sensors, computer chips and new materials. Computer scientists develop code and algorithms. Today these same engineers and computer scientists are designing wearable technologies from wristwatches to fitness sensors to health-monitoring devices. What is wearable technology? Often described as fashionable technology, wearable devices, fashion electronics or simply “wearables,” this term refers to clothing and accessories that incorporate computer and advanced electronic technologies. Wearable technologies and especially smartwatches have become a part of our everyday vocabulary as well as our wardrobe. On a recent trip to the West Coast, I had the wonderful opportunity to reconnect with three of our engineering graduates at a Case Western Reserve University alumni event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Each of these Case alumni innovators played a key role in developing emerging wearable technologies for their companies.

From left to right: Samsung Simband, Pebble Smartwatch, Apple Watch

Ram Fish ’95 and Andrew Witte ’09, both computer engineering majors, and electrical engineering graduate Eric Laakmann ’12 utilized their Case engineering degrees to help develop the technology used in the new Simband based on the Samsung Gear S Smartwatch, the Pebble Watch and the Apple Watch. Similar in look, all three devices are worn on the wrist, but the last thing people use them for is to check the time. Instead, smartwatches connect people to their other electronic devices or collect and access data – essentially, they are wearable computers. Pebble, Samsung and Apple are all significant players in the wearable technology marketplace. And now, the Case School of Engineering shares a bond with these companies and their technologies through the work of these Case alumni innovators. Help us celebrate our distinguished alumni and student innovators Oct. 8-11, 2015, during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. For an up-close and personal look, join us for the Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE on Friday, Oct. 9 beginning at 5 p.m.

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Ram Fish ’95, Eric Laakmann ’12 and Andrew Witte ’09 in front of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

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Value of Building a Case Community By Kellie Mayle – Director of Alumni Relations


hat’s the most prized outcome of your college years? If you think it’s your degree, you’re only partially right. Outside of the valuable information and skills you gained in school, your alumni network is one of the most important benefits you earned. In the years since graduation, your classmates have become experienced professionals, industry experts and trusted colleagues. It makes sense to stay connected to your fellow alumni. Not only do you share great memories, but you can also help one another throughout your lives. Computer science graduate Alex Derbes ’00 is a prime example of an alumnus who has found the value of his Case Community. This past spring, Derbes hosted an alumni reception at his office in New York City overlooking beautiful Central Park. To encourage attendance and networking, Derbes reached out using his Case connections on social media. He took to LinkedIn and sent out requests to fellow alumni living in New York City, personally inviting them to the reception. That personal outreach resulted in doubling the attendance, as well as the creation of a community of Case connections in NYC.

Ian Charnas ‘05, manager of think[box], is introduced to the event attendees by Alex Derbes ‘00.

In a recent interview, Derbes discussed the benefits of a rich alumni network. “It’s amazing 15 years after I graduated to see all of the fascinating things and incredible places where my friends from Case have ended up. It is so wonderful to keep in touch with these people and continue to learn from them even after a decade since I graduated from Case.” Participation in your alumni network increases in value as the network expands, and with more potential connections there is greater access to contacts, resources and support from fellow alumni. Take advantage of your alumni status and connect to your Case Community – join the Case Alumni Association group on LinkedIn today! Alex Derbes ’00 will receive the Young Alumnus Leadership Award from the Case Alumni Association during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, in part due to his being a champion of fostering a rich alumni network and encouraging fellow alumni to stay connected and utilize each other’s experience and talents for career and professional development.


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Science fair project turned startup: student innovator maximizes space and resources By Michael Chiappini MA ’14 (CAS) – Communications Assistant Rising senior Felipe Gomez del Campo, one of the student entrepreneurs participating in the Case Alumni Association’s Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE reception this Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, knows a thing or two about the value of networking. Working through a series of channels on campus and throughout Northeast Ohio over the last four years, Gomez del Campo brought a high school science fair project to fruition in the form of his first startup, FGC Plasma Solutions. The startup seeks to develop a device that can inject plasma into jet engines to reduce emissions and gain greater fuel efficiency. In May, Gomez del Campo was one of five young innovators invited to the White House by President Obama to participate in a panel hosted by entrepreneurs from ABC’s popular show Shark Tank. The panel discussed the importance of investing in young entrepreneurs and the impact government-led initiatives can have on the development of their products. This summer, FGC Plasma Solutions continued to make headlines. Following his trip to the White House, Gomez del Campo’s startup was one of six finalists in the Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Competition in Washington, D.C. “The publicity has been incredible and has been great for starting discussions,” Gomez del Campo said of the growing buzz. “In the near future, we will be running some very important tests both at NASA Glenn and in our lab at CWRU.”

