Winter 2022

COVID-19: Overcoming Data Deficiencies At WSE

The Pandemic Data Initiative launched last spring to spotlight systemic deficiencies in the collecting and reporting of pandemic data, examine how those challenges hinder COVID-19 responses, and explore possible solutions to improve public data.

New Name, Expanded Mission At WSE

ARCH (Advanced Research Computing at Hopkins) has transformed into an expanded facility designed to sustain advanced and data-intensive computing growth, and enable innovative, dynamic, and life-improving computational discoveries.

Robbins Prizes Awarded At WSE

Three Whiting School of Engineering affiliates are inaugural winners of prizes established to honor the legacy of renowned condensed matter and statistical physicist Mark O. Robbins, who died in 2020.

Top Showing in Student Wind Competition At WSE

A team of Johns Hopkins University students took home second place at the 2021 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, held virtually June 2–11.

Empowering Girls to Navigate Adolescence Impact

Johns Hopkins researchers are working closely with tribal leaders, adolescent girls, and their parents, as well as with teachers and health care workers, to put helpful resources directly into the hands of Native American girls.

Ensuring the Safety of AI-Based Systems Impact

Johns Hopkins engineers are tackling one of today’s most complex and important technological challenges: how to ensure the safety of autonomous systems, from self-driving cars and aerial delivery drones to robotic surgical assistants.

Smoothing the Way to Better Breast Implants Impact

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Rice University, silicone breast implants with a smoother surface design have less risk of producing inflammation and other immune system reactions than those with more roughly textured coatings.

Targeting the Mechanisms of Metastasis Impact

By launching AbMeta Therapeutics, a startup aimed at developing anti-metastatic therapies based on engineered antibodies, Denis Wirtz has served as a real-life example of the high value that Johns Hopkins places on entrepreneurship.

3 Questions: Carsten Prasse Impact

Johns Hopkins environmental engineer Carsten Prasse discusses a new approach to assessing water quality with the potential to aid the creation of engineering and policy approaches that are tailored toward individual water systems.

Upstarts: A Better Alert for Fetal Distress Impact

Johns Hopkins researchers are collaborating to design an ultrasonic, photoacoustic endovaginal imaging device that monitors the fetal brain during labor and can more accurately predict serious fetal distress.

Upstarts: More Accuracy in Diagnosing Epilepsy Impact

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering professor Sri Sarma and neurologist Khalil Husari have developed an EEG analytics algorithm that uses at-rest data to build a “heat map” of a patient’s brain activity that a doctor can then quickly and definitively interpret.

Upstarts: Lower-Cost Cataract Removal Impact

A team of researchers is developing a low-cost hand-held device for cataract surgery that allows for fragmentation and removal of all grades of cataracts through a very small incision, giving patients in all settings access to optimal surgical outcomes.

Tech Tools: Less Costly Couriers Impact

A new particle assembly technology created by Johns Hopkins engineers in partnership with experts from a biotechnology company is making it easier and more cost-efficient to produce viral vectors: engineered viruses that have been used to modify therapeutic cells to treat congenital and acquired diseases.

Tissue Engineering: The Future is Here Features

Through advances in biomaterials, stem cell science, and more, researchers are moving tantalizingly close to regenerating damaged body parts, creating new organs, and equipping our existing tissues to fight off debilitating diseases.

Re-imagining Renewable Energy Features

Johns Hopkins researchers are on a mission to create and implement scalable, renewable energy technologies. There’s no time to waste.

Doctor of Engineering Program Focuses on Practice Students

Created for midcareer individuals working full time and piloted with APL, the Doctor of Engineering program at Johns Hopkins University offers students like Austin DiOrio, ME ’10 the flexibility they need.

A Patch to Catch Cardiac Arrest Students

Jeff Kim, a master’s student in electrical and computer engineering, wants to improve the survival rates of people who experience a cardiac arrest while alone.

Better Triage on the Battlefield Students

Combat triage may soon undergo a transformation, thanks in part to a team of student engineers who helped develop a digital triage assistant.

Women Mentors in STEM Students

Womxn Mentoring Whiting pairs undergraduate students with with juniors, seniors, and graduate student and alumnae mentors in STEM disciplines.

Life Lessons from the Ring Students

As part of Johns Hopkins’ Community Impact Internships Program, Roy Sun interned at Corner Team Inc., which uses Olympic-style boxing and other programs to teach youth healthy lifestyles and leadership skills.

Homing in on the Range Alumni

As founder and CEO of Roper, Maeve Garigan ’01, MA ’08, aims to revolutionize beef production with innovative technology — a GPS-enabled ear tag for cattle

Using AI in New Ways Alumni

As a Master Inventor and distinguished engineer at IBM, Aaron Baughman, MS ’07, has created AI-based experiences for the U.S. Open, the Masters Tournament, ESPN fantasy football, the Grammy Awards, and others — work that, in turn, has led to some extraordinary real-life experiences.

Cleaning Up Transportation Alumni

As co-founder and CTO of ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Julie Blumreiter ’08 is taking  the dirty out of the diesel engine and setting a new standard for sustainability in the transportation sector.

Personalized Treatment for PTSD Alumni

Blythe Karow ’02, co-founder and CEO of Evren Technologies, has developed a medical device to treat PTSD by boosting the parasympathetic response to put the user in a more relaxed state.

Feeling Strong My Other Life

As a professional communicator, Amy Weldon understands the proverbial power of the pen. But Weldon is equally conversant with a different kind of power — one that comes from putting her body to the test lifting weights as heavy as 415 pounds.

From the Dean: Winter 2022 From The Dean

Today as never before, engineers and engineering impact just about every aspect of our lives—from our understanding of how infectious diseases spread and the reliability of the power grid to commerce, social interactions, and even political discourse.