Prof. June Wicks Selected as HEMI Seed Grant Recipient

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2018 HEMI Seed Grant, Prof. June Wicks!

Professor Wicks is an Assistant Professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. Research interests include planetary interiors and evolution; building equation of state and phase diagram models of matter at extreme conditions; kinetics of phase transitions at extreme conditions. In addition to funding her project “Bridging Accessible Strain Rates in the Lab to Recreate Meteorite Impacts”, she will be using the grant to expand the capabilities of her research group.

The HEMI seed grants are given each year to fund research in fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions. All faculty and researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, as well as Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Staff, who can serve as Principal and Co-Investigators are eligible to apply. Learn more about the program here

HEMI Graduate Student Jason Parker Receives American Society for Composites PhD Scholarship

Congratulations to Jason Parker, a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who is one of this year’s recipient of the American Society for Composites (ASC) PhD Scholarship!

First awarded in 2000, the annual graduate student research scholarship grant program was created for formally enrolled Ph.D. students in engineering or science whose dissertation research is focused on some aspect of composite materials. Up to four awards will be given, each consisting of two parts – one portion to support the student’s research and the other to register and attend the ASC Technical Conference.

Parker accepted his award at the ASC banquet on September 25, 2018 at the ASC Technical Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Prof. Daniel Viete from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Joins HEMI

Please join us in welcoming the newest HEMI Fellow, Prof. Daniel Viete! Prof. Viete is an assistant professor with the Department of Earth and Planetary Science who studies metamorphic petrology, tectonics, structural geology and rock mechanics. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fulbright Victoria Scholar, and a recipient of the Young Author of the Year Award from the Journal of the Geological Society of London.

Welcome to HEMI, Dr. Viete!


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.