April 13, 2007

Endowment from Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust provides renovations for important research center


The Swagelok® Center for Surface Analysis and Materials, a nationally renowned materials characterization facility at Case Western Reserve University, will formally celebrate a grand reopening on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m. on the ground floor of the Glennan Building on the university's campus. Previously known as the Center for Surface Analysis and Materials, the center will now bear the name of a longtime Case School of Engineering corporate partner, Swagelok Company of Solon, Ohio.

The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust, formed after the death of Swagelok's founder, Fred A. Lennon, provided the school with a $1 million grant for remodeling of and additional resources for the center, a multiuser analytical facility providing instrumentation for microstructural characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. First established in 1974 as a center for electron microscopy, the facility has served thousands of academic and industrial partners over the last 25 years. In 1986, the center received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—matched by funds from the state of Ohio—which allowed it to substantially expand operations. Since that time, major funding from the state and the National Science Foundation have allowed it to continue to upgrade and expand.

In December 2006, Swagelok and Case received a three-year, $5.5 million grant from Ohio's Third Frontier Project to enable Swagelok, in partnership with the university, to further research, evaluate and commercialize a new, innovative technology, SAT12™ surface hardening process. The SAT12 process is a method for heat-treating austenitic stainless steels that enables large-scale carbon absorption, dramatically improving hardness and other performance characteristics. The Third Frontier grant will provide for development of the research, manufacturing and infrastructure elements necessary to convert SAT12 technology into a commercially viable, Ohio-based metals surface enhancement business.

Possible applications could include uses in the automotive, medical, aerospace and defense, oil and gas, and pulp and paper industries.

According to center director Arthur H. Heuer, the funding from the Lennon Trust helps secure the center's future.

"We have close to 200 academic and industrial users in any given year, and these individuals have become accustomed to the highest quality equipment and service," said Heuer, University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Materials Science at Case and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. "This funding and remodeling of the center ensures that we can continue to offer state-of-the-art instrumentation and doctoral-level staff engineers."

The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust is dedicated to education, health care and economic development in Northeast Ohio.

About the Case School of Engineering

Providing unparalleled engineering education and research for 125 years, the Case School of Engineering is committed to "Engineering…Plus": education beyond the classroom, research across disciplines and relationships around the world. Wherever they go, Case faculty, students and alumni consistently lead their fields and have a beneficial impact on society.

About Swagelok® Company

Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, Swagelok Company is a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions, including products, assemblies, and services for the research, instrumentation, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, power, petrochemical, alternative fuels, and semiconductor industries. Its manufacturing, research, technical support, and distribution facilities support a global network of more than 200 authorized sales and service centers in 54 countries. For more information about Swagelok, visit the company's Web site at http://www.swagelok.com.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Amy Raufman April 13, 2007 03:10 PM | Category: Campus Infrastructure , Case School of Engineering , Corporations , Schools , Source