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January 2014: This is a homecoming for Dr. Kraemer, who earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 2001. His research involves investigations of the dynamics of ocean wave-energy conversion systems. He is consulting with a small start-up company that is developing a wave-energy device. However, he has focused his professorial career on undergraduate engineering education. Dr. Kraemer has taught at the US Naval Academy and Bucknell University, and he comes to us from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville where he served as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Kraemer's teaching interests include dynamic systems and instrumentation, numerical methods, fluid mechanics, and renewable energy.
January 2014: Professor Dennice Gayme has co-authored a paper with a researcher at the North Carolina State University that explains their findings that installing wind power plants at certain favorable locations in a power grid can make the grid more robust against extraneous disruptions.
December 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!
December 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.
November 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.
September 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.
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