Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Filling need for fast and accurate assessment of blood’s ability to clot

Filling need for fast and accurate assessment of blood’s ability to clot

Professors at Case Western Reserve University including Drs. Pedram Mohseni, Evi Stavrou, Michael Suster and Umut Gurkan have developed a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than current methods—using only a single drop of blood. Even better, the device provides more information about the blood than existing approaches.

Rapid and accurate assessments are essential to ensuring that patients prone to blood clots—as well as those who have difficulty clotting—receive care appropriate to their conditions.

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Gomez del Campo, EMAE Student, One of Four Innovators Chosen for Energy Department’s New Entrepreneurship Program

He’s been recognized as a rising energy innovator in Forbes “30 under 30” and honored at the White House as an emerging global entrepreneur by President Barack Obama.

Next up for Case Western Reserve University graduate student Felipe Gomez del Campo: He’ll be one of four innovators nationally to participate in a new two-year entrepreneurship program at the U.S.

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Robert Gao Elected to Fellowship in the International Academy for Production Engineering

Robert Gao, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Cady Staley Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the Academy of Fellows of the International Academy for Production Engineering.
Known as CIRP, the French acronym of the organization, the College International pour la Recherche en Productique is the world leading organization in manufacturing-related research. The academy has restricted membership based on demonstrated excellence in research and has some 600 academic and industrial members from 50 industrial countries. 
Fellows are internationally recognized scientists elected to be CIRP members for life, joining an elite group of no more than 175 of the world’s scholars. The maximum number of fellows per country is 15.
Gao joined this year’s class of fellows in August during the 66th General Assembly of CIRP in Portugal.



EMAE PhD Student Mustafa Unal Wins Prestigious Award

Mustafa Unal, a doctoral candidate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, recently was selected to receive the prestigious Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) Student Award.Unal was selected based on his academic achievements and quality of submitted research paper at SciX conference.He works in the lab of Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

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FACSS Awards

PhD Student Peng Wang Won IEEE CASE Best Student Paper Award

EMAE PHD student Peng Wang in the Electromechanical Systems Laboratory directed by Prof. Robert Gao, has won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE).  The conference was organized by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and held in Gothenburg, Sweden during August 24-28, 2015. The title of the paper is "Automated Performance Tracking for Heat Exchangers in HVAC". 

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EMAE PhD Candidate Mustafa Unal’s project has been selected as finalist in the 2016 CIMIT Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare Competition

A project, led by EMAE PhD Student Mustafa Unal, has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Annual Student Technology Prize for Primary Health Care, a national and highly selective competition aimed to encourage graduate and undergraduate engineering students to direct their creative skills toward the needs of primary care. 

The new technology, which has been developed over the past few years in Professor Ozan Akkus’s lab, will enable diagnosis of two common crystals induced arthropathies: gout and pseudogout by a Raman spectroscopy based device. This device will provide a precise, user friendly, expert independent and more informed decision about the presence or absence of crystalline arthritis which is essential for timely inception of therapy or help avoid unnecessary treatments.

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2016 CWRU Baja SAE Season

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 vehicles through rigorous events.

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CWRU Researchers Make Biosensor 1 Million Times More Sensitive

Physicists and engineers at Case Western Reserve University, including   Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, have developed an optical sensor, based on nanostructured metamaterials, that’s 1 million times more sensitive than the current best available—one capable of identifying a single lightweight molecule in a highly dilute solution.

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