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.
6/2013: The JHU Baja team earned its first 1st place finish in a Baja SAE event capping a great season with a storybook comeback. At the first competition of the season at TTU the team got 4th place in design finals but missed an entire day of dynamic events and broke down in the endurance race. However, this month at RIT the team turned it around and proved their muster with a first place finish in maneuverability, making it arguably their best season yet. Read more here: http://www.jhu.edu/baja/new/seasons/910/910.html
6/2013: We would like to congratulate Professor Vicky Nguyen once more as the recipient of an additonal prestigious award! Professor Nguyen has been selected to receive the ASME 2013 Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award "for outstanding contributions in both theoretical and experimental biomechanics, particularly work on the complex mechanics of the eye with applications to several conditions including glaucoma." The Sia Nemat Nasser Early Career Award was established as a divisional award in 2008 and elevated to a Society award this year. Professor Nguyen will be the inaugural recipient of this new society-level award, and will receive a $5,000 honorarium, a bronze medal, a certificate and travel support. Formal presentation will occur at the ASME Congress & Exposition in San Diego on November 2013.
2/2013: Professor Vicky Nguyen is the recipient of a 2013 NSF CAREER Award, one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research in their organizations. Professor Nguyen’s award supports her project, “Understanding the Micromechanisms of Growth and Remodeling Collagenous Tissues.” This research has the potential to add significantly to our understanding of how mechanical loading influences the growth and remodeling of collagen tissue—knowledge that can be applied to the study and treatment of a range of diseases and conditions, including tendon injuries, cardiac fibrosis and glaucoma.
In addition, Professor Nguyen is also the recipient of the 2012 Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty. This award is given annually to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics. The intent of the award is to promote the field of mechanics, especially among young researchers.
11/2012: Summer researcher Daniel Price was recently awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford in the UK. Mr. Price, a student at UC Berkeley, worked this summer in the ME department with Professor Noah Cowan on adaptive tracking behavior in the weakly electric glass knifefish. Mr. Price also won "Best Presentation" among 12 other summer research projects at Hopkins.
On November 2, 2012, at the AIAA Region I Young Professional, Student, and Education Conference graduate student Pranav Joshi won the Best Graduate Student Paper Award for his presentation, "Effects of Mean and Fluctuating Pressure Gradients on Boundary Layer Turbulence," co-authored with Xiaofeng Liu and Joseph Katz.
Graduate student Chao Zhang won third-place for his presentation, "Flight Stabilization with Flapping Wings in Gusty Environments" co-authored with Lingxiao Zheng, Tyson Hedrick and Rajat Mittal.
10/18/2012 The Air Force Center of Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling, headed by Prof. Somnath Ghosh is seeking graduate students to begin studies in the Spring 2013 semester. Visit here for details and application information.
11/2012: Two JHU students, Sarah Stamper (Psych) and Manu Madhav (MechE) had their interdisciplinary paper selected as the Editor's Choice in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Their paper, which investigates how special interference patterns called "envelopes" drive the behavior of electric fish, was ranked as the third best paper in 2012 in the journal. The student's work was co-advised by ME Professor Noah J. Cowan and visiting ME Professor Eric S. Fortune (Professor of Biology at NJIT). Their paper is freely available until December 5, 2012 and can be found here.
11/2012: The project will fund an International Partnership for Integrated Research and Education (PIRE) in wind energy intermittency, spanning topics from wind farm turbulence to economic management. Professor Meneveau will lead the team involving ME Professors Dennice Gayme and Rajat Mittal and other colleagues in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, as well as at the Texas Tech University, Smith College and the University of Puerto Rico. European partners include DTU and Risoe Laboratory in Denmark, the ERC of the Netherlands, EPFL in Switzerland, Leuven University in Belgium, and Comillas Pontifical University in Spain. For more information, click here.
Professor Dennice Gayme is leading a team of researchers at JHU, North Carolina State University, and Smith College in a new $1.7M National Science Foundation project that studies ways to increase the percentage of our electricity that comes from renewable energy sources. Power from wind and solar power is uneven because it depends on when the wind is blowing or sun is shining. The project examines methods to maintain the flow of electricity in a power grid that is connected to these cleaner but intermittent power sources along with the government and market policy necessary for the changes to be adopted. The JHU project team includes Professor Charles Meneveau and Professor Ben Hobbs, the director of the Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute. For more information, click here.
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