Michael Falk, a professor of materials science and engineering, is vice dean for undergraduate education at the Whiting School of Engineering. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on computational materials science, structural materials, and optoelectronic and magnetic materials. He joined Johns Hopkins University in 2008.
He received his doctorate from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1988, and both his bachelor’s (Physics) and his master’s (Computer Science) at Johns Hopkins University in 1990 and 1991. Falk served as the PI on STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES), a $7.4 million National Science Foundation-funded project aimed at improving science, technology, engineering, and math education in Baltimore public schools. He also serves on the Diversity Leadership Council and played an active role in encouraging the university to establish an office of LGBTQ Life.