Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

$1.4 Million ARPA-E Grant Aims to Boost Energy Efficiency Nationally

CWRU researchers were awarded a $1.4 million Department of Energy grant to develop software to perform virtual energy audits of light commercial buildings. In addition, the program will enable a building owner to assess energy efficiency and elicit the most cost-effective solutions to energy waste. “Before big data analytics, to pinpoint a building’s efficiency problems, we had to walk through a building, read sensors and conduct blower door and smoke tests,” said Alexis Abramson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “By analyzing at least two years of whole building energy use data, we can uncover some of the same information.”

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Professor to Build Much-Desired Chemical Imager

Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is turning a Raman microscope—one of the workhorses of chemical analysis—into FastRAM, a device that can provide images of materials in seconds to minutes instead of hours to days. The instrument would also allow researchers to analyze dynamic processes such as chemical reactions as they occur, which current technology cannot.

The new technology would reduce the time it takes to make discoveries and the cost of analysis and may provide the first look at a host of dynamic systems, yielding fundamental knowledge of how they operate and insight into how they may be modified to improve output, safety and more.

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EMAE Student, Felipe Gomez de Campo Makes Forbes “30 Under 30” List

Forbes selected Felipe Gomez de Campo, a senior aerospace and mechanical engineering major, in its annual list of the brightest young minds in the country.  Felipe is part of the Forbes 2016 “30 Under 30” list.

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Umut Gurkan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, selected to receive "Rising Star" Award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society

Assistant Professor Dr. Umut Gurkan has been selected to receive the "Rising Star" Award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and Advanced Biomanufacturing (ABioM) Joint Conference, which will be held January 6-10, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "Rising Star" award designates exceptional junior principal investigators and the awardees are invited to give a podium presentation in a special session at the conference. Dr. Gurkan is one of six awardees selected internationally.

Congratulations to Professor Roger Quinn!

It is our pleasure to inform you that ASME has elected Professor Roger Quinn as an ASME Fellow. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Quinn on this well-deserved honor!

What is a Fellow?

Dr. Quinn has the privilege of being one of only 3,437 Fellows out of 123,857 ASME members.

Being a Fellow is truly a distinction among ASME members

By continuing to honor its members by elevating them to the grade of Fellow, ASME ensures its commitment to its vision to “be an essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals throughout the world for solutions that benefit humankind.”


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James T'ien, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, honored by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

James T’ien, the Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2015 Space Processing Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Congratulations to Biologically Inspireed Robotics Team!

A CWRU team of neuroscientists and engineers from Biology and Biorobotics, led by
Professor Roger Quinn and Professor Hillel Chiel, presented posters on their research at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Chicago.There were more than 28,000 registrants at the meeting.    

A news article was written on the team’s worm robot:

The Earthworm's Surprising Superpowers Inspired This Biomimetic Worm-Bot

Congratulations to the Biologically Inspired Robotics team!