The Engineering Game

Student, Alumni, Faculty Showdown and Gutti Memorial Teaching Award Presentation

The show starts on Feb. 23 at 7p.m.

The third presentation of The Engineering Game will highlight Engineers Week 2023. Tune in at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and see why the show was such a hit for the last two years. The returning champion alumni team will face off against the faculty and student teams in a TV game show-style showdown. Questions will challenge their knowledge of engineering and Case history. Time is tight. Pressure and laughs run high.

Meet the teams

Alumni (returing 2022 champions)

Kate Hart ’14
Kate is part ceramics engineer, part musician, and all nerd. She’s written more than 100 songs about robot princesses, Eldritch horrors and much more. She also plays in a band you might see are area clubs, “The 80s Ladies.”

Frank Merat ’72, MS ’75, PhD ’78
Frank is one of the best-known professors at the Case School of Engineering, having taught here for more than 40 years. Now an emeritus professor, he serves on the board of the Case Alumni Association, which has honored him with both the Meritorious Service Award and the Givelber Award for fellowship.

Chioma Onukwuire ’17, MEM ’18

Chioma is a Technical Product Manager for CardinalCommerce as well as a colorful entrepreneur and fashion influencer. Her designs under her Chimu brand have been seen on TV, in Forbes magazine, and on runways at New York Fashion Week.

Alex Schepelmann ’09, MS ’10, PhD
Alex is a robotics and computational modeling engineer for the NASA Glenn Research Center and a YouTube personality with an international audience. He would like nothing better than to show you how to Super Make Something!


Harold Connamacher, PhD

An Associate Professor of Computer and Data Sciences, Harold is known as a master teacher in the Case school of Engineering. Eight times he’s been nominated for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He won the award in 2019.

Kathy Harper ’93, MS ’96, PhD
Kathy is well known to engineering students as the Assistant Director of the Roger E. Susi First-year Engineering Experience. Every first-year student passes through her lab, where they meet her infectious enthusiasm.

Michael Hore, PhD
An Associate Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Michael knows how to make even polymer science engaging and fun. Students honored him with the Gutti Memorial Teaching Award in 2018.

Brian Taylor ’05, MS ’08, PhD ’12
Brian is a new Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and a researcher as comfortable on stage as he is in a robotics lab. A trumpeter, he recently produced his first album of jazz selections.


Raodatullah Abodunrin ‘23

Raoda is a biomedical engineering major and a member of the Case chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, where she serves as academic excellence chair. You might see her at Sears think[box], her favorite place on campus.

Samantha Hepp ’24
Samantha is a mechanical engineering major who helps CWRU Motorsports—aka Baja—win trophies at national competitions as the suspension team lead. She’s also a peer tutor for the Case School of Engineering.

Franco Kraiselburd ’24
An international student from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Franco is making the most of his Case experience. He started a medical device company, sings in a rock band, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.

Russell Lubin ‘24
Russell is helping the Case Rocket Team soar to new heights as president . The team placed second this summer at an international competition. Meanwhile, he’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Meet the Host

Jim Kilmer

Alumnus – BS/MS 2000

Division Director – The Opal Group

A multi-degree alum with his BS in Computer Science and MS in Computer Engineering from Case, Jim founded his own business right out of school, with partners that included other Case alumni, and is still going strong 21 years later.  When there isn’t a pandemic on, Jim spends much of his time visiting and working with clients spread across 5 continents.

Favorite Case Memory:  A real tossup between absolutely crushing the LEGO Autonomous Robotics competition in the late 90’s, and meeting his wife,  a fellow Case grad!

watch last year's game