Winter 2010

Five Students Honored by Siebel Foundation Alumni & Leadership

This fall, the California-based Siebel Foundation selected five Johns Hopkins students from the Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Medicine as recipients of its annual Siebel Scholars awards.

A “Hero” of Public Health Earns Lasker Award Alumni & Leadership

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ’64 has been honored with the Mary Woodard Lasker Public Service Award, which recognizes those who either support research or who lead public health and advocacy programs “of major importance.”

Cities on the Edge Research & Development

As if aging bridges, roads, pipes, and transmission lines weren’t enough to worry about, there is another stealthy challenge facing cities in developed and developing nations around the world: rising sea levels.

Planning for Surprises Research & Development

Planning for an efficient electric grid system means being able to predict not only where demand will be greatest but also where the electricity will come from.

Stop the Leak Research & Development

Worldwide, an estimated 30 percent of treated drinking water is lost through leaks, breaks, and other shortcomings in water delivery systems.

Dissecting the Language of Surgery Research & Development

RESEARCH: A multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and clinicians is analyzing and breaking the complex motions of surgery down to its basic elements in order to improve surgeon education and patient outcomes.

Stem Cells in Sutures Enhance Healing Research & Development

Biomedical engineering students demonstrate a practical way to embed a patient’s own adult stem cells in sutures used to repair serious orthopedic injuries.

Master of 500 Hats Research & Development

ALUMNI MAKING NEWS: Dave McClure ’88: Making Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True.

Under the Sea Research & Development

RESEARCH: Graduate student Sarah Webster helped develop the navigation and control system to guide Nereus, an autonomous underwater vehicle, to the depths of the Mariana Trench.

High Altitude Attitude Research & Development

ALUMNI MAKING NEWS: Reid Wiseman, MS ’06, joins NASA’s 2009 astronaut candidate class.

Modeling Behavior in Nanomaterials Research & Development

RESEARCH: Michael Falk, associate professor of materials science and engineering, is developing new techniques to simulate changes in materials on the nanometer scale.

Hope for Neglected Populations Research & Development

ALUMNI MAKING NEWS: Rebecca Freeman Grais, BA ’95, MS ’97, MS ’99, PhD ’03, tackles the unexamined questions.

New Faculty Research & Development

WSE welcomes new faculty.

Final Exam Research & Development

Students learn to “think big” in a course named—aptly—after Archimedes.

Fragile Foundations Features

Cities across the country—and around the world—are falling apart from the inside. The Whiting School is uniquely positioned to lead the way in assessing, modeling, and monitoring 21st-century solutions.

Getting Their Hands Dirty Features

It takes more than lectures and lab time to learn how to be an engineer. From building ingenious structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows to repairing desperately needed medical equipment for disadvantaged countries, to creating an autonomous robotic helicopter, WSE undergrads are getting real-world experience.

Answers for Africa Features

Ndubuisi Ekekwe, PhD ’09, refuses to stand by and watch his homeland miss the train on technological innovation.

Letter from the Dean From The Dean

The devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti is greater than most of us can comprehend. At the Whiting School, our hearts go out to the people of Haiti and all of those who have been touched by this terrible event. The destruction and suffering we see in the news coverage and in the first-…