Weatherhead School of Management
Office: Peter B. Lewis #227
Kathleen is an independent management consultant, a career coach and an adjunct professor at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. In her work as a management consultant Kathleen has been providing services related to continuous improvement of processes and people with organizations. An aspect of her work focuses on coaching women in leadership and in STEM careers. As an adjunct professor Kathleen teaches product design, managing market space, manufacturing and materials to students in the Master of Science program in Operations Research & Supply Chain Management, and in the Masters in Engineering Management program.
Kathleen obtained her PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems from the Weatherhead School of Management. Her research areas have included leadership development, women in leadership, women's careers and especially women in engineering and other STEM careers.
Previously Kathleen earned her BS in Chemical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Starting at Kodak more than 25 years ago, and continuing at Lubrizol, Avery Dennison and Sherwin-Williams, Kathleen has worked in various technical and management roles where she has managed engineering, operations, IT, plant and facilities maintenance, product development and quality functions. Her focus has always been on continuous improvement of both people and processes. Areas of technical expertise include manufacturing and associated engineered processes such as new product development and technology transfer, systems design, applied automation and controls, information systems, quality systems, and process safety management.
Kathleen lives in Mentor Ohio with her husband Fred and their three children.
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Office: Glennan 615B
Phone: (216) 368-4191
Alexis R. Abramson is an assistant professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. She also holds a secondary appointment in Electrical Engineering.
Alexis obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in Medford, MA. She is a recent recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation's faculty early career development (CAREER) award. Her research focus has spanned from investigating micro/nanoscale radiation effects during the processing of microelectronics components to understanding and manipulating nanoscale energy transport in materials. Currently, the nanoEngineering laboratory, which she directs, is exploring the design, synthesis and characterization of various nanostructures and nanocomposites.
Alexis has also been involved in biomimetic and bio-inspired research to explore how the natural world has taken advantage of specific small scale phenomena. Moreover, she has also been engaged in economic development activities as well as various engineering education outreach programs and has a dedicated interest in improving science and engineering education for all ages. Dr. Abramson is the author of a number of research and education outreach publications in her field.
Professor of Physics
B.A., Middlebury College (1975)
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982)
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics; Mesoscopic Physics and Optical Properties of Quantum Semiconductor Structures.
Changing the dimensionality of a physical system has a profound influence on all of the interactions that occur in any system, through changing the phase space of the system and through modifying the interactions between particles. Condensed matter physics abounds with intriguing and important examples of phenomena that occur when the motion of particles is restricted. Phase diagrams change drastically, and new phenomena-chaos, the Quantum Hall Effects, to name two examples-arise.
My earlier research involved work in quantum wells and superlattices, where electrons and holes are restricted to move in planes created by near- perfect layer- by-layer control of the composition of alternating low-band- gap and higher-band-gap semiconductors, and the creation of "quantum wires" and "quantum dots" by using nanoscopic-size strain patterns. One of the primary foci of our current research, in collaboration with colleagues in Chemical Engineering and Macromolecular Science, aims to produce nanometer- size semiconductor wires and dots by using molecular templates as masks for electrodeposition. Here, the idea is to deposit a regular array of molecules-ours are ring structures, with inner diameters as small as 5 nanometers-onto a substrate, and then electrodeposit semiconductor nanocrystals within the rings to form a hexagonal ring. While the properties of such small crystals are of intrinsic interest, potential device applications-for example, as two-dimensional photonic crystals for x- rays-are also of great interest to our group.
An ancillary interest is our work on understanding how to make good electrodeposited semiconductor material. From a device physics point of view, very little work has been done to date in this area. Yet, if we could grow device-quality material, we could take advantage of electrodeposition to design geometries of structures that cannot be made easily-or at all-by starting with a single crystal. For example, we could make integrated circuits from devices arranged in three-dimensional arrays, instead of in the two-dimensional arrays that is a current design limitation.
A third focus of our group, also in collaboration with colleagues in Chemical Engineering, is low-pressure growth of GaN and InN. These materials are used to make blue and ultraviolet lasers and light emitting devices, and electronic devices that can be used in harsh and high temperature environments.
LaSHANDA T. J. KORLEY
Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor
Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S., Clark Atlanta University
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology (1999)
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005)
LaShanda T. J. Korley joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in July 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and was appointed to the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professorship in July 2009. She will assume the Climo Assistant Professorship on July 1, 2012. LaShanda Korley earned a B. S. in Chemistry and Engineering from Clark Atlanta University and a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.
Dr. Korley completed her doctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department Chemical Engineering and the Program in Polymer Science and Technology in 2005. LaShanda Korley was the recipient of the Provost's Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University, where she completed a two-year postdoctoral appointment.
Her research focuses on the development of mechanically-enhanced, multifunctional polymeric materials for a myriad of applications, including energy and sustainability, biomedical engineering, protective fabrics, and structural materials. She is the Leader of the Science and Technology Innovations Platform within the NSF Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS). Dr. Korley's research efforts were recently recognized by a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, NSF BRIGE Award, a 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant, and a DuPont Young Professor Award.
Department of Chemistry
Office: Clapp 204
Phone: (216) 368 3741
Rekha Srinivasan, the 2010 recipient of the Carl F. Wittke Award (students.case.edu/awards/wittke/), is an alum of the Chemistry department's doctoral program at CWRU. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees in India: B.Sc. in chemistry, physics, and mathematics from Bangalore University, M.Sc. in analytical chemistry from St. Joseph's College in Bangalore, and M. Phil. in chemistry from the Loyola College in Madras. After receiving a PhD in 2003 for "Biophysical Studies of ABri Peptide Associated with Familial British Dementia" in Mike Zagorski's group, she did two years of postdoctoral study in Roger Marchant's lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department on liposomal cardiovascular drug delivery devices. She rejoined the Chemistry Department as a lecturer in 2005 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2008 and instructor in 2009. Her primary research interest is chemical education. Along with her undergraduate students, she designs novel methods of teaching organic chemistry lab and lecture courses. Her primary teaching responsibilities include teaching the large, two-semester sophomore organic chemistry lab/lecture courses during the school year.
Her teaching style is highly interactive, holding the students to high standards and at the same time supporting them in their efforts to master the material. Rekha is an active participant in the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Along with student members of WISER, she has established an international outreach program called SEVA, which means "service" in Sanskrit. The SEVA program donates school supplies, benches, uniforms, etc., to orphanages and public schools in Bangalore, India. Rekha and her students raise funds for SEVA by selling chai tea and samosa (a vegetarian Indian delicacy) every Wednesday, known as WISER Wednesday, at Nord Hall in the CWRU School of Engineering.