New Video Showcases HEMI’s Research, Programs, and Collaborations

We are pleased to unveil the most recent informational video for HEMI. Shot mainly over the course of the past year, this piece aims to answer the questions, ‘What is the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute? What does it do?’ Included are images and comments about HEMI’s research, academic programs and conferences, and our collaborations with industry, government, and academia.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the piece and helped make it the most comprehensive explanation of HEMI to date.

HEMI Signs Material Transfer Agreement with DSM Dyneema LLC

We are pleased to announce Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) recently signed a material transfer agreement (MTA) with DSM Dyneema LLC.  The MTA allows for the sharing of material samples, information, data and other proprietary information to facilitate research discussions.  The research will focus on studying the relationship between the microstructure of composites and their ballistic performance, as a function of processing conditions.  Professor KT Ramesh, HEMI Director, and Mr. Jason Parker, HEMI doctoral candidate, will lead this effort.

DSM Dyneema holds a technological leadership position in materials armor manufacturers use to develop numerous applications for soft ballistics and hard ballistics protection. Protective vests engineered with Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 30 percent vs. other materials, which allows for hard ballistic inserts and side plates made with Dyneema® uni-directional (UD) material to be added for missions requiring a more comprehensive, all-round soft ballistics/hard ballistics protection, without compromising personal agility and comfort.

Advanced soft ballistics solutions made with Dyneema® materials are widely used in personal protection equipment combining high-level protection at reduced weight and thickness for maximum comfort and agility. They are mission-tested by law enforcement agencies and armed services personnel worldwide, show excellent long-term performance, and maintain their superior protective function even under extreme ambient temperatures.


About DSM Dyneema
Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber is DSM’s premium brand for Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) fiber, UD and fabric. Dyneema® combines maximum strength with minimum weight. It is 15 times stronger than quality steel and 40% stronger than aramid fiber, both on weight for weight basis. Industries like law enforcement, defense, maritime, offshore, medical, sports & leisure, fishing, outdoor, automotive, renewable energy, and personal protective equipment rely on Dyneema® for its lightweight, protective and durable properties. Innovative applications with Dyneema® fibers and form factors are continuously evolving and expanding. Further information on Dyneema® is available at Dyneema® and Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber are trademarks of DSM. Use of these trademarks is prohibited unless strictly authorized.

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at

Call for 2019 Mach Conference Symposia Proposals

Please join us for the 2019 Mach Conference held April 3 – 5 in Annapolis, MD. Showcasing the state of the art of multiscale research in materials, we aim to emphasize advancements in the fundamental science and engineering of materials and structures in extreme environments. The conference is sponsored by the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, housed within the Johns Hopkins University.

The conference program is largely comprised of symposia that are organized around specific topics of interest, each of which contains one or more sessions. If you are interested in organizing a symposium session at Mach 2019, please send a proposal to that includes:

  • Title
  • Name(s) of symposium organizer(s)
  • 200 word summary
  • Potential speakers (if available)

Note: this is a call for symposia topics, the call for individual abstracts will be later in the Fall!

HEMI Adds Lisa Eklund as Grants & Contracts Manager

We are pleased to welcome Lisa Eklund to the HEMI team as our Grants and Contracts Manager!  Lisa comes to us from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where she served as a Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst.  Having earned her degree in Applied Mathematics – Computer Science from Brown University, Lisa has worked in administrative positions at MIT, Brown, and JHU, as well as a few engagements in private industry.

Lisa will oversee the finance team to manage both MEDE and non-MEDE activities related to HEMI and will work with HEMI Fellows on building and managing complex international research portfolios. She will provide dedicated professional-level sponsored funds management, working with HEMI Fellows from pre-award to post-award.  This includes, but is not limited to: proposal preparation, budget development, account projections and reconciliations, salary allocations, invoicing, reporting, compliance, close outs, and subrecipient monitoring.

HEMI Fellow Muyinatu ‘Bisi’ Bell Receives NIH Trailblazer Award

Congratulations to Muyinatu “Bisi” Bell, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, who has been selected to receive NIH’s Trailblazer Award.

