Summer 2020

An Ambitious New Model for Undergraduate Education At WSE

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.

A New University Research Alliance At WSE

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.

Tackling Health Challenges with NATO At WSE

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

Top Rankings At WSE

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.

Toward Data-Driven Discovery At WSE

A new institute dedicated to data-driven discovery has been launched by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Mathematical Institute of Data Science.

Tracking the Coronavirus Responding to COVID-19

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 Responding to COVID-19

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.

Using Social Media to Track Social Distancing Responding to COVID-19

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.

Thinking Fast in a Time of Crisis Responding to COVID-19

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

Home Is Where the Design Is Responding to COVID-19

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

Influencing the Influencers Impact

Many of us resolutely think of ourselves as independent- minded beings, free to make personal choices. But in reality, much of our decision-making hinges on our social networks—the individuals we interact with, both in person and electronically.

Compound Interest Impact

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 Impact

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.

Flirting While Flying Impact

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: Little Size/Big Impact Impact

Delivering biological medicines directly to cells can maximize their effectiveness while minimizing side effects, says Jordan Green, professor of biomedical engineering.

Upstarts: Making Sense of the Data Deluge Impact

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

Upstarts: Maximizing Catalysts’ Benefits Impact

Heterogeneous catalysts are used in industry to transform raw materials into products, including gasoline and fertilizers, and to remove pollutants from automobile exhaust.

Inspiration from Slithering Snakes Impact

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.

Tech Tools: Defect-Free Solar Cells Impact

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.

Connecting the Dots Features

In the highly abstract world of network analysis, Carey Priebe stands out for his prowess in tackling real-world problems—from human trafficking to corporate fraud.

Start ‘em Up Features

At FastForward U, student entrepreneurs find all the resources they need to bring their creative new ventures to life.

Is There Life on Mars? Features

Engineer and inventor Gilbert V. Levin ’47, PhD ’63, says “Yes!”

A Solution to Vision Loss in Canines Students

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.

Toward Faster MRIs Students

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.

A New Card Shark Emerges Students

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’? Students

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 Human-Centric Approach to AI Alumni

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

3 Questions: Melanie Shimano Alumni

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 Alumni

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 Alumni

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.

The World’s a Stage My Other Life

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: Summer 2020 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.