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The Magazine of the Case Alumni Association


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SUMMER/FALL 2012 I VOL. 24 I no. 2


Record-setting enrollment p. 14


alumnus Spotlight: Mini atomic clocks p. 16

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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.

SUMMER/FALL 2012 I VOL. 24 I no. 2


Reunite – Engage – Discover

Case Alumni Association announces award winners for its 127th All-Classes Banquet


Bright, Energetic and Ready for Fall Classes

Case School of Engineering student enrollment sets records


Milestone Anniversary

The Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering turns 50


alumnus Spotlight

Steve Fossi ’78 markets the Chip Scale Atomic Clock for Symmetricom Inc.



18 Summer education Students from SOURCE and SURES spend the summer on campus working on real-world research projects


Dark Matter

Case Western Reserve University embarks on two other-worldly research projects

29 Tribute The campus and Case family mourns the loss of Gary M. Michal ’75



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Dean’s Message President’s Message Case Connections Alumni Activities & Events Your Dollars at Work Where Are They Now? Class Notes In Memoriam The Last Word


VISIT WWW.CASEALUM.ORG FOR THE LATEST NEWS & EVENTS! On the cover: Registration is currently under way for the Case Alumni Association Reunion Weekend 2012, which runs from Sept. 27–30. It’s finally here – an updated look and feel for Case Alumni Association social media sites! If you haven’t visited us on Facebook, LinkedIn or the CAA website, we encourage you to do so. You will find timely posts, including job and career information, social and campus happenings and information, as well as links to Case Alumni Association, Case School of Engineering and Case Western Reserve University activities. SUMMER/FALL 2012

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A Message from the Case School of Engineering

Dear Alumni and Friends of the Case School of Engineering, Remember your first day at Case? You had just been dropped off and you were so nervous, perhaps feeling a touch awkward, but mostly, just excited for that new beginning? It was your start to becoming the person you are now. I love seeing the new undergraduate students come to campus in the fall. They have so much energy and enthusiasm, so many ideas about the way things ought to be. At the same time, they’re so impressionable and full of potential — something of a blank canvas, and we as faculty have the opportunity to work with them to create a masterpiece. Our professors embrace this responsibility to guide students and introduce them to the building blocks of engineering and the nuances of critical thinking. We understand that curriculum must evolve and that teaching methods must adapt to technology and most importantly to the students. For example, both cell phones and digital music have always been a part of the lives of this year’s incoming student class. In that vein, supporting a perfect balance of high-tech education with time-honored Case traditions of academic excellence and rigor has been the motto of our curricular updates this year. These new students, so anxious to begin doing, building, getting their hands on the meat of engineering, won’t have to wait long once they arrive here! As dean, I am incredibly committed to making the undergraduate experience as vibrant and engaging as these students themselves are. That’s why we’ve refreshed our classes to get students tinkering in the lab, designing, doing real engineering work their first semester of college. Specifically, this fall, we’re offering more than 25 hands-on, interactive, experiential classes to give them opportunities to create truly engineered solutions that first year. Further, in 19 of these courses, we have integrated critical thinking with oral and written communications to emphasize that engineering is not only about finding the solution, but also communicating it effectively. It’s a wonderful way to help them achieve their passions and experience the joy of engineering while bringing their learning to life. Currently, the sense of enthusiasm from our first-year students has been overwhelming. The engineering school dramatically changed our student recruitment efforts and it has paid off. This fall, the university has welcomed its largest, most academically accomplished and diverse first-year class in history — and about 45 percent of them have expressed an interest in engineering! Read more about this record-breaking class on page 14. At the same time, our graduate students and faculty are engaging in research that is truly life changing. We’ve revamped a number of our graduate-level curricula, formed new industrial partnerships and recruited new faculty as well, and I can see it making a positive impression on campus. Just as you can recall that initial imprint your undergraduate education made on you, there was a similar moment for me when I arrived at Case for graduate school. I have amazing memories of digging into my first research project and remember like yesterday the excitement of my first discoveries — that’s the imprint Case Western Reserve made on me. I often tell our faculty that our research defines the cutting edge of engineering, science and technology — and that’s where we teach. It is how we preserve and enhance the Case brand. The perfect opportunity for you to witness all of this excitement and activity is Homecoming Weekend. It’s a great time for you to return to the school and see how it is truly abuzz with our students’ energy. This is the second year the Case Alumni Association reunion coincides with the university’s Homecoming Weekend — allowing the greatest number of classmates to reunite. Read all about the festivities planned beginning on page 10. I really hope you will join us, we have much to celebrate, including the special 50th anniversary of our Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. I’ll be there as a member of the Class of 1987, and I hope you will be able to come as well. Sincerely,

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

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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 Harry L. Farmer ’55, G’65, President Edward P. McHenry ’67, 1st Vice President Bruce W. Eckstein ’60, 2nd Vice President Richard B. Smith ’51, Secretary Jeffrey O. Herzog ’79, Treasurer Ron J. Cass ’84, Assistant Treasurer STAFF Stephen J. Zinram, Executive Director Nancy Lupi, Executive Assistant Tom Conlon, Chief Financial Officer Anne Cunningham, Director of Development Paul Stephan ’64, Director of Leadership Giving Terri Mrosko, Director of Communications Dan Dean, Director of Alumni & Student Relations Diane M. Zaffuto, Database Manager Pam Burtonshaw, Database Assistant CASE ALUMNUS Terri Mrosko, Editor Steve Toth, J. Toth Graphic, Design & Layout The Watkins Printing Company, Printing & Mailing

A message from the Case Alumni Association It is hard to believe that I am in the second year of serving as president of the Case Alumni Association. In the past year, we have welcomed aboard a new executive director in Steve Zinram and a new dean of the Case School of Engineering in Jeffrey Duerk. Both have brought great enthusiasm, insight and commitment as we build for our future. The spring issue of Case alumnus focused on much of the vision of Dean Duerk. With this issue, we continue to look forward, but also celebrate some of the accomplishments in the Case School of Engineering and sciences and mathematics. I am particularly motivated with the enrollment news for CSE (see page 14). Your Case Alumni Association has some new and exciting events this year. First, we will be hosting a reception in conjunction with the Great Lakes Energy Institute on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. (see page 9). This fall, our Case Club activity will include some traditional receptions in Arlington, VA, and Minneapolis, MN. In addition, we will be hosting events at the Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, and the Rockwell Automation Fair in Philadelphia, PA. If you happen to be attending these conferences or live nearby, we hope you will also stop in and introduce yourself to the members of the Case Alumni Association staff. Finally, I hope to see everyone during the 2012 Reunion Weekend, Sept. 27-30. If you haven’t been back to a reunion lately, you need to make this very special event and attend the Reunion All-Class Banquet at the Union Club Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m.

Harry Farmer ’55, G’65 President, Case Alumni Association

PHOTO CREDITS Daniel Milner Photography Steve Toth, J. Toth Graphic


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in the news >>>> Gmail creator and alumnus Paul Buchheit ’98, G’98 advised 1,750 Case Western Reserve University graduates to pursue their own dreams during commencement exercises held on May 20, 2012. “You will find a lot of voices telling you which way to go or what to do and who to be,” he said. “But the ultimate answer is to answer to one’s own life.” A year after graduating from Case Western Reserve, Buchheit left a secure position at Intel to join an unknown startup, then operating out of a colleague’s garage. He found the idea of working with a handful of others to create something new far more appealing than being one of thousands in an established corporation — even if the choice didn’t make the most sense for his career. In Buchheit’s case, the startup was Google. Following his passion ultimately proved the best professional move of his life. As difficult as following your own path may be, he told the graduates, it offers two undeniable advantages: First, it pulls you away from roles that don’t fit. Second, it takes you toward ones that will. “You will get a lot of pressure to be someone else,” he said. “Who you are may not be what others want.” Buchheit gave his address shortly after receiving an honorary degree from the university. He was one of four distinguished individuals to receive the recognition this year. Gmail, the free email service Buchheit developed, launched in 2004 and now boasts more than 350 million registered users. One of Google’s earliest employees, he’s now a partner at Y Combinator, a venture capital firm that provides funding, advice and networking opportunities to promising startups. As reported in The Daily, CWRU, May 21, 2012

keeping you ... in the know >>>> Terri Mrosko joined the staff of the Case Alumni Association in July as director of communications, a new, full-time position. Mrosko worked previously as the editor of Case alumnus magazine, a role she will continue to fill in addition to her new responsibilities. Mrosko is an accomplished business communications specialist and published writer in addition to her editorial skills. Currently, she writes two career columns appearing in the Cleveland-based newspaper, The Plain Dealer. “Look to see some changes in social media channels and on the Case Alumni Association website as we seek to enhance the ways we communicate and engage our alumni,” Mrosko said. “Our plan is to implement innovative ways to stay connected including interactive, digital publications and mobile links such as the QR codes you see scattered throughout this issue of Case alumnus.” p. 6

