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CMEDE showcased as part of Hopkins on the Hill event

As s federally-funded program, the Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments is featured in the Hopkins on the Hill event – a biennial showcase of the range, value, and impact of federally-funded research and programming at Johns Hopkins University.

This year, the event was held virtually with different segments for each program. “How Will Extreme Materials Save the World?”, was held on May 19th and included information from each program within the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI).  CMEDE director Lori Graham-Brady was joined by Prof. Tim Weihs, director of the Materials Science in Extreme Environments University Research Alliance, to discuss their programs and how federal funding contributes to each program’s success.

Below is a video overview used to describe MEDE’s research and workforce development efforts.

MEDE CRA Gathers for Annual Fall Meeting

The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance (MEDE CRA) conducted its Fall Meeting on October 15th, 2020. As the lead research organization of the CRA, Johns Hopkins University hosts and staffs the event. Due to COVID-19, the annual, closed event was completely virtual this year.

The MEDE Fall Meeting brings the entire MEDE CRA together for program overviews, collaborative activities, and discussion. In 2020, the event was attended by 130 individuals including special guests from the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Army CCDC Soldier Center, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Command,  the Office of Naval Research, and the National Ground Intelligence Center. Professor K.T. Ramesh (JHU) and Dr. Sikhanda Satapathy (CCDC ARL) led the meeting, which highlighted the research accomplishments for new metallic, ceramic, and composite protection materials, as well as new computational design codes and tools for armor applications. The meeting also featured a virtual poster session with 55 presenters including ARL researchers, university faculty, graduate students, and postdocs from within the MEDE CRA.

The MEDE CRA is an integral part of the ARL’s Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials. The objective of the MEDE CRA is to develop the capability to design, optimize, and fabricate material systems exhibiting revolutionary performance in extreme dynamic environments. The approach is to realize a mechanism-based, “materials-by-design” capability that focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials in relevant high-strain-rate and high-stress regimes. Model materials in the areas of metals, ceramics, composites and polymers are being investigated to improve protection for soldiers and vehicles.

The MEDE Fall Meeting highlights research from partners around the world.

Leaders from the U.S. Army Review Research Completed Within CMEDE Program

In January 2020, the Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials, or EMRM, conducted its biennial Research Management Board (RMB) review at Johns Hopkins University.

The EMRM is comprised of the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments, known as MEDE, and Multi-Scale Modeling of Electronic Materials, or MSME, collaborative research alliances who work with U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory’s internal energetics program. 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.

The RMB review focused on scientific discoveries in the areas of electronic and protection materials. Currently, the enterprise is studying such electronic materials as electrochemical energy devices, hybrid photonic materials and heterogeneous electronics. Protection materials under investigation include metals, ceramics and composites for military armor applications.

The event was chaired by Dr. Alexander Kott, ARL’s chief scientist. The 16-member board included senior executives and senior research scientists from ARL, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), U.S. Army CCDC Armaments Center, U.S. Army CCDC Chemical Biological Center, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Command, and representatives from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation

More than 80 people participated in the meeting, including principal investigators and students from consortium universities, and ARL researchers.

MEDE CRA Gathers for Annual Fall Meeting

The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance (MEDE CRA) conducted its Fall Meeting on October 17th, 2019. As lead research organization of the CRA, Johns Hopkins University hosts and staffs the event.

The MEDE Fall Meeting is an annual, closed event that brings the entire MEDE CRA together for program overviews, collaborative activities, and discussion. In 2019, the event was attended by 120 individuals including special guests from the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; the U.S. Army CCDC Soldier Center; the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Command; Office of Naval Research and the National Ground Intelligence Center. Professor K.T. Ramesh (JHU) and Dr. Sikhanda Satapathy (CCDC ARL) led the meeting, which focused on technical collaboration across the alliance and program planning for the upcoming year. Research accomplishments for new protection materials as well as new computational design codes and tools for armor applications were showcased through presentations and posters.

The meeting also provided the opportunity to thank Dr. John Beatty, former MEDE cooperative agreement manager, who retired recently. The group presented Beatty with an official note from the CCDC ARL’s Director of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate and a letter of recognition from Dean Ed Schlesinger of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

The MEDE CRA is an integral part of ARL’s Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials. The objective of the MEDE CRA is to develop the capability to design, optimize, and fabricate material systems exhibiting revolutionary performance in extreme dynamic environments. The approach is to realize a mechanism-based, “materials-by-design” capability that focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials in relevant high-strain-rate and high-stress regimes. Model materials in the areas of metals, ceramics, composites and polymers are being investigated to improve protection for soldiers and vehicles.

