• Mousa Younesi receives Acta Student Award!

Mousa Younesi has been selected to receive Acta Student Award from the American Society for Metals (ASM). The award will be presented at the upcoming MS&T 2017 Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on October 9, 2017. Mousa will receive a prize worth of $2000. Congratulations Mousa for your achievement.

  • Umit Levent Erol has been awarded $2450 from Case ThinkBox (February 10, 2017)

Umit Levent Erol has been awarded a grant of $2450 from the Case ThinkBox for his project.

  • Mustafa Unal received the FACSS Student Award 
Unal was selected based on his academic achievements and quality of submitted research paper at SciX conference, were held on Sept. 18-23 in Minneapolis,MN.
The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) Student Award is one of the oldest student awards programs in USA
  • "Collaborative research participated by Akkus Lab is featured in NPR's Science Friday" (7/22/2016)

For details visit the following link

  • Mustafa Unal honored with the prestigious international young investigator award (5/25/2016)
Mustafa Unal has been selected to receive “Osteoarthritis Young Investigator Award” at the 46th International Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology, which will be held August 7-10, in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Osteoarthritis Young Investigator Award given by Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) is a prestigious international recognition for young scientist in the field of Osteoarthritis Research. This prestigious award annually recognizes only one young scientist who may be graduate student, post-doctoral fellow or assistant professor from around the world. With this international recognition, Mustafa Unal is honored to give a presentation at the meeting and to receive $1,000.00 monetary award (Travel Grant). 
Congratulations to Mustafa for this prestigious international recognition!
  • Mustafa Unal selected as finalist in the 2016 CIMIT Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare Competition (5/15/2016)

Mustafa Unal’s project has been selected as one of the exclusive list of ten finalists in the 2016 CIMIT Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare Competition. With this honor, Mustafa and his team have received $10,000 for research expenses and to prepare for the full application in August 2016, in which they will compete for three top prizes: $150,000, $100,000, or $50,000.

The proposed new technology in the project, which has been developed over the past few years in our lab, will enable diagnosis of two common crystals inducedarthropathies: gout and pseudogout outside major healthcare settings where majority of the patients are treated and 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.

The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) Prize for Primary Health Care is a national and highly selective competition aimed to encourage engineering students to apply their creative skills to the development of technological innovations in the domain of primary care.


Congratulations to Mustafa for this distinguished national recognition!



  • Congratulations to Dr. Li on his successful defense (3/27/2016)

Dr. Bolan Li's successful defense.

  • Mustafa Unal's Young Investigator Award is highlighted in Turkish National News!
  • Vickie Webster wins the best poster award. (8-6-2015)

Several members of the Mechanical Engineering Department presented at the Living Machines 2015 conference in Barcelona, Spain July 28-31.  Victoria Webster won the Jaques de Vaucanson Best Poster Award for her interdisciplinary work with Emma Hawley from Biomedical Engineering, Professors Ozan Akkus and Roger Quinn from Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Hillel Chiel from Biology on the ‘Fabrication of Electrocompacted Aligned Collagen Morphs for Cardiomyocyte Powered Living Machines’.

Information about the conference can be found here.
  • Congratulations to our undergraduate researchers for successful completion of their summer projects (7-31-2015)
Jill Patel
Jill patel
Emma Hawley
Emma Hawley
Rachel Hammond
Rachel Hammond
Maya Mason
Maya Mason
  • Mustafa Unal Received Baxter Young Investigator Award! (7/29/2015)
    Orthopaedic Bioengineering Lab member Mustafa Unal has been selected as a Baxter Young Investigator for his research entitled “Assessment of Bone Quality by Novel Spectroscopic Biomarkers” in the category of “Instrumental & Analytical Sciences"
    The Baxter Young Investigator Award is highly competitive annual award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the US. Baxter International Inc. annually recognizes the high caliber of students’ academic and research efforts and congratulates them on their valuable contributions to healthcare science, as they are selected as a Baxter Young Investigator.
    Congratulations on receiving this honor!
  • Akkus Lab Alumnus Professor Kishore at SFB meeting (4-16-2015)

  • Dr.Akkus is presented with an appreciation following his plenary presentation given at the Annual Meeting of Turkish Biomechanics Society in Isparta Turkey. (posted 12-31-2014)

  • Dr. Akkus was among the faculty of NSF Internatio nal Workshop on Multiscale Mechanobio logy at Hong Kong (5-17-2014).

  • Tim Ashworth received a graduation award "Honors with Distinction in Research" from Case Medical School. (5-11-2015)
  • Mustafa Unal got the PhD level best poster award at Northeast Ohio Musculoskeletal Research Retreat. (4-25-2015)
  • Mousa Younesi and Anowarul Islam each presented at SFB meeting. (4-18-2015)
  • Recent funding to the Akkus lab makes the headlines: (6-24-2014)
  • Akkus lab will be represented at the World Congress of Biomechanics with three podium and two poster presentations. Lab members Mousa Younesi, Anowarul Islam, Mustafa Unal and Hyungjin Jung will be attending the conference early July. (6-24-2014)
  • Mousa Younesi and Anowarul Islam gave three podium presentations in the Society for Biomaterials meeting at Denver, April 2014. (4-17-2014)
  • Andrew Dragunas presenting his work in regional ASB Meeting. See "". (3-28-2014)
  • Dr. Akkus has been elected as the Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Bioengineering . (1-24-2014)
  • Bolan Li and Shan Yang published their study on gout in the esteemed journal "Analyst". (1-24-2014)
  • Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Vipuil Kishore on his faculty position in Florida Institute of Technology.
  • Dr. Yang and Bolan Li each presented at the CLEO conference.
  • Dr. Kishore and Mousa Younesi presented at the ASME Summer Bioengineering Meeting.
  • OBL Lab received two research grant from the National Science Foundation during the course of past year.
  • Congratulations to Scott Van Dyke for successful defense of his PhD.
  • Hyung Jung presented his work at European Society of Biomechanics Congress at Patras Greece.