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nections in the green >>>> Beginning with the spring issue of Case alumnus, we are proud to announce that we are using FSC-certified paper for our print magazine. FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council, whose mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

Alumnus played part in John Glenn’s historic spaceflight In February, the media acknowledged the historic spaceflight by John Glenn on the Friendship 7 — he became the first American to orbit the earth 50 years ago. Most people don’t know that the oxygen pressure-regulator used by Glenn aboard that spacecraft was developed by George Ord ’53, the co-founder of Carleton Technologies Inc., which has since become part of Cobham Life Support in Orchard Park, NY. Ord worked as the company’s design engineer until he retired at 89 years of age. He passed away on Jan. 21, 2012, at the age of 93. His widow, Barbara, told Case alumnus that George’s one regret was that he never met John Glenn, as they both grew up in Ohio.


By working to promote environmentally and socially beneficial forest management, FSC helps both local communities and society at large to enjoy long-term benefits of managing forests in a responsible way. As the world’s most respected forest certification scheme, FSC is a global system with certificates issued in all forest types around the world. When forest operations meet FSC requirements, the materials and products carry the FSC label and provide businesses and consumers with a powerful tool to influence how forests worldwide are managed. WANT TO GO MORE GREEN? Case Alumni Association publishes a print version of Case alumnus three times per year. You can also “opt out” of receiving a printed version of the magazine, and we will notify you when it is available online. WHAT IS THE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL? Concerned about accelerating deforestation, environmental degradation and social exclusion, a group of timber users, traders and representatives of environmental and human rights organizations met in California in 1990. This diverse group highlighted the need for a system that could credibly identify well-managed forests as the sources of responsibly produced wood products. The concept of FSC and the name were coined at this meeting.

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ALUMNI Activities & Events CASE CLUB OF CHICAGO CHICAGO CUBS GAME Blending the tradition of Wrigley Field with modern creature comforts, the Ivy League Baseball Club was the perfect venue for alumni to take in a Cubs game. On July 14, both engineering and other Case Western Reserve University alumni took part in a premiere “rooftop” experience at the Club, with food, drink, views and fellowship in ample supply. Fans were treated to a 4-1 Cubs victory. What event is on deck in Chicago? Stayed tuned — visit for latest news and events.

CASE CLUB OF CLEVELAND BBQ AND WADE OVAL WEDNESDAY A pleasantly warm summer evening on the Case Quad set the stage for an enjoyable barbecue with alumni and their families on July 25. Held outside of Tomlinson Hall — the recently remodeled home of the Case Alumni Association — alumni had the chance to relax and catch up before heading over to hear live music and watch the Academy Award-winning film The Artist at Wade Oval in University Circle. Just as barbecues are a summertime staple, Wade Oval produces live concerts each Wednesday of the summer that are open to all. If you couldn’t make it out this year, we plan to repeat this event next summer! p. 8

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This fall, we have a host of interesting and unique alumni events planned. Registration and additional information about each event can always be found at the Case Alumni Association website at We also include events on our LinkedIn Case Alumni Association Group site – become a member today!

There are three Career Mentor Series workshops planned for this year and early next. We are looking for alumni speakers who would like to give a career overview to students. Contact Dan Dean, Director of Alumni & Student Relations, at or call him at 216-368-0635.

Columbus, OH Wednesday, Sept. 19 6 – 8 p.m. Columbus Brewing Company

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Friday, Feb. 19, 2013

Great Lakes Energy Institute Cleveland, OH (See ad this page) Wednesday, Sept. 19 3 – 5 p.m. - Speaker and Reception 5 p.m. - Kick off to Clean Energy Student Challenge Materials Science & Technology Conference - Pittsburgh, PA Tuesday, Oct. 9 6 – 8 p.m. Pittsburgh Marriot City Center Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Oct. 23 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. Station Square 1201 N. Garfield, Arlington, VA Hosted by Al Quaye ‘89 Featured speaker: Don Thomas ’77 Living and Working in Space Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting - Atlanta, GA Thursday, Oct. 25 8 – 9:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Atlanta


Case Alumni Association is proud to co-sponsor a reception and speaker on Sept. 19, 2012 at Nord 310 from 3 – 5 p.m. Open to alumni and students. Following the reception, The Great Lakes Energy Institute will launch the 2013 Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

Featured Speaker: Robert Busch ’68 Chairman, New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority The Grid: How VARs Turn Into Billions The power distribution grid has been called the most complex machine ever devised by man. For decades it has operated with almost flawless precision, delivering vast quantities of electric power to our homes, businesses and factories. Yet today it is too often the bottleneck in the development of renewable energy resources. Why is it so hard to build high voltage transmission when almost everyone says we need more? Using current real world examples and blending engineering and economics, Mr. Busch will explain and explore the current use of the grid and how it will need to change.

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REUNION WEEKEND 2012 reunite



Case Alumni Association Announces Award Winners for its 127th All-Classes Banquet The Case Alumni Association is proud to announce the alumni award winners who will be honored at this year’s Reunion Weekend All-Classes Banquet to be held on Friday evening, Sept. 28, 2012, at the historic Union Club in Cleveland.

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The Case Alumni Association Gold Medal Award This is the highest honor the Case Alumni Association bestows upon a graduate of Case. This award goes to alumni who have received extraordinary distinction and made a major contribution to the field of science, engineering or management that adds to the welfare of the nation and reflects credit upon Case. This year, we honor two deserving alumni with Gold Medal Awards.

Roger W. Brockett ’60, G’62, PhD ‘64 An Wang Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dr. Roger Brockett has been a member of the Harvard faculty for the past 42 years and is the founder of the Harvard Robotics Laboratory. Prior to his time at Harvard, Dr. Brockett worked at MIT. He holds three degrees in engineering science from Case Institute of Technology. Dr. Brockett’s research interests include control theory and stochastic systems, intelligent systems and computer vision as well as robotics and control. Over the years, Dr. Brockett has received numerous awards and recognition. In April 2011, he received the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, an endowed program that operates through six supporting institutions to recognize diverse professionals in engineering and the applied sciences who serve as exemplary mentors and advisors. In December 2009, Dr. Brockett received the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award for inspiring and mentoring generations of graduate students who have gone on to define the field of control engineering. Other awards include the Rufus Oldenburger Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In 1991, Dr. Brockett was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of linear and nonlinear control systems. Dr. Brockett has published many books and papers considered core instructional material for control engineering curricula worldwide. “Finite Dimensional Analysis” (John Wiley, 1970) is regarded by many as the finest book written on the topic. Since 1974, Dr. Brockett has been a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


Joseph B. Richey, II ’62 President, Invacare Technologies Division and Senior Vice President – Electrical and Design Engineering Joseph B. “J.B.” Richey was named to his current position with the company in September 1992. Invacare Corporation is the world’s top manufacturer of home medical products. Its adaptation of X-ray tube and electronics technology created the first full-body CAT scan. Prior to joining Invacare as a director in 1980, Richey worked at Technicare Corporation, Harshaw Chemical Co. and Keithley Instruments. He holds more than 40 patents in the medical field, is the author or co-author of several technical publications and has been honored for his inventions by several engineering and scientific organizations. Richey was honored at the Cleveland Electronics Conference in 1976 as Engineer of the Year for the CAT Scanner Development and won the Wescon Award for API Instruments Digital Panel Meter Development. Graduating in 1962 from Case Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Richey spent time as an adjunct assistant professor of radiology with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He serves or has served on the board of several Cleveland-area corporations including three years on the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees beginning in 2000. He is also a former member of the Case School of Engineering Visiting Committee. In fall of 2011, Richey was part of a $5 million commitment to name the Richey-Mixon building at the Case School of Engineering. The space will house the school’s think[box] programs — a collection of initiatives that seek to leverage and enhance the university’s culture of innovation.

