Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Barnhart For Receiving The J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award For Excellence In Undergraduate Mentoring!

The Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring recognizes the positive impact Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff have on the lives of students. It was  established by J. Bruce Jackson, Adelbert '52, in honor of Dean Carl F. Wittke, who served as an advisor, mentor, and friend to Dr. Jackson when he was an undergraduate student at Western Reserve University.

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Best Poster Award for Mustafa Unal from Prof. Ozan Akkus Lab

MAE graduate student Mustafa Unal's poster entitled “A Novel Method to Assess Bone Quality” was selected as one of the best posters in Northeast Ohio Musculoskeletal Research Retreat on Saturday, April 25, 2015 organized by CWRU Department of Orthopaedic. His poster was among top 3 posters in PhD level competition.

Dr. Jaikrishnan Kadambi Wins ASME Fluids Engineering Division Award

Dr. Jaikrishnan Kadambi, Professor and Associate Chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the recipient of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division’s “2015 Sankaraiyer Gopalakrishnan-Flowserve Pump Technology Award”. 

In keeping with Dr. Gopalkrishnan's dedication to the education of the next generation of expert pump engineers, the Sankaraiyer Gopalakrishnan-Flowserve Pump Technology Award, conferred biannually, recognizes an individual with the potential of being the next generation's expert pump engineer, who has at least 5 to 10 years of experience in the pump field as documented through publications and testimonials of peers and co-workers.

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A National Recognition for Mousa Younesi from Prof. Ozan Akkus Lab

MAE graduate student Mousa Younesi’s, paper entitled “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Pellet Delivery Platform for Functional Repair of Cartilage” was designated as an outstanding contribution to the Society For Biomaterials’ 2015 Annual Meeting. 

The Education and Professional Development Committee of the Society has awarded Mousa with a STAR (Student Travel Achievement Recognition).

His work was among 25 submissions selected out of 300 students.

This recognition will be announced during the opening ceremony in Charlotte, NC,
on Wednesday, April 15. 

Congratulations on receiving this honor!

STAR Awards

Locomotion Challenges

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduate student, Lauren Smith, assembles one of her tri-wheel mechanisms in NASA Glenn’s Innovations Lab. Smith is working at Glenn to solve locomotion challenges on search and rescue vehicles. Her unique gearing system also has applications for extraterrestrial robots.

Smith was recently named to Aviation Week magazine’s Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: the Twenty20s list, which recognizes the next generation of aerospace talent. 

NASA Glenn recently featured Lauren Smith with her research project with Dr. Quinn on their Instagram account.

Congratulations to MAE Professor Kiju Lee

Dr. Kiju Lee is the recipient of the January 2015 Garverick Innovation Incentive Program 
at the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center.

Dr. Lee’s project titled “Development and Preliminary Evaluation of Wearable Bio-Social Sensors for Older Veterans Living in a Community Living Center” proposes to develop a unique bio-social sensor system that can facilitate the assessment of biological, behavioral, social, and physical environmental data and the examination of their interactive roles and relative importance.

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Biorobotics Team, Led by Dr. Roger Quinn, featured in CNN News Article about Autonomous Snowplow Competition

Sick and tired of plowing your driveway during these Cleveland winters? Well, so are we! And the Case Autonomous Snowplow Team led by Dr. Roger Quinn is here to make sure that humans plowing snow becomes a thing of the past! Ten students, ranging from 1st year to PhD, as well as an adviser from our corporate sponsor, MTD, will be making the trek up to St. Paul from the 22nd to the 25th of January to compete in the 5th annual ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition. This national competition brings in teams from all over Midwest to compete for a prize pool of $15,000. Robot performance, as well a professional report and presentation on all aspects of the robot, will be used to determine a winner. Please join us in supporting the team! And, check back soon for the results.

CNN Article

Sickle cell research using biochip technology advances at University Hospitals, CWRU

A new study that recently began enrolling patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center is using biochip technology that one day may help physicians better manage the treatment of patients with sickle cell disease. The biochip technology determines the "stickiness" of red blood cells – a quality that physicians think can indicate something about disease activity. One of the big benefits of the biochip technology – developed by a team led by Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University – is that it provides important information with just a few drops of blood from patients, and without drastically changing the blood's composition. In December 2014, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, the UH and CWRU researchers presented results of an earlier study launched in late 2013. Based on the promising findings, researchers have begun obtaining consent from child and adult sickle cell patients to use their blood samples for the new study. While previous research has been done in a small number of patients, the biochip technology makes it possible to analyze blood samples from hundreds of patients.

(Based on an article by Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer)

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