HEMI Director K.T. Ramesh to Receive Warner T. Koiter Medal from ASME

Congratulations to HEMI founding director K.T. Ramesh, who has been selected to receive the 2019 Warner T. Koiter Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)! Ramesh is the the Alonzo G. Decker, Jr. Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and holds joint appointments in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

Ramesh was selected for “pioneering scientific contributions and international leadership in the area of dynamic material instabilities and material failure, with applications ranging from the mechanics of traumatic brain injury to nanostructured materials and planetary impact.”

Established in 1996, the Koiter Medal is given annually in recognition of outstanding and distinguished contributions to the field of solid mechanics, with an emphasis on the effective blending of both theoretical and applied elements of the discipline, and on a high degree of leadership in the international solid mechanics community.

The formal presentation of the award will take place during the 2019 ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition this November.

Three HEMI Fellows Receive 2019 Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards

Congratulations to HEMI Fellows Anthony Shoji HallClaire Hur, and Sung Hoon Kang, whose faculty teams each received a 2019 Johns Hopkins Discovery Award! Professor Hall is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and Professors Hur and Kang are assistant professors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards program provides grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of members from at least two schools or affiliates of the university, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. Hall’s team (made of professors from the Whiting School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences) will study the “Design of Interfaces between Porous and Non-Porous Materials for Energy Applications.” Hur’s team (consisting of a professor in the Whiting School and another in the School of Medicine) will investigate “Injectable Hydrogel Protected Islet Cells for Long-term Glycemic Control in Diabetes.” The topic of Kang’s team (a collaboration between professors in the Whiting School and the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences) is “Decoding the Biomechanics and Physics of Cetacean Biosonar.” Click here for the full list of awardees and their projects.

The program is meant to encourage collaboration across academic disciplines and divisions under the belief that the most challenging questions cannot be answered entirely by one discipline alone. These awards are expected to spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. Recipients of the award are celebrated at an event each fall.

Congratulations again to our HEMI awardees!

Three HEMI Fellows Receive Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards

Congratulations to HEMI Fellows Anthony Shoji Hall, Michael Shields, and Daniel Viete who have been selected as three of 33 early-career faculty members to receive a 2019 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award. Professors Hall, Shields, and Viete are assistant professors in the Department of Materials Sciences & Engineering, the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, respectively.

The Catalyst Award program offers winners the means and opportunities to pursue a wide range of projects, from disease treatments to environmental studies. Recipients of Catalyst Awards are selected based on their accomplishments to date, creativity and originality, and academic impact. Each awardee will receive a $75,000 grant to support their work over the next year, as well as the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions and other events. Click here to view the other 2019 awardees.

The program is open to any full-time faculty member appointed to a tenure-track position at least three and no more than 10 years ago. This year, more than 90 senior faculty members from across the university served on the committee that selected the awardees from a pool of 115 submissions. Recipients are celebrated at an event each fall.

Congratulations again to our HEMI awardees!

HEMI PhD Candidate Suhas Prameela Accepts MEDE-MSA Fellowship

Congratulations to Suhas Eswarappa Prameela on receiving the MEDE-MSA Research Fellowship! This fellowship enables current graduate students or postdocs working within the MEDE program the opportunity to participate in research activities at a MSA-affiliated university in the United Kingdom. With this fellowship, Prameela plans to explore the microstructure evolution of binary Magnesium alloys during thermo-mechanical processing. Prameela is a PhD candidate working in the Metals CMRG with Prof. Timothy Weihs. During the fellowship period, Prameela will work with Prof. Joseph Robson in the Department of Materials Engineering at the University of Manchester.

The MEDE-MSA fellowship is only open to graduate students or postdocs funded on MEDE whose principal faculty advisor is a current MEDE principal investigator (PI). The fellowship provides $6,000 (US) to support travel, housing and incidental costs. It is expected that the fellowship will be approximately eight weeks in duration which can be conducted throughout the year.

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.