Online Engineering Blog

01 Sep
With the 18th-century invention of the steam engine came the need to develop all types of machinery. This gave rise to a new major classification of engineering that dealt with tools and machines.
23 Aug
After earning two degrees at Case Western Reserve University, Tony Opperman (CWR ’12, GRS ’13) has returned to Case School of Engineering–this time, on the faculty. He balances his teaching with a successful career as Director of Technology at Orbital Research, Inc.
23 Aug
Tony Opperman (CWR ’12, GRS ’13) has returned to the Case School of Engineering–this time, on the faculty–and balances his coursework with a successful career in mechanical engineering.
25 Jul
Biomedical engineers play a vital role in taking patient care to new levels. In their diverse work streams, they develop innovative technologies, improve diagnostic capabilities, enhance patient mobility, contribute to regenerative medicine, enable remote monitoring and ensure the safety and efficacy of medical devices.
20 Jul
Biomedical engineers combine science and mathematics to design and maintain medical devices and other products and systems as wide-ranging as prosthetics, organ implants, diagnostic equipment and computer software.
10 Jul
Systems and control engineering is the process of designing an automatic regulator for a device that adjusts the device’s current state to its desired state. As an example, consider cruise control on a car: When you choose your desired speed and hit the start button, the controller engages the throttle and then monitors the speed.
13 Sep
When considering an ME or MS degree, it’s important to make sure that the path you choose aligns with your needs and goals. In the simplest terms, the ME degree is practice-oriented, while MS degrees are research and technically-oriented. To help make the distinctions a little clearer, we’ve outlined their core characteristics and unique features.
24 Mar
An impressive 89% of professional engineers report being "satisfied to very satisfied" with their job and 90% recommend engineering as a career path for a young person. But those are only two reasons to choose a career path in engineering. There are many considerations when choosing a focus, but pay is certainly a key factor in planning for your future.
13 Jan
Engineering is a broad profession, and now thanks to technological advances, many fields and specializations have begun to overlap or have drastically changed. When it comes to weighing electrical engineering vs. mechanical engineering, the challenge is that many of these engineers work in the same industries but on different sides of a project.
03 Mar
“Engineer” may be one of the most diverse job titles in the world. Virtually every technical discipline has at least one engineering job connected with it. This is because, simply put, engineers solve problems. Here are the ten best STEM jobs for engineers.
24 Feb
Medical engineering is a field that has been around for decades, but it’s one that continues to transform and evolve. This challenging field refers to applying engineering’s approach and innovation to the field of medicine and healthcare.
19 Jan
“Emotional intelligence is part of leadership. It's part of communication.” So says Dr. Joe Mayer, senior lecturer in the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering. He teaches Leadership and Interpersonal Skills, with the aim of developing leaders who motivate and inspire others to work as a team in the service of shared goals.
18 Jan
Umut Gurkan has been at Case Western Reserve University since 2013 and has been involved in the online engineering master’s programs at the university since their inception. Associate Professor Umut Gurkan has dedicated his career to innovation. Learn why he decided to teach in CWRU's online master's in engineering programs.
14 Jan
Meet Will Schrot: Maryland patent attorney, business owner and father of two, who went to law school after studying other subjects. Why would this successful intellectual property specialist return to school for an online master’s in engineering?
11 Jan
Umut Gurkan is one to stay busy. In addition to being the Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, he holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
18 Sep
Can artificial intelligence think and act like a person? The field of knowledge engineering is working to achieve that goal. This type of artificial intelligence engineer works to replicate the human decision-making process to solve complex problems.
16 Sep
Taking the first step toward a master’s in engineering can be a difficult one, but choosing an online program can make the impossible feel not only doable but also rewarding. Online engineering courses offer the flexibility to take classes around your own busy schedule and, in many programs, offer the same rich education.
23 Jun
We’ve listed the top engineering blogs of 2020 that every leader in their field should be reading, so they can gain a better understanding of what their peers are talking about, struggling with and developing solutions for.
08 Jun
To help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to be an engineering manager, we have listed 10 traits essential to succeeding as a leader, the same skills our online students learn in our graduate programs.
21 Apr
Engineering failures due to ethics are not new. From the Johnstown Flood in 1889 to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, engineering failures have been caused by problems in design, construction and safety protocol.
30 Mar
Dominique Durand, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering, explains some of the ways he and his team are working with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve to better communicate with nervous systems, collecting data that could possibly lead to medical breakthroughs in a variety of diseases.
20 Mar
From its impact on society at large to the lives of individuals, an engineering innovation can have a ripple effect that’s felt far and wide. As a new decade starts at the Case School of Engineering, we have identified the most significant innovative engineering trends that will be making waves this year.
17 Jan
With six sections taken over nearly four hours, it’s easy to understand why many face it with some trepidation. There are countless guides on how to study for the GRE out there, but just knowing where to start can be a challenge unto itself.
17 Jan
There are two ways to approach writing a personal statement: you can panic—or you can use it as an opportunity to speak directly to the admissions committee. A personal statement is the time for you to explain what drew you to this graduate program, what your future education and career goals are, and what you as an individual bring to the table.
16 Jan
When gathering together all the necessary documents to apply to a master’s program, it’s easy to get held up worrying about that GRE score or figuring out what kind of personal statement you want to make. But, one of the most important documents for your application doesn’t require studying or brainstorming: your graduate school recommendation letter.
04 Oct
While each individual has their own unique reasons for earning an advanced degree, everyone shares the same question at some point: How will I pay for graduate school? Luckily, many employers offer tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs that can offset the cost of your education. To learn how to take advantage of this under-utilized resource, download our 5-Step Employer Tuition Reimbursement Guide.
