Summer 2021

A Catalyst for Sustainable Energy At WSE

The Ralph S. O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute will serve as a catalyst for activities focused on developing and translating sustainable energy technologies, educating future energy leaders, and helping create an affordable, scalable, and equitable green energy future for a more resilient world.

‘Meet the Engineer’ At WSE

A group of Johns Hopkins engineering students created a series of short videos designed to stimulate Baltimore City Schools students’ interest in studying science, technology, engineering, and math topics.

Certifying Sustainable Practices At WSE

Graduate research assistant Ryan Weeks was shocked by how much energy could be saved with only minor adjustments to lab procedures after he brought the My Green Lab sustainability certification program to the lab of Marc Ostermeier.

Three Elected to the National Academy of Inventors At WSE

Three members of the Whiting School’s faculty were elected as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, a distinction that recognizes and honors  creators of outstanding inventions that have made a difference in society.

Course Catalog: An Intriguing Spring Offering At WSE

The “Recycling for Sustainability” course focuses on recycling’s role in our strategies for material selection and product design for a sustainable future.

Toward More Accurate Diagnostic Testing Impact

Molecular imaging procedures—which are noninvasive and painless—are being used to diagnose and manage the treatment of COVID-19, cancer, heart disease, and other serious health conditions.

How Massive Glaciers Melt Impact

New research promises to enable more accurate ice flow predictions, helping scientists better forecast how melting glaciers will contribute to rising sea levels.

3 Questions: Chao Wang Impact

A team led by Johns Hopkins engineer Chao Wang has devised a way to transform trash into something of value: p-xylene, a colorless chemical liquid used in manufacturing.

A Towering Effort to Analyze Imperfection Impact

Wind turbines perched atop slender steel tubular towers have become a common sight as the nation’s renewable energy infrastructure rapidly expands, but imperfections that occur during the manufacturing process can leave them vulnerable to premature failure. A team of engineers is studying the link between the tower manufacturing processes and the structural behavior of these remarkable tubes.

Upstarts: A Better Tool for Treating Solid Tumors Impact

Konstantinos Konstantopoulos and a team of researchers are creating a diagnostic tool and method for predicting breast cancer metastasis by looking instead at the tumor cell phenotype.

Upstarts: COVID-HEART Predictor Impact

A team of Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineers and Johns Hopkins Medicine heart specialists have developed an algorithm that warns doctors several hours before hospitalized COVID-19 patients experience cardiac arrest or blood clots.

Upstarts: Less-Polluting Cargo Ships Impact

A team of Johns Hopkins mechanical engineers has put a new spin on an old idea: Make modern cargo ships more efficient—and less polluting—by adding a new mechanism to a rotor that is increasingly in use as a cleaner propulsion system.

Testing for Bacteria Impact

Johns Hopkins engineers develop a testing method to identify viral infections that could harm bacteria colonies in places like the Chesapeake Bay.

Tech Tools: Get a Grip! Impact

Johns Hopkins researchers have designed tiny, star-shaped microdevices that can latch onto intestinal mucosa and release drugs into the body.

Getting the Drop on Better Health Features

Through his many advances in microfluidics, Jeff Wang is making it quicker, easier, and cheaper for clinicians to identify infectious pathogens and diagnose diseases earlier.

Barrier Breakers Features

Like hundreds of students at Johns Hopkins who contend with disabilities, Isaac Diaz refuses to be defined by his challenges. Find out what steps the university is taking to help him and others flourish.

Back(s) to Life Features

Those with spinal cord injuries are often plagued by pain and paralysis. An ultra-high-tech spinal implant being developed by Johns Hopkins engineers could dramatically improve that bleak reality—and transform clinical medicine.

TikTok Tutoring—and More Students

On TikTok, Ben Straus ’21 shares his expertise to help middle school, high school, and college students around the world learn more about engineering.

Starting Young with Artificial Intelligence Students

In June 2019, Nathan Wang presented a bill he had drafted on K-12 AI education to his congressman. The bill, which became law on Jan. 3, 2021, includes the AI Education Act, which directs the National Science Foundation to offer grants and other support to develop AI-related curriculum and programs for K-12 students to gain AI skills, experience, and a deeper understanding of the field’s ethics and social implications.

An Energy for Change Students

Willa Grinsfelder ’21 is helping like-minded students prepare for careers in the renewable energy industry through the student-run Hopkins Student Wind Energy Team, which she co-founded last year.

Increasing Access to IVF Students

Micajah McGarity, MSE ’12, is focused on creating optimization models to make fertility services more widely accessible.

Lawn Care Made Safer Students

For those living with blindness, mowing the lawn can be a dangerous challenge. A team of mechanical engineering students is designing adaptive technology to allow blind individuals to carry out this task more safely.

Redefining Down Syndrome Alumni

After earning his degree in electrical engineering, Nik Nikic ’84 applied those lessons to a rewarding career. But perhaps their most spectacular application has been his work with his son, Chris, who last Nov. 7 became the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon.

UNICEF: In Good Hands Alumni

Ann Thomas, MS ’02, has spent the last 20 years promoting hand-washing with soap and other sanitation practices in developing countries.

The Data Behind Your Burrito Alumni

As lead data scientist at Chipotle, Mash Syed, MS ’15, offers in-depth data analysis to the company’s executives to help them make informed business decisions—expertise that took on new value with the onslaught of COVID-19.

When Life Gives You Lemons My Other Life

Alex Bishop, an associate staff engineer in the Whiting School’s Energetics Research Group, is part of a team that competes in 24 Hours of Lemons, a road race held twice a year at the High Plains Raceway outside of Denver.

From the Dean: Summer 2021 From The Dean

While the impact of COVID-19 is not fully known and even as society continues to address ongoing challenges, I am thrilled to share with you that we’re planning for a staged return of activity on the Homewood campus this fall.