Jun 14, 2019 | No Comments | By Jessica Ader
This past Wednesday, HEMI’s Executive Program Director Dr. Victor Nakano, along with PhD candidate Jason Parker, presented research from the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) program at the Hopkins on the Hill event. Hopkins on the Hill showcases the range, value, and impact of federally funded research and programming that takes place across Johns Hopkins University. The event took place in the US House of Representative’s Rayburn Building in Washington, DC.
The event had over 500 attendees which provided Nakano and Parker the opportunity to showcase the results of MEDE research to Congressional legislative staff and JHU senior leadership and alumni. Parker, a Department of Defense (DoD) SMART scholar working towards his doctorate in mechanical engineering, explained how his experiments will lead to improved composites materials to better protect our soldiers. Nakano was able to show the new protection materials created within the program to Congressman David Trone of Maryland.
The MEDE program is supported by a grant from the Department of Defense. HEMI and the CCDC Army Research Laboratory jointly lead the MEDE collaborative research alliance which consists of 18 university and research centers across nine states, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland.
MEDE has developed a materials-by-design strategy which integrates advanced experiments, computational modeling, and synthesis and processing into a single program. Three classes of materials are being investigated: metals, ceramics, and composites. The goal of MEDE is to develop new protection materials, and new computational design codes and tools for armor applications.
To learn more about the 2019 Hopkins on the Hill event, click here.