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Meritorious Service Award This award is bestowed for service above and beyond to the Case Alumni Association or to the school. This includes faithful and continuing efforts to maintain class or alumni organizations, active participation in alumni or college affairs, leadership in professional fields, making or obtaining contributions to the Case Fund® of the Case Alumni Association and assisting in expanding the usefulness, influence and prestige of Case. Enrique Conterno ‘89 Senior Vice President and President, Lilly Diabetes Enrique Conterno was named Senior Vice President and President of Lilly Diabetes, effective November 1, 2009. Prior to this role, Conterno served as president of Lilly USA, the company’s largest affiliate. Born in Lima, Peru, Conterno earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1989, and his MBA from Duke University in 1992. Conterno joined Lilly as a sales representative in 1992. From 1993 to 1995, he held roles as a financial analyst, marketing associate, and business development manager. In 1996, Conterno was named sales and marketing director for Lilly Peru, and in 1998, he became sales and marketing director for the Brazil affiliate. In 2000, Conterno was named executive director of marketing for the intercontinental region and Japan. In 2003, Conterno became president and general manager for Lilly’s operations in Mexico. In July 2006, Conterno was named vice president of Lilly USA’s neuroscience business unit, and he assumed the role of Lilly USA senior vice president of health care professional markets in 2008. In January 2009, he was named president of Lilly USA. Conterno is a member of the Board of Visitors for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, serves on the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and a member of the Park Tudor School Board. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three children: Francesca, Jacqueline and Nicholas. Walter Culver G’62, PhD’64 Retired Vice Chairman, SI International, Inc. and Chair of the Advisory Board, Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University Dr. Walter Culver holds two degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Retired from a storied career building and running complex p. 12

organizations, setting technology-based strategies and dealing with government partners around the world, Dr. Culver is currently chairman of the Advisory Board of the Great Lakes Energy Institute and a Case School of Engineering Visiting Committee member. He also chairs CSE’s External Affairs Subcommittee. Prior to retiring from SI International in 2005, Dr. Culver spent 21 years as an executive at Computer Sciences Corporation. He also spent time as chief executive officer of Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik Sanayi A.S., an aerospace firm in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Culver has appeared in or authored pieces for Corporate Board Member magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post and federal government journals. In 2007, Dr. Culver and his wife Sylvia endowed the first graduate fellowship at the Great Lakes Energy Institute, in Sustainable Infrastructure. He has been a Case Dean’s Society® member since 2007. Marvin Schwartz ’68, PhD ‘73 Chief Scientist, Case Connection Zone, Case Western Reserve University Dr. Marvin Schwartz is chief scientist for the Case Connection Zone, the nation’s first gigabit fiber-to-thehome community, a research project studying how in-home ultrahigh-speed broadband can be used to improve the quality of life for the residents in health and wellness, home energy management, public safety and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at the high school level. A Case adjunct professor of computer science and member and first chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Institute for Management and Engineering, Dr. Schwartz holds a doctorate in computing and information sciences from the university. He is a member of the Case Alumni Council Executive Committee, chief science officer for the Youngstown Business Incubator, and founder and chief architect for Visualized Energy, a new venture that helps businesses conserve electricity, water and gas. Dr. Schwartz wrote the first database management system for Univac and built the FTD computer network for florists. He worked the first 25 years of his career at Chi Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Case Western Reserve University. He also spent time working for Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc., In-Flight Phone and Ecotran Company. case alumnus magazine

The Samuel H. Givelber ‘23 Award This award was established in 1988 to honor Samuel. H. Givelber ’23, a former president of the Case Alumni Association. Givelber called CAA “the world’s greatest fellowship.” A hard-working immigrant with a Case degree, Sam founded a successful business and devoted his energies to the welfare of his family, his Alma Mater and humankind. The award, established by his family upon Sam’s death, goes to a Case alumnus who exemplifies the spirit of fellowship and human kindness that marked Sam’s life. Lawrence M. Sears ‘69 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case School of Engineering Larry Sears received a BS in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1969. He founded Hexagram, Inc., (now ACLARA RF Systems) in 1972 as a “design and build” one-of-a-kind supplier of electronic instruments and controls. He holds or co-holds 19 patents relating to a variety of industrial products. Sears is currently an adjunct faculty member at Case, where he lectures on circuit and product design. Sears is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University. He is a big proponent of students receiving valuable hands-on experience and was instrumental in establishing the Undergraduate Design Lab and think[box] program on campus. Sears stated that these programs will foster crucial interactions between faculty and students across the university with the hope that these relationships will energize innovation at Case.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, there are separate class events for those attending their 45th, 50th, 55th and 60th reunions. Visit our website at for details of these and all Case Alumni Association and university events for the entire weekend.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni – Special 2012 Reunion Weekend Get-Together

Members of the former SAE Ohio RHO Chapter at Case Western Reserve University are planning to reunite for the upcoming alumni weekend. Come and join the fun as we renew old friendships and learn more about the efforts to re-establish SAE on campus. A special event is planned at the Union Club just prior to the All-Classes Banquet. As a group, we are having a Saturday football tailgate party at the Jolly Scholar located at Thwing Hall. On Sunday, join us for brunch!

JOIN US! Registration is currently under way for a weekend filled with alumni events — from social to educational to interactive — there is clearly an activity for everyone. The reunion and alumni homecoming weekend is the perfect time to return to campus. You’ll be surprised and delighted by what you’ll discover, especially if it has been awhile since you’ve been back. Reunite with old friends and engage with students, who are doing some amazing things! Case Alumni Association is sponsoring several events over the weekend, including: Think[box] – An Innovative Home for Out-of-the-Box Thinkers Tour and Presentation (Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.) Beyond the Classroom: Interactive Engineering and Applied Science Student Group Projects (Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and again in the afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m.) Bench to Bedside: The Impact of Current Research on Tomorrow’s Health Care (Friday from 2 to 3 p.m.)

Case Alumni Association 127th Annual All-Classes Banquet Location: The Union Club – 1211 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 Day: Friday, Sept. 28 Reception: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program: Beginning at 6:30

Nerd Cultural Breakfast and Lego Robotics Competition (BIOL/EECS 375/475) (Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.)

For more information, contact Paul Hicks at Join the Ohio RHO Facebook group, “SAE Ohio Rho (CWRU). SUMMER/FALL 2012

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Case Alumni Association sponsors an annual “School of Engineering New Student Welcome” for incoming engineering students each summer. PHOTO CREDIT: DANIEL MILNER PHOTOGRAPHY

Case Western Reserve University announces enrollment records and welcomes the most diverse and academically accomplished class in history If the Case Quad seems a bit more crowded this fall, it is due to a record number of students enrolled at Case this year. Not only is enrollment up overall for the Class of 2016, the number of students indicating a major in engineering is higher as well. With nearly 600 incoming students targeting degrees in the engineering field, this promises to be an exciting year indeed. As Case alumnus reported in the spring, Case School of Engineering is increasing opportunities for more active learning for students interested in real-world, hands-on educational experience. The school is definitely prepared to deliver. In addition to at least 19 new hands-on, creative courses featuring active-learning components targeted to new students this fall, Case School of Engineering is bringing together innovation, entrepreneurism and a collaborative mindset under one roof in its extraordinarily popular think[box] program.

