Now accepting applications: Student Initiatives Fund

The Student Initiatives Fund, established and funded by Hopkins engineering alumni and friends of the Whiting School, is designed to reward innovation and increase opportunities for students. The fund allows engineering undergraduates to apply the skills they’ve honed in classrooms and labs and while also using their creativity and problem-solving abilities to pursue new areas of interest. Get more information and application information on the Student Initiatives Fund webpage.

The 2016 application cycle for the Student Initiatives Fund is now open. Applications are due Thursday, March 31, 2016.

New interdisciplinary center at Johns Hopkins aims to reshape medical care

Johns Hopkins University announced on Friday, Feb. 4 the establishment of a new collaborative research effort designed to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency of health care.

The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, at the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, will bring together engineers, clinicians, and health care providers to focus on three priority areas: data analytics, systems design and analysis, and technology and devices. Clinician-engineering teams will work together to help speed innovation and its impact on society by integrating their research-based advances with practical applications.

Bringing engineers into all aspects of medical practice at Johns Hopkins will “enhance the impact of our already preeminent health sciences enterprises,” JHU President Ronald J. Daniels said. “We are breaking down barriers and coming together as one university, dedicated to advancing wholly new approaches to health care.”

John. C. Malone

John. C. Malone

The center will be established through the support of Whiting School alumnus John C. Malone, who earned a master’s degree and doctorate at Johns Hopkins. Malone has also supported the Whiting School with a gift for the construction of Malone Hall, a cutting-edge academic research facility that opened on JHU’s Homewood campus in 2014, and a series of professorships associated with the new center. They include the Mandell Bellmore Professorship, named for Malone’s PhD adviser at Johns Hopkins. Gregory D. Hager, a professor of computer science, is the inaugural Mandell Bellmore Professor and the center’s founding director.

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Celebrate E-Week ’16 Feb. 21-27 with a host of activities

2016_Engineers_Week_Logo_Vertical copyPlease join us in celebrating National Engineers Week, February 21-27, with a wide variety of activities on and off campus. This year’s schedule is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 22

Tower of Power, Glass Pavilion; doors open at 5 p.m. competition runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. Teams compete to build the tallest tower from dry spaghetti and marshmallows. Teams must register by February 10, but spectators are welcome. Hosted by Theta Tau

Charm City Science League Mentoring, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Barclay Elementary/Middle School. Members of the Charm City Science League, a group that aims to increase academic engagement in Baltimore middle schools through scientific exploration and experimentation, work with teams from city schools to prepare for the March 5 Maryland Science Olympiad. (This event, which takes place Monday through Thursday, is closed to the public.)

SABES After-school Mentoring, 3:30 to 5 p.m., at nine Baltimore City Public School sites throughout the city. JHU students mentor public school students as part of the STEM Achievement in Baltimore City Elementary Schools (SABES) program. (This event, which takes place Monday through Wednesday, is closed to the public.)

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Engineering World Health Global Awareness Challenge, Keyser Quad between Brody and MSE; 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. What global problems could engineering approaches help solve? Take the EWH Challenge and find out. Hosted by Engineering World Health

Preparing for Interviews and Careers in Consulting Webinar, Online, 11 a.m. to noon. Alumna Amita Samarth, BS ’95, CEO and C-founder of Clinovations Government + Health, will review the basic job search and interview process involved in securing an entry-level position in a management consulting firm. Registration required. Hosted by Hopkins Engineering Alumni and the JHU Career Center 

Wednesday, Feb. 24

BME Edge Speaker Series, Clark Hall Room 110, noon to 1 p.m. BME CBID alumnus David Narrow, CEO of Sonavex, Inc., and recently named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in the health care industry, will be speaking on his experience founding and building a startup. A Q & A session will follow. Registration required hereHosted by BME Edge

JHU Career Center Speed Networking Prep, Levering Hall/Sherwood Room, 4 to 5 p.m. Perfecting your pitch: Learn tips and practice your elevator speech in preparation for Speed Networking. Registration required. Hosted by the JHU Career Center

GRO Game Night, Levering Hall Lounge, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Join the GRO for a fun and lively evening of video, board and card games, plus refreshments.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Speed Networking Night, Charles Commons Salon B, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Alumni and current students will rotate through a series of quick, one-on-one interviews to give students the opportunity to learn the importance of making good impressions and perfecting “elevator pitches.” Registration required. Hosted by Hopkins Engineering Alumni

Friday, Feb. 26

INBT Pizza Party, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Croft Hall 170. Stop by the Institute for NanoBioTechnology and enjoy some free pizza and conversation.

