Impact Winter 2017

Clearer Vision for Surgeons

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

Catching Alzheimer’s Early

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

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.