“The significant increase in both interest and enrollment in the Case School of Engineering reflects the exciting changes made to the undergraduate experience that highlight engineering design. Students are excited about the opportunities created by think[box] and the introduction of engineering-themed SAGES First Seminars. The unprecedented level of outreach conducted by our faculty to communicate with our admitted students also had an enormous impact on student decisions.” — Rick BISCHOFF, vice president for Enrollment Management, Case Western Reserve University


The makeup of engineering students this year represents a more diverse population as well. Of the approximately 600 students, about 27 percent hail from Ohio. The rest come from 44 states across the country as well as 10 countries around the world. Thirty percent of the new students are women and more than 14 percent come from under-represented minority groups. Geographically, five percent of the first-year students are from outside of the country. What’s more, the academic bar has been raised and expectations are high for these first-year students. Nearly 80 percent of students come from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, with statistically higher college entrance exam scores than past enrollees. p. 14

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Milestone Anniversary: The Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering turns 50 Case Western Reserve University and the Case School of Engineering are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Macromolecular Science and Engineering department during this year’s Alumni Weekend. Case Alumni Association is co-sponsoring the event, which will be held in the

Ka-Pi Hoh ’84, G’87, PHD’89 Manager Zhuhai QA/Testing Laboratories – The Lubrizol Corporation

After graduating from the Case Institute of Technology, I joined the Lubrizol Corporation as a research chemist. I have now been with Lubrizol for 23 years, holding a variety of positions involving research technology, commercial development and resource management, including an expatriate assignment in the United Kingdom. More recently, I was a Testing Division department head with 100 employees and a $13 million operating budget. I am currently on a one-year assignment in Zhuhai, China, starting up the company’s China Technical Services Laboratory and building a QA laboratory at Lubrizol’s Zhuhai plant, which is currently under construction.

Lauren (Buerkle) Brace ’06, G’07, PHD’12 Senior Material Scientist, Global Materials Technology – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company I defended my dissertation in August 2011 and started as a senior material scientist at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, the same month. In my current position, I develop new material technologies for tires, mainly focusing on improving the performance of rubber compounds. I regularly interface with associates in chemical synthesis, reinforcement technology, tire engineering, modeling and other functional areas in both our Akron and Luxembourg Innovation Centers. Despite that the target product of my current job is completely different from the focus of my dissertation, which was about SUMMER/FALL 2012

Kent Hale Smith Building on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

To help mark this milestone, Case alumnus caught up with two alumnae to see what they have been up to since graduating with MS&E degrees.

My undergraduate and graduate degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering provided me with a strong foundation on which to build my career. Specifics include the training to analyze and solve problems as well as the communication skills associated with technical writing and verbal presentations. I also recall fondly the many fun times and long-lasting friendships with fellow undergraduate and graduate students I had during my time at Case. Through my various CWRU alumni activities such as serving as the chair of the EMAC Industrial Advisory Board and as a WISER professional mentor, I continue to enjoy the interactions with the faculty, staff and students. As an MS&E alum and having the opportunity to still be involved with the department, it’s been great seeing the progress and growth of the department over the years.

designing supramolecular gels for tissue engineering and personal care applications, my degree actually prepared me extremely well for what I do now. All of the professors pushed us to always completely understand our research, never leaving any questions unanswered — this kind of experimental depth and discipline is a highly valued skill that not everyone is pushed to develop in grad school. It’s always fun meeting Case Macro grads everywhere I go for my job, whether it be within Goodyear, at supplier meetings or at career fairs (I am a member of the Goodyear College Recruiting Team). Even if people I meet aren’t Case Macro grads, they always know of the department and several of the professors, past and present. The department has a fantastic reputation that I know will continue far into the future! p. 15

alumnus Spotlight Chip Scale Atomic Clock Makes Waves By Terri Mrosko


or the past five years, Steve Fossi ’78 has worked for a company that developed the Chip Scale Atomic Clock, a dozen of which can fit easily in the palm of your hand. The innovation, developed and funded as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency challenge that began in 2002, is considered a breakthrough in an industry used to conventional atomic clocks that weighed 40 to 50 pounds. Symmetricom Inc., a manufacturer of network timekeeping technology located in Santa Rosa, California, at first opposed the idea of putting in a development proposal when DARPA originally proposed the idea. Why? The idea of such a tiny atomic clock — that uses only 100 milliwatts instead of 50 watts and didn’t need to be plugged — was widely believed to be impossible. “The company changed its mind and did bid on the development,” Fossi said. “DARPA actually funded five separate teams to do this work. Symmetricom was the head of one of these teams.” Each team had to show certain results at the end of each phase, and if it was not able to achieve those results, the team didn’t get funded to the next phase. At the end, there were two teams that passed through all of the phases, including Symmetricom. The chip-scale atomic clock was still several years away from launching commercially. When Fossi joined the company in 2007 as sales manager for the Space, Defense, and Avionics product line division, he learned of the mini-atomic clock project. Fossi thought it had a lot of potential and volunteered to introduce the product if Symmetricom ever decided to market it.

Steve Fossi ’78 demonstrates just how compact and lightweight the mini atomic clock is.

“So, I started investigating potential markets in the middle of 2009. By that time, Symmetricom had also decided it was going to invest some money in addition to the DARPA contract money to accelerate the commercialization of it. Roughly 18 months later, we launched it,” Fossi said. “We’re still in the marketing exploration phase, and we think there are a lot of other applications for it that have not yet been discovered.” Today, the product has found usage in several applications. One that is most surprising is for underwater sensors used by people doing scientific research — measuring how fast continents are drifting or early detection of earthquakes. The biggest volume application is for sensors that help oil and gas exploration firms determine likely locations of underwater oil or natural gas deposits. The work requires a high-accuracy clock that uses very little power, and the CSAC fit the bill, Fossi said. Various aerospace defense firms are currently looking at the technology, and it has been adopted by some companies that utilize test and measurement equipment as a high-stability gauge for their instrumentation. The atomic clocks are also being used in university research and experimentation. Fossi explained that the biggest challenge right now is keeping up with the demand as the product line has grown rapidly. For Fossi, his longtime career at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies prepared him well for his current role in business development at Symmetricom. For 27 years, he worked in marketing manager, R&D manager and general manager roles as well as vice president of one of the company’s operating divisions. His technical background was in radio frequency and microwave measurements, and in semiconductor testing. His desire to experience working for a smaller company was what made him eventually leave HP. “I think I can relate to customers given my diverse background, especially spending so many years in research and development and management,” Fossi said. “I am able to talk to potential clients more from the standpoint of where they are coming from, rather than just being another sales guy.” p. 16

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Steve Fossi ’78

teve Fossi graduated from Case Institute of Technology in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He grew up in Pennsylvania and survived the “great blizzard of 1978” his senior year at Case — the only time in the history of the school that it closed, he believes. After that, Steve decided to interview only with companies located on the West Coast. He spent 27 years working for Hewlett-Packard and its spinoff Agilent Technologies.

How Does an Atomic Clock Work?

Most important thing you learned at Case: An understanding that I’d have to continue to learn new things throughout my career. That has certainly been the case. I think that Case prepared me for that very well.

high “Q” factor – i.e., a very narrow band of energy in which they

Something few people know about you: Most people don’t know that when I was in high school, I played the drums. Our high school band was the national champions and my music teacher encouraged me to go to music school. I choose engineering instead. What field would you be in if not this one: I think I was a closet mechanical engineer, but beyond that it’s hard to say. Real-life heroes: Thomas Jefferson because he was a Renaissance man. I’ve always admired people who do lots of different things. Favorite spot in the whole world: Twelve years ago, we bought a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It may have been a stupid thing to do but it turned out to be a good deal. Our kids grew up loving the place, and we’ve gone back there every year. It’s a great spot to go and relax and forget about the rest of the world for a week or so. SUMMER/FALL 2012

Contrary to what many people assume, atomic clocks do not involve any radioactive processes. And while the design details vary, all atomic clocks operate on the same basic principles. Those principles spring from the idea that the best clocks come from resonators, which do not vary over time, and which also have a very will resonate at all. Atoms, being the very building blocks of nature, do not vary with time. Within the energy structure of the electrons orbiting the nucleus, we find our desired sharp resonance because quantum physics tells us that electrons cannot have just any energy level, but only certain defined energy levels. Thus, an electron can only jump from a “ground” state to an “excited” state when it absorbs a specific amount of energy – a very sharp resonance indeed. In most atomic clocks, atoms of a given element – alkalis such as rubidium or cesium are favored, due to their electron structures – are heated to a vapor state and then exposed to an optical source. In many modern designs, the optical source comes from a laser. If the laser frequency is exactly right, the electrons will jump from the base state to the excited state. The laser’s frequency can be fine-tuned to achieve this result by slightly altering the frequency of an oscillator, usually at 10 MHz, which serves as the clock’s output frequency. The feedback from this process gives the 10 MHz output the same accuracy and stability as the atomic transitions. — Steve Fossi ‘78

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How I spent my summer education Students in the SOURCE and SURES research programs share their experience and what they learned after spending the summer on campus

The Case Alumni Association helped fund approximately 20 SOURCE/SURES student awards of up to $3,500 each for eligible students enrolled in the Case School of Engineering and the mathematics and applied sciences of Case Western Reserve University.