Rising senior Felipe Gomez del Campo meets President Obama and Shark Tank entrepreneurs.

An ecosystem of innovation The story of FGC Plasma Solutions’ catapult into the national spotlight begins right here on Case’s campus, with what Gomez del Campo calls “the culture of innovation.” A fifth-generation engineer, he recognizes the importance of such a culture to foster and nurture budding ideas. “Case has been great at ‘thinking beyond the possible’ and helping me find facilities where I could do the work I needed. The culture of innovation here is what allows there to be supportive spaces for students to create,” he explained. “At home, I had my garage as a place where I essentially could run whatever experiments I wanted – much to the concern of my neighbor, a fire marshal. This has continued at Case, where I found all of the resources and expertise I needed to keep developing this technology.” One space instrumental in launching his startup was the campus maker space think[box]. “I needed $200 to build a prototype of the plasma injector,” Gomez del Campo recalled. “I was able to secure this money via a think[box] small project grant, donated from a Case alumnus. I ended up turning this small grant into over $130,000 worth of funding. Think[box] manager Ian Charnas always jokes with me that this was the best $200 that think[box] ever spent.”

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From this foundational think[box] prototype, Gomez del Campo employed other campus channels to get FGC Plasma Solutions up and running. “I built the high-voltage power supply utilizing the Sears electronics lab and the proof-of-concept tests were run in a lab in A.W. Smith, thanks to Professor Sankaran, who graciously let me use this space in his lab. The critical thing is that all of these facilities are in the same place, so if I needed a specialized piece, I could literally walk across the quad to think[box] and print one out.” Once the fuel injector started to become a reality, Gomez del Campo was ready to take his product to the market. From the lab, he turned to other campus spaces like Blackstone Launchpad and the Great Lakes Energy Institute for business mentorship and seed funds to develop FGC Plasma Solutions. Utilizing Case’s innovation ecosystem truly paid off – Gomez del Campo won first place in last year’s Spartan Challenge, took home $100,000 in prizes from the U.S. Department of Energy and Boeing in the Clean Energy Challenge, and in addition to traveling to the White House to meet President Obama, he is now in talks with NASA to further develop the product.

A legacy of caring Throughout the development of his startup, Gomez del Campo has been keenly aware of the force animating this ecosystem of innovation on Case’s campus: alumni. From the alumni-funded grant that helped him build his first prototype to the use of alumni-sponsored spaces like think[box], FGC Plasma Solutions has truly been nurtured by the legacy of caring our alumni uphold. “There’s a very big gap between an idea and proof of concept. For student innovators this gap is mainly financial,” Gomez del Campo recognized. “This sort of high-risk capital is very difficult to find and is critical to the funding chain for startups, especially student-led startups. I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without the support of alumni along the way.” But it isn’t all about money for him. “There is a lot of information that you can’t find on Google,” Gomez del Campo joked. “That’s what mentors are for. I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of alumni at events around the country. It amazed me to see people who had such a strong connection to Case, even many years after they graduated. This really showed me that there was something special about this school.”


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Celebrating 130 Years of Innovation | 1885-2015

Innovation 2015 Calling all alumni innovators, makers and technology entrepreneurs The Case Alumni Association is reaching out to our alumni with some unique opportunities tied to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place this Jan. 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas. In the past two years, Case Western Reserve University has grown its presence at CES by featuring student and alumni innovators as exhibitors in the university innovation-based Eureka Park. This year, we’ve added more booths showcasing our partners in innovation throughout Northeast Ohio, in addition to our think[box] display and student/alumni exhibitors. To help reinforce the unique engagement that Case continues to develop with CES, a proposed list of panel and individual speakers and topics representing innovation at Case Western Reserve and beyond has been submitted to CES. If you plan to attend CES this year, or are thinking you would like to be a part of this innovative gathering, we have a few opportunities to share with you:

Student entrepreneurs collected more than $200,000 in competitions during the past school year. They used such resources as think[box], Case Western Reserve Blackstone Launchpad – both with funding from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation – and entrepreneurial classes in the business and engineering schools, as well as LaunchHouse, BioEnterprise and other off-campus entrepreneurial networks, mentors and resources. Alumni, as well, have played an incredible role, not only through their generous gifts but by donating their time and talent to help students achieve dreams. To read more about these student-led companies, visit

• We invite those alumni innovators that purchase booth space to let us know about your product and booth number, and we will help promote it through social media, email and on our website to all of our alumni. What a great way to build our community of Case alumni from across the globe while encouraging our alumni to support one another. • This year, we are partnering with the Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program on campus to offer an alumni and guest travel package to CES (see ad opposite page). This presents a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes, with full access to the regular exhibition space at the conference. • Once again, we invite all of our alumni to join us for a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. We had more than 70 alumni, students and guests attend last year, and the 2016 event will be even bigger.

