Dr. Hai-Quan Mao to speak at INBT Symposium

10259189_525681864209120_1926832034839680647_oDr. Hai-Quan Mao, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is among the speakers for the Institute for NanoBioTechnology’s (INBT) annual symposium. He will discuss engineering biomaterials to enhance stem cell potential.

The symposium, which runs from 9am to 3:30pm, will be held on May 2, 2014, in the Owens Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University’s medical campus. The theme of this year’s symposium is Stem Cell Science and Engineering: State of the Art.

Visit INBT’s website for more information, including the full list of speakers as well as registration information.


Paper co-authored by Dr. Todd Hufnagel listed as PRL Editors’ Suggestion

A paper co-authored by Dr. Todd Hufnagel, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been listed as an Editors’ Suggestion by the editors of Physical Review Letters.

The paper, titled “Bulk Metallic Glasses Deform via Slip Avalanches,” represents a first for metallic glasses: for the first time in metallic glasses, both the exponents and scaling functions that describe the nature, statistics, and dynamics of slip events during slow deformation are extracted according to a simple mean field model.

Dr. Hufnagel collaborated with researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Bucknell University. Visit Physical Review Letters to read the paper.


April 29: SABES STEM Recognition Event

It takes a community to raise an engineer

Join the community in celebrating student achievement. Don’t miss out on the SABES STEM Recognition event on April 29, 2014. Students from three schools (John Ruhrah, Barclay, and Arlington) will present their SABES projects at the Maryland Science Center.

RSVP by April 14th to attend. Visit to RSVP.


Dr. Howard Katz chairs webinar on grand challenges in organic electronics

Dr. Howard Katz, Department Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, has presented the findings on organic electronics from The Materials Genome Initiative Grand Challenges Summit on Soft Materials. The webinar is available for viewing and downloading at NIST’s MGI website.

Twenty scientists participated in the organic electronics breakout session, which sought to communicate the grand challenges and opportunities in the research and development of new organic electronics. Dr. Katz served as chair and organizer of the session.  The participants represented academic, industrial, and federal laboratories.

A major session goal was to promote development of more effective computational tools, which are not yet capable of providing needed insight into solid state properties, interface physics, and deposition processes of organic electronic materials.  Several cultural barriers to this development were also discussed, including competition among organizations inhibiting collaboration, a lack of consensus on workhorse materials, and publications driven by the need to report high but isolated figures of merit.

“The materials are being contributed by hundreds of organizations.  Each material plays some small role in a big system and many of these materials are needed. There’s a lot of competition by everyone to get their material into even a small piece of the technology, so there’s not a lot of cooperation being fostered,” Dr. Katz said during the webinar.

Successful development of computational tools could ultimately lead to advances in a number of areas, including wearable electronic skins, 2D & 3D circuitry, biocompatible electronic systems, and energy systems such as solar power and batteries.

The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) was launched by the White House in June 2011, with the goal of increasing US global competiveness by doubling the pace at which new materials are discovered, developed, and transitioned into manufactured products, particularly through the use of computational tools, experimental tools, digital data, and collaborative networks.

Materials science info session by Engineering for Professionals

Dr. Robert Cammarata, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, recently participated in an online info session for the Master of Materials Science and Engineering offered through Johns Hopkins’ Engineering for Professionals program. A recording of the info session is available on YouTube.


Hristova research group examines FRET signatures

The Biophysical Journal has published a paper in their March 2014 issue from Dr. Kalina Hristova’s research group titled “The FRET Signatures of Noninteracting Proteins in Membranes: Simulations and Experiments.”

Researchers developed a computational description of proximity FRET (Förster resonance energy transfer), simulating the cases of proximity FRET when fluorescent proteins are used to tag membrane proteins. FRET experiments are often used to study interactions between integral membrane proteins in cellular membranes. This research brings additional rigor to FRET-based studies of membrane protein interactions.

Graduate student researchers Christopher King and Sarvenaz Sarabipour contributed equally to the publication. Additional authors include Patrick Byrne, Daniel J. Leahy, and Dr. Kalina Hristova.



US News ranks Hopkins DMSE among nation’s best

In the 2015 US News and World Report ranking of engineering graduate programs, Johns Hopkins University was ranked as the 18th best graduate school for materials engineering, up four spots from the previous year’s ranking.

For the complete rankings, see the US News and World Report website.


Evan Ma serves as guest editor for MRS Bulletin

Professor Evan Ma served as a guest editor for the February 2014 issue of MRS Bulletin. The theme of the issue was Elastic Strain Engineering.

Professor Ma has been a leader in the advancement of metastable alloys and deformation behavior of nanostructured metals alloys. His research seeks to uncover the atomic-level structures in metallic glasses and optimize the mechanical properties of bulk nanostructured metals.

Issues of MRS Bulletin are available on the website for the Materials Research Society. MRS Bulletin is free to MRS members and is available to nonmembers and institutions by subscription.

Spring 2014 Seminar Series

The schedule for the Materials Science and Engineering Spring 2014 Seminar Series is now available. Seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00pm in Maryland Hall 110. The following speakers are scheduled for the Spring:

  • January 29: Martin Ulmschneider (Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University)
  • February 5: Ying Liu (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • February 19: John Koenitzer and Larry Mann (Global Advanced Metals)
  • February 26: Liangbing Hu (Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland Energy Research Center)
  • March 5: Oliver Beckstein (Dept. of Physics, Arizona State University)
  • March 12: Pupa Gilbert (Dept. of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • March 26: Glenn Gates (Walters Art Museum)
  • April 9: TBD
  • April 16: Michael Uchic (Air Force Research Laboratory)
  • April 23: Senior Design
  • April 30: Senior Design

For questions or more information, please contact Jeanine Majeweski.

Last updated: March 25, 2014

Tenure-Track Faculty Position


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a junior-level tenure-track faculty position, preferably in materials characterization. Areas of special interest include three-dimensional microstructural characterization, characterization of materials in situ in extreme environments, characterization across multiple length scales, and analysis of large microstructural data sets. Preference will be given to applicants at the assistant professor level but exceptionally qualified candidates at higher ranks will also be considered.

It is expected that a successful candidate for this position will become a member of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, a multidivisional institute devoted to advancing the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions. The institute includes strong collaborations with other universities, national labs and corporate affiliates, and currently houses two independent research centers.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, internationally recognized research program and to be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in materials science and engineering or a related field. Additional information about the department may be found at

All applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to Applications should include a cover letter describing the principal expertise and accomplishments of the applicant, a curriculum vita, short (two page) statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three references. For full consideration applications should be received by January 3, 2014, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Department is committed to building a diverse educational environment; women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Johns Hopkins University is an EEO/AA Employer.

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