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.


U.S. Army Leaders Review HEMI’s CMEDE Program

In January 2018, the Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials, or EMRM, conducted its biennial Research Management Board (RMB) review at Johns Hopkins University.

The RMB review focused on scientific discoveries in the areas of protection, electronic and energetic materials. Senior executives from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Army, Army Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation gathered to examine the EMRM, which is composed of the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) and Multi-Scale Modeling of Electronic Materials (MSME) Collaborative Research Alliances (CRAs), as well as ARL’s internal energetics program. These highly collaborative partnerships between ARL and academia bring together world-class research which support essential research areas.  The MEDE and MSME CRAs are led by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Utah respectively and include a consortium of over 20 universities.

Over 80 people participated in the meeting, including principal investigators and students from consortium universities, and researchers from the Army Research Laboratory.

Research Management Board members post with Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials key leaders and Dean T.E. Schlesinger of the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering prior to the review.

New Research Collaboration Established Between HEMI and Corning, Inc.

Johns Hopkins University’s Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW). This effort will enable HEMI and Corning to work together on projects to explore the performance of ceramics and glasses through state-of-the-art experiments and sophisticated computational modeling.

Professors Lori Graham-Brady, KT Ramesh, and Todd Hufnagel of HEMI will be working closely with Corning scientists to investigate fundamental mechanisms related to the mechanical performance of Corning’s precision glass and ceramics materials. The collaboration leverages the deep knowledge of materials performance under extreme conditions provided by HEMI faculty and they expect to be conducting experiments using the cutting-edge resources located at Argonne National Laboratory.

“The caliber of materials research performed within HEMI is quite impressive and we are excited to collaborate with them on these projects,” said Dr. Steven Ogunwumi, research manager at Corning. “We hope these collaborations will lead to a long-term relationship between Corning and HEMI at Johns Hopkins.”

Professor KT Ramesh, Director of HEMI added, “This collaboration with Corning provides us the opportunity to work with an industry leader in precision materials while enhancing our research portfolio. We look forward to seeing the translation of our fundamental research by the leader in the field of ceramics and glass.”

About HEMI
The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute provides global intellectual leadership to advance the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions or demonstrating extreme performance. HEMI partners with academia, government, and corporate organizations on a wide range of projects, leveraging key strengths across Johns Hopkins – including the Whiting School of Engineering, the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, and the Applied Physics Laboratory.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a 166-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.
Corning’s capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning’s markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning’s industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.

Erez Krimsky (JHU ’17) Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to mechanical engineering senior Erez Krimsky on being awarded a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship!

Krimsky will graduate from Johns Hopkins University having done research at the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, the United States Army Research Lab, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. His research at JHU has centered on understanding how fractures form and propagate in ceramic armor material, utilizing resources found within the Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments. In the fall he will begin a PhD in mechanical engineering with a focus in robotics.

This NSF program, the oldest of its kind in the country, recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who pursue research-based post-baccalaureate degrees at accredited institutions. Fellows receive three years of monetary support during a five-year fellowship period, and have international research and professional development opportunities.