HEMI/MSEE Impact Research Workshop & Short Course

Johns Hopkins University’s Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), in collaboration with the Materials Science in Extreme Environments (MSEE) University Research Alliance, will host a workshop and short course on impact research experiments in July 2023. This event is being organized by a committee from Johns Hopkins including: Prof. Ryan Hurley, Prof. Mark Foster, Prof. Todd Hufnagel, Mr. Justin Moreno, Prof. KT Ramesh, and Mr. Matt Shaeffer. The emphasis of the event will be on impact research experiments performed using gas guns, powder guns, and electromagnetic launchers.

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The three-day workshop will provide an overview of the fundamental physics and mechanics associated with impact research experiments. The emphasis of the workshop will be on lecture-style presentations introducing the fundamentals of shock wave propagation, material response to impact, and modeling approaches. The target audience of the workshop is graduate students, postdocs, and applied researchers entering the field of impact research experiments, and DoD program managers seeking learning and networking opportunities. The workshop will also feature a select number of keynotes highlighting the state-of-the-art in experiments, material behavior, and modeling, and by program managers describing DoD interests, needs, and hiring opportunities in these areas. Finally, the workshop will feature poster and networking sessions for students, postdocs, applied researchers, and faculty to interact with one another and with DoD program managers. Workshop participation is limited to 50 individuals.

The two-day short course (REGISTRATION IS FULL) will provide participants with an opportunity for hands-on setup and execution of a gas gun experiment in HEMI’s Hypervelocity Facility for Impact Research Experiments (HyFIRE). On day 1, a specific experiment and research objective will be presented. Students will aid in timing calculations, setup and synchronization of diagnostics, and experiment execution. Data will be shared with students for basic analysis on the day 2. Short course participation is limited to 15 individuals selected through our application process.

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Instructors: Dr. Nathan Barton (LLNL), Dr. Saryu Fensin (LANL), Dr. Eric Herbold (LLNL), Dr. David Lambert (AFRL), Prof. KT Ramesh (JHU), Dr. Scott Schoenfeld (ARL), Prof. Ghatu Subhash (UFL), Prof. Naresh Thadhani (Georgia Tech).

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Registration Fees: Workshop only – $500 for students, $1000 for professionals.

DisclaimersParticipation in this event limited to participants currently living or working in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

HEMI reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event due to attendance and/or other unforeseen circumstances as of May 2023.


Rooms have been reserved for this event at the Inn at The Colonnade at a group rate of $179.00 per night. Reservations can be made by clicking this link HEMI/MSEE ROOM BLOCK or by phone at 410.235.5400 by using group code WW5.


ARRIVING BY TRAIN: The closest station is Baltimore’s Penn Station. If you opt to take a Uber, Lyft or taxi from Penn Station to the Homewood campus, the fee should be quite modest. The university is very close to the train station.

ARRIVING BY AIR: The closest airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Directions to JHU Homewood Campus: JHU Campus-Malone