Education, research, and translating our discoveries to impact the world are at the heart of all that we do at Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins is not only a great university but also an anchor in Baltimore, and I believe strongly in our commitment to using our particular strengths, our skills, and our expertise to bettering the world—whether improving the diagnosis and treatment of disease, ensuring the security of electronic data, improving the health of the natural environment or helping to build a stronger and more equitable Baltimore City for all.
As engineers, we have the capacity to use our skills to help address complex societal issues. Engineers don’t work in a vacuum. We work in real-life settings with real people to address real problems—and this is both the cornerstone of the way we approach education here at the Whiting School and the value of the knowledge we create.
Through our research, academic offerings, community outreach, and technology commercialization activities, the Whiting School is making a difference in the world.
Benjamin T. Rome Dean
T.E. “Ed” Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean, Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering
Ed Schlesinger was appointed the Benjamin T. Rome Dean at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering in 2014, where he also is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
At Johns Hopkins, Schlesinger has launched numerous initiatives that are focused on enhancing the impact of the Whiting School of Engineering on society and on the student experience at JHU. He helped launch SPUR, a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory that provides WSE undergraduates with summer internships and research experiences at APL, he is strengthening collaborative research and technology translation opportunities for engineering faculty across Johns Hopkins divisions, and he is growing WSE’s educational outreach programs with the Baltimore community and beyond.
Schlesinger came to JHU from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a faculty member for 28 years and where he served as the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professor and the head of Carnegie Mellon’s esteemed Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 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.
Schlesinger’s research 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.