Summer 2012

Extreme Impact Big Ideas

K.T. Ramesh’s Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute units the brightest minds nationwide to conduct basic research into what happens to materials subjected to extreme impact.

Surgical Tools Get Smart Big Ideas

With the Hopkins’ Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology, Jin Kang develops smart surgical tools that improve human dexterity.

Measuring Peace and Quiet Big Ideas

Nick Miller ’66 sets out to determine how much man-made noise is appropriate in a park by figuring out how to measure natural quiet.

Computational Mechanics Takes Flight Big Ideas

Somnath Ghosh of the Computational Mechanics Research Laboratory studies cracks in planes to guide the structural design of future aircraft.

Health Care Records for the Homeless Big Ideas

A pilot project by Avi Rubin and Johns Hopkins Medical students pioneers electronic medical records for Baltimore’s homeless population.

Dropping the F-Bomb Big Ideas

Security researcher Brendan O’Connor MS ’08 has dropped a big one with his latest invention: a little spy computer that he has dubbed the F-BOMB.

Not-So-Unlikely Bedfellows Big Ideas

Edward D. Miller—the Frances Watt Baker, MD, and Lenox D. Baker Jr., MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine—who retired June 30, offers parting words.

Dolphin Diet Big Ideas

Whiting School professors team up with the National Aquarium to study the health implications of dolphins’ diets.

The Buzz Big Ideas

Trending engineering terms.

Lab Notes Big Ideas

Satellite Surgery: How can NASA fix valuable satellites that are breaking down or running out of fuel? Robots to the rescue. Scientists say that the same technology that allows doctors to steer a machine through delicate abdominal surgery could someday help an operation on Earth fix a faulty fuel line on the far side of…

On Opportunity and Legacy Big Ideas

Three endowed professors share thoughts on Hopkins Engineering and their fields of expertise.

Breaking New Ground Currents

The Whiting School of Engineering breaks ground on the 69,000-square-foot Malone Hall.

Bubble Man Currents

Andrea Prosperetti is elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Gateway to Engagement Currents

Associate Professor Michael Falk reinvents the college lecture for the 21st Century.

Faculty Awards Currents

Herrera-Alonso, Guikema, Elhilali and Foster win awards.

Bio Bots Features

From cockroaches to fruit flies, from moths to DNA strands, next-gen robots are finding inspiration in living things to navigate faster, maneuver better, and self-replicate with dizzying speed.

The New Language of Anatomy Features

At the vanguard of imaging science, Michael I. Miller is working in new dimensions that hold tantalizing promise for the early detection and treatment of disease.

In the Swim Features

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, we look to Professor Rajat Mittal to analyze the swimmer’s freestyle stroke, in an attempt to answer once and for all: Which method is fastest?

Next-Gen Smart Cars Final Exam

When engineering undergrads interview for summer internships, they often are asked to describe two things: a team project and their biggest challenge. Adam Gross ’13 has a single answer to both questions: the “intelligent ground vehicle” he’s been working on since freshman year.