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T.E. "Ed" Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean

T.E. “Ed” Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean

Dear Whiting School Community,

As the Whiting School embarks on new initiatives aimed at realizing the promise of engineering’s role in health care and medicine, including the launch of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, it is easy for us to take for granted the ease with which our faculty and students partner with clinicians and researchers on the East Baltimore campus.

These types of collaborations, which only now are gaining traction at other leading engineering schools, are ingrained in our culture.

For as long as the ranking has existed, U.S. News and World Report has rated biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins as one of the nation’s best. I have no doubt that one reason for this enduring prominence is that our BME program, since its inception, has resided equally in our schools of medicine and engineering.

More than just an administrative distinction, this unusual governance reflects our belief in the value and promise of collaborative work at the intersection of engineering and medicine.  Our dual-school structure not only enables us to attract some of the world’s most accomplished and visionary engineers, scientists, and clinicians, but it also fuels advances in knowledge and technology translation that improve lives.

This partnership has enabled cross-divisional research efforts, such as the Institute for Computational Medicine, the Center for Imaging Science, the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, and our new Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute.

It also has led to the new Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation, a lab at the School of Medicine where engineering researchers and students can work directly with clinicians and where students can connect virtually to the BME Design Studio on the Homewood campus.

For 50 years, our biomedical engineers have led the way in uniting engineering with medicine—and this tradition continues to fuel discovery and innovation today.


Ed Schlesinger
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.

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