The three-year, $624,000 award, administered through the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, supports innovative early-career researchers tackling high-risk, potentially high-impact projects. The ultimate goal is to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open new avenues of research.

Prof. Bell and her team will use the award to conduct pioneering research that integrates deep learning with ultrasound image formation to provide interventional radiologists with a new (and clearer) type of ultrasound image. These novel images only display structures of interest, such as a needle tip as it is inserted into the kidney and the corresponding kidney target location, addressing often problematic ultrasound image-quality issues. The proposed approach is the first of its kind to use data-driven methods to replace the traditional ultrasound image formation process.

She is director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab and, in addition to being a HEMI Fellow, also is a member of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare.

Six Congressional Staffers Visit HEMI

On Monday, July 30th, Maryland Congressional Defense Legislative Staffers representing the offices of Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Van Hollen, Congressman Ruppersberger, Congressman Sarbanes, and Congressman Hoyer visited HEMI to learn more about our CMEDE-related activities and to view our laboratories.

The Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments is a multi-institutional collaborative research center located within the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The Center brings together academia, government, and industry to advance the state of the art for materials in extreme dynamic environments.

The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) program is investigating three material systems which have significant potential for improving protection performance. Johns Hopkins University leads the MEDE Collaborative Research Alliance which includes partners across 10 states, the United Kingdom, and Germany. These partners, in close collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory, are leading the development of a materials-by-design capability integrating state-of-the-art experiments, advanced computational models, and synthesis and processing.


Seven HEMI Students Selected to Attend International Summer School on “MEchanics and Physics of STretchable Objects (MEPHISTO)”

Congratulations to the following HEMI students who have been selected to attend The International Summer School on MEchanics and Physics of STretchable Objects (MEPHISTO)!

Amy Dagro
Lichen Fang
Steven Lavenstein
Cristina Martin Linares
Debjoy Mallick
Jason Parker
Zheliang Wang

The goal of the program is to provide PhD students and researchers with a new wider point of view in research by a series of lectures given by the best international specialists in the emerging domains at the interface between mechanics and physics: material failure, non-linear mechanics and instabilities, complex and network multi-scale materials.

The aforementioned students have received travel support to pursue this opportunity to network, showcase their research, and learn about important current topics in mechanics by experts from over the world.

To learn more about this program, visit

HEMI Postdoctoral Fellow Position Available for Raman Studies of Polymer Interfaces

The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute announces a search for a postdoctoral fellow who will use Raman spectroscopy and related methods to characterize polymer interfaces formed during 3D printing. The successful candidate will be part of an NSF sponsored team at Johns Hopkins University, with collaborators at Georgetown University, NIST and ARL. The research will primarily be performed at NIST with Kalman Migler, Jonathan Seppala and coworkers, with regular meetings with team members at JHU.  Specific goals are to test predictions of multiscale models by Prof. Mark Robbins, Prof. Peter Olmsted and Prof. Vicky Nguyen and to relate interface properties to mechanical tests by Prof. Kevin Hemker and Prof. Sung Hoon Kang. The appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension subject to funding. Candidates must possess a Ph.D.. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in Raman or other optical probes.

Consideration of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications and list of references, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent via Interfolio to If you have questions concerning interfolio, please call (887) 997-8807 or email

The Johns Hopkins University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Bess Bielucyzk to Present on HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program at SES 2018

Congratulations to HEMI’s Senior Administrative Coordinator Bess Bieluczyk for her acceptance to present at this year’s Society of Engineering Science (SES) Technical Meeting! Bieluczyk will speak on the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts program as part of Engineering Art symposium within the Frontiers in Engineering Science track. According to the meeting’s website the focus of this symposium is, “to launch a unique forum for establishing interactions between scientists, artists and educators to exchange ideas and initiate new collaborations.”

The HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program is an initiative that brings faculty and students from both institutions together to explore unique perspectives on extreme events.  The program aims to encourage collaboration among artists and researchers to examine data, interpret outcomes, and translate results from extreme events in new ways. It is our hope that this dialog will create a stronger community through a shared sense of curiosity and exploration.