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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



Department News


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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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
Technology Award”. 

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.

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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!

STAR Awards


Locomotion Challenges

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.

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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. 

About this journal

International Editorial board


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.

CNN Article


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)

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