Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Umut Gurkan Elected Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

Case Western Reserve University engineer and researcher Umut Gurkan has been named a senior member of the August 2020 class of The National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Gurkan is the Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Case School of Engineering, where he leads the CASE Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory.

Dr. Robert X. Gao Department Chair and Cady Staley Professor of Engineering one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing

Gao developed a systematic approach to the design, modeling, characterization and experimental evaluation of structure-embedded, multi-physics wireless sensors and related machine learning (ML) methods for the condition monitoring, fault diagnosis and remaining service life prognosis of manufacturing machines and product quality control—with applications in plastic injection molding, sheet-metal stamping and electrically assisted micro-rolling.

Dr. Umut Gurkan is the lead PI of a new $3.7M grant from NIH to assess clinical trials aimed at curing blood disease worldwide

Launched in September 2018 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the NIH Cure Sickle Cell Initiative aims to transform the lives of individuals living with SCD by moving the most promising genetic therapies safely into clinical trials within five to 10 years.

Dr. Gurkan’s paper: Paper-based microchip electrophoresis for point-of-care hemoglobin testing, has made the cover page of the journal Analyst

Dr. Gurkan’s paper: Paper-based microchip electrophoresis for point-of-care hemoglobin testing, has made the cover page of the journal Analyst (Vol. 145, No. 7, April 7th, 2020). 

The journal is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Dr. Ya-Ting Liao is one of the five recipients of the 2020 Jack Watts Award for Outstanding Reviewer from the Journal Fire Technology, published by Springer Nature

This award celebrates the highest quality and most helpful reviewers, an essential component of the journal, and is presented annually to those whose reviews were most valuable in terms of the quality, in-depth, number and timeliness.

Dr. Kathryn Daltorio received a Grainger Grant, following her participation in the 2019 NAE Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) symposium

The symposium attendees last year were invited to participate in a competition for 2 Grainger grants, and her group (with Masahiro Ono at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is one of the two winners.

Drs. Chirag Kharangate and Yasu Kamotani Awarded NASA STTR Phase II Grant

Chirag Kharangate, Assistant Professor and Yasuhiro Kamotani, Emeritus Professor have been awarded a new grant titled "Hot Reservoir Variable Conductance Heat Pipe with Enhanced Fluid Management Features".

Dr. Ya-Ting Liao Received NSF Early CAREER Award

Ya-Ting Liao, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has recently received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early CAREER award.  The grant supports her project titled "CAREER: Understanding the Role of Buoyancy Flow for Accurate and Robust Scale Modeling of Upward Flame Spread".  The project, funded at $500K, is scheduled to start on July 1, 2020.