Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Outstanding Paper Award

Dr. Robert Gao, together with his present and former Ph.D. students Peng Wang and Jinjiang Wang, received the Outstanding Paper Award from the 45th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), held in June 2017 at the University of Southern California.  This annual international conference was sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

EMAE Faculty, Professor Bo Li Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Three Case Western Reserve University junior faculty members have received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants, totaling nearly $1.7 million.

The five-year grants support research into:

  • Movements of nanoparticles through confined spaces, with applications to food source security and water purification;
  • The formation and regulation of protein bonds between cells; and
  • A deep look into the physics and variables in 3-D printing processes of metal parts.

The research projects also include education, mentorship and outreach to graduate, undergraduate and K-12 students.

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CWRU places two of top three finishers in national student startup competition at South by Southwest

Having two of the nation’s top eight qualifiers for the final round of South by Southwest’s (SXSW) “Student Startup Madness” competition was already impressive.

To have both student entrepreneurial teams from Case Western Reserve University finish among the top three in the country this week was beyond special.

“Stunning results,” said Bob Sopko, director of CWRU LaunchNet, who accompanied the student teams to Austin and admitted getting “a little choked up” when the results were announced. “The CWRU teams did an outstanding job connecting their tech innovations to real human needs. We were honored to make it to the top eight, and stunned to have two of the top finishers. The competition was very difficult.”

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Applied Mechanics Reviews Audio Interview: Prof. Emeritus Simon Ostrach

Recognized by NASA as a giant in heat transfer research, Prof. Simon Ostrach received the inaugural ASME Heat Transfer Division Memorial Award in 1975 and attained membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1978 for his fundamental discoveries in the field of buoyancy-driven convection. This AMR audio interview paints a remarkable picture of six decades of intellectual leadership and advocacy, including his work as principal investigator on two NASA Spacelab missions in 1992 and 1995 that investigated surface-tension driven convection under microgravity conditions, his commitment to the rigorous integration of research and design, and his, at one time, insatiable appetite for the thrills of weightless flight on the NASA “Vomit Comet.”

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Case Western Reserve University brought home the 1st place prize from the 7th annual ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition, held in St. Paul, Minnesota

The purpose of this competition is to challenge university and college students to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow to remove snow from a designated path, while avoiding obstacles. The objectives of this competition include encouraging students to utilize the state of the art in navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately, and safely clear a path of snow.

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CWRU researchers secure $2 million NIH grant to test portable sickle cell monitor

Device designed to personalize treatments and help patients better manage their disease

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University will use a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test a small, portable blood-adhesion monitor for sickle cell disease patients.         

The engineers and doctors hope to make the device as useful as the at-home insulin monitors diabetes patients use to manage their disease.

 

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Congratulations to Prof. Clare Rimnac on receiving the ORS/OREF Distinguished Investigator Award!

The award recipients will be honored during the ORS 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego.    

Clare Rimnac, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

The ORS/OREF Distinguished Investigator Award will honor an individual with a long-standing, productive career in orthopaedic research. The awardee will have compiled a record of innovative research as evidenced by publications, presentations and sustained research support. He/She will have demonstrated outstanding mentorship of research trainees, service to the professional community and exemplified academic collegiality.

 

Brilliant is beautiful: Students create video series to offer a new view on engineering

Engineering students Andrew Dupuis and Xyla Foxlin want to disrupt traditionally held beliefs on engineering. So they launched a YouTube channel, “Beauty and the Bolt,” to share their own message: Anyone can be an engineer, and there isn’t a certain way an engineer should look, act or dress.

Their channel features tutorials to give an introduction to basic tools—referred to as the “Zero to Hero” series—with matching project videos for viewers to flex their newfound skills. They also offer informative videos about the technology industry and complete high-level “don’t-try-this-at-home” projects to show a full range of what engineering can do.

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