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

Virtual Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Accelerated Materials Design in Extreme Conditions

The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) would like to invite you to a virtual workshop of three half-days, focused on the development and utilization of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms for materials in extreme environments. Particular focus is on simulation methods that enable an accelerated discovery, design, and prediction paradigm as well as high-throughput mechanical testing and material characterization techniques of advanced materials.

Topics covered include:

  • Day 1 (Weds., January 13): Applications of Materials under Extreme Conditions
  • Day 2 (Thurs., January 14): Tools for Accelerated Material Discovery
  • Day 3 (Fri., January 15): High-throughput Experiments/Characterization

Find more information about the workshop, including a list of speakers, here.

Please register for this virtual event here. Interested participants who do not register will not get sent the link required to attend. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

HEMI/MICA 2018 Artist in Residence Introduction: Prof. Jenna Frye

Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914 – May 22, 2010) was an American popular mathematics and science writer who wrote about math puzzles and intellectual recreations in Scientific American for a quarter-century. Despite his lack of formal mathematical training, his column “Mathematical Games” has had a huge impact on the way people view math and engage with mathematical concepts recreationally. Every year on his birthday, mathematicians, scientists, artists and puzzle enthusiasts around the globe gather to honor Gardner’s work with math puzzles, logic puzzles, hexaflexagons and Möbius strips, magic and card tricks and visual paradoxes.

Join Prof. Jenna Frye, our 2018 HEMI/MICA Artist/Designer in Residence, to celebrate Gardner’s legacy by making your own hexaflagons and solving playful puzzles. Feel free to bring a magic trick, puzzle, optical illusion or recreational mathematics problem to share!

Extreme Arts Program Workshop – Contained Thinking: Handmade Books and Zines

Jay Gould, Professor, Photography, MICA

Books and zines create a tactile means to contain and share images, stories and even research. This workshop introduces students to several basic handmade book structures and teaches how to plan, print and self-produce inexpensive, yet intricate, themed books.
Students should bring along a digital folder of photographs, writing, poems, sketches, and anything else that could be used inside of a test book. Photographs from a camera phone will work great. Just have them ready on your computer, Google Drive, or emailed to yourself prior to the workshop. No solid plan is required beforehand, but it may help to have a small archive of inspiring materials on hand.
Please bring a laptop with Adobe Acrobat installed and an active Google Docs account to participate fully in this workshop. Both are available for free.

HEMI will be offering a variety of Extreme Arts Workshops over the 2017-18 academic year. These will be a series of art and design workshops geared towards the non-artist and taught by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) faculty. The goal is to foster cross-disciplinary thinking and collaboration through hands-on demonstrations.

The workshops are free and open to Johns Hopkins University students.

You can register for it now by clicking here.


Extreme Art Workshop: Draw in Draw out Draw on 

HEMI has partnered with Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to create Extreme Arts Workshops. The workshops, geared towards the non-artist, are free and open to Johns Hopkins University students. The goal is to foster cross-disciplinary thinking and collaboration through hands-on demonstrations.

Draw in Draw out Draw on will focus on exploring how the process of drawing allows for a deeper understanding of the senses – of our internal and external environments. Working with internal responses made visible through drawing, and developing skills through visually observed reality, this workshop connects participants with their powers of observation holistically.

Allows the practitioner (trains the brain) to observe events in relationship to one another, as opposed to isolated incidents.

Instructor: Michelle La Perrière, Professor, First Year Experience; Drawing: MAT, MICA

To register visit: https://hemi.jhu.edu/academic-programs/hemimica-extreme-arts-program/extreme-arts-workshops/