Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

PhD Student Receives AHA Fellowship

Erdem Kucukal, a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a predoctoral fellowship award from the American Heart Association.

Erdem is exploring abnormal cellular adhesion in pumonary vascular shunts.

The award will support his project “Elucidating the role of abnormal cellular adhesion in pathologic pulmonary vascular shunts."

Erdem is astudent in the lab of Umut Gurkan, the Warrant E. Rupp Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.



Award Recognition for EMAE Research Associate, Dr. Phillip McClellan

Dr. Akkus' Research Associate, Dr. McClellan received the Orthopaedic Research Societys' "ORS Tendon Section Trainee Awards" given out for posters. The title of his presentation was "Woven Collagen Biotextiles Enable Mechanically Functional Rotator Cuff Tendon Regeneration During Repair of Segmental Tendon Defects In Vivo" 

ORS Tendon Section 2018 Conference
Tendon Section Conference 2018 Award Recipients


AIAA Announces Class of 2019 Associate Fellows

Two EMAE research professors, Mohammad Kassemi and Vedha Nayagam, have been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

AIAA will formally honor and induct the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, 7 January 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in San Diego, California, during its 2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition.

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Clare Rimnac Awarded Distinguished University Professorship

It may fall to medical historians to recall when even successful total joint replacements would sometimes result in patients suffering needlessly as the plastic inside their knee or hip began to degrade. Among the scientists credited with solving that post-surgical complication is Clare Rimnac, the Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Rimnac’s research—funded nearly continuously for more than 30 years by the National Institutes of Health, along with orthopedic industries and private foundations—has focused in part on “degradation science,” uncovering how ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene ages both before and after implantation in the body.

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Dr. Umut Gurkan won the 1st place in the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Competition

Among 120+ applicants, Professor Umut Gurkan and his team won the first place in Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project, at Social Innovation Summit 2018 in Silicon Valley.

Our team has received $300k to develop SMART (Sickle and Malaria Accurate Remote Testing), which is an integrated point-of care technology platform with electronic health record systems.

Special thanks to all team members and IOT planning grant from CWRU ISSACS for supporting our team and preparations for this application!


Winners of 10th Annual Wireless innovation Projects

Vodafone Americas Foundation

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Chris Yuan is the recipient of the 2018 ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

Professor Chris Yuan is the recipient of the 2018 ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. The Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Division (MED) is awarded to a young manufacturing researcher under 40 with potential for significant fundamental contributions to the science and technology of manufacturing processes.

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Robert Gao is the recipient of the 2018 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gauge Award

Robert Gao, the Cady Staley Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been selected to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’
2018 Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award.

Dr. Gao, received the award for the paper entitled “Pressure and Draw-in Maps for Stamping Process Monitoring.”

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Professor Emeritus, Jaikrishnan Kadambi wins American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Henry R. Worthington Medal

The award was established in 1980 to recognize eminent achievement in the field of pumping machinery, systems and concepts.

Dr. Kadambi was honored for extensive educational and research contributions to the design and development of reliable and efficient pumping technologies over the past 20 years, particularly slurry pumps for the fossil fuel and mining industry, and blood-compatible pumps and temporary substitutes for the human heart.

In addition to the medal, Kadambi will receive a $5,000 honorarium.
He will accept the award during the 2018 ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November in Pittsburgh.