In This Issue

Responding to COVID-19 View All

Home Is Where the Design Is

Teaching engineering design during COVID-19 is tricky—but professors are retooling projects to give students hands-on design experiences at home.

Thinking Fast in a Time of Crisis

CBID students created a virtual design challenge to solicit ideas from around the world to fight the novel coronavirus.

At WSE View All

A New University Research Alliance

The Materials Science in Extreme Environments University Research Alliance will work to advance the types of materials that are capable of eliminating stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, while limiting the collateral damage of such defensive actions.

An Ambitious New Model for Undergraduate Education

The second Commission on Undergraduate Education, a two-year effort focused on redefining undergraduate education for the 21st century, reached a key milestone this February with the release of its initial draft report.

Impact View All

Flirting While Flying

Findings by Hopkins scientists about the aerodynamic and midair communication capabilities of mosquitoes’ wings could inform the design of quieter drones and new ways of combating mosquito-borne diseases.

Upstarts: Making Sense of the Data Deluge

The volume of patient data available to medical institutions —concerning everything from treatment and family health histories to allergies—is increasing exponentially.

Tech Tools: Defect-Free Solar Cells

Susanna Thon’s lab used a new tool to find and classify defects in solar cells, allowing researchers to target and eventually fix specific types of defects.

Students View All

Toward Faster MRIs

Puyang Wang, a doctoral degree candidate in electrical and computer engineering, developed an algorithm that speeds up MRI data acquisition, resulting in clearer images in less time.

Does ‘X’ Really Cause ‘Y’?

In an age when many stories in the reported news exaggerate claims and use bold language that doesn’t match actual data, a course offered last January over Intersession couldn’t have been timelier.

A New Card Shark Emerges

Second-year student Amber Hamelin had a plan for the poker tournament hosted in January by Avi Rubin, a computer science professor and technical director of the JHU Information Security Institute.

Alumni View All

3 Questions: Melanie Shimano

Melanie Shimano ’14, MSE ’15, is the founder and director of the Food Computer Program, a STEM-based initiative that teaches Baltimore City high school students to build and code “Food Computers,” which control and monitor tabletop greenhouses that grow vegetables.

High-Tech Lost and Found

Sometimes people stop Steve Klinkner ’86 on the street or in the store and thank him for helping them find their keys or phone that morning.

A Human-Centric Approach to AI

At first glance, Carol Reiley’s artificial intelligence projects appear wildly diverse: Self-driving cars. Surgical robots. Symphonic music.

My Other Life View All

The World’s a Stage

Not many actors can say that they shared a stage with Sacha Baron Cohen. Jason Eisner, a professor of computer science, can.

From The Dean

From the Dean

Today, as never before, we can see just how critical engineering and engineers are—and will be—to our health, safety, and well-being. I am immensely proud of the way the WSE community has risen to the challenge and is making an impact on the world.