2019 Mach Conference Showcases Fundamental Research for Materials and Structures in Extreme Environments

The 2019 Mach Conference, held last week in Annapolis, MD, brought together representatives from academia, government and industry to share their work in the field of materials, with an emphasis on advancing the fundamental science and engineering of materials and structures in extreme environments.. The conference’s plenary speakers included Dr. Benji Maruyama (Air Force Research Laboratory), Dr. Jonathan Almer (Argonne National Laboratory), Prof. Gilbert “Rip” Collins (University of Rochester), Prof. William A. Curtin (EPFL), and Dr. Dennis Dimiduk (BlueQuartz Software, LLC and The Ohio State University.)  Conference-goers attended lectures, presented on research, and socialized with their peers in the discipline.

Next year’s conference will be held on April 1-3, 2020. For more information, visit www.machconference.org.

MEDE CRA Gathers for Annual Fall Meeting

The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance (MEDE CRA) conducted its Fall Meeting on October 10th, 2018. As lead research organization of the CRA, Johns Hopkins University hosts the event.

The MEDE Fall Meeting is an annual, closed event that brings the entire MEDE CRA together for program overviews, collaborative activities and discussion. In 2018, the event was attended by 130 individuals including special guests from the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; US Army Engineer Research and Development Center and members of the MEDE Science Advisory Board. Professor K.T. Ramesh (JHU) and Dr. John Beatty (ARL) led the meeting, which focused on technical collaboration across the MEDE CRA and program planning for the upcoming year.

The MEDE CRA is an integral part of ARL’s Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials. The objective of the MEDE CRA is to develop the capability to design, optimize, and fabricate material systems exhibiting revolutionary performance in extreme dynamic environments. The approach is to realize a mechanism-based, “materials-by-design” capability that focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials in relevant high-strain-rate and high-stress regimes. Model materials in the areas of metals, ceramics, composites and polymers are being investigated to improve protection for soldiers and vehicles.

U.S. Army’s Director of Basic Research Visits JHU

On April 3, 2018 Dr. Kimberly Sablon, director of Basic Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) made a visit to the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She was accompanied by Ms. Cindy Bedell, director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.

During the visit, the pair received presentations on the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance, or MEDE CRA. The presentations were led by Professor K.T. Ramesh from Johns Hopkins and Dr. John Beatty of ARL.

The MEDE CRA is an integral part of ARL’s Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials, officials said. The objective of the alliance is to develop the capability to design, optimize, and fabricate material systems exhibiting revolutionary performance in extreme dynamic environments. The approach is a mechanism-based, “materials-by-design” capability that focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials in relevant high-strain-rate regimes. Model materials in the areas of metals, ceramics and composites are being investigated to improve protection for Soldiers and vehicles.

In addition to the updates, Dr. Sablon toured the state-of-the-art facilities which support MEDE research activities. The tour included the 3-dimension characterization, laser shock, Kolsky-bar and plate impact facilities. These facilities can simulate forces from a blast and ballistic event, can determine the composition of a material sample undergoing these types of high impact events.

The visit concluded with a lunch session with current doctoral students. The doctoral students included Army researchers who are attending John Hopkins under the DoD SMART scholars program. Ms. Bedell was the featured speaker and she provided career advice and insights into working at the Army Research Laboratory.

Registration Open for 2018 Mach Conference

Registration is now open for the 2018 Mach Conference. Sponsored by HEMI, the Mach Conference is an annual, open event that showcases the state of the art of multiscale research in materials, with an emphasis on advancing the fundamental science and engineering of materials and structures in extreme environments. The conference will be held April 4-6, 2018 in Annapolis, MD.

This year, plenary speakers include:

Thomas Duffy
Princeton University

Jean-François Molinari
EPFL, Switzerland

Naresh Thadhani
Georgia Tech

Paul Voyles
University of Wisconsin

Xijie Wang
Stanford University

For more information topics being presented at the conference and to register, visit machconference.org.

Leaders from U.S. Army Review 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.