Dear Whiting School Community,
Over the past five years, the Whiting School has moved from 27th to 17th place in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of graduate engineering programs. While the absolute meaning of these (and of any such rankings) should be regarded with a degree of caution, given the impossible task of quantifying and comparing something as nuanced and complex as universities, we cannot deny the impact these rankings have on prospective students, hungry for concrete data to help guide their graduate program choices. Another undeniable truth about our rapid ascent in the rankings: It signals how dramatically our visibility, our reputation, and the impact we are having on the world have grown—and continue to grow.
Today, the Whiting School boasts a flourishing entrepreneurial culture. Our faculty and students are tackling complex societal problems, and we are offering new degree programs that address pressing industry needs, launching cross-divisional research initiatives, and translating our discoveries into innovations that improve lives.
Such achievements fuel our reputation and position us for even greater success. We are attracting world-renowned scholars and, over the past two years alone, the number of our faculty members in the National Academy of Engineering has increased by five. Over the past six years, our research expenditures have grown by an average of 14 percent a year, we have seen record numbers of applications to all our programs, and we have launched a Doctor of Engineering program that provides working engineers with access to the discipline’s highest degree.
And our faculty members, students, and alumni continue to make a difference in the world. For proof, just look inside this issue of JHU Engineering.
All of what we do is made possible because of the generosity our university’s supporters. Michael Bloomberg ’64’s remarkable gift will change lives by providing more students with unprecedented access to a Johns Hopkins education. Now, it is up to us—together, working toward a common goal—to carry forward the impact of a Johns Hopkins education and tackle the most complex challenges that face our world. As all engineers know, there is always more work to be done. With you, the WSE community, as our partner, the impact we have will be tremendous.
Benjamin T. Rome Dean
From the Spring 2019 issue of JHU Engineering magazine
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.
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