Robert X. Gao Ph.D.
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
A National Recognition for Mousa Younesi from Prof. Ozan Akkus Lab
MAE graduate student Mousa Younesi’s, paper entitled “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Pellet Delivery Platform for Functional Repair of Cartilage” was designated as an outstanding contribution to the Society For Biomaterials’ 2015 Annual Meeting.
The Education and Professional Development Committee of the Society has awarded Mousa with a STAR (Student Travel Achievement Recognition).
His work was among 25 submissions selected out of 300 students.
This recognition will be announced during the opening ceremony in Charlotte, NC, on Wednesday, April 15.
Congratulations on receiving this honor!
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduate student, Lauren Smith, assembles one of her tri-wheel mechanisms in NASA Glenn’s Innovations Lab. Smith is working at Glenn to solve locomotion challenges on search and rescue vehicles. Her unique gearing system also has applications for extraterrestrial robots.
Smith was recently named to Aviation Week magazine’s Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: the Twenty20s list, which recognizes the next generation of aerospace talent.
NASA Glenn recently featured Lauren Smith with her research project with Dr. Quinn on their Instagram account.
Congratulations to MAE Professor Kiju Lee
Dr. Kiju Lee is the recipient of the January 2015 Garverick Innovation Incentive Program
at the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center.
Dr. Lee’s project titled “Development and Preliminary Evaluation of Wearable Bio-Social Sensors for Older Veterans Living in a Community Living Center” proposes to develop a unique bio-social sensor system that can facilitate the assessment of biological, behavioral, social, and physical environmental data and the examination of their interactive roles and relative importance.
Dr. Mansour named deputy editor-in-chief for the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering
Dr. Joseph Mansour, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named deputy editor-in-chief for the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering.
The Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering is the official journal of the Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering, and publishes papers related to clinical engineering, biomedical signals, medical imaging, bio-informatics, tissue engineering, and other prominent issues and technical developments in the field.
Biorobotics Team, Led by Dr. Roger Quinn, featured in CNN News Article about Autonomous Snowplow Competition
Sick and tired of plowing your driveway during these Cleveland winters? Well, so are we! And the Case Autonomous Snowplow Team led by Dr. Roger Quinn is here to make sure that humans plowing snow becomes a thing of the past! Ten students, ranging from 1st year to PhD, as well as an adviser from our corporate sponsor, MTD, will be making the trek up to St. Paul from the 22nd to the 25th of January to compete in the 5th annual ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition. This national competition brings in teams from all over Midwest to compete for a prize pool of $15,000. Robot performance, as well a professional report and presentation on all aspects of the robot, will be used to determine a winner. Please join us in supporting the team! And, check back soon for the results.
Sickle cell research using biochip technology advances at University Hospitals, CWRU
A new study that recently began enrolling patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center is using biochip technology that one day may help physicians better manage the treatment of patients with sickle cell disease. The biochip technology determines the "stickiness" of red blood cells – a quality that physicians think can indicate something about disease activity. One of the big benefits of the biochip technology – developed by a team led by Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University – is that it provides important information with just a few drops of blood from patients, and without drastically changing the blood's composition. In December 2014, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, the UH and CWRU researchers presented results of an earlier study launched in late 2013. Based on the promising findings, researchers have begun obtaining consent from child and adult sickle cell patients to use their blood samples for the new study. While previous research has been done in a small number of patients, the biochip technology makes it possible to analyze blood samples from hundreds of patients.
(Based on an article by Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer)
Meet Philos, a Robot Caregiver
Professor Kiju Lee's research group is developing a social robot, called Philos, that can interact with people while monitoring their bio-behavioral data."Philos" means "Friend" in Greek. The current version of Philos can track and recognize human faces, generate simple facial expressions and gestures, and make penguin-like sound. More entertaining features, such as online speech recognition and generation and music play, are being added. Philos has been recently featured on a local television show, WVIZ/PBS Ideastream.
The video clip can be found on the following link: http://www.case.edu/mae/robotics
Student Research Fund
Mustafa Unal, EMAE graduate student and Ph.D. candidate in Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratory led by Dr. Ozan Akkus, has received the student research fund from
The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation by means of think[box] at CWRU for his ongoing research. His research includes developing a novel diagnostic technique to assess bone quality through Raman Spectroscopy; the novel technique would potentially help to improve the current diagnostic technique for those who may be at risk of bone fracture due to the bone diseases (e.g., osteoporosis). By 2025, the annual fractures due the osteoporosis are estimated
to surpass 3 million for the United States with the medical costs of $25 billion.
Graduate student's abstract highlighted by ACR
A diagnostic technology developed in Dr. Ozan Akkus' lab by MAE graduate student Bolan Li, was highlighted by a press release from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). The abstract was selected among thousands of submissions as a proof of concept in demonstrating the utilization of Raman spectroscopy to diagnose patients who are stricken with the gout disease.
The disease is on the rise and affects 8 million Americans.
The abstract that was highlighted by the ACR
can be accessed here.
BAJA team competed in a regional event - “Midnight Mayhem”
Midnight Mayhem is an annual competition held in Louisville, KY. On Saturday, Oct.4th, the CWRU Baja team entered two vehicles into a field of 76 cars from top universities across the United States and Canada. With three first-time drivers at the wheel of our cars and great teamwork from the pit crew, we completed the race 15th and 21st overall. This was a fantastic finish for our team and we look to build upon our experiences as the season progresses.