Whiting School Community,
The New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings. This January 1 marked a very special new beginning for me, as it is the day I officially became a member of the Johns Hopkins University community as the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering.
I come to Johns Hopkins with twenty-eight years of experience as a faculty member and as an academic administrator. I am very excited to join Johns Hopkins and its innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial faculty who are fiercely dedicated to providing all students with a superb educational experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.
It is a special privilege to become part of such a uniquely positioned and forward-thinking community and, in particular, to take a leadership role within the institution. Johns Hopkins’ reputation for excellence and its commitment to leading research in a wide range of engineering disciplines is well known. In the short time I have had so far to meet with members of the Hopkins community, everything I have seen and everyone with whom I have spoken have exceeded my expectations. The energy, enthusiasm, and dedication of the students, faculty, and staff in such an intellectually challenging and nurturing academic environment ensures that the work being pursued in the Whiting School will fulfill Hopkins’s mission to improve the lives of people locally, nationally, and across the globe.
As the spring semester gets underway, I will be scheduling meetings with student groups, faculty, and staff and hosting events where we can engage in a dialogue about the future course of the Whiting School of Engineering. I look forward to getting to you know you all and to benefiting from your input and guidance.
Together we will further strengthen and enhance the characteristics that make the Whiting School of Engineering the remarkable institution it is today.
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.
JHU Gazette (3/6/14): "Looking Ahead with Johns Hopkins Engineering Dean Ed Schlesinger"
JHU HUB (1/31/14): "New Program Pairs Engineering Students with APL Mentors for Internships"
JHU Gazette (11/1/13): "Carnegie Mellon professor tapped to lead Whiting School"
SPIE (10/25/13): "SPIE Fellow Schlesinger appointed dean at Johns Hopkins"
ASEE CapitolShorts (10//11/13): "...As a New Dean Takes Over at Hopkins"
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"