Summer 2013

Redefining What is Possible Features

On May 4, 2013, the university launched Rising to the Challenge, a seven-year fundraising effort to further empower the people of Johns Hopkins.

She’s Got the Beat Features

The heart is much more than the sum of its parts. By capturing that complexity, Natalia Trayanova and her lab aim to deliver clinical innovations to transform cardiac care.

In a New Light Features

By harnessing the power of optics and photonics, Whiting School researchers are pioneering techniques that could advance cancer diagnosis, hydrogen fuel production—and a whole lot more.

Message from the Dean From The Dean

As you may already have heard, earlier this spring I announced my decision to step down as the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering in order to take on new opportunities and challenges.

FastForward This! Big Ideas

A new Johns Hopkins technology accelerator gives startups a boost.

Getting a Grip on Better Biopsies Big Ideas

By using swarms of untethered grippers, each as small as a speck of dust, Johns Hopkins engineers have devised a new, more effective way to perform biopsies.

Healing Wonders of Hydrogel Big Ideas

A simple substance comprised of a water-based, three-dimensional network of polymers shows amazing promise for treatment of third-degree burns.

Who’s on First? Big Ideas

The challenge of scheduling each year’s thousands of professional ballgames is a complex business that one Whiting School researcher is now taking on with the help of students.

Upstarts Big Ideas

Disruptive ideas, findings, and products created by WSE faculty, students, and alumni.

Crystal Ball Big Ideas

How can we better engineer hospital ICUs to improve safety for patients?

Ferreting Out Illicit Drug Data Big Ideas

Hopkins engineers have developed a computer algorithm to provide doctors, policymakers, and law enforcement, real-time information about the dangers of new chemical concoctions.

Making Sense of Data Big Ideas

Ari Balogh ’86, MS ’89 oversees data storage, network infrastructure, and cloud computing at Google.

ISO: “Boutique Algae” Big Ideas

Hopkins researchers seek to engineer a commercially viable, environmentally friendly process to link wastewater treatment and biofuel production.

Lab Notes Big Ideas

Research briefs from around the Whiting School.

The Buzz Big Ideas

Engineering terms in the news.

Seeds of Hope in Ecuador Currents

A rural Ecuadorian village gets a new day care center, thanks to Hopkins students.

Dedication of Croft Hall, May 3, 2013 Currents

Johns Hopkins University leadership and guests gathered in front of Croft Hall to pay tribute to the generosity and philanthropy of L. Gordon Croft ’56.

Sex Trafficking: A Way Out Currents

An online system created by Hopkins BME undergrad Aaron Chang ’14 helps to combat sex trafficking in Baltimore.

That Dam Dilemma Final Exam

A relic of times past, Maryland’s Bloede Dam—the world’s first self-contained, underwater hydroelectric dam—stretches across the Patapsco River in what is now the area’s revered Patapsco State Park. Built in 1907, this dam, a hollow-core concrete structure 230 feet across and more than 30 feet tall, provided power to nearby homes and businesses in the…