Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

EMAE PhD Candidate Mustafa Unal’s project has been selected as finalist in the 2016 CIMIT Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare Competition

A project, led by EMAE PhD Student Mustafa Unal, has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Annual Student Technology Prize for Primary Health Care, a national and highly selective competition aimed to encourage graduate and undergraduate engineering students to direct their creative skills toward the needs of primary care. 

The new technology, which has been developed over the past few years in Professor Ozan Akkus’s lab, will enable diagnosis of two common crystals induced arthropathies: gout and pseudogout by a Raman spectroscopy based device. This device will provide a precise, user friendly, expert independent and more informed decision about the presence or absence of crystalline arthritis which is essential for timely inception of therapy or help avoid unnecessary treatments.

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2016 CWRU Baja SAE Season

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 vehicles through rigorous events.

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CWRU Researchers Make Biosensor 1 Million Times More Sensitive

Physicists and engineers at Case Western Reserve University, including   Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, have developed an optical sensor, based on nanostructured metamaterials, that’s 1 million times more sensitive than the current best available—one capable of identifying a single lightweight molecule in a highly dilute solution.
 

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$1.4 Million ARPA-E Grant Aims to Boost Energy Efficiency Nationally

CWRU researchers were awarded a $1.4 million Department of Energy grant to develop software to perform virtual energy audits of light commercial buildings. In addition, the program will enable a building owner to assess energy efficiency and elicit the most cost-effective solutions to energy waste. “Before big data analytics, to pinpoint a building’s efficiency problems, we had to walk through a building, read sensors and conduct blower door and smoke tests,” said Alexis Abramson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “By analyzing at least two years of whole building energy use data, we can uncover some of the same information.”

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Professor to Build Much-Desired Chemical Imager

Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is turning a Raman microscope—one of the workhorses of chemical analysis—into FastRAM, a device that can provide images of materials in seconds to minutes instead of hours to days. The instrument would also allow researchers to analyze dynamic processes such as chemical reactions as they occur, which current technology cannot.

The new technology would reduce the time it takes to make discoveries and the cost of analysis and may provide the first look at a host of dynamic systems, yielding fundamental knowledge of how they operate and insight into how they may be modified to improve output, safety and more.

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EMAE Student, Felipe Gomez de Campo Makes Forbes “30 Under 30” List

Forbes selected Felipe Gomez de Campo, a senior aerospace and mechanical engineering major, in its annual list of the brightest young minds in the country.  Felipe is part of the Forbes 2016 “30 Under 30” list.

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Umut Gurkan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, selected to receive "Rising Star" Award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society

Assistant Professor Dr. Umut Gurkan has been selected to receive the "Rising Star" Award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and Advanced Biomanufacturing (ABioM) Joint Conference, which will be held January 6-10, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "Rising Star" award designates exceptional junior principal investigators and the awardees are invited to give a podium presentation in a special session at the conference. Dr. Gurkan is one of six awardees selected internationally.

Congratulations to Professor Roger Quinn!

It is our pleasure to inform you that ASME has elected Professor Roger Quinn as an ASME Fellow. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Quinn on this well-deserved honor!

What is a Fellow?

Dr. Quinn has the privilege of being one of only 3,437 Fellows out of 123,857 ASME members.