An academic year that started with an undercurrent of uncertainty and caution has drawn to a close with the campus again bustling with activity. Spring Fair, commencement ceremonies on Homewood Field, and students hanging out on the “Beach” signal a return to normalcy that I think we all craved.
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.
While the impact of COVID-19 is not fully known and even as society continues to address ongoing challenges, I am thrilled to share with you that we’re planning for a staged return of activity on the Homewood campus this fall.
While we continue to work through the impacts of COVID-19 on the university—as well as on our lives—a comforting sense of business-as-usual began to take hold as the fall term progressed.
Today, as never before, we can see just how critical engineering and engineers are—and will be—to our health, safety, and well-being. I am immensely proud of the way the WSE community has risen to the challenge and is making an impact on the world.
Challenge is a concept that cuts across all activities at Johns Hopkins.
As all engineers know, there is always more work to be done. With you, the WSE community, as our partner, the impact we have will be tremendous.
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.
The pace of change here is almost dizzying. In the last year alone, the Whiting School’s footprint on Homewood campus—and slightly beyond—has increased by 20 percent, allowing us to expand our critical core research facilities and world-class laboratories, and add more space for centers and institutes.