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2015 ovation Send a student to CES If you can’t make it out to the show this year, but still want to play a part, we have some great news for you. The Case Alumni Association is sponsoring a competition to send entrepreneurial student innovators to the International CES in January 2016. Billed as the global stage for innovation, CES draws more than 170,000 attendees from across the globe. This January marks the third year that Case Western Reserve University will exhibit in Eureka Park, showcasing university-based innovation. Voting for the CES competition takes place at the Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 – part of the Homecoming and Reunion Celebration weekend. All alumni and their guests at this event will have the opportunity to select their favorite student innovators after visiting specially marked student display booths. Winners will be announced immediately following the alumni awards presentation that evening. We are awarding two cash prizes of $3,000 each, which must be used to attend CES the first week of January 2016.

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In Their Own Words: A Conversation with Mac ’65 and Paula ’65 McNichols By Claire McBroom – Manager, Grants & Stewardship

Gerald “Mac” McNichols and Paula McNichols – both Class of 1965 grads in Management Science – will receive the 2015 Case School of Engineering Lifetime Service Award in October. Case Alumnus asked Mac and Paula about their dedication to charitable giving and their special connection to Case. You established The Paula ’65 & Gerald ’65 McNichols Scholarship and Fellowship Fund at the Case Alumni Association to give scholarship support to students majoring in management science and engineering – why is it important to support engineers interested in management? Having hired a lot of engineers over the years, Mac realized that most needed extra help in learning how to manage. Our scholarships and fellowships through the Case Alumni Association and the Master of Engineering and Management (MEM) program are wonderful opportunities for engineers to understand management and to obtain funding to learn how to manage engineers.

Where does Case Western Reserve University and Case School of Engineering fit into your giving interests? Why do you feel it’s important to support Case in particular? We have given away over $3.5 million dollars so far in grants to universities, high schools, elementary schools, and various volunteer organizations that help educate children. We have a soft spot for the university that gave us such a great foundation in learning. Case taught us how to think and learn, not just how to memorize specific facts for a test – we both learned something new each day. We believe strongly in the philosophy that Case presents to its students. That is why Mac has been on the committee for the last two major campaigns to raise money for Case. We believe think[box] is another fantastic initiative that will make Case even more prominent in the future and benefit countless students. Paula has been doing alumni interviews of prospective students for many years because she believes in Case and what it stands for.

How would you explain why philanthropy and charitable giving are so important, especially in the field of education, to a young person who had no interest in philanthropy? Almost all students struggle with loans, jobs, etc. while pursuing an education. Those of us who lived through this feel strongly that philanthropy and charitable giving are necessary and a wonderful thing to do that benefits the donor as much as the one who receives the grant. Paula especially feels that giving back is necessary since she received scholarships during her four years at Case. One of our first recipients of the McNichols Fellowship, Fulter Hong ’02, MEM ’03, has already pledged support to Case’s MEM program for others who need the financial aid to get their MS in Engineering Management. This “full-circle” giving is incredibly rewarding for us as well.

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imagine invest impact Celebrate your reunion with class. Give a gift, make an impact.

Gerry “Mac” McNichols ’65 and Paula Austin McNichols ’65, on celebrating their 50th Class Reunion

“We are so excited to return to Case for our Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Celebration! Giving back to our alma mater is important to us. It is our hope that we can come together as a class and help the school where we all got our start. “Let this milestone reunion be your inspiration to do something special for Case. In honor of our class and in recognition of the positive impact Case has made on our lives, please consider making a donation to our 50th Class Gift.”

If you graduated in a year ending in 0 or 5, we hope to see you Oct. 8-11, 2015. Please consider contributing to your Reunion Class Gift even if you don’t plan on attending. You can truly make an impact by joining together with fellow classmates. To make your Reunion Class Gift, visit Thank you for your continued support of the Case Fund®, the Annual Fund for the Case School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. CASE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Tomlinson Hall, Room 109 • 10900 Euclid Avenue • Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1712 • HOMECOMING 2015

Ryan Strine, Asst. Director – Annual Giving • 216-368-6399 •

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130th Annual All-Classes Celebration Part of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Dean’s Innovation ShowCASE and Case Alumni Association Awards Presentation

STREAMED LIVE IN HD ON THE WEB! Friday, Oct. 9, beginning at 6:30 EDT

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