Dear Whiting School Community,
It was wonderful to see so many of you at Alumni Weekend 2018. I hope you enjoyed your guided tours, guest lectures, student activities, sporting events, and social gatherings. Spring is a special time on Homewood campus.
Those of you who were with us no doubt noticed some exciting changes. Though our familiar brick walkways and Federal style of architecture remain a constant, we continue to renovate, upgrade, and expand our physical structures—erecting new buildings such as beautiful Malone Hall, renovating spaces as such as Latrobe Hall and the Wyman Park Building, and purchasing new space.
The pace of change here is almost dizzying. In the last year alone, the Whiting School’s footprint on Homewood campus—and slightly beyond—has increased by 20 percent, allowing us to expand our critical core research facilities and world-class laboratories, and add more space for centers and institutes, such as the Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling and Simulation and the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute, to name a few.
Johns Hopkins also recently purchased the historic Stieff Silver complex, a two-building, half-acre former silver factory located a short walk from campus. This acquisition enables us to make significant investments in our Materials Characterization and Processing research core, which will serve the entire Johns Hopkins community. We also continue our strategic funding of other critical core research facilities, which include the Integrated Imaging Center in Dunning Hall and Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus.
A few blocks to the east of Stieff, we are busy building out our entrepreneurship ecosystem. Recently, we introduced you to FastForward R. House, a trendy innovation hub providing 9,000 square feet of office, meeting, and lab space for our faculty entrepreneurs. This summer, in partnership with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, we will open a new 10,000-square-foot student innovation hub, FastForward U, across from R. House. This space will support our students’ entrepreneurial activities with a metal shop, woodworking shop, paint booth, and other facilities.
These investments allow us to continue to attract and retain world-class students and researchers. They also enable us to plan for enhancements to academic offerings, and I look forward to sharing details of exciting new programs soon. Until then, consider returning to Homewood for Alumni Weekend 2019.
Benjamin T. Rome Dean
T.E. “Ed” Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean, Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering
Ed Schlesinger is the Benjamin T. Rome Dean at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering where he also is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
At Johns Hopkins, Schlesinger has launched numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing the student experience and the impact of the Whiting School of Engineering’s educational and research efforts on society. He has built educational, research, and outreach partnerships and has enhanced translational opportunities for Whiting School of Engineering faculty, students, and staff.
These efforts include the creation of the cross-divisional Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a partnership between the Whiting School and JHU’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. They also include the launch of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, a partnership with the School of Medicine, the Applied Physics Laboratory and other JHU divisions that is aimed at enhancing the efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency of health care, and helping lead a 10-year multimillion-dollar partnership between the Barclay Elementary/Middle School and JHU, community organizations, and the Baltimore City Schools to created pre-K through eighth grade school focused on engineering education and computer skills as a means to spark student achievement.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2014, Schlesinger was the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professor and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he 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.
He has published over 250 articles and conference proceedings, and holds 13 patents. 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, was on the Advisory Board for the ECE Department at Georgia Tech and the Technology Commercialization Advisory Board for Innovation Works. He currently is a member of the Fellowship Evaluation Panel of the National Research Foundation of Singapore.
Schlesinger earned a BSc in physics at the University of Toronto and earned his MS and PhD in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Baltimore Business Journal (11/1/17) “Stieff Silver buildings sell to Johns Hopkins for $17.55M”
Baltimore Sun (3/3/17) “Amazon picks Johns Hopkins, 3 other universities to work on voice services”
Baltimore Business Journal (10/17/16) “Johns Hopkins engineering school receives $15M gift, creates new scholars program”
Technically Baltimore (11/12/15) “‘Think like an engineer’: This Baltimore City school is going all in on STEM”
WBAL-TV (11/12/15) “Johns Hopkins partners with Barclay Elementary-Middle School”
Baltimore Sun (11/12/15) “Hopkins opens new engineering lab in city elementary school”
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (8/30/15) “Engineering Deans Pledge Diversity Push”
JHU Gazette (May – June 2015) “Johns Hopkins team wants to build a better heart”
JHU HUB (9/2/14) “Johns Hopkins Engineering ushers in an new era with opening of Malone Hall”
Baltimore Business Journal (8/12/14) Google partnership can help Johns Hopkins researchers take ideas to market
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 Capitol Shorts (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”