Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Professor, Sunniva Collins the 2019 Recipient of the Albert Sauveur Award

Professor, Sunniva Collins is the 2019 recipient of the Albert Sauveur Award for the ASM Philadelphia (Liberty Bell) Chapter. The Sauveur award is given for “for outstanding achievement in the Science of Materials.  The recipient should have contributed significantly to a recognized advance or achievement in understanding and applying materials science principles to an advance in the field.”
Professor Collins was selected for the award in light of both technical achievements and service to ASM International. In November 2018, she will deliver the annual Sauveur Lecture, based on her research, to the annual Sauveur Night meeting of the chapter.

Albert Sauveur, (born June 21, 1863, Leuven, Belg.—died Jan. 26, 1939, Boston, Mass., U.S.), Belgian-born American metallurgist whose microscopic and photomicroscopic studies of metal structures make him one of the founders of physical metallurgy.  He was appointed in 1924 as Gordon McKay professor of mining and metallurgy at Harvard University and created the first metallographic laboratory at an American university. Sauveur’s work in heat treatment of metals is still regarded as a scientific landmark, and his book The Metallography and Heat Treatment of Iron and Steel (1912) developed the processing-microstructure-properties paradigm still used in materials science and engineering.

Albert Sauveur Achievement Award 


Biohybrid robot featured on Xploration

A post-doctoral fellow in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Vickie Webster’s work focuses on making small robots that move using live muscle tissue from sea slugs. These robots and her research are highlighted in this Xpolration video.



Baja team takes first at Midnight Madness event

Case Western Reserve University’s Motorsports team dominated two categories at the racing event, Midnight Mayhem, in Louisville, Ky. The team took first place in acceleration and overall dynamic, and they placed 42nd overall.The team designed and built the entire mini “baja” vehicle at Sears think[box], where they made all the parts except shock absorbers, tires and safety equipment.

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Umut Gurkan receives funding for health care advancements

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received more than $800,000 in awards and grants to further multiple research projects. One of his main projects, funded by the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, will develop a point-of-care device to monitor and diagnose oral cancer. His team has already developed a microfluidic device that connects to a smartphone and can give results in 15 minutes.

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Bo Li Receives NSF Funding for Fluid Dynamics Research

Bo Li, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the principal investigator of a $400,000, three-year grant from the Fluid Dynamics program of the NSF. The project focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of adhesion mechanics in blood flow through theoretical, numerical and experimental studies, aiming to investigate the relationship between erythrocytes and endothelium proteins.

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Federal planning grant from NSF to help manufacturers and workforce adapt to loT connectivity

The "Internet of Things" (loT) enables smart technologies that are becoming more prevalent in the workforce and everyday lives. The NSF began funding a Smart & Connected Communities program to advance 38 projects involving 34 national institutions, including Case Western Reserve University. Case Western Reserve's project will help manufacturers better use the IoT.

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Roger Quinn receives $2M from NSF to advance robotics research

Roger Quinn, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received more than $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for advanced robotics research. Half will go toward his research studying and modeling the nervous system of insects while the other half will go toward his project developing control algorithms for a hybrid neuroprosthetic walking system.

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Mapping out a biorobotic future: CWRU team publishes in Science Robotics

The interdisciplinary team behind CWRU’s recent biohybrid sea slug robot, including mechanical engineering faculty members Drs. Akkus, Gurkan and Quinn, Professor of Biology Dr. Chiel, and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Webster-Wood, have published a new review in the journal Science Robotics. This review discusses how organic materials can be used for the four fundamental components in robotic systems: Structure, Actuation, Sensing, and Control. For access to the paper, please CLICK HERE.