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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering





Robert X. Gao  Ph.D.
Department Chair
Cady Staley Professor of Engineering





The mission of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
is to educate and prepare students at both
the undergraduate and graduate levels for leadership roles
in the fields of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering
and to conduct research for the benefit of society.


“Scientists discover the world that exists;
engineers create the world that never was.” 

- Theodore von Karman



Departmental News



EMAE’s Umut Gurkan and Team Receive Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership Award

A research team led by Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership award to validate and field test HemeChip technology for point-of-care diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in newborns in resource-limited countries.

With this award, the team will validate the HemeChip technology by screening up to 5,000 babies over the next year in collaboration with Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in Accra, Ghana.

Scientific illustration credit: Grace Gongaware,
Cleveland Institute of Art Student

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CWRU, NASA and Fire Departments Team to Protect Firefighters

Dr. Fumiaki Takahashi: who has recently joined EMAE department, has been awarded a $1.5 million Assistance to Firefighters/Fire Prevention and Safety grant by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  His research team will build prototype sensors to alert structural and wildland firefighters of hazards in the air.  Dr. Takahashi has already conducted a FEMA-supported one-year preliminary study of the subject.    

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CWRU Research Team Led by Dr. Akkus won a $400,000 National Science Foundation Instrument Development Award

The research team consisting of CoPIs Drs. Dan Scherson, Ken Ishida, Andrew Rollins will integrate a novel Raman imaging instrument that will reconstruct chemical images of materials at an order magnitude faster speed than standing chemical imaging systems. Applications from CSE, CAS, Schools of Dentistry and Schools of Medicine will benefit from this novel Raman imaging system. 


Congratulations to Victoria Webster on winning Best Poster Award!

Several members of the Mechanical Engineering Department presented at the Living Machines 2015 conference in Barcelona, Spain July 28-31. 
Victoria Webster won the Jaques de Vaucanson Best Poster Award for her interdisciplinary work with
Emma Hawley from Biomedical Engineering, Professors Ozan Akkus and Roger Quinn from Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Hillel Chiel from Biology on the ‘Fabrication of Electrocompacted Aligned Collagen Morphs for Cardiomyocyte Powered Living Machines.’

Living Machines 2015 Awards

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Congratulations to Mustafa Unal For Receiving Baxter Young Investigator Award!

Third year MAE doctoral candidate Mustafa Unal from Prof. Ozan Akkus Lab has been selected as a Baxter Young Investigator for his research entitled “Assessment of Bone Quality by Novel Spectroscopic Biomarkers” in the category of “Instrumental & Analytical Sciences”

The Baxter Young Investigator Award is highly competitive annual award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the US. Baxter International Inc. annually recognizes the high caliber of students’ academic and research efforts and congratulates them on their valuable contributions to healthcare science, as they are selected as a Baxter Young Investigator.

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Robotics Club takes part in NASA's mining competition

Case Western Reserve University’s Robotics Club competed at NASA’s Annual Robotic Mining Competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in May for the third year in a row. The competition consists of designing and building a rover capable of mining regolith, artificial Martian soil, on a simulated extraterrestrial environment. It attracts 50 teams from around the nation and and pits them to compete in categories from rover design, field performance, systems engineering report, outreach projects, and team spirit. A total of twelve members attended the competition, composed of undergraduate students in electrical, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical engineering and computer science.

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Baja Team Places at the Top in Maryland

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate competition, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, where students design, build, test, and race an off-road vehicle.  National competitions are held every summer, where teams from every state and countries around the world put their vehicles through rigorous events. The goal of the competition is to give real world experience in design, manufacturing and marketing through the production of an off-road vehicle.  

At the second Baja SAE event of the 2015 season, CWRU Baja had their best performance yet.  

The car lasted for the entire 4-hour Endurance Race, and placed 5th out of 100.  The team also performed well in many other dynamic events, adding up to a 14th place overall.

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EMAE members supervised by Umut Gurkan selected as finalist for the Student Technology Prize for Primary Health Care

EMAE student team has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists for the Student Technology Prize for Primary Health Care, a national and highly selective competition seeking innovations that have a substantial potential to support the improved delivery of care at the frontlines of medicine.

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CWRU student entrepreneur to be recognized at White House event May 11

Felipe Gomez del Campo V, a junior double majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, will be among a group of emerging entrepreneurs recognized by President Obama at a White House event on Monday, May 11.

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Umut Gurkan, Assistant Professor in EMAE, has been awarded the Glennan Fellowship by The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). 

Prof. Gurkan’s Glennan Fellowship Project is titled: “Teaching Critical Reading and Writing in Emerging Science and Technology Fields”. The aims of this project are: (1) to develop an instructional methodology in critical scientific reading and writing in graduate level, (2) to make the methodology available to other interested course instructors on CWRU campus, and (3) to establish a collaboration with Cleveland Institute of Art to create a platform that integrates science and engineering education with visual arts pedagogy. This new program aims to teach engineering students new visual communication skills to better express their scientific and technical ideas and designs for a broader audience, ranging from the experts in the field to the general public. Named after T. Keith Glennan, former President of Case Institute of Technology (1947-1965), the Glennan Fellowship program facilitates faculty growth. Glennan Fellowship is awarded based on promise for a balanced career in both teaching and scholarship.


Congratulations to Dr. Paul Barnhart For Receiving The J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award
For Excellence In Undergraduate Mentoring!

The Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring recognizes the positive impact Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff have on the lives of students. It was  established by J. Bruce Jackson, Adelbert '52, in honor of Dean Carl F. Wittke, who served as an advisor, mentor, and friend to Dr. Jackson when he was an undergraduate student at Western Reserve University.

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