Winter 2017

Artists in Residence–to the Extreme At WSE

Jay Gould, a professor of photography at MICA, traded his Mount Vernon studio for space in the Whiting School of Engineering’s Malone Hall as the first Artist in Residence for the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.

Change of Guard at INBT At WSE

Professors Sharon Gerecht and Hai-Quan Mao have assumed leadership of Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for NanoBioTechnology, succeeding Peter Searson and Denis Wirtz.

New Business Minor At WSE

Johns Hopkins University has launched an interdisciplinary undergraduate business minor designed to better prepare students for a broad range of careers in the business world and beyond following graduation.

Solving Cancer’s Spread At WSE

Supported by a $9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a diverse team led by Johns Hopkins researchers has begun looking for new ways to attack one of the scariest traits of cancer: its frequent refusal to stay in one place.

Bright Light At WSE

Suchi Saria, an assistant professor of computer science, has been named one of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10, the magazine’s annual list of the “brightest young minds in science and engineering.”

Innovator Under 35 At WSE

Muyinatu Lediju Bell, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been honored by MIT Technology Review as one of its 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2016.

$15 Million Establishes Clark Scholars Program At WSE

The Clark Charitable Foundation has given the Whiting School of Engineering $15 million to provide financial aid and enhanced learning opportunities for undergraduate engineering students.

Clearer Vision for Surgeons Impact

Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell is designing a new image-guided surgical system that could give surgeons real-time visuals of the blood vessels, increasing precision and improving patient safety.

3-D Lattices That Are Very Cool Impact

Sometimes, materials just don’t behave the way you need them to. So Timothy P. Weihs and his collaborators have gotten creative. By weaving metal threads into intricate patterns, he can make webby 3-D materials with unique properties.

Lifesaving Algorithms Impact

Suchi Saria and colleagues are developing computer programs that analyze existing medical information to manage patients most at risk, allowing clinicians to take action early to prevent organ failure.

Tech Tools: Finding Purpose for Retired Robots Impact

An open-source software and electronics kit created by a team of Whiting School faculty members, research engineers, and students for first-generation da Vinci surgical robots is in use at more than 25 research institutions around the world.

Stressing Metallic Glass Impact

When materials scientists want to create steel with specific properties—say, a certain combination of strength, hardness, and fracture resistance—they know how to approach the problem. Materials scientists know much less about how to predict and alter the mechanical properties of metallic glasses and other amorphous solids.

Resilient Networks Impact

Yair Amir, chair of the Department of Computer Science, has led an effort to protect against the sort of attack that in 2010 disrupted thousands of internet networks in the United States and around the world.

Upstarts Impact

Johns Hopkins engineers are developing high-tech hardhats, collaborating for improved CT scanners, and working towards better tissue repair.

Catching Alzheimer’s Early Impact

For a disease that’s disturbingly prevalent, Alzheimer’s disease’s cause and cure remains elusive. But researchers know that the brain changes of Alzheimer’s start before symptoms such as memory loss show up.

Cancer’s Quest for Oxygen Impact

Cancer cells need oxygen to survive. But scientists had never tracked cancer cells’ search for oxygen in their early growth stages until now—moving medicine a step closer to understanding one way that cancer spreads.

Trending Impact

“Unfortunately I think the thing that has improved the most in the past 10 years is the sophistication of the hackers.”  8/5/16, NPR’s Science Friday Avi Rubin, technical director of the JHU Information Security Institute, discussing threats to the security of U.S. voting systems. “We became like a family.” 9/7/26, The Los Angeles Times Andrew…

Say What? Features

Think today’s computers are smart? Just look at what’s coming. Meet a multinational bullpen of computer scientists who are rapidly bridging the divide between humans and machines.

Making Waves Features

After 60 years at the vanguard of the physics of sound, prolific inventor James E. West is on to his next big project: a smart stethoscope.

LOVE, Reign O’er Baltimore Features

As an agent of change in his adopted hometown, Scott Burkholder ’02 has turned to art to inspire hope.

Hands-Free Gaming Students

Six years ago, Gyorgy Levay overcame a devastating meningitis infection that robbed him of most of his left arm, as well as his right hand. So he and two fellow graduate students helped design a new hands-free control system.

Left Brain Right Brain Students

Two Whiting School students, both pianists, were among three winners of last spring’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra concerto competition.

A Boon on the Battlefield? Students

An undergraduate team has designed a low-cost, low-tech device that may boost the success rate when combat medics need to create an artificial airway and pump air into the lungs.

Tackling Trash Students

Two Johns Hopkins doctoral students decided to take on a persistent problem facing Baltimore after finding inspiration in an unlikely source: “Mr. Trash Wheel.”

Oh, the Places They Go! Students

Prateek Gowda has some advice for anyone tutoring an 8-year-old: Don’t underestimate the power of math games, Dr. Seuss books, and the occasional bag of spicy sweet chili Doritos chips.

Rewind: Ahead of the Curve Alumni

The “father” of computer science at Johns Hopkins may be William H. Huggins, who encouraged university administrators to acquire the university’s first computer in the early 1960s, and he became a strong proponent of using computers as teaching tools.

Doing the Right Thing in Flint Alumni

Pan Ji, MS ’11, says she once believed that engineers needed to be “emotionally unattached and isolated from the public.” Her perspective changed after preparing sampling kits and processing water samples from hundreds of homes in Flint, Michigan.

One Crabby Chef Alumni

When it came to making sure he ate well as a Johns Hopkins undergrad, necessity truly was the mother of invention for Dharshan Munidasa ’94, who taught himself to cook after finding cafeteria food not to his liking. Today, he is one of Asia’s most celebrated chefs and the owner of five restaurants in Sri Lanka that consistently earn critical acclaim.

An Eco Entrepreneur Who Sees Green Alumni

Cutting-edge entrepreneur Leslie Silverglide ’02 opened her 10th restaurant last summer in a prime spot near San Francisco’s Union Square. The award-winning Mixt specializes in delicious, high-quality salads made with local, seasonal, and organic produce.

Ensuring Internet Freedom Alumni

Nnake Nweke loves an intellectual challenge. It’s what drives him in his new role as the first director of the Office of Internet Freedom for the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

All Aboard Alumni

Inspecting incidents on the railways can involve putting first responders in harm’s way and can take hours or even days. That’s why the TSA tasked the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with coming up with a better solution.

Bone Deep Alumni

In collaboration with three spine surgeons at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maxim Budyansky, MSE ’11, and Neil Shah, MSE ’11, have invented a device intended to radically improve the process of harvesting autologous bone grafts.

Finding Harmony Back Talk

Daniel Naiman, professor of applied mathematics and statistics, explains why music could have the power to entice more young people into STEM fields.

From the Dean From The Dean

In late October, Whiting School students, faculty, faculty members, and research staff members from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory gathered in the Homewood campus’ Glass Pavilion to view a poster session and listen to talks about APL research projects in areas that included computer vision, prosthetic limbs, and secure mobile communications. The presenters that afternoon were not APL scientists and engineers; they were students who had worked as paid undergraduate interns at APL last summer.