Winter 2019

Innovative Doctoral Program Debuts At WSE

In July, the Whiting School welcomed its first cohort of students accepted to an innovative new Doctor of Engineering (DEng) program designed to meet the needs of midcareer engineering professionals.

WSE by the Numbers At WSE

In October, the university’s $6 billion university-wide fundraising campaign officially came to a close. The money raised during the eight-and-a-half-year campaign has been nothing short of transformative.

Partnerships in Asia At WSE

Two new partnerships—one with China’s Tsinghua University and the other with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education—are expanding the School of Engineering’s global reach.

Network Will Manage ‘Data Deluge’ At WSE

“The goal is to create a robust, industrial-strength national storage substrate that can impact 80 percent of the NSF research community,” says Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Alexander Szalay.

Where Creativity Reigns At WSE

A new space devoted to turning the seeds of students’ creative ideas into reality opened this fall in Remington, a stone’s throw from the Homewood campus.

Clancy Heads Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering At WSE

Paulette Clancy is one of the country’s leaders in the study of atomic-and molecular-scale modeling of materials, especially semiconducting materials ranging from traditional, silicon-based compounds to all-organic materials.

Making Space Elevators a Reality Impact

For nearly 150 years, researchers have contemplated the idea of a space elevator—an alternate way to shuttle people and goods to space that wouldn’t involve a shuttle at all.

‘Pushing Pause’ in Cellular Mechanics Impact

Denis Wirtz, vice provost for research, says unifying the field of cell mechanics around a common set of approaches will make it more valuable to the larger cancer research community.

The Robotic Underground Impact

A robot travels through a tunnel buried deep underground. Using its camera, it searches every nook and cranny in the dark passageway for potential hazards, mapping its path as it goes. It relays this information to its operators in real time. “Nothing like this really exists in current fielded systems for military, law enforcement, or the harsh environments of space,” says Hopkins engineer William Bagley.

Tech Tools: Social Spark Impact

Breaking the ice socially in new groups is challenging for many people, but a new device promises to make that process easier.

An Electric Finding Impact

A team of researchers led by mechanical engineering professor Noah Cowan has successfully designed and tested a new system that could be used to help researchers and naturalists collect valuable environmental and wildlife data in sensitive natural habitats.

Upstarts: Reducing ‘No-Show’ Rates Impact

Algorithm helps medical offices to schedule reminders and fill vacant appointment slots with patients who urgently need to be seen.

Upstarts: Removing the ‘Noise’ in Ultrasound Impact

Johns Hopkins engineers are training computers to see only structures of interest—say, a needle tip and kidney cyst for a drainage procedure—extracting out all “noisy” background material in ultrasounds.

Pinpointing Tumor Treatment Impact

Knowing as much as possible about the genetic makeup and impaired biological pathways of a particular patient could help physicians make more informed decisions, says Professor Donald Geman.

Removing Barriers Impact

“For many families, myriad small logistical and financial barriers add up to giant roadblocks that limit the access these kids have to summer STEM programming,” says Johns Hopkins environmental engineer Ciaran Harman.

Trending Impact

Trending quotes from Johns Hopkins Engineering faculty members.

Sweet Sensation Features

When graduate student Luke Osborn needed to test the fingertip sensors he’d spent years developing for prosthesis wearers, he didn’t have far to look. The ensuing collaboration and results hold big promise for amputees.

Philanthropy in Action Features

When the university’s Rising to the Challenge campaign concluded in October, the Whiting School had raised a record-breaking $292.6 million. Here’s how philanthropy has provided our faculty and students with the opportunities and resources they need to flourish, achieve, and make a difference.

Keeping His Cool Students

“Building a satellite is very specific work, and there’s no instruction booklet,” says APL’s J. Felipe Ruiz. “EP has given me all the tools I need to build my solution from scratch.”

Summer in Belgium Students

Last summer, Rayyan Gorashi ’19 had a bucket list-worthy few months, hiking the French Alps, cheering on the Belgium national team in the FIFA World Cup, and problem-solving unanticipated setbacks as a research intern at imec.

Removing Bias in Artificial Intelligence Students

Ryan Cotterell, who was named Johns Hopkins’ first Facebook Fellow last spring, is using the fellowship to explore questions about developing more equitable artificial intelligence.

Building Better Vehicle Armor Students

“A soldier’s job is hard enough,” Beatriz Medeiros, a third-year materials science and engineering student, says. “By improving their armor, we’re hoping to make their jobs a little bit easier.”

The New Space Age Alumni

Jonathan Hofeller ’02, vice president of commercial sales for SpaceX, and his team are responsible for securing an ever-growing share of the world’s multibillion-dollar launch market.

At the Top in Cybersecurity Alumni

“I have no idea what my career will look like in 20 years, and that’s by design. I’ve never planned where I’ve ended up,” says Phyllis Schneck.

Pathology’s Digital Future Alumni

“We call it digital pathology now, but this is shifting to the standard of care. Eventually, this will just be called pathology, and our company will be leading the way,” says David West.

Rewind: Opening the Door Alumni

Percy Pierre is a key architect of the nation’s minority engineering effort.

Lost Science Back Talk

The impact of the Muslim travel ban is far-reaching, writes Johns Hopkins civil engineer Sauleh Siddiqui.

From the Dean From The Dean

At its core, the Whiting School of Engineering comprises partnerships that extend within and far beyond the boundaries of our campus. Through these partnerships, we advance discovery, create knowledge, and have an impact on the world.