Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Being a Fellow is truly a distinction among ASME members

By continuing to honor its members by elevating them to the grade of Fellow, ASME ensures its commitment to its vision to “be an essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals throughout the world for solutions that benefit humankind.”


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James T'ien, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, honored by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

James T’ien, the Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2015 Space Processing Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Congratulations to Biologically Inspireed Robotics Team!

A CWRU team of neuroscientists and engineers from Biology and Biorobotics, led by
Professor Roger Quinn and Professor Hillel Chiel, presented posters on their research at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Chicago.There were more than 28,000 registrants at the meeting.    

A news article was written on the team’s worm robot:

The Earthworm's Surprising Superpowers Inspired This Biomimetic Worm-Bot

Congratulations to the Biologically Inspired Robotics team!

EMAE’s Umut Gurkan and Team Receive Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership Award

A research team led by Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership award to validate and field test HemeChip technology for point-of-care diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in newborns in resource-limited countries.

With this award, the team will validate the HemeChip technology by screening up to 5,000 babies over the next year in collaboration with Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in Accra, Ghana.

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Scientific illustration credit: Grace Gongaware,
Cleveland Institute of Art Student


CWRU, NASA and Fire Departments Team to Protect Firefighters

CWRU, NASA and Fire Departments Team to Protect Firefighters

Dr. Fumiaki Takahashi: who has recently joined EMAE department, has been awarded a $1.5 million Assistance to Firefighters/Fire Prevention and Safety grant by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  His research team will build prototype sensors to alert structural and wildland firefighters of hazards in the air. Dr. Takahashi has already conducted a FEMA-supported one-year preliminary study of the subject.    

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Congratulations to Victoria Webster on Winning Best Poster Award!

Several members of the Mechanical Engineering Department presented at the Living Machines 2015 conference in Barcelona, Spain July 28-31. 
Victoria Webster won the Jaques de Vaucanson Best Poster Award for her interdisciplinary work with
Emma Hawley from Biomedical Engineering, ProfessorsOzan Akkus and Roger Quinn from Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Hillel Chiel from Biology on the ‘Fabrication of Electrocompacted Aligned Collagen Morphs for Cardiomyocyte Powered Living Machines.’

Living Machines 2015 Awards

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Congratulations to Mustafa Unal For Receiving Baxter Young Investigator Award!

Third year MAE doctoral candidate Mustafa Unal from Prof. Ozan Akkus Lab has been selected as a Baxter Young Investigator for his research entitled “Assessment of Bone Quality by Novel Spectroscopic Biomarkers” in the category of “Instrumental & Analytical Sciences”

The Baxter Young Investigator Award is highly competitive annual award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the US. Baxter International Inc. annually recognizes the high caliber of students’ academic and research efforts and congratulates them on their valuable contributions to healthcare science, as they are selected as a Baxter Young Investigator.

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Robotics Club Takes Part in NASA's Mining Competition

Robotics Club Takes Part in NASA's Mining Competition

Case Western Reserve University’s Robotics Club competed at NASA’s Annual Robotic Mining Competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in May for the third year in a row. The competition consists of designing and building a rover capable of mining regolith, artificial Martian soil, on a simulated extraterrestrial environment. It attracts 50 teams from around the nation and and pits them to compete in categories from rover design, field performance, systems engineering report, outreach projects, and team spirit. A total of twelve members attended the competition, composed of undergraduate students in electrical, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical engineering and computer science.

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