Sridevi Sarma has been named WSE’s vice dean for graduate education, effective November 1, 2019.
Sarma brings to this position a dedication to education at all levels, but particularly to graduate education. She has been integral to expanding the Whiting School’s STEM outreach and mentorship programs and, last year, she co-organized and hosted the Rising Stars in Biomedical Engineering Workshop at Johns Hopkins University, a program that provided critical career development training to women in biomedical engineering and sciences. The program will be offered again this year from October 30 through 31.
Sarma joined Johns Hopkins University in 2009 as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and core faculty member in the Institute for Computational Medicine. In 2016, she was promoted to associate professor and, in 2017, was appointed associate director of ICM.
Her research combines modeling, estimation, and control of dynamical systems with neuroscience. She applies these techniques to understand neural patterns that govern decision-making, movements, seizures, and chronic pain. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2011) and, in 2012, received the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). In 2014, she received the first annual Krishna Kumar Young Investigator Award from the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).