Food Science: Materials 101, Maryland Hall 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in an exploration of the basic concepts in materials science through the close examination of food. Love of food is a must! Hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Saturday, Feb. 27

BME BCPS Student Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Homewood campus. Biomedical engineering students are leading a five-week BME workshop on campus with 6th graders from Baltimore City Public Schools. (This event is closed to the public.)

SWE “Introduce a girl to engineering” event, Shriver Hall Clipper Room, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members of JHU’s Society of Women Engineers‘ chapter will work with Baltimore City middle school girls to design and construct camping tents. Parents and guardians will arrive at noon to watch the presentation of designs.


JHU Robotics Industry Day postponed until March 4

Due to the threat of inclement weather in the Baltimore area, JHU Robotics Industry Day has been rescheduled from Friday, Jan. 22 to Friday, March 4. Details will be available closer to the new date.

ICM to host Computational Medicine Night on January 27

jhu-icm-logo@2xThe Institute for Computational Medicine will host its second annual Computational Medicine Night at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in Hackerman Hall.

Through research presentations by ICM undergraduates, lab tours, poster presentations, and a panel discussion, Johns Hopkins undergrads will learn about the array of research and academic opportunities available to them in this emerging field. Undergrads also will have the opportunity to mingle over a casual dinner with faculty, students and postdocs, and to ask questions about the innovative research taking place in the Institute.

Students who plan to attend should RSVP to by Wednesday, Jan. 20. Direct questions to or to Tifphany Cantey at

Robotics Industry Day set for January 22

The Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) is hosting JHU Robotics Industry Day 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 on the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus.



Highlights of the event include poster presentations and live demonstrations. Industry guests also are invited to participate in speed networking sessions that will allow them to meet and speak with talented robotics students before they graduate. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Hopkins robotics experts and discuss robotics research, education, and commercialization in health care, manufacturing, defense, space exploration, environmental science, and transportation.

The event is free, but registration is required.

The Fisher Center Discovery Program accepting grant applications for 2016

The School of Medicine’s Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases, which supports novel, cross-disciplinary research across Johns Hopkins, is currently accepting applications for the 2016 grant year through its Fisher Center Discovery Program. All full-time faculty members interested in environmental infectious diseases are urged to apply.

The deadline for application is Tuesday, Sept. 15. The application can be accessed here.

Hopkins-affiliated postdoctoral fellows, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, may submit applications and be included as research team members on FCDP proposals, However, a faculty mentor must serve as the PI mentor. All application documents, including guidelines, letter of intent, budget and FAQ, can be found here.

Email or call (443) 287-4840 with questions.

Whiting School to celebrate two milestones on January 22

On Friday, Jan. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Whiting School of Engineering will hold a reception at the Johns Hopkins Club to celebrate two important milestones:

* Naming Ilya Shpitser as a John C. Malone Assistant Professor
* Announcing the formation of the Whiting School of Engineering’s Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare

RSVP here.

Ilya Shpitser, in the Department of Computer Science, will hold the John C. Malone Assistant Professorship, one of a series of professorships provided by John Malone, MS ’64, PhD ’69 to help recruit and retain faculty with the goal of improving healthcare using a systems-based approach. A data/inference specialist who focuses on inferring cause-effect relationships, Ilya will be a member of the new center. His research includes all areas of causal inference and missing data, particularly using graphical models. Recently, his work has helped distinguish between causation and association in observational medical data. Ilya started at Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor this summer, received his PhD under the supervision of Judea Pearl at UCLA, was a postdoctoral scholar in the program on causal inference at the School of Public Health at Harvard, and was a lecturer in statistics at the University of Southampton.

The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, under the leadership of Gregory Hager, the Mandell Bellmore Professor in the Department of Computer Science, is a multidisciplinary research initiative that will foster partnerships among engineers, clinicians, and scientists across Johns Hopkins University to catalyze, develop, and deploy innovations aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare.

John Malone has been remarkably generous in his support of Johns Hopkins, including a gift for the construction and naming of Malone Hall. The building, which opened in 2014, is designed to advance cutting-edge collaborative and translational research and has set a new standard for academic research facilities at Johns Hopkins.

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