In This Issue

Responding to COVID-19 View All

Tracking the Coronavirus

In the weeks after the coronavirus was first reported, Lauren Gardner, along with her first-year graduate student, Ensheng Dong, launched an interactive, Web-based dashboard to track the outbreak as it unfolded.

Institution-Wide Effort to Address Ventilator Shortage

In response to a pressing need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory hosted an online design workshop to coordinate university-wide efforts to address the issue. The two projects the group selected to support were spearheaded by WSE teams.

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

Top Rankings

Johns Hopkins Engineering’s online graduate programs are again ranked among the nation’s best, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools for 2019.

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.

Impact View All

Compound Interest

Most people see mosquitoes as a mere nuisance —or worse, a vehicle for disease. But Joelle Frechette instead found inspiration in these insects and has devised an elegant strategy for replicating their surprisingly sophisticated visual system.

Disinfected Water: Unintended Consequences

Mixing drinking water with chlorine, the United States’ most common method of disinfecting drinking water, creates previously unidentified toxic byproducts, according to a team led by Carsten Prasse, an assistant professor of environmental health and engineering.

Students View All

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.

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.

Alumni View All

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.

He ‘Touched’ a Satellite

The observation window at Goddard Space Flight Center looks out onto the world’s largest clean room, where a gleaming golden hexagon is hoisted on display — a mirror segment left over from Kenneth Harris’ most recent project.

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.

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.