Awards roll in for CWRU engineers

Engineer students work on robotics

As engineers, the faculty and students at Case Western Reserve University aren’t out for accolades. 

But when you put some of the best minds in the field together and purposefully set your efforts to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, awards tend to come your way.

This spring, our students and faculty were recognized highly for contributions to research, teaching, athletic and academic achievements, and more.

Student recognition

  • A team of CWRU student engineers finished as one of 12 finalists in the Global Health Track at the 2020 Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition for their design of a pediatric pulse oximeter.
  • Student engineer athletes were recognized in softball, swimming and diving, tennis and soccer for achievements on and off the field.
  • Engineering students Yuliang (Bill) Ding, Aparna Paul and Hunter Stecko were recognized with CWRU Student Leadership Awards for spirit, personal character and ethical leadership, respectively.

Faculty accolades

  • Biomedical Engineering’s Hunter Peckham received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Neuromodulation Society.
  • Robert Gao, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was named one of the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing by SME.
  • Health Traffic Light, formed by a multidisciplinary team from CWRU, won Hack from Home, a global virtual hackathon to create technology-based solutions to fight the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Assistant Professor Michael Fu received a National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) Award for his research on functional electrical stimulation. 
  • Four members of the engineering faculty were honored by their students for university awards acknowledging outstanding research, teaching, scholarly service and mentoring.

Recognition may not be the goal, but when it does come (as it often does around here), it sure is sweet.