Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Robert Gao Honored by Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Robert Gao, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Cady Staley Professor, has received the Eli Whitney Productivity Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Professor Kiju Lee Received a New Grant

Professor Kiju Lee is the PI of a new grant from the CWRU Technology Validation & Start-Up Fund Program, entitled “Interactive e-Cube games for Routine Cognitive Assessment of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease”. The total project budget is $86K, with direct funding of $43K and the rest through a 1:1 cost match provided by the TTO Investment Funds ($16K), the Coulter Pilot Award ($25K awarded before), and other sources, for the period of 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019.
 

Professor Kathryn Daltorio Receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Kathryn Daltorio, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. Daltorio was recognized among 25 recipients who will share $16.5 million in funding to conduct naval-relevant scientific research with direct benefits for sailors and marines.Daltorio will use the funding to advance crab-like robots for amphibious terrain.

Professor Umut Gurkan Received Multiple New Grants from Various Agencies

During Fall 2018, Prof. Gurkan has received a number of new grants from federal agencies and private foundations to support his research and students training activities in the area of biosensing and biomechanics.  The total amount of funding received is $2.3M, with approximately $951K allocated to his group.

Professor Fumiaki Takahashi Received a New NSF Grant

Professor Takahashi is the PI of a new grant from NSF, entitled “Study on Effects of Flame Retardants on Chemically-Inhibited Diffusion Flames”.

This project aims to obtain a better understanding of flame extinguishment and retardation mechanisms by investigating, experimentally and computationally, the structure of methane and propane diffusion flames with halogenated and halogen-free (phosphorus) inhibitors added to the air or fuel.

Professor Ozan Akkus Received Two New Grants

The first grant, entitled “Immunoregenerative treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence by Autologous Macrophage Therapy”, an R21 project, is funded by NIH’s Child Health and Human Development program (NICHD). The total of funding is $440K, for the period of November 2018 - October 2020.

The project aims to develop the next generation biomaterial for treatment of urinary incontinence that affects particularly the women. The approach will unify a novel computer controlled filament winding method with cells extracted from blood to expedite the speed and efficacy of repair.

Professor Robert Gao Received a New NSF Grant

A team of four faculty members from Case Western Reserve University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and University of Florida, have received a $1.5 million collaborative grant from NSF’s National Robotics Initiative. The project, funded for the period of September 15, 2018 – August 31, 2022, is entitled “Manufacturing USA: Intelligent Human-Robot Collaboration for Smart Factory”. 
The project is motivated by the recognition that a strong manufacturing industry is of foundational importance to the nation’s economic prosperity, and investments in manufacturing have a strong multiplying effect on the broader economy.

Professor Ya-Ting Liao Received a New NSF Grant

Professor Ya-Ting Liao received a new grant from NSF’s Combustion and Fire Systems program, entitled "Ignition Propensity of Structural Materials Exposed to Firebrand in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires". The project, funded at $300K, is for the period September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021.

This project will characterize the ignition process of materials caused by firebrand attacks, a key mechanism of wildfire spread into Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) communities.