Case School of Engineering Alumna Named First Senior Research Fellow at Swagelok Company

Sunniva R.Collins

Swagelok Company, a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions, has named Sunniva Refsnes Collins to the newly created position of senior research fellow.

She will serve as the primary liaison between Swagelok, Case Western Reserve University and the U.S. Navy, the first customer to purchase the service of Swagelok's breakthrough SAT12 surface hardening process.

"As the company's first senior research fellow, Collins will be responsible for coordinating the academic and governmental research partnerships Swagelok is forming as the company grows in new and innovative ways," says Art Anton, president and chief executive officer.

Collins joined Swagelok in 1995 as a research metallurgist and has served in engineering management positions including manager, standards and product regulatory compliance. Most recently, Collins acted as the technical director of Swagelok Technology Services Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swagelok Company, directing research collaborations on the SAT12 process with academia and government research labs.

A dual-degree Case alumna, she received her doctorate (1994) and master's (1991) degrees in materials science and engineering, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. Read more.

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1-2-1 Fitness presents "Choose to Lose: Holiday Trim Down," an eight-week weight loss program set for October 15 to December 10. Session includes health assessment, personal training, dietitian, group sessions and unlimited access to the center. Space is limited. For fee information and to register, call 368-1121 or send e-mail to Bryn Mota.

The Energy Advisory Committee on Sustainability invites the campus to take the Monthly Challenge: "How to Triple Your Bottom Line." Learn more.

For Faculty & Staff

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium Series gets under way on October 18, not October 11. David Crampton, assistant professor of social work, will begin this new series designed for Mandel School personnel. Visit the school's online calendar for details.

"Planning for the University" will be the topic of a forum from 9-10 a.m., October 12 in Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room. Faculty and staff are invited to discuss the process to be used to develop a five-year strategic plan for the institution. Interim Provost Jerold Goldberg will host. Send e-mail to Susan Karaba by October 10 if attending.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center will offer the first of three writing workshops from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, October 12 in Nord Hall, Room 410. Workshop focus is "polishing prose." Direct questions to the Writing Center.

SOURCE will sponsor the seminar: Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 17 in Sears, Room 435. RSVP to SOURCE.

Johnson Space Center in Houston is seeking undergraduates to "defy gravity for science and engineering" through its Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program, a unique academic opportunity for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced-gravity experiment of their choice. Proposals are due October 31. Complete details are available on the Microgravity Web site or by calling Sara Malloy, 281-483-7847.


Sample the fine tastes and smells of gourmet cheeses at the Cheese Club's Gourmet Cheese Tasting event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 11 in Thwing Center atrium. Send e-mail to the club for details.

The Case Footlighters presents Damn Yankees!, a musical about a man's love of baseball and his efforts to help his team to win the pennant. Performances will be at 9 p.m., October 11-13 and at 11:59 p.m. on October 13 in Carlton Commons. Refer to the Footlighters Web site for information and tickets.

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