SOURCE = Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors

SURES = Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability

Ashlei Beiswenger, Senior, Biomedical Engineering Major – Hometown: Akron, OH

Mihika Gangolli, Senior, Biomedical Engineering Major – Hometown: Denver, CO

Ashlei’s summer project involved researching the quantifying factors behind poor in vitro/in vivo correlation of drug release from in situ forming polymer implants using ultrasound imaging.

Mihika worked with ultrasoundinduced cavitation of pluronic nanobubbles, studying the release and uptake of pluronic using an in vitro cell culture model.

In her own words: We get to apply the different concepts that we learn in class in this research project, which is really important. I am interested in research as a full-time career, so doing research in your undergraduate years takes on a whole new meaning. We really appreciate the funding that allows us to do this. It makes it easier to get paid to research, which is a full-time commitment, rather than having to worry about getting a job.

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In her own words: I’m looking at graduate school, so it helps to get a closer look at what doing actual research is like. In class or a regular lab, you are in more of a controlled environment. Here, you don’t know what the expected outcome is, so it forces you to be more inventive and think of other ways to find a solution to your research problem. If you come up with a new method or way of doing something, it makes the experience even better.

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Steven Cramer, Sophomore, Physics Major with French Minor – Hometown: Oshkosh, WI Steven worked on enhancing the effects of an intelligent tutoring system for teaching debugging in computer programming class ENG 131. In his own words: Although I am undeclared as far as my major, I am leaning toward physics. Working on this project, I found it very interesting to work with the education side of things. A career in higher education is a possibility, but I really enjoyed working on designing things. I find the interdisciplinary traits at Case appealing. I am quite interested in liberal arts, but I enjoy doing some pretty cool science things as well. Follow this link to more on Steven’s intelligent tutoring system project: David Dixon, Junior, Mechanical Engineering Major with Materials Minor – Hometown: Atlanta, GA David spent the summer conducting wind turbine yaw brake analysis. In his own words: This was a summer well spent. I’m really interested in wind energy and think it’s something I’d like to focus on as a future career. I’ve already started looking into an internship with a wind energy producer/manufacturer for next summer. After working on this project, I now have experience relative to the field. It is very attractive to companies to hire someone with job experience as well. Follow this link to more on David’s wind energy project:

Faculty program advisors talk about the benefits of SOURCE and SURES Agata A. Exner, Ph.D. – associate professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Case Center for Imaging Research, Department of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University This program produces excellent researchers and encourages students to pursue their degrees further – either in medical school or graduate school. By giving them this opportunity to work in the lab and see what it is like, I think we are really creating the new generation of scientists. It’s important to get them hands-on experience. Classwork is great but when you can actually go out there and understand what the class work means and actually apply the concepts, it really solidifies the knowledge. Chris Fietkiewicz, Ph.D. – assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case School of Engineering One of the reasons that I let Steven [Cramer] work on this project, even though he is not an engineering student, is he is self-motivated and taught himself web development. It’s very unusual for a freshman at any level to come in and have the motivation he brings. In that sense, it’s been very transformational having someone with his unique perspective on education and website design come in as opposed to having a computer science major that would have focused on just technology. He’s brought an awareness of two different areas that I didn’t have before. David Matthiesen, associate professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director, Wind Energy Section, Great Lakes Energy Institute We have a lot of undergraduate talent at Case. I’ve had three students this summer working on projects and all have done a great job. It is challenging at times to come up with the funds to hire someone over the summer. There’s such a tight timetable by the time you identify the students at the end of semester. If you don’t have funds in your research grant to hire undergraduates, the opportunity is gone. SOURCE and SURES have a big impact. I think it’s a great program.



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u o Y k n a h T

Your support of the Case Fund, the Annual Fund for the Case School of Engineering, is an important measure of the annual US News and World Report university rankings. Your commitment to the Case Fund is greatly appreciated and will continue to help the Case School of Engineering position itself as a leader in undergraduate engineering education. More than 2,500 alumni donors gave gifts totaling more than $1.24 million in support for areas of immediate needs, including upgrades to laboratories, undergraduate scholarships as well as support of extracurricular student programs/projects. The 2012-2013 Case Fund campaign is currently under way. Gifts can be made online at or by calling 216-368-0069 to speak with Anne Cunningham, director of development.

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A look back at past Case Alumni Association scholarship recipients Geoffrey Peyton ’09 - BSE, Mechanical Engineering Scholarship/Awards: Case Alumni Association Junior/Senior Scholarship, Fred Hale Vose Prize Work experience since graduation: Worked briefly in product development before accepting a position as a robotics engineer at Boston Dynamics Inc., where he works as a design engineer on various research and development programs. Geoff’s primary project is the Cheetah robot, which was developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. My Case Alumni Association scholarship … impacted my education in every way possible. The scholarship encouraged me in my studies and helped with my tuition; it supports the co-op education program and offered awards for my work experience; and it funds student groups, such as Engineers Without Borders, that afforded me unique extracurricular learning experiences. My Case education … In my current position, I truly appreciate the depth of the Case engineering curriculum. As a design engineer, any given day will provide a different type of problem to be solved and the diversity of my classes prepared me well. I wish I’d spent more time … taking advantage of the tools and resources that Case offers for projects. The Bingham shop, Sears Design Lab, Reinberger Design Studio and other resources are incredible. It wasn’t until I graduated and started doing projects in my free time that I fully appreciated what an impressive list of resources the Case School of Engineering offers to its students.

My advice for today’s engineering students … is to have fun with engineering. Not all classes will be fun or engaging, so do projects on the side that you enjoy. There are a lot of resources at Case that you can use, and electronics like Arduino boards make projects cheap and easy. My advice for new graduates … Don’t stop investing in yourself. You’ve spent the last few years learning and growing, so keep it up. Continue to learn new things at work and in your free time. Join a local hackerspace and work on projects on the side that interest you. Whether you already have a job or are looking, this is a good way to stay sane while also developing your skills, expanding your network and doing something interesting. I believe that engineering is … the application that turns science fiction into reality.

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shedding light on the ‘dark’ side of the universe

TWO EXPERIMENTS THAT CAN FURTHER DEFINE THE ORIGINS OF THE UNIVERSE For the last several decades, scientists and astrophysicists have been on a mission to find clear evidence of the Big Bang and its remaining residue on Earth. In July, the Higgs boson discovery wowed the world. Now physicists at Case Western Reserve University have embarked on final stages of experiments that may shed even greater light on the origins of the universe.

