Dear Whiting School Community,
My one-year anniversary as Benjamin T. Rome Dean seems a natural time to share some thoughts on a top priority: ensuring that our students have an outstanding undergraduate experience. From before our students first set foot on campus until they cross the stage at Commencement and beyond, I am committed to providing them with experiences that exemplify JHU’s focus on innovation, creativity, and discovery.
One example of such an experience is HEART: Hopkins Engineering Applications & Research Tutorials. Begun this fall, HEART introduced more than 120 under- graduates to some of the most exciting research taking place at the Whiting School. Taught by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, these no-prerequisite initiatives gave students an up-close look at how our researchers are tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Another new initiative, SPUR, the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research, pairs highly talented WSE undergraduates with mentors at JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory for unique, paid summer internships. Through SPUR, students have worked on projects ranging from prosthetic interfaces to computer vision and more, affording them unprecedented access to experts at one of the world’s premier engineering institutions.
Beyond programs and internships, the best way I know to ensure that our undergraduates are having a rich educational, cultural, and social experience is by getting to know them. To this end, I taught an undergraduate course in Electrical and Computer Engineering this fall, and throughout the year my wife and I are hosting informal dinners for all first-year students, along with faculty and administrators, at our home.
As our alumni know, being part of the Johns Hopkins community goes well beyond the years spent on campus. It’s about a lifetime of experiences and connections. One of my goals is to help our students understand the value and possibilities that Hopkins provides them—as students at Homewood and later as alumni of this great institution.
Benjamin T. Rome, Dean
In January of 2014, T.E. “Ed” Schlesinger joined Johns Hopkins University as the Whiting School of Engineering’s Benjamin T. Rome Dean.
Schlesinger comes to Johns Hopkins from Carnegie Mellon University where he was a faculty member for 28 years and served as the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professor and the head of Carnegie Mellon’s esteemed Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
When his appointment at Johns Hopkins was announced in the fall of 2013, Schlesinger stated, “I am excited to work with faculty, students, staff, and alumni to ensure that the Whiting School continues to enhance the impact of all its programs, to foster collaboration, and to eliminate boundaries or barriers wherever possible.”
At Carnegie Mellon, Schlesinger presided over more than 100 faculty members and led significant growth in his department. Among his accomplishments were integrating electrical engineering and computer engineering into a single degree program (Electrical and Computer Engineering), expanding graduate course offerings, and increasing support for faculty while building productive corporate partnerships and developing successful research collaborations across the globe—from Silicon Valley to Portugal, Rwanda, China, Singapore, and India. Schlesinger also served as the Director of the Data Storage Systems Center, Associate Department Head in ECE, founding co-director of the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory, and director the DARPA MISCIC Center at Carnegie Mellon.
As a researcher, Schlesinger has focused on solid state electronic and optical devices, nanotechnology, and information storage systems. He is a leader in research related to the development of heat-assisted magnetic recording, viewed by many as the next-generation technology for magnetic hard disk drives. He has published more than 250 articles and conference proceedings and holds 12 patents. He established the first GM Collaborative Research Lab at Carnegie Mellon in 2000 and, in 2007, was part of the Carnegie Mellon team whose self-driving SUV won $2 million in a DARPA Grand Challenge sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The team’s vehicle outperformed 10 rival robot vehicles over a 55-mile course.
Among the many awards and honors received by Schlesinger are; the Carnegie Institute of Technology George Tallman Ladd Award for research, the Carnegie Institute of Technology Benjamin Richard Teare Award for teaching, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1999 and 1998 R&D 100 Awards for his work on nuclear detectors and electro-optic device technology and the Carnegie Science Center 1998 “Scientist” award.
He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the SPIE, was President of the ECE Department Heads’ Association and served on its board of directors, was a member of the International Advisory Panel for the A*STAR Graduate Academy in Singapore and is on the Advisory Board for the ECE Department, Georgia Tech and the Technology Commercialization Advisory Board for Innovation Works.
Schlesinger majored in physics at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1980, and earned his doctorate in applied physics in 1985 at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty later that year.
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SPIE (10/25/13): “SPIE Fellow Schlesinger appointed dean at Johns Hopkins”
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JHU Hub (10/7/13): “Schlesinger Appointed Dean of Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering”
Baltimore Sun (10/7/13): “T.E. Schlesinger has been named the dean of engineering at Johns Hopkins University”
Johns-Hopkins News-Letter (10/7/13): “Hopkins appoints new Whiting School dean”