HEMI Fellow Muyinatu Bell to Receive Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer Award

HEMI Fellow Muyinatu Bell, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been chosen by the Maryland Academy of Sciences to receive the Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

Conferred by the Maryland Science Center, this award recognizes and encourages the important work being done by Maryland’s young professional engineers.
 As director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Laboratory, Bell and her team integrate optics, acoustics, robotics, electronics, and mechanics, as well as signal processing and medical device design, to engineer and deploy innovative biomedical imaging systems that not only address unmet clinical needs, but also significantly improve patient care.

Congratulations, Prof. Bell!

HEMI Fellow Susanna Thon Receives NSF Career Award

Congratulations to HEMI Fellow Susanna Thon, who has been chosen by the National Science Foundation for its prestigious CAREER Award, which recognizes early-stage scholars with high levels of promise and excellence. Thon is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Thon’s research is in the field of nanomaterials engineering for optoelectronic devices, with a specific focus on renewable energy conversion and storage. Her work applies techniques from nanophotonics and scalable fabrication to produce devices and materials with novel optical and electrical functionality.

Her CAREER project, “Finite-Absorption-Bandwidth Nanomaterials for Multijunction Photovoltaics and Narrow-Band Photodetectors,” has the potential to lead to a more efficient, usable, and cost-effective way of generating solar energy.

“The basic thrust of the project is, we came up with a new way to control the color of materials,” Thon said. “We drill periodic arrays of air holes into the absorbing materials called ‘photonic crystals’, and that changes how the materials absorb light. This is a way to perform ‘color tuning,’ so it is essentially a new strategy for controlling the color in these materials.”

Thon believes that these solar cells and light sensors could eventually help create a more efficient, usable, and cost-effective way of generating solar energy. She envisions a day when the cells and sensors could be made into paints that could be used on the exteriors of homes and other buildings to capture the sun’s energy, providing heating and cooling and powering appliances inside.

She predicts that much of the work on this project will focus on achieving the level of color tuning control needed to obtain optimal results—a challenge that she feels certain that she and her excellent team at Johns Hopkins can meet.

Congratulations, Prof. Thon!

HEMI Fellow Muyinatu Bell Named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

HEMI Fellow Muyinatu ‘Bisi’ Bell has been selected as a 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Professor Bell is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prof. Bell leads a highly interdisciplinary research program that integrates optics, acoustics, robotics, and electronics to engineer and deploy innovative biomedical imaging systems that address unmet clinical needs. She is the director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab, and the technologies developed in her lab have applications in neurosurgical navigation, cardiovascular disease, women’s health, and cancer detection and treatment. Dr. Bell is additionally interested in utilizing these novel technologies to investigate fundamental science questions surrounding the limits of laser-tissue interactions and their effect on tissue mechanical properties derived from acoustic measurements.

The Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship is awarded annually to young researchers based on their potential to make substantial contributions to their fields and their distinguished performance.

Congratulations to Prof. Bell on her achievement!

HEMI Receives Funding from National Endowment of the Arts – Marking a Milestone for the Whiting School of Engineering

We are pleased to announce that the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) has been awarded an Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). This is the first grant from the NEA awarded to an organization within the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Funding will support HEMI’s collaboration with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

The HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts program is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute College of Art 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.

Specifically, this award will provide support to the Summer Project/Internship (for students) and the Artist/Designer in Residence position (for faculty members). These creative programs combine art, design, science, and engineering to showcase the fundamental science associated with materials and structures undergoing extreme conditions.

Participants in the program collaborate and explore solutions related to fundamental composition, materials use, and the impact of advanced technology. Artists and scientists work together to create new works of art that visually portray scientific discoveries.

Click here to view examples of work that have resulted from the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program.

HEMI Fellow Sarah Hörst Published in Sky and Telescope Magazine

Congratulations to HEMI Fellow Sarah Hörst, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences whose article, “Titan’s Veil,” is featured in the February issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.

The eight-page article details the chemical ingredients found within the each region of atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and likens that complex atmospheric makeup to that of early Earth.  In doing so, Hörst makes a point that, by studying Titan, we might learn enough to identify markers that will allow us to recognize habitable planets surrounding other stars.

