Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

With two inductees into the Hall of Fame at the NASA Glenn Research Center and one hailed by NASA as one of its 12 “Super Stars” of modern aeronautics, the MAE department is built on a historical legacy of scholarly excellence that has pushed the frontiers of mechanical and aerospace engineering, from microgravity flows to robotics and biomechanics. The department has over 400 undergraduate students, 100 graduate students, and seventeen faculty members, and is ranked in the top 22% of mechanical and aerospace engineering programs in the country by the US News & World Report.

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Department News

Mapping out a biorobotic future: CWRU team publishes in Science Robotics

The interdisciplinary team behind CWRU’s recent biohybrid sea slug robot, including mechanical engineering faculty members Drs. Akkus, Gurkan and Quinn, Professor of Biology Dr. Chiel, and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Webster-Wood, have published a new review in the journal Science Robotics. This review discusses how organic materials can be used for the four fundamental components in robotic systems: Structure, Actuation, Sensing, and Control.

Mustafa Unal receives international honors for research

Mustafa Unal, a recent alumnus from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) – Turkey Award from Junior Chamber International (JCI) in the category of medical innovation for research conducted at Case Western Reserve.

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CWRU researcher working with NASA, other partners to build small, battery-powered aircraft in next several years

Need to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think.

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MAE Professor Ya-Ting Liao’s engineering experiment will be sent into microgravity by NSF and CASIS.

Research begins during fall 2017 on the following three-year, collaborative projects: