In This Issue

Responding to COVID-19 View All

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.

Using Social Media to Track Social Distancing

By comparing Twitter data from before and after the COVID-19 outbreak, a team led by WSE computer scientist Mark Dredze found a profound impact on the movement of Americans—indicating social distancing recommendations were  having an effect.

At WSE View All

Tackling Health Challenges with NATO

Johns Hopkins University has become the world’s first university to partner with Innovation for Defense, a new initiative of NATO’s Innovation Hub.

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

Inspiration from Slithering Snakes

By studying how snakes slither up trees, rocks, and shrubbery, a team of Johns Hopkins engineers has created a snake robot that can nimbly and stably climb large steps.

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.

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.

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.

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 Solution to Vision Loss in Canines

A team of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students and alumni developed a device to make it easier for surgeons to perform partial corneal transplants on dogs.

Alumni View All

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.

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.

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.