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CWRU researchers secure $2 million NIH grant to test portable sickle cell monitor

Device designed to personalize treatments and help patients better manage their disease

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University will use a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test a small, portable blood-adhesion monitor for sickle cell disease patients.         

The engineers and doctors hope to make the device as useful as the at-home insulin monitors diabetes patients use to manage their disease.


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Congratulations to Prof. Clare Rimnac on receiving the ORS/OREF Distinguished Investigator Award!

The award recipients will be honored during the ORS 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego.    

Clare Rimnac, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

The ORS/OREF Distinguished Investigator Award will honor an individual with a long-standing, productive career in orthopaedic research. The awardee will have compiled a record of innovative research as evidenced by publications, presentations and sustained research support. He/She will have demonstrated outstanding mentorship of research trainees, service to the professional community and exemplified academic collegiality.


Brilliant is beautiful: Students create video series to offer a new view on engineering

Engineering students Andrew Dupuis and Xyla Foxlin want to disrupt traditionally held beliefs on engineering. So they launched a YouTube channel, “Beauty and the Bolt,” to share their own message: Anyone can be an engineer, and there isn’t a certain way an engineer should look, act or dress.

Their channel features tutorials to give an introduction to basic tools—referred to as the “Zero to Hero” series—with matching project videos for viewers to flex their newfound skills. They also offer informative videos about the technology industry and complete high-level “don’t-try-this-at-home” projects to show a full range of what engineering can do.

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Filling need for fast and accurate assessment of blood’s ability to clot

Filling need for fast and accurate assessment of blood’s ability to clot

Professors at Case Western Reserve University including Drs. Pedram Mohseni, Evi Stavrou, Michael Suster and Umut Gurkan have developed a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than current methods—using only a single drop of blood. Even better, the device provides more information about the blood than existing approaches.

Rapid and accurate assessments are essential to ensuring that patients prone to blood clots—as well as those who have difficulty clotting—receive care appropriate to their conditions.

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Gomez del Campo, EMAE Student, One of Four Innovators Chosen for Energy Department’s New Entrepreneurship Program

He’s been recognized as a rising energy innovator in Forbes “30 under 30” and honored at the White House as an emerging global entrepreneur by President Barack Obama.

Next up for Case Western Reserve University graduate student Felipe Gomez del Campo: He’ll be one of four innovators nationally to participate in a new two-year entrepreneurship program at the U.S.

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Robert Gao Elected to Fellowship in the International Academy for Production Engineering

Robert Gao, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Cady Staley Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the Academy of Fellows of the International Academy for Production Engineering.
Known as CIRP, the French acronym of the organization, the College International pour la Recherche en Productique is the world leading organization in manufacturing-related research. The academy has restricted membership based on demonstrated excellence in research and has some 600 academic and industrial members from 50 industrial countries. 
Fellows are internationally recognized scientists elected to be CIRP members for life, joining an elite group of no more than 175 of the world’s scholars. The maximum number of fellows per country is 15.
Gao joined this year’s class of fellows in August during the 66th General Assembly of CIRP in Portugal.



EMAE PhD Student Mustafa Unal Wins Prestigious Award

Mustafa Unal, a doctoral candidate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, recently was selected to receive the prestigious Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) Student Award.Unal was selected based on his academic achievements and quality of submitted research paper at SciX conference.He works in the lab of Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

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FACSS Awards

PhD Student Peng Wang Won IEEE CASE Best Student Paper Award

EMAE PHD student Peng Wang in the Electromechanical Systems Laboratory directed by Prof. Robert Gao, has won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE).  The conference was organized by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and held in Gothenburg, Sweden during August 24-28, 2015. The title of the paper is "Automated Performance Tracking for Heat Exchangers in HVAC". 

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