Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Engineering student Lauren Smith honored by Aviation Week magazine

Engineering student Lauren Smith honored by Aviation Week magazine 

Mechanical and aerospace engineering student Lauren Smith has been named to Aviation Week magazine’s Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The Twenty20s list. The awards recognize top engineering, math, science and technology students, and connects the next generation of aerospace and defense talent with established leaders who have created many of the “firsts” driving the innovation in the 21st century.

Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree as a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve in 2013 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from her alma mater.

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CSE’s Umut Gurkan named among top innovators by MIT Technology Review

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s Innovators Under 35 – Turkey list.
The magazine has been compiling the list of scientists and innovators whose work is transforming the world’s technology for more than a decade. Gurkan accepted the award and presented his work at the awards ceremony Sept. 17 in Istanbul.

The award was based on Gurkan’s work on developing a biochip for sickle cell anemia, a new microfluidic approach that analyzes the biophysical properties of patient’s red blood cells to monitor and control the disease. 

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Dr. Kiju Lee receives a grant from NSF

Professor Kiju Lee received a grant from National Science Foundation to investigate clinical effectiveness of the SIG-Blocks technology developed under her prior NSF grant for assessing and training cognitive skills in patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and further evaluating commercial opportunities of the technology. This project is conducted in collaboration with

Mike Allan in Technology Transfer Office at CWRU and Sara Heinz and Ronald G. Riechers

at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. 

Energy, engineering & entrepreneurship class begins at CWRU

The course—Energy, Engineering & Entrepreneurship is supported by National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Case School of Engineering, Weatherhead School of Management and Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI).

The program is designed to encourage technical innovation in advanced energy. Our member of the faculty, Dr. Alexis Abramson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the lead instructor. Dr. Michael Goldberg and Dr. Mindy Baierl are assisting with the course.

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Associate dean of research Clare Rimnac elected director of ASEE Engineering Research Council board

Dr. Clare Rimnac, associate dean of research and Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, has been elected as a director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Research Council Board of Directors.
The council is composed of members from the organization’s university, industrial and government members. It provides a forum for the discussion of issues and exchange of information about the research activities of ASEE members, represents research interests externally and within the ASEE and serves as a liaison with other organizations concerned with research and its administration.
Rimnac’s three-year term as director began June 16. 

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Research from Akkus lab is in the news

Dr. Ozan Akkus receives a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for research in artificial replacement rotator cuffs and other large tendon groups. Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has already devised a technique to reconstitute collagen—a building block of tendons—into tough fibers and induce adult stem cells to grow into tendons on those fibers.

Baja SAE

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate competition, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, where students design, build, test, and race an off-road vehicle.

National competitions are held every summer, where teams from every state and countries around the world put their vehicle through rigorous events. The CWRU Baja team first competed in 2001 and has since competed at twelve national Baja SAE competitions.

This is was the first time in 13 years that the CWRU team successfully competed in two internationally sanctioned events hosted by SAE - In the second, the team tied its best ever finish of 42nd place overall in a field of 119 cars. Our team was pretty excited, and has pretty solid plans to improve upon this in the next year.

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Dr. Umut Gurkan and his team received a Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Annual Pilot Award.

A research team led by Dr. Umut Gurkan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received $50k Annual Pilot Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Cleveland funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). CTSC Annual Pilot Program supports innovative translational research projects focused on the invention and preclinical development of novel technologies to address unmet clinical needs. In this project, Dr. Gurkan is working with Dr. Jane Little, Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology, Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program, University Hospitals, and Dr. Connie Piccone, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Clinical Director of Pediatric Sickle Cell Anemia Center, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The team is working to develop a new hemoglobin test for newborns using micro/nano technologies.

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