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MSEE Graduate Student Suhas Eswarappa Prameela Publishes Article in Nature about Importance of Collaboration

Suhas Eswarappa Prameela, a graduate student in the MSEE URA and the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), has been published in Nature‘s “Why It Matters” section with a paper about the benefits of collaboration for young scholars.

In the paper, Prameela emphasizes the importance of collaboration, especially for graduate students and postdocs. Multi-PI (principal investigator) grants have seen an increase in funding as opposed to grants for single principal investigators. He highlights the Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (CMEDE), a collaborative research alliance led by Johns Hopkins University and the Army Research Laboratory, as an example.

Prameela underscores the importance of being a part of a multi-PI project for students. From having the opportunity to work cohesively with others to engaging with a variety of scientists to exchange ideas, collaboration is crucial – and inter-university collaboration allows each student to enhance their professional network beyond their home university. He writes, “Large collaborative efforts like consortia can develop a workforce that sees the big picture and works across disciplines. These grand views can be very beneficial to students, helping to motivate collaborative efforts.”

The article was co-authored by K. T. Ramesh (HEMI Director, Alonzo G. Decker, Jr. Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, with joint appointments in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and Tim Weihs (Director of the MSEE URA, HEMI Fellow, and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering).

Nature’s “Why It Matters” section features articles that discuss the applications of science, with topics ranging from the intersection of science and politics to mental health in research culture.

Click here to read the full article.

MSEE Researchers Present at Department of Defense Basic Research Forum

Two MSEE researchers, Tim Weihs and Hergen Eilers, were invited to present at the Department of Defense’s Basic Research Forum.

Weihs, director of the MSEE URA and a professor in the Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, presented his talk, “Materials Science in Extreme Environments: Introduction to the URA and Reactive Composite Powders for Agent Defeat,” on February 4. Eilers, lead for Research Area 3/Focus Area 2 of the URA and an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University, will present his talk, “Characterizing Extreme Environments,” on April 22.

The Basic Research Forum aims to increase awareness within the Department of Defense (DoD) of the variety of basic research funded by the DoD, its research organizations, and its laboratories. In attendance are DoD leadership, program officers, and technical staff from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and DoD research organizations.

Learn more about the Basic Research Forum here.

Pictured: Tim Weihs (left) and Hergen Eilers (right)