To see a video of the LUX being installed go to:

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LARGE UNDERGROUND XENON EXPERIMENT Two Case Western Reserve physicists are part of a 15-institute collaborative science project with expectations of discovering evidence of subatomic particles produced in the Big Bang. These weakly interacting massive particles called WIMPs are one of the most promising ideas for what dark matter could be, stated Thomas Shutt, associate professor “What we know about dark matter is calculable in the same of physics. He, along with physics professor Daniel S. Akerib, spoke recently to Case alumnus about this way you can calculate, I don’t know, throwing a baseball. exciting — and potentially mind-blowing — project. Using a mathematical approach, we understand the universe

was a hot ball of fire back then and pretty uniform, and today AKERIB: We just moved the Large Underground Xenon detector underground in South Dakota and it’s mostly empty space with galaxies, stars and planets.” hope to start picking up scientific data before the –Thomas Shutt end of the year. Next year, 2013, is going to be the big year. We are in a race — scientists have been trying to detect dark matter for almost as long as people have been looking for the Higgs. The experiment involves the LUX detector, situated some 4,850 feet below the earth’s surface, cooling down 300 kilograms of highly purified liquid oxygen. By knocking into these xenon nuclei and lighting up the xenon, we can determine if it is a bona fide dark matter event as opposed to some radioactivity from the environment.

Higgs boson – a subatomic particle that gives other particles mass, sometimes referred to as “the God particle” in mainstream media. Dark matter – some 30 percent of the universe is in the form of a dark matter fundamentally different from ordinary matter. Dark matter cannot be seen directly with telescopes but evidence of its existence is inferred from its gravitational effects on visible matter, radiation and the large-scale structure of the universe. Dark energy – an inferred form of energy that permeates all of space thought to possibly explain the acceleration of an expanding universe. In the Standard Model of Cosmology, dark energy currently accounts for some 73 percent of the total mass-energy of the entire universe.

SHUTT: It is staggering the amount we now know about the origin of the universe compared to what we knew just 40 or 50 years ago. Using a mathematical approach, we know what was in the early universe and why there are galaxies. Within that framework, two big ingredients seem to have to be there for the math to make sense. But we haven’t seen them directly — and that’s the dark matter and dark energy. Each of the teams from the 15 institutes has a different emphasis. We are the largest and focused on the building and engineering part of the project. Our team built the prototype version of the detector here and ran it for a couple of years. We were also involved in building a lot of what is onsite in South Dakota. AKERIB: You might be interested in knowing that we did a lot of the engineering along the way to build this instrument and make it work. Between us and our post-docs and graduate students dating back to fall 2009, we’ve logged hundreds and hundreds of days working on the main experiment. Two of our people are onsite, taking the lead on the hardware, since our expertise built it. Chang Lee ‘11, a fifth-year systems and control graduate student, designed then spent the last year building the xenon purification system. Jeremy Mock ‘08, who graduated with a degree in physics a few years ago, worked on this as a senior project and his thesis, involving improved charcoal chromatography, was actually part of all this.


This research on CMB cosmology is led by Case Western Reserve professor of physics and astronomy John Ruhl. The main project involves the South Pole Telescope, a 10m diameter telescope used to look for clusters of galaxies and to characterize the temperature variations of the cosmic microwave background radiation on very small angular scales (down to one arcminute). These observations tell us about the history of structure formation in the universe, and hopefully more about the nature of dark energy, Ruhl stated. “By studying these temperature variations and the polarization, we have learned many interesting things. We’ve learned more about the global curvature of spacetime in the universe, the amount of normal matter and the amount and nature of the dark matter and dark energy in the universe. We hope to learn even more in the future.”


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c l a s s 1950s Richard S. Varga ’50 Parma, OH Richard was named a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellows Class of 2012 for his contributions to matrix analysis, numerical analysis, complex variables and approximation theory. James C. Kauer ’51 Kennett Square, PA James, co-founder and consultant at Cephalon, Inc., recently retired after the buyout of the company by TEVA. He notes that he has taken up old hobbies such as gardening, astronomy and ham radio, the last dating to W8URD, the Case Radio Club in the old Case Club on 107th Street.

1960s Col. James M. Kirkstadt ’60 Johnstown, PA Jim continues to interview students for Case Western Reserve University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He reports that 30 cadets/ students have graduated in the past 28 years. In addition, Jim spends his leisure time golfing, competing in Pennsylvania and Cleveland, as well as participating in duplicate bridge tournaments. Harold T. Nissley ’60, G’69 Los Altos Hills, CA Harold, president of Angel Investor International, joined the board of directors of the Global Innovation Institute, a nonprofit designed to help entrepreneurs. Richard R. Buta ’63 McLean, VA Richard was selected as the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus by the Salem High School Alumni Association this past May and was the featured speaker at the association’s 131st annual reunion and banquet.

James R. Venner ’65 Wadsworth, OH James is celebrating Clampco Products, Inc.’s 41st anniversary this year after founding the company on a “shoestring” in 1971. Karl G. Kuhn ’69 Cleveland, OH Karl was named Rocky River Senior Center Volunteer of the Year with more than 1,050 volunteer hours clocked in 2011. Karl assists in the center’s computer room, teaches computer classes at the senior center and helps seniors find jobs.

1970s Thomas R. Horner ’71 Cumming, GA Thomas recently retired from the corporate world of Home Depot and enjoys “a less stressful lifestyle these days.” He relays that although retired, he is now contracting out his services. Maita P. Jarkewicz ’75 Willoughby, OH Maita is serving as a physician in the Ohio Army National Guard.

1980s Ronald A. Balyint ’82, G’91 Massillon, OH Ronald was promoted last year to director of bar manufacturing, for Canton, Ohio-based Timken. Katherine Antolin Baker ’87 Newark, DE Katherine was named president-elect of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, an international society serving 2,000 spectroscopists. Katherine is also producer of the highly acclaimed journal Applied Spectroscopy. Marc P. Kelemen ’81 Westlake, OH Marc was an invited speaker at Programa Gaucho da Qualidade e Productividade in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on lean sustainability. He is also an invited participant in the ANSI-NIST sponsored nanotechnology standards workshop (Washington, D.C.) and was granted another U.S. patent. He is completing his sixth year on the Global Board of Directors of the American Society for Quality.

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n o t e s A. Stewart Ferguson, G’85, PHD ’91 Anchorage, AK Stewart became president of the American Telemedicine Association in May 2012. The ATA is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. Stewart has dedicated the past 15 years of his career to the design and growth of telemedicine systems in Alaska and is currently chief information officer for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Matthew R. Rejmaniak ’89 Houston, TX Matthew became project manager for business notebooks performance graphics at Hewlett-Packard Houston in May 2012.

1990s Jeffrey K. Barkehanai ’90 Lake Forest, CA Jeffrey announced the recent release of Wonderware Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) quality software, a multi-year, multi-million dollar development effort by the operations management division of Invensys. Guy M. Genin ’90, G’92 Saint Louis, MO Guy was inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Club Athletic Hall of Fame this past April in recognition for his standout participation in the Spartan swimming & diving program. An eight-time All-American and school record-holder, Guy earned All-America acclaim in each of his four seasons. He is currently a member of the engineering faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. Alan M Allgeier ’92 Wilmington, DE Alan, representing DuPont (formerly Amgen Inc.), was a speaker at the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia 2012 Spring Symposium on May 17. He offered his expertise on “Challenges in Catalysis Applied to Pharmaceutical Development.”


Alumni messages and miscellanea

Anthony J. Caputo ’52, Knoxville, TN … continues to enjoy retirement with his wife, Phyllis, but with less traveling since the addition of a little white fluffy dog (Bichon Frise) that quickly took over their household! Lawrence J. Scotchie, Sr. ’60, Maitland, FL … welcomed the addition of their 11th grandchild, James Lawrence, to their Florida Scotchie clan. John R. Kovats, ’61, Rolling Hills Estates, CA … recently retired and attended his grandson’s wedding in August 2012. David M. Mog ’64, Arlington, VA … has been enjoying his retirement since 2010 and is looking forward to his 50th Class Reunion in 2014! Matthew C. Sejnowski ’76, Austin, TX … is now enjoying the hobby of welding, having sent three children off to their independence. His new project is to build a custom “rat rod” from the ground up in addition to building a scale train to ride around his acreage in Austin. Matthew D. Barb ’96, Fort Wayne, IN … shares that he is happy in his position at a hospital-owned primary care physician practice. He is “cherishing family life as our three children continue to grow, get smarter and funnier with each passing day!” Keith A. Lupton ’11, Needham Heights, MA … shares that it has been an exciting year. He graduated, traveled the country, got married, traveled to Greece, started working and was promoted to a global project leader role.

