Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Umut Gurkan receives funding for health care advancements

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received more than $800,000 in awards and grants to further multiple research projects. One of his main projects, funded by the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, will develop a point-of-care device to monitor and diagnose oral cancer. His team has already developed a microfluidic device that connects to a smartphone and can give results in 15 minutes.

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Bo Li Receives NSF Funding for Fluid Dynamics Research

Bo Li, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the principal investigator of a $400,000, three-year grant from the Fluid Dynamics program of the NSF. The project focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of adhesion mechanics in blood flow through theoretical, numerical and experimental studies, aiming to investigate the relationship between erythrocytes and endothelium proteins.

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Federal planning grant from NSF to help manufacturers and workforce adapt to loT connectivity

The "Internet of Things" (loT) enables smart technologies that are becoming more prevalent in the workforce and everyday lives. The NSF began funding a Smart & Connected Communities program to advance 38 projects involving 34 national institutions, including Case Western Reserve University. Case Western Reserve's project will help manufacturers better use the IoT.

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Roger Quinn receives $2M from NSF to advance robotics research

Roger Quinn, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received more than $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for advanced robotics research. Half will go toward his research studying and modeling the nervous system of insects while the other half will go toward his project developing control algorithms for a hybrid neuroprosthetic walking system.

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Mapping out a biorobotic future: CWRU team publishes in Science Robotics

The interdisciplinary team behind CWRU’s recent biohybrid sea slug robot, including mechanical engineering faculty members Drs. Akkus, Gurkan and Quinn, Professor of Biology Dr. Chiel, and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Webster-Wood, have published a new review in the journal Science Robotics. This review discusses how organic materials can be used for the four fundamental components in robotic systems: Structure, Actuation, Sensing, and Control. For access to the paper, please CLICK HERE.

Mustafa Unal receives international honors for research

Mustafa Unal, a recent alumnus from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) – Turkey Award from Junior Chamber International (JCI) in the category of medical innovation for research conducted at Case Western Reserve.

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CWRU researcher working with NASA, other partners to build small, battery-powered aircraft in next several years

Need to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think.

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Dr. Kiju Lee combining origami with robotics. Thinking outside the box...

Assistant Professor Kiju Lee and her team have developed 3-D-printed models of robots that bend, contract, twist and extend. This robot, named TWISTER (TWISted TowEr Robot), was inspired by an origami twisted tower designed by Japanese artist Mihoko Tachibana. Starting with paper-folded structures similar to origami, Lee's team added three small towers to the larger tower to enable the robot to grab and move objects more delicately. 

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