Jacobs University is establishing Research Centers in order to focus research activities and graduate education. During the past few month (well, the whole year to be more precise), I have been working on a proposal of a research center called the Center for Advanced Systems Engineering (CASE). The CASE research center is rooted in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty but in addition integrates colleagues from Ocean Research and Logistics. The CASE research center proposal finally got officially approved and we are now working on filling the center with life in 2010. Expect more CASE related news to come.