Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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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.

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CWRU Team led by EMAE’s Graduate Student Yunus Alapan has won the first place in 2014 NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future Design Contest in Medical Category

Yunus Alapan, EMAE graduate student and PhD candidate in Case Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory led by Umut Gurkan, has won the first prize in Medical Category in 2014 NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future Design Contest. CWRU Team lead by Yunus utilized a microengineered design in developing HemeChip, a new device that can identify hemoglobin type in a drop of blood rapidly to diagnose hemoglobin disorders in newborns early.

Read more about the contest


A grant from NASA for Dr. Kamotani

We are proud to announce that Professor Yasuhiro Kamotani received a grant from NASA totaling $ 660,000 to perform a two-phase flow experiment in space. Professor  Jay Kadambi is the Co-I of the project. They are preparing an experiment to be performed aboard the International Space Station
around 2019.

See photos


Engineering student Lauren Smith honored by Aviation Week magazine 

Mechanical and aerospace engineering student Lauren Smith has been named to Aviation Week magazine’s Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The Twenty20s list. The awards recognize top engineering, math, science and technology students, and connects the next generation of aerospace and defense talent with established leaders who have created many of the “firsts” driving the innovation in the 21st century.

Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree as a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve in 2013 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from her alma mater.

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CSE’s Umut Gurkan named among top innovators by MIT Technology Review

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s Innovators Under 35 – Turkey list.
The magazine has been compiling the list of scientists and innovators whose work is transforming the world’s technology for more than a decade. Gurkan accepted the award and presented his work at the awards ceremony Sept. 17 in Istanbul.

The award was based on Gurkan’s work on developing a biochip for sickle cell anemia, a new microfluidic approach that analyzes the biophysical properties of patient’s red blood cells to monitor and control the disease. 

Learn more about the award   


Dr. Kiju Lee receives a grant from NSF 

Professor Kiju Lee received a grant from National Science Foundation to investigate clinical effectiveness of the SIG-Blocks technology developed under her prior NSF grant for assessing and training cognitive skills in patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and further evaluating commercial opportunities of the technology. This project is conducted in collaboration with
Mike Allan in Technology Transfer Office at CWRU and Sara Heinz and Ronald G. Riechers
at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. 


Energy, engineering & entrepreneurship class begins at CWRU

The course—Energy, Engineering & Entrepreneurship is supported by National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Case School of Engineering, Weatherhead School of Management and Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI).

The program is designed to encourage technical innovation in advanced energy. Our member of the faculty, Dr. Alexis Abramson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the lead instructor. Dr. Michael Goldberg and Dr. Mindy Baierl are assisting with the course.

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Associate dean of research Clare Rimnac elected director of ASEE Engineering Research Council board

Dr. Clare Rimnac, associate dean of research and Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, has been elected as a director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Research Council Board of Directors.
The council is composed of members from the organization’s university, industrial and government members. It provides a forum for the discussion of issues and exchange of information about the research activities of ASEE members, represents research interests externally and within the ASEE and serves as a liaison with other organizations concerned with research and its administration.
Rimnac’s three-year term as director began June 16. 

Click here to learn more about Clare Rimnac’s research


Research from Akkus lab is in the news

Dr. Ozan Akkus receives a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for research in artificial replacement rotator cuffs and other large tendon groups. Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has already devised a technique to reconstitute collagen—a building block of tendons—into tough fibers and induce adult stem cells to grow into tendons on those fibers.

To read more, go to the article 


Baja SAE

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 vehicle through rigorous events. The CWRU Baja team first competed in 2001 and has since competed at twelve national Baja SAE competitions.

This is was the first time in 13 years that the CWRU team successfully competed in two internationally sanctioned events hosted by SAE - In the second, the team tied its best ever finish of 42nd place overall in a field of 119 cars. Our team was pretty excited, and has pretty solid plans to improve upon this in the next year.

Read about CWRU Baja


Dr. Umut Gurkan and his team received a Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Annual Pilot Award.

A research team led by Dr. Umut Gurkan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received $50k Annual Pilot Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Cleveland funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). CTSC Annual Pilot Program supports innovative translational research projects focused on the invention and preclinical development of novel technologies to address unmet clinical needs. In this project, Dr. Gurkan is working with Dr. Jane Little, Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology, Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program, University Hospitals, and Dr. Connie Piccone, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Clinical Director of Pediatric Sickle Cell Anemia Center, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The team is working to develop a new hemoglobin test for newborns using micro/nano technologies.

CTSC Annual Pilot Award Awardees:


Hats off to graduates!

“I urge all of you proud graduates of 2014 today to put down on paper the seven goals of your life for the coming five years. Be realistic. Be creative. Never limit yourself. Put down goals, which are feasible within the context of your country and its realities and limitations. Never underestimate your own God-given powers”, said the speaker for the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2014, an International mediator and peacekeeper, Mohamed Ibn Chambas at the commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

About 2,000 graduates received their degrees.

Please keep following your heart! Congratulations to all!


Case Western Reserve University MAE team took part in national Chainless Challenge

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Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ozan Akkus Inducted into American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellows

Five Case Western Reserve University faculty members have been inductedinto the 2014 class of the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows.
This year’s inductees include: Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; James Basilion, associate professor of biomedical engineering; Erin Lavik, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering; Zheng-Rong Lu, the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and Ronald Triolo, professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering.
The AIMBE College of Fellows is composed of the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country, and fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research and innovation.
Akkus, Basilion, Lavik, Lu and Triolo join 18 other Case Western Reserve faculty members in the AIMBE College of Fellows.


CSE’s Sunniva Collins wins Technical Educator Award

Sunniva Collins, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been honored by the Cleveland Technical Societies Council with its 2014 Technical Educator Award.
The award is bestowed annually to individuals in the field of engineering who have demonstrated outstanding performance, creative ability and technical conduct in their profession.
Collins will accept her award at the organization’s annual Scholarship & Achievement Awards event on Monday, May 5.


Dr. Umut Gurkan and his team received grant to continue sickle cell research

A research team led by Dr. Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received $486,000 from the Doris Duke Foundation to continue its work on sickle cell disease. The team is working to help predict acute crises and monitor the effectiveness of treatments.


The Case School of Engineering in U.S. News & World Report magazine

U.S. News & World Report: The Case School of Engineering is highlighted as having one of the largest climbs in the magazine’s engineering program rankings, jumping from No. 51 to 46.

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