12/2013: The Freshman Experiences class, taught by Dr. Steven Marra, competed for honors in the annual design competition, which this year challenged student teams to design vehicles that would protect eggs in a precipitous drop and a ride to a targeted bulls-eye!
12/2013: Professor Ishan Barman is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)! Professor Barman has been selected to receive the award for his "innovations in lasers and optics that have already led to significant contributions to both early cancer detection and non-invasive glucose monitoring". The Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Young Investigators Award recognizes and encourages the development of future technology innovators and leaders and is to be used to further the recipient's professional development. Professor Barman will receive a $9,000 honorarium and an inscribed award plaque. Formal presentation will occur at the ASLMS Annual Conference Plenary Session in Phoenix on April 2014.
11/2013: A research team, led by Mechanical Engineers at The Johns Hopkins University, used a multidisciplinary approach to study a surprising feature of animal locomotion: the production of mutually opposing forces in directions other than what is necessary to move an animal through its environment, such as perpendicular to or counter to the direction of travel. Using a combination of biological experiments on the glass knifefish, experiments with biomimetic robot, and a computational model the researchers discovered that these forces enable the animal to simultaneously achieve stability and maneuverability, which was long thought impossible. Results of this study were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The project was led by Shahin Sefati, a Ph.D. student in ME department, and a member of Noah J. Cowan's laboratory.
9/2013: The project, which is lead by Professor Rajat Mittal, includes collaborators from ECE (Andreas Andreou) and Cardiology (William R. Thompson and Theodore Abraham). The goal of the 4-year project from the Smart Connected Health Program of NSF is to develop the fundamental science, knowledge, tools, and technologies for smart diagnosis and monitoring of heart conditions based on automated measurement and analysis of heart sounds. The proposed research leverages emerging capabilities in biosensing, computational modeling, imaging and signal processing, to produce a diagnostic technology that moves us away from management of heart disease that is mostly reactive, expensive and hospital-centric, towards an approach that is smart, proactive, patient-centric and cost-effective.
10/31/2013: Professor Robert Ritchie from University of California, Berkeley, will be presenting the 19th annual James F. Bell Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 31 at 3:00PM in 210 Hodson Hall. For more information on the lecture, please click HERE.
7/2013: Professor Zaki's research focuses on high-fidelity computer simulations of transitional, turbulent and complex flows. His work combines numerical simulations are complementary theoretical models of the flow dynamics. His current activity spans the development of predictive models of instability waves, analysis of the rare events which trigger the onset of turbulence, flow control and drag reduction, the development of scalable algorithms for massively-parallel high-fidelity simulations of turbulent flows and, most recently, multi-scale modelling. Professor Zaki received his PhD in Flow Physics and Computational Engineering at Stanford University in 2005. He subsequently joined the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2006. At Imperial, he established the Flow Science and Engineering group which has been awarded a number of research prizes. In addition, Professor Zaki has received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching for his contribution to the educational mission of Imperial College London.
7/2013: The department wishes to welcome its new colleague, Assistant Professor Ishan Barman. His research has focused on the conceptualization and development of photonic approaches for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring and for accurate, early stage diagnosis of breast cancer. At Hopkins, Dr. Barman’s research program will seek to tackle problems in elucidation of morphological and chemical information of different patho-physiological states through an interdisciplinary approach featuring novel optical, spectroscopic and microfluidic measurements, mechanistic modeling and advanced numerical methods for analysis and interpretation of the acquired data. His work has been extensively published in journals such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Cancer Research, PLOS ONE and Analytical Chemistry and has also been prominently featured in leading scientific (Nature SciBX, Technology Review, Physics Today, Physics World) and popular media (Wall St. Journal, CNN Newsroom, ABC Network) outlets. He holds an undergraduate degree from IIT, Kharagpur and a M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011), both in mechanical engineering, from MIT. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Laser Biomedical Research Center in the Department of Chemistry, MIT.
7/2013: ME Professor Kevin Hemker, CE Professor Somnath Ghosh, and their colleagues will receive a DURIP grant for the acquisition of capital equipment that revolutionizes existing facilities in three key areas: multi-scale materials characterization, multi-scale materials modeling, and data management. These areas are central to interdisciplinary research activities in two new Hopkins centers, CEIMM and HEMI, and lie at the core of the needed materials innovation infrastructure outlined in the National Academy of Engineering report on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and the White House Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness.
7/2013: Dr. Stephanie Fraley, a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Samuel Yang and ME professor Jeff Wang at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has won the prestigious $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interfaces. The prize, distributed over the next five years, helps transition newly minted PhDs from postdoctoral work into their first faculty positions. Please click here to read more on Dr. Fraley's well-deserved award.