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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Poster Award for Mustafa Unal from Prof. Ozan Akkus Lab
MAE graduate student Mustafa Unal's poster entitled “A Novel Method to Assess Bone Quality” was selected as one of the best posters in Northeast Ohio Musculoskeletal Research Retreat on Saturday April 25 organized by CWRU Department of Orthopaedic. His poster was among top 3 posters in PhD level competition.
Dr. Jaikrishnan Kadambi Wins ASME Fluids Engineering Division Award
Dr. Jaikrishnan Kadambi, Professor and Associate Chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the recipient of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division’s
“2015 Sankaraiyer Gopalakrishnan-Flowserve Pump
In keeping with Dr. Gopalkrishnan's dedication to the education of the next generation of expert pump engineers, the Sankaraiyer Gopalakrishnan-Flowserve Pump Technology Award, conferred biannually, recognizes an individual with the potential of being the next generation's expert pump engineer, who has at least 5 to 10 years of experience in the pump field as documented through publications and testimonials of peers and co-workers.
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.