Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

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.

Mustafa Unal receives international honors for research

Mustafa Unal, a recent alumnus from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) – Turkey Award from Junior Chamber International (JCI) in the category of medical innovation for research conducted at Case Western Reserve.

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CWRU researcher working with NASA, other partners to build small, battery-powered aircraft in next several years

Need to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think.

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Dr. Kiju Lee combining origami with robotics. Thinking outside the box...

Assistant Professor Kiju Lee and her team have developed 3-D-printed models of robots that bend, contract, twist and extend. This robot, named TWISTER (TWISted TowEr Robot), was inspired by an origami twisted tower designed by Japanese artist Mihoko Tachibana. Starting with paper-folded structures similar to origami, Lee's team added three small towers to the larger tower to enable the robot to grab and move objects more delicately. 

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MAE Professor Ya-Ting Liao’s engineering experiment will be sent into microgravity by NSF and CASIS.

Research begins during fall 2017 on the following three-year, collaborative projects:

  • Flame spread in confined spaces — study of the interactions between flame and surrounding walls, led by Ya-Ting Liao of Case Western Reserve University and Paul Ferkul of the Universities Space Research Association (1740478)
  • Spherical cool diffusion flames burning gaseous fuels, led by Peter Sunderland of the University of Maryland (1740490), Richard Axelbaum of Washington University (1740471) and Forman Williams of UC San Diego (1740499)
  • Thermally activated directional mobility of vapor bubbles in microgravity using microstructured surfaces, led by Sushil Bhavnani of Auburn University (1740515) and Vinod Narayanan of UC Davis (1740506)  

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Mousa Younesi Acta Student Award

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student, Mousa Younesi, who was selected to receive an Acta Student Award for his primary contribution to the manuscript, "Heparinized collagen sutures for sustained delivery of PDGF-BB: Delivery profile and effects on tendon derived cell In-Vitro", Acta BioMaterialia

The field of nominees was very impressive, and the task of selecting winners was challenging.  Not only did his paper demonstrate exceptional value to the biomaterials community, but his personal credentials and recommendations were also exemplary.

This award came with a prize of $2,000 and will be presented at the MS&T 2017 Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on October 9, 2017, during the ASM Leadership Luncheon.  

Dr. Chris Yuan won First Place in the RAMP National Competition

Research by Dr. Chris Yuan, Associate Professor and his students on "Sustainable Manufacturing Analysis of Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 Dielectric Thin Films" has won First Place award in the Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes (RAMP) National Competition on sustainable manufacturing for modeling manufacturing processes.  The competition is co-organized by NIST, NSF, ASTM and ASME.