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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s Umut Gurkan receives innovation award

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has won the $7,500 Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Award from the Center for Clinical Research and Technology at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center.
Gurkan discussed his award-winning project, “Functional Complete Blood Count for Children with Sickle Cell Disease via Easy-to-Use Biochip,” at UH’s fifth annual Belcher-Weir Family Pediatric Innovation Day in October. His research will explore using biochip technology to improve monitoring and care for children with sickle cell disease.


Engineering grad program named among the best by

Case Western Reserve earned top spots in two categories of’s list of the country’s best engineering graduate school programs.
The university was named No. 2 in the country in both career support and academic competitiveness.

Attention engineering faculty and students: Volunteers needed for upcoming Engineering Challenges Carnival

The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center and the Division of Education and Student Programs are partnering with the Great Lakes Science Center to host an Engineering Challenges Carnival for local youth on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers are a crucial part of this event, and many will be needed this year. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage children in learning about science and engineering through demonstrations and hands-on activities. More than 1,000 students and family members are expected to attend.

Research team building an MRI-guided robotic heart catheter

In a matter of years, a doctor may see real-time images of a patient’s beating heart and steer a robotic catheter through its chambers using the push and pull of magnetic fields while the patient lies inside a magnetic resonance imager.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to perfect such technology over the next four years.

Biomedical engineering researchers aim nanotechnology at micrometastases

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received two grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to build nanoparticles that seek and destroy metastases too small to be detected with current technologies.
They are targeting aggressive cancers that persist through traditional chemotherapy and can form new tumors. The stealthy travel and growth of micrometastases is the hallmark of metastatic disease, the cause of most cancer deaths worldwide.