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Case Western Reserve University has received a grant of $2 million from the Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland to establish the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professorship in Energy Innovation, the university's first endowed professorship in energy. As an anchor of the new Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation, the professorship serves as the cornerstone for the university's energy program and will provide leadership for the program's academic and research nucleus.

The grant also builds on recent startup funding by the Cleveland Foundation, which provided $3.6 million in December 2007 to support the creation of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation. The institute is a multidisciplinary center led by researchers at the Case School of Engineering and utilizes the resources and expertise of the graduate and professional schools at Case Western Reserve University. The institute is based on strategic partnerships and alliances with industry, government labs and other universities across the state and nation, exploring economic development and technology transfer in emerging fields such as renewable power, storage and efficiency.

"This major contribution from the Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland is a tremendous next step in building on the Cleveland Foundation's initial investment in the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation," says Ronald B. Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. "We are delighted that one of Cleveland's most prominent funders joins us in recognizing Case Western Reserve University's leadership in energy and the institute's potential to expand scientific and economic development for the entire region."

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