Hörst’s primary research interest is atmospheric chemistry. She is particularly interested in the complex organic chemistry occurring in the atmosphere of Titan, but is also interested in complex organics elsewhere in the solar system and universe, whether they are produced in an atmosphere or on a surface.

Sky & Telescope is the essential guide to astronomy, showcasing each month a wide array of celestial events and astronomy news to a highly-engaged audience that includes astronomy practitioners of all levels – from novices with their first telescope, to intermediate and advanced backyard astronomers, to professionals.



HEMI Undergraduate Named A Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award Receipient

Congratulations to Rebecca Grusby of the Kang Group, who was recently named a recipient of a Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA)!

Grusby, a junior in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, was selected for her project, “Improving Hemocompatibility and Anti-Biofouling of 3D-Printed Cardiovascular Conduits Through Surface Modifications.”

According to the website PURA is open to undergraduates from any division working with a mentor in any JHU division, center, or institute. Undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct independent research, design, entrepreneurship, scholarly, and creative projects over the academic year with the help of a $3000 fellowship. PURA recipients will present their project at DREAMS, our campus wide day celebrating undergraduate projects. Learn more and see other recipients at https://research.jhu.edu/hour/internal/pura/.

Two HEMI Students Receive Alex Charters Student Award from Hypervelocity Impact Society

Congratulations to PhD candidates Debjoy Mallick (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) and Gary Simpson (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) for receiving the Alex Charters Student Scholar Award from the Hypervelocity Impact Society!

Students are selected through a competitive evaluation of nominations submitted by their academic advisors. Receiving the award makes them eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses to attend the 2019 Hypervelocity Impact Society Symposium. This year, the event will be  held April 14-19, 2019 in Destin, Florida.

This is the second time Mallick has received the Award. The first instance was in 2017.

Prof. Somnath Ghosh Recognized by Three Professional Societies

Congratulations to Prof. Somnath Ghosh, HEMI Fellow and M. G. Callas Chair Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, on receiving significant recognition from three professional societies: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Engineering Science (SES), and the International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM). 
ASME has awarded him the 2019 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award, which is given to an outstanding individual for significant contributions in the practice of engineering mechanics, and he will be officially recognized at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City in mid-November 2019.
He has also been elected as an SES Fellow, which recognizes outstanding individuals for significant contributions in the practice of engineering mechanics; contributions may result from innovation, research, design, leadership or education. He will be honored during SES’s 56th Annual Technical Meeting in St. Louis in October 2019.
Finally, the ICCM awarded him the International Computational Method Medal at their international conference in Rome, Italy, last August.
We are very proud of the great work being done by Prof. Ghosh.


Prof. KT Ramesh Elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gregory Hager and K.T. Ramesh

Gregory Hager and K.T. Ramesh, members of the engineering faculty at Johns Hopkins University, are among 416 fellows elected this year to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Founded in 1874, the AAAS recognizes scholars whose research is considered by their peers to be scientifically or socially distinguished. The distinction is unrelated to the annual list of fellows announced each spring by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hager is the Mandell Bellmore Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Whiting School of Engineering. His research centers on computer vision and robotics, and he directs the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. Currently he is working to develop intelligent robotic assistants.

Hager was elected to the AAAS for his contributions to vision-based robotics and to computer-enhanced interventional medicine.

“I’m honored to be named an AAAS Fellow,” Hager says. “I look forward to advancing the mission of AAAS to promote science and engineering, and to articulating the importance of computing research as it pertains to all areas of science.”

Ramesh is the director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and the Alonzo G. Decker Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Whiting School. He was nominated for his distinguished contributions to the study of the behavior of materials under extreme conditions and the dynamic fragmentation of brittle solids, as well as his impact in planetary science and biomechanics.

“I am honored—and absolutely delighted—to be asked to join such a distinguished group of scientists,” Ramesh says. “As with most such honors for academics, the honor actually arises from the work of my students and postdocs. The people in my research group are extremely bright, work incredibly hard, and have a lot of fun doing their research, and this is a recognition of their scholarship.”

The newly elected fellows will each be awarded a certificate and a rosette pin during the AAAS Fellows Forum on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Washington, D.C.