Winter 2020

Civil Engineering Reimagined At WSE

To address societal challenges in areas ranging from the resiliency of our cities and future energy infrastructure to human safety and space exploration and habitation, the Whiting School has reimagined its Department of Civil Engineering and launched the new Department of Civil and Systems Engineering.

Preparing for Our Autonomous Future At WSE

Ensuring the safety, resiliency, and reliability of autonomous systems —from home security systems and health monitoring devices to first-responder robots and self-driving cars—is critical to their ability to enhance our lives. 

A Top Innovator At WSE

Archana Venkataraman has been named to the 2019 MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 list.

Li Earns CAREER Award At WSE

Xin Li’s research focuses on theoretical computer science, including pseudorandomness, complexity theory, distributed computing, and cryptography.

Toward Better Treatment for Breast Cancer At WSE

Soojung Claire Hur has been awarded a three-year research grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to develop a system that will help physicians personalize treatment plans for metastatic breast cancer patients.

Hall of Fame Honor for Trayanova At WSE

Natalia Trayanova was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in June. Each year, the WITI Hall of Fame selects five women from around the world for this honor.

In Memoriam: Remembering Ed Bouwer At WSE

Edward Bouwer, a beloved member of the Whiting School of Engineering’s faculty for 34 years, died on Oct. 9, 2019.

Real-World Problem-Solving At WSE

In Multidisciplinary Design, a new undergraduate course, teams of students from disparate engineering backgrounds tackle design challenges provided by project partners.

Finding Gold in Green Spaces At WSE

Tiny pocket parks, forest patches, and vacant lots are nestled throughout Baltimore City. Johns Hopkins researchers are teaming up to assess the value of this green infrastructure to the city’s well-being.

Gerecht Elected to the National Academy of Medicine At WSE

Sharon Gerecht was recognized for her “seminal studies on the interactions between stem cells and their microenvironments and for engineering artificial cell microenvironments capable of guiding vascular differentiation, delivery, and regeneration of tissues.”

‘Black-Starting’ the Power Grid Impact

In the wake of hurricanes and other natural disasters, a loss of electricity not only disrupts transportation and shutters medical facilities, it also hampers the work of relief personnel.

Canine Comfort Impact

One way to make pediatric patients feel more at home in a hospital environment is to give them a furry, four-legged friend—or a robotic equivalent.

Regenerative Graft Could Reduce Heart Surgeries Impact

Coronary artery disease and congenital cardiovascular defects often require multiple surgeries that pose a variety of serious risks to the patient. A development from Hopkins engineers could potentially minimize those surgical risks.

Tech Tools: Talk About a Big Bang! Impact

What happens to a tank at the micro level when it’s hit by a projectile during combat? Or to the surface of an asteroid as it collides with a planet in space?

Catalyst for Green Energy Impact

A new method of increasing the reactivity of ultrathin nanosheets could someday make fuel cells for hydrogen cars cheaper.

Trending Impact

Trending quotes from Johns Hopkins engineers.

Beating the Odds Features

Meet three students who hit their stride at Johns Hopkins, thanks largely to a supportive program that helps them thrive.

Enter the Surgineer Features

Find out how a new member of the clinical team in the operating room holds the potential to help revolutionize the standard of patient care.

Quantifying the Art of Pitching Students

Brian Linton applied his engineering knowledge and experience as a pitcher to help other athletes improve their performances.

Designing for Disability Students

Johns Hopkins engineering students are working with Volunteers for Medical Engineering, a Baltimore-based group that uses volunteer engineers to create individually designed devices for disabled people in need.

Up, Up in the Air… Students

A team of Johns Hopkins students launched cameras and other devices more than 16 miles into the Earth’s atmosphere to collect data, then tracked and recovered the payload nearly 50 miles away.

An ‘Audacious’ Mission to Saturn’s Titan Moon Alumni

A new billion-dollar mission known as Dragonfly is headed to Titan to gather clues about how life formed on Earth, whether life exists on Titan now, and what it takes for extraterrestrial destinations to be habitable.

The Heart of Innovation Alumni

Even under the best circumstances, clinical trials in medicine are notoriously lengthy and costly—so much so, says Misti Ushio ’94, that many researchers shy away from taking risks with trial design and the interventions they’re testing.

Math Meets Fashion at Talbots Alumni

Laura Beaulieu ’08, MSE ’09, is using her applied mathematics background at Talbots to build the company’s analytics structure and provide insights that guide marketing and sales efforts.

Epcot’s Head Engineer Alumni

Roger Arnold ’83, Epcot’s director of engineering services, uses his knowledge and experience to find the right answers to challenges ranging from cast development and capital investment strategy to ride safety.

Making Magic at Disney Alumni

At Walt Disney World, Marcus D’Amelio ’98 combines his three passions—electrical engineering, gaming, and theater.