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c l a s s Nicholas A. Barendt ’95, G’98 Fairview Park, OH Nick and wife Robin announced the birth of David Robert Griffin Barendt, born Friday, June 29, weighing in at 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 20 ¼” long.

Brian S. Casselberry ’95 Sagamore Hills, OH Brian, one of the most accomplished runners in the history of Case Western Reserve University cross country and track & field, was inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Club Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2012. He was a two-time All-American during the 1994-95 season, earning the award in both cross country and the outdoor track 10,000-meter run. Brian currently works for Swagelok Company in Solon, Ohio. Scott E. Feskanich ’98 Grafton, OH Scott was inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Club Athletic Hall of Fame April 2012 for his outstanding performance as a Spartan baseball player. After earning his degree in mechanical engineering, Feskanich continued his playing career for seven years with clubs from the Cuyahoga County AAA and Cleveland Adult Baseball League. Scott serves as manufacturing engineering supervisor for Ridge Tool in Elyria.

2000s Andre` U. Aguillon, MD ‘01 Holland, OH Andre` completed his fellowship training in sleep medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in December 2011 and then joined the faculty in March 2012. He is currently an assistant medical director at the Regional Center for Sleep Medicine.

Let’s hear from you! Case alumnus is interested in notes from alumni telling us about your new job, retirement from your company, new business venture, marriage, birth announcements, anniversaries and notable professional events, recognition and awards. Please submit your class notes and messages to Nancy Lupi at We encourage you to send a high-resolution digital photo with your submission. p. 26

Kevin M. Coffman, ’05 Bethel Park, PA Kevin completed his Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree in secondary mathematics education at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and is now teaching mathematics at Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh. In addition, Kevin married Leslie Julius on August 4, 2012. Aaron C. Johnston-Peck ’07 Ridge, NY Aaron joined the Electron Microscopy Group within the Center for Functional Nanomaterial (CFN) on January 30, 2012, focusing on the application of Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy of model catalysts. He completed his Ph.D. at North Carolina State in October 2011 with a focus on the synthesis, processing and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles.

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n o t e s Alumni in the news … Chia-Wei Soong, G’08, Shaker Heights, OH Chia-Wei, a Ph.D. candidate, was part of a team of Case School of Engineering engineers that designed and fabricated integrated amplifier circuits that operate under extreme temperatures — up to 600 degrees Celcius — a feat that was previously impossible. Dr. Steven L. Garverick, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and Mehran Mehregany, director of the Case School of Engineering San Diego program, make up the rest of the design team. The paper, entitled, “Electronics: Integrated sensors handle extreme conditions,” was presented May 31 at the 2012 IEEE EnergyTech conference, held at Case Western Reserve University. Engineers at NASA Glenn Research Center pioneered the techniques used to manufacture these circuits. The researchers believe this will ultimately result in more accurate monitoring and safer control over a jet engine, nuclear reactor or other high-temperature operations. Source: Case Western Reserve University Jeffrey Halpern ’03, PHD’10 Cleveland, OH

Jeffrey was one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals selected for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program this year. He is currently a National Institutes of Health Musculoskeletal (T32) Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering with Prof. Horst von Recum’s laboratory at Case Western Reserve University. As part of the Fulbright grant, Jeffrey will spend 20 months conducting research at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Israel during the coming academic years. In conjunction with the Fulbright scholarship, Jeffrey was also selected as a recipient of the Lady Davis Fellowship through Technion. He will work in Prof. Haick’s laboratory there on the development of a Nanoscale Artificial Nose (NA-NOSE TM) that utilizes molecularly modified nanomaterials to detect volatile organic compounds for diagnostic breath testing of cancer.

Source: U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board


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In Memoriam Notable Deaths Paul C. Menster ’48

Paul C. Menster passed away in Hudson, OH, on March 16 of this year at the age of 90. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Case Institute of Technology in 1948 and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He spent his career as a consulting engineer and was principal of Paul C. Menster & Associates. Menster, a past member of the Case Dean’s Society®, established the Mr. & Mrs. Paul C. Menster ’48 Trust through the Case Alumni Association. He was recognized in 2009 with a Meritorious Service Award and acted as class agent.

Henrik O. Kylin ’35, Campobello, SC, date unknown Hugh W. Black ’42, New Orleans, LA, March 3, 2004 Edward R. Brennan ’42, Mentor, OH, July 2, 2012 Herbert B. Harris ’42, Shaker Hts., OH, February 2012 Stanley A. Petersen ’42, Titusville, FL, June 24, 2012 Robert S. Ross ’42, Northfield, OH, April 2, 2012 Edgar C. Cook ’43, Moreland Hills, OH, April 16, 2012 Milton G. Kofskey ’43, Cleveland, OH, May 2012 Harry E. Weaver ’43, Roseburg, OR, December 25, 2011 Bernard L. Cohen ’44, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17, 2012 William B. Martin ’44, Thomaston, ME, June 29, 2012 Marvin Friedman ’45, Cleveland, OH, March 13, 2012 Perry E. Hamilton ’45, Hilton Head, SC, April 28, 2012 Ivan A. Wallach ’45, Cleveland, OH, June 10, 2012 Walter J. Berd ’46, Tolland, CT, February 28, 2012 Karl F. Sauer ’47, Oakland, CA, June 13, 2011 Paul C. Menster ’48, Hudson, OH, March 16, 2012 Thomas A. Ring ’48, San Diego, CA, January 12, 2012 Robert H. Bowerman ’49, Middletown, RI, March 12, 2012 Bruce F. Greek ’49, Houston, TX, March 5, 2012 George R. Mills ’49, San Pedro, CA, October 8, 2010 George E. Pekarek ’49, Cleveland, OH, March 27, 2012 Robert E. Schade ’49, Cleveland, OH, July 9, 2012 Robert H. Schmidt ’49, Williamsburg, VA, April 4, 2012 Edward P. Weber ’49, Cleveland, OH, March 2012 Robert J. Buettner ’50, Cookeville, TN, date unknown Jack B. Cisco ’50, Maineville, OH, December 23, 2011 Richard H. Hall ’50, Midland, MI, December 14, 2011 Otto E. Hennig ’50, Indiana, PA, January 13, 2012 Leo B. Holland ’50, Oak Ridge, TN, June 8, 2011 John W. Kilroy ’50, Chagrin Falls, OH, April 6, 2012 Russell C. Mann ’50, Washington, D.C., May, 2012 Emil Pawuk ’50, Cleveland, OH, March 4, 2010 John M. Polder ’50, Cleveland, OH, June 3, 2012 Keith E. Polmanteer G’50, Mokena, IL, April 5, 2011 W. Robert Price, Jr., ’50, Cleveland, April 14, 2012 Robert E. Abell ’51, Galena, OH, April 21, 2012 James R. Rankin ’51, Stow, OH, May 25, 2012 Nick Wukovich ’51, Coral Springs, FL, February 10, 2012 p. 28

