Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

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.

CTSC Annual Pilot Award Awardees: http://casemed.case.edu/ctsc/awardees/

Hats off to graduates!

“I urge all of you proud graduates of 2014 today to put down on paper the seven goals of your life for the coming five years. Be realistic. Be creative. Never limit yourself. Put down goals, which are feasible within the context of your country and its realities and limitations. Never underestimate your own God-given powers”, said the speaker for the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2014, an International mediator and peacekeeper, Mohamed Ibn Chambas at the commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

About 2,000 graduates received their degrees.

Please keep following your heart! Congratulations to all!

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ozan Akkus Inducted into American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellows

Five Case Western Reserve University faculty members have been inductedinto the 2014 class of the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows.

This year’s inductees include: Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; James Basilion, associate professor of biomedical engineering; Erin Lavik, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering; Zheng-Rong Lu, the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and Ronald Triolo, professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering.

The AIMBE College of Fellows is composed of the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country, and fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research and innovation.

Akkus, Basilion, Lavik, Lu and Triolo join 18 other Case Western Reserve faculty members in the AIMBE College of Fellows.

CSE’s Sunniva Collins wins Technical Educator Award

Sunniva Collins, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been honored by the Cleveland Technical Societies Council with its 2014 Technical Educator Award.
The award is bestowed annually to individuals in the field of engineering who have demonstrated outstanding performance, creative ability and technical conduct in their profession.
Collins will accept her award at the organization’s annual Scholarship & Achievement Awards event on Monday, May 5.

Dr. Umut Gurkan and his team received grant to continue sickle cell research

A research team led by Dr. Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received $486,000 from the Doris Duke Foundation to continue its work on sickle cell disease. The team is working to help predict acute crises and monitor the effectiveness of treatments.

The Case School of Engineering in U.S. News & World Report magazine

U.S. News & World Report: The Case School of Engineering is highlighted as having one of the largest climbs in the magazine’s engineering program rankings, jumping from No. 51 to 46.

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