The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), has named Julie Renner, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University a 2017 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship winner. She is one of only three scholars honored with this award. This fellowship provides $50,000 to support innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology to promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of utilizing alternative fuels.

Robert Savinell, George S. Dively Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and longtime GLEI partner, was featured in the Electrochemical Society Podcast. Along with co-editor Dennis Hess, Savinell discussed the future of scholarly publishing including open science, open access and the Free the Science initiative. Savinell and Hess addressed the current mindset concerns of the publication process and the hope for a less restricted environment in the future to allow scientific freedom to advance.

A team of researchers led by Laura Bruckman, research assistant professor in the CWRU Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Abdulkerim Gok, a research associate at Gebze Technical University in Turkey (formerly at Case Western Reserve), used data science to better predict how weather and other conditions affect solar panels. Collaborators in the study include the SDLE Research Centre at CWRU for weather testing and CWRU Professor Jiayang Sun, of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, for modeling.

In an article written by John Hanc in the Education Section of the New York Times, CWRU was praised specifically for its flexible minor programs. It highlights the attractive Applied Data Science Minor offered through the CWRU Department of Engineering.

"Case Western’s minor in applied data science, for example, funnels students into this hot field from other disciplines. The students learn skills like data management, distributed computing, informatics and statistical analytics.

Susan Helper, the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, discussed with Energywire the reasoning behind President Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 Paris Accord. While the president cites limits on carbon dioxide emissions as placing US cities at an economic disadvantage, evidence from Ohio tells a different story. 

Great Lakes Energy Institute Advisory Board Member and Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of History Peter Shulman discussed the history of America's effort to become "energy independent," and the evolving political context of the phrase during an interview with Ben Jervey of The Daily Good.

The Great Lake Energy Institute (GLEI) at Case Western Reserve University would like to thank Case Institute of Technology Alumni Carl Podwoski '61 and Bob Busch '68 for their faithful support, advice and guidance in serving on GLEI's Advisory Board. Following graduation from Case, both Carl and Bob built celebrated careers in the energy industry, primarily with energy utilities. For the last seven years, they provided vision and direction to the GLEI Executive Director, Faculty Director, researchers and staff.

Beyond Silicon Valley, a massive online course developed by Great Lakes Energy Institute Advisory Board Member, Michael Goldberg, has been honored in the inaugural Entrepreneurship  Spotlight Challenge from AACSB International. More information can be found at thedaily.case.edu.

Federal energy research funding has a profound impact on Ohio, in part due to the important research institutions located here at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the NASA Glenn Research Center. Speaking with Midwest Energy News, Alexis Abramson, Director of GLEI, highlighted the impact federal research funding has on technology development and the economy in Ohio. "Such funding is driving clean energy development, leading to commercialization of technologies and creating jobs," she said. 

Alexis Abramson, Director of GLEI, participated on a Youth Forum Council panel at the City Club of Cleveland to discuss energy innovation in Northeast Ohio. Speaking to a room of students from around the region, the panelists discussed the future of energy in Ohio and how local youth can take action to improve our energy future. Dr.