July 30, 2018

Applied Biomedical Engineering

We just wrapped up the fourth year of our unique residency course, Biomedical Engineering Practice and Innovation, which combines online courses with summer on-site labs, workshops, and clinical experiences on JHU's Homewood campus. We’re also happy to announce that two of our classes will be offered online for the first time this fall. Biomechanics of Cell and Stem Cells (585.709) covers topics including cell structure, motility, force generation, and interaction with the extracellular matrix, as well as mechanical properties as indicators of the cell performance, and Biochemical Sensors (585.710) addresses the fundamental principles and practical aspects of chemical sensing of physiological signals.

Applied and Computational Mathematics

Kudos to our ACM faculty: Chair James Spall was interviewed for AMSTAT News about graduate data science programs. Matrix Theory (625.609) instructor Treven Wall has been appointed Chief Scientist of the APL Group on Strike Analysis within the Force Projection Sector, and instructor Cetin Savkli was awarded the 2017 Hart Prize, which is given annually to the best internal research project at JHU/APL for his research, “Inference Under Uncertainty.”

Civil Engineering

The fourth edition “Wind Effects on Structures,” a book authored by EP instructors Emil Simiu and Dong Hun, will be published in early 2019 and will serve as the textbook for their Wind Engineering class in Spring 2019.

Computer Science / Cybersecurity / Data Science / Information Systems Engineering

In the Data Science program, our core required statistics course, Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (625.603) has undergone a complete revision as part our effort to ensure that our offerings encompass the most current data science practices. The course covers the mathematical foundations of common methods to help students understand both the types of applications that are appropriate and the limits of these methods.

On the Computer Science side of Data Science required courses, students now are able to choose between Principles of Database Systems (605.641) and Introduction to Machine Learning (605.649).

Electrical and Computer Engineering

This fall we are offering new ECE online courses, including UAV Systems and Control (525.661), Power Electronics (525.725), and RF Power Amplifier Design Techniques (525.790). In addition, three courses are now available in the Virtual Live format: Error Control Coding (525.707), Advanced Analog Electronic Circuit Design (525.732), and MMIC Design (525.787).

ECE laboratories have been relocated from the Dorsey Center to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, including the Robotics Laboratory (human-robot interaction and prosthetic control), the Microwave Electronics Laboratory and the Advanced Communication Laboratory (design, development, and testing of microwave chips and communication circuits), and the Remote Laboratory (equipment testing for online courses).

Kudos to ECE instructor, Lauren Boteler, who was named the ASME Electronic and Photonics Packaging Division’s 2018 Women Engineer of the Year.

Engineering Management and Technical Management

As the Bureau of Labor and Statistics forecasts a 22 percent increase in demand for people with expertise in engineering management and technical management, we are conducting a thorough review of our requirements and curricula in both programs to ensure that our graduates are ready to meet this demand and to lead advances in the technology-based workforce. While we leverage the latest online learning technologies and techniques in our courses, we also are excited to report that we are investigating ways to integrate online learning with opportunities for students to study on JHU’s Homewood campus.

Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management

We have expanded our environmental master’s programs to include new certificate and focus area options in Environmental and Occupational Health, which are being offered in collaboration with JHU’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a partnership between JHU’s Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) and the Whiting School of Engineering. Students now can choose electives from a list of approved courses offered in BSPH.

Materials Science and Engineering

We are happy to announce two new courses that will be offered this fall that build upon our new materials processing focus area: Chemical Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials (515.636.31) and Design for Additive Manufacturing (515.658.31).

Kudos to Jessica Ma, who received the Best Student Poster Award at the 2018 National Space and Missile Materials Symposium, for her work," Fabrication and Characterization of High Performance, Cost Effective Ni-Al Pyrotechnic Microcomposites." Ma was supervised by Dajie Zhang.