Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Professor Umut Gurkan Received Multiple New Grants from Various Agencies

During Fall 2018, Prof. Gurkan has received a number of new grants from federal agencies and private foundations to support his research and students training activities in the area of biosensing and biomechanics.  The total amount of funding received is $2.3M, with approximately $951K allocated to his group.

Professor Fumiaki Takahashi Received a New NSF Grant

Professor Takahashi is the PI of a new grant from NSF, entitled “Study on Effects of Flame Retardants on Chemically-Inhibited Diffusion Flames”.

This project aims to obtain a better understanding of flame extinguishment and retardation mechanisms by investigating, experimentally and computationally, the structure of methane and propane diffusion flames with halogenated and halogen-free (phosphorus) inhibitors added to the air or fuel.

Professor Ozan Akkus Received Two New Grants

The first grant, entitled “Immunoregenerative treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence by Autologous Macrophage Therapy”, an R21 project, is funded by NIH’s Child Health and Human Development program (NICHD). The total of funding is $440K, for the period of November 2018 - October 2020.

The project aims to develop the next generation biomaterial for treatment of urinary incontinence that affects particularly the women. The approach will unify a novel computer controlled filament winding method with cells extracted from blood to expedite the speed and efficacy of repair.

Professor Robert Gao Received a New NSF Grant

A team of four faculty members from Case Western Reserve University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and University of Florida, have received a $1.5 million collaborative grant from NSF’s National Robotics Initiative. The project, funded for the period of September 15, 2018 – August 31, 2022, is entitled “Manufacturing USA: Intelligent Human-Robot Collaboration for Smart Factory”. 
The project is motivated by the recognition that a strong manufacturing industry is of foundational importance to the nation’s economic prosperity, and investments in manufacturing have a strong multiplying effect on the broader economy.

Professor Ya-Ting Liao Received a New NSF Grant

Professor Ya-Ting Liao received a new grant from NSF’s Combustion and Fire Systems program, entitled "Ignition Propensity of Structural Materials Exposed to Firebrand in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires". The project, funded at $300K, is for the period September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021.

This project will characterize the ignition process of materials caused by firebrand attacks, a key mechanism of wildfire spread into Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) communities.

PhD Student Receives AHA Fellowship

Erdem Kucukal, a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a predoctoral fellowship award from the American Heart Association.
Erdem is exploring abnormal cellular adhesion in pumonary vascular shunts.

Award Recognition for EMAE Research Associate, Dr. Phillip McClellan

Dr. Akkus' Research Associate, Dr. McClellan received the Orthopaedic Research Societys' "ORS Tendon Section Trainee Awards" given out for posters. The title of his presentation was "Woven Collagen Biotextiles Enable Mechanically Functional Rotator Cuff Tendon Regeneration During Repair of Segmental Tendon Defects In Vivo" 

ORS Tendon Section 2018 Conference
Tendon Section Conference 2018 Award Recipients

AIAA Announces Class of 2019 Associate Fellows

Two EMAE research professors, Mohammad Kassemi and Vedha Nayagam, have been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

AIAA will formally honor and induct the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, 7 January 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in San Diego, California, during its 2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition.

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