04 Sep
If you want to combine your love for engineering with the ability to design life-saving medical products, a career in biomedical engineering may be your calling. Advances in technology and the need to care for an aging population make biomedical engineers one of the most in-demand positions in the country.
19 Aug
Technology drives our world and has a profound impact on all that we do, how we live and work, and on every single industry including engineering. As an Engineer, you already know this but what you may not know is that at the epicenter of it all are Systems and Control Engineers, professionals who are uniquely poised to tackle real-world problems with highly advanced solutions.
15 Aug
You’re considering becoming an engineer, but you didn’t earn an undergraduate degree in engineering. Can you pursue the profession anyway? The short answer is yes, but you will most likely want to go back to school—either for your bachelor’s or master’s—to broaden your engineering career options.
09 Aug
While all engineers may share some common traits, no two types of engineering careers are alike. The broad field of engineering encompasses myriad types of jobs, each presenting unique challenges and rewards. If you are considering pursuing an engineering career or changing engineering disciplines, read on to learn about four common types of engineering careers you can pursue.
09 Jul
Teaching relevant coursework is important for every graduate degree, but for online programs, Colin Drummond believes it offers an opportunity for a more flexible and valuable learning experience. Read on for a Q&A with Drummond.
12 Jun
Considering pursuit of a Master of Engineering degree? If so, it’s likely you’ve discovered that there are many benefits to holding an advanced degree. Not only will you be able to gain new skills and acquire new knowledge, but you’ll have the opportunity to boost your career and increase your salary potential.
10 May
You have a background in engineering, and you are considering your options for an advanced degree. Should you choose a Master of Engineering or a Master of Science in engineering program? Here, we cover the key differences when it comes to a Master of Engineering vs. Master of Science program, including curricula, competencies gained and career outcomes.
07 May
As all industries, including engineering, become more globalized, networked and responsive, employers are increasingly seeking flexible, collaborative engineers who can lead. Pursuing an engineering management degree is one way for engineers to set themselves up for success now and in the future. Read on for some of the benefits of earning an engineering management degree and reasons why you should consider studying online.
30 Apr
In 2020, COVID-19 sent America home from school. While some colleges and universities already had distance-learning programs in place, many more had to adapt rapidly to tools and systems that enable quality education while protecting students, faculty and support staff.
01 Apr
Picture it: You’re sitting in a cavernous lecture hall at 8 a.m. on a Tuesday with 60 other people, paging through a $125 textbook, not certain you understand what the professor just said but too intimidated to raise your hand. You’ve quit your job and borrowed thousands of dollars to be able to be here.
16 Jan
No matter what industry you’re in, making the jump to a leadership role can come with a number of challenges, especially in engineering fields where the skills that allow you to succeed as an engineer don’t necessarily translate into management. A good place to start is understanding the difference between titles. One of the most common questions: “What is the difference between a team lead and an engineering manager?” Without knowing the types of responsibilities for each position, it’s impossible to know whether they align with your own long-term career goals.
28 Dec
Would you trust your life to a robotic surgeon? How about your mental health? While some may be uncomfortable with the idea of a robot performing their surgery or comforting them in times of stress, it is becoming increasingly commonplace in the world of healthcare, where interest in (and funding for) medical robots within the field of biomedical engineering is rising.
28 Sep
By sharpening your engineering skill set, you can put yourself in a unique position to address some pervasive everyday problems. Which would you like to take on? For a little inspiration, take a look at some real-world everyday challenges, big and small, that have been alleviated by some rather innovative engineering solutions.
19 Jul
Engineers are critical to the advancement of society. They build the structures we inhabit, they create technologies that save lives and enable more efficient operations, they design convenient products and so much more.
11 May
Mechanical engineers are problem solvers who use technical expertise to create novel solutions that improve our lives. This broad statement, while true, is usually all that people really understand about the role of a mechanical engineer. Mechanical engineering is actually a specialization with considerably diverse career applications in a range of industries and roles.
07 May
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think of crowds of jovial people wearing green, but did you know that St. Patrick is also considered the patron saint of engineers?
02 May
Engineering careers are some of the most fulfilling around, both in terms of the intellectual stimulation they offer at work and the financial compensation they provide. Engineers are typically drawn to the profession by their affinity for data and analytics, complex problem-solving, and organized tasks.
27 Apr
People are living longer than ever before, and that means the healthcare field is expanding accordingly. The Census Bureau reports that the nation's median age increased nearly three years between 2000 and 2016. The number of residents ages 65 and older grew from 35 million to 49.2 million in the same time period.
20 Mar
Becoming a biomedical engineer typically requires a graduate degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, or another closely related discipline. As you consider your educational path, there are some important things to look for in a biomedical engineering degree program.
03 Nov
Our world runs on the work of engineers. Responsible for turning scientific ideas and discoveries into usable commodities, engineers shape our existence in every way, from the cities and structures we live in and the foods we eat to medical breakthroughs that save countless lives.
09 Oct
If you’re thinking about getting a degree in engineering, then you need to check out this list of potential specialized careers that you can pursue after graduation.
26 Sep
Given the growing trends of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) companies facing media scrutiny and backlash over their treatment of female employees, most these days can readily agree: It is hard to be a woman in the often male-dominated STEM industries.
05 Sep
With expertise spanning physiology, biology, healthcare and health informatics, mechanics, and engineering, biomedical engineers can combine their diverse skills to create solutions to continuing worldwide health issues, helping to change how patients are treated and lowering the cost of care.
05 Sep
Imagine you're a firefighter and you’ve successfully put out a blaze. The carbon monoxide sensor on your gear indicates it’s safe, so you take off your mask and breathe easier, knowing the fire’s out and the danger’s gone. Or, at least that’s what you think.

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