David P. Bauer ’52, Tomball, TX, December 28, 2011 John F. Akerley ’53, Silver Springs, MD, April 29, 2012 Thomas G. Kennedy ’53, Aurora, OH, March 2, 2012 Kenneth L. Klingman ’53, Bradenton, FL, April 16, 2012 George R. Ord ’53, East Aurora, NY, January 21, 2012 John W. Weisel ’53, Houston, TX, June 28, 2012 Richard M. Park ’54, Cleveland, OH, April 11, 2012 Paul G. Klann G’55, Cleveland, OH, February 9, 2011 Warren J. North G’55, Glendale, AZ, April 10, 2012 Richard L. Fye ’56, Greensboro, NC, June 11, 2012 Francis J. Klepek ’56, Carmel, IN, June 16, 2012 Ivan Pelech ’56, Morris Plains, NJ, November 23, 2011 Philip C. Dahlstrom ’57, Lucerne, Switzerland, August 1, 2009 Kenneth M. Carlisle, Jr. ’57, Trinity, TX, November 23, 2011 Frank S. Jaczkowski ’57, Cleveland, OH, May 2012 Walter S. Smith ’57, Green Lake, WI, July 12, 2010 Gerald J. Kurowski ’58, Dayton, OH, April 6, 2012 Roger W. Powell ’59, Brenham, TX, April 11, 2012 Robert A. Cowan G’60, East Falmouth, MA, May 1, 2012 Carl J. Dascoli ’60, Charleston, WV, March 28, 2012 Walter J. Repetski, Jr., ’60, Grand Prairie, TX, January 2012 Eugene L. Bilich ’61, Slinger, WI, February 24, 2012 Thomas E. Brightbill ’62, Piedmont, CA, February 7, 2012 Richard L. Bertka ’64, Flower Mound, TX, July 15, 2009 John P. Stahl G’64, Ada, OH, October 12, 2010 Denis A. Conrady G’67, Terre Haute, IN, June 13, 2011 Thomas A. Northrup ’67, Powell, OH, April 9, 2012 Ronald W. Rinehart ’67, Pasadena, CA, December 11, 2009 Wayne F. Zimmerman ’69, Cleveland, OH, date unknown C. Donald Stricker, Jr. ’73, Kirtland, OH, February 1, 2012 Rita M. Wigglesworth G’74, Laramie, WY, March 14, 2012 Gary M. Michal ’75, Cleveland, OH, May 11, 2012 Marc E. Obniski ’78, Conneaut Lake, PA, April 27, 2012 Steven M. Krause ’81, Reno, NV, December 20, 1998 Keith M. Ganzer ’84, New York, NY, January 29, 2012 Jonathan A. Lukin ’84, Canfield, OH, July 11, 2006 Carl H. Hess ’85, Knoxville, TN, February 27, 2012 Carl M. Fongheiser ’86, Iowa City, IA, December 11, 2012 Dmitry B. Karpov 2000, Cleveland, OH, August 21, 2005 case alumnus magazine

A Tribute to Gary M. Michal ’75 On May 11, 2012, Gary M. Michal, Ph.D., succumbed to the effects of mesothelioma. He was the LTV Steel Professor of Metallurgy in the Case School of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This tribute to Professor Michal is taken from a eulogy given by John J. Lewandowski, Leonard Case, Jr. Professor of Engineering.


ary joined the department as an assistant professor in 1983, three years before I did. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 from Case Western Reserve University in Metallurgy and Materials Science, as it was known then. He also attended Stanford University, receiving a Master of Science degree in 1977 and then his Ph.D. in 1980. He, along with his advisor, won the 1982 ASM Marcus Grossman Young Author award for a publication based on his thesis research. Gary’s research prowess was recognized early on at Case in his senior project with Professor Art Heuer. He received the Wesley P. Sykes Award from our department, which recognizes outstanding ability in scientific research.

While it may have sparked some debate amongst the Case faculty, Gary’s decision to apply to and attend Stanford was the right choice, both academically and personally. It enabled him to meet and marry his lovely wife, Maureen, who Gary acknowledged was a pillar of strength throughout his life. He was also very proud of his children and spoke of them often, whether it was their achievements in sports, academics or their evolution into adulthood. Professor Bill Nix at Stanford, internationally known in metallurgy, materials science and mechanics, remembered Gary well as a student and noted that he received “excellent preparation from Case.” Gary’s Stanford advisor, Professor Bob Sinclair, stated that Gary was “always a man of the highest integrity, with a truly remarkable sense of humor.” Prior to joining the Case staff, Gary spent three years as a research metallurgist at Republic Steel. In 1985, he was awarded one of the earliest NSF Presidential Young Investigator awards. This prestigious and highly competitive award provided Gary with funding to support collaborative research with the steel industry in addition to a certificate signed by President Ronald Reagan. Gary’s ability to deliver on his funded research resulted in many graduate students producing joint publications in archival journals in addition to increased industry and government funding over the years. The vast majority of CWRU faculty display devotion to their students. Gary was exemplary in this regard. His combination of teaching and mentorship led him to be nominated for several awards in this area, including the Technical Educator Awards from the Cleveland Technical Society Council and the Cleveland Chapter of ASM International. Gary served as Chairman of Materials Science and Engineering from 1996 through 2007 while remaining active in research in steels, in addition to work on intermetallics and composites with colleagues at NASA Glenn Research Center. Gary served on many industry and academic committees throughout his career, all while teaching a full course load. As Gary battled his disease for the past four years, he never let it dim his enthusiasm for life or his work or his students. Most recently, Gary received the most significant award from the local chapter of ASM International, and delivered the ASM Zay Jeffries Award lecture on April 9, 2012, to a packed audience. He gave a magnificent lecture. The previous awardees comprise a “Who’s Who” amongst metallurgists, starting with Zay Jeffries, who delivered the first lecture in 1951. I had the good fortune to visit Gary at the hospital before he went home to hospice care. We reminisced about a Cleveland Indians game in 1990 against the Toronto Blue Jays at the old stadium that we attended. Dave Steib of the Blue Jays threw a no-hitter that day in front of about 1,000 fans in a huge stadium while planes from the Cleveland National Air Show flew overhead. We sat behind home plate and watched Steib perform his magic with the ball, Gary explaining the various materials in sports issues to anyone who would listen. This was a delightful memory for both of us. It finally came time for me to leave the hospital that evening. In parting, I remarked to Gary that I felt he was like a brother to me, and I shook his hand. Although I was out of his sight by then, I could hear his soft voice say, “We’re all brothers.” He really believed that. And that’s the way he treated us. SUMMER/FALL 2012

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Case Connection Zone touts success at the White House By Marvin Schwartz ’68, PHD’73 Chief Scientist, Case Connection Zone Case Western Reserve University


he Case Connection Zone is a gigabit fiber-to-the-home research project of Case Western Reserve University. Our research involves showing that this ultra high-speed network can be used to improve the quality of life at home for the residents in four areas: health and wellness, home energy management, public safety and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at the high school level. Each is a national priority identified in the National Broadband Plan. The first Case Connection Zone community comprises 104 residences adjacent to the campus on Hessler Road and Hessler Court. Each residence has a dedicated fiber to a switch that can send and receive one gigabit (one billion bits per second) on the fiber, a fiber to copper media converter and a gigabit router. The second Case Connection Zone community is nearing completion. It comprises 135 senior residences. With the help of physicians and researchers from the UH Case Medical Center, we will be using HD videoconferencing between patients and physicians to reduce the number of trips to the doctor’s office, emergency room and hospital. For the first time in many years, physicians will be able to see patients in their home environment and understand how they live. The potential benefits are significant. For example, congestive heart failure readmissions within 30 days of discharge cost Medicare more than $6 billion annually. By following up with patients in their homes, these readmissions can be greatly reduced. The Case Connection Zone is using this incredible technology to improve the quality of life for its residents. And because of the network, there is a waiting list of people who want to rent homes that already have future connectivity. Additionally, we have received an NSF EAGER grant to develop HD videoconferencing between endpoints on the network. Because of our work in this area, we were invited to the White House for the June 14 launch of US Ignite, a new organization dedicated to creating applications for the next generation of networks. Following a video about the advanced broadband initiatives in Cleveland, Dr. Warren Selman, department chairman of Neurological Surgery and director of Neurological Institute at UH Case Medical Center, demonstrated Surgical Theater, a product from a Cleveland startup that uses the network to let doctors in different locations collaborate and rehearse surgeries on a computer simulation of the patient’s actual anatomy. It was the only live demonstration selected for the event. Afterward, the NSF interviewed several of the EAGER grant recipients, including me. I talked briefly about our research in the Case Connection Zone and how, under the university’s Vice President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick’s visionary leadership, Case has led the way for many national next-generation broadband initiatives. I was honored to represent Lev and Case at this event. QUICKLINKS p. 30 reports/usignite/interviews.jsp

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