October 22, 2018

Applied Biomedical Engineering

We have a number of new academic offerings to announce in Applied Biomedical Engineering. This fall, we are launching Biomimetics in Biomedical Engineering (585.726) and are delighted to announce that in the summer of 2019, we will debut courses in Biophotonics and Basic Signal Processing for Biomedical Engineering.

We also are proud to announce that Eileen Haase, director of EP's Applied Biomedical Engineering program and a senior lecturer in the Whiting School's Department of Biomedical Engineering, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Uganda. Haase will lecture at Mbarara University of Science and Technology as part of a project to strengthen the Ugandan school's curriculum in biomedical engineering.

Applied and Computational Mathematics

Beryl Castello, senior lecturer in the Whiting School's Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics a lecturer in EP's ACM program, has been appointed program coordinator in EP's program, where she will assist program chair, Jim Spall. Castello received her master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and will be teaching Optimization in Finance (625.616) in the Spring 2019 semester. For students needing to complete prerequisite courses, Calculus I (625.108) and II (625.109) will both be offered online this spring.

Applied Physics

Space Physics (615.755) returns this spring! Students will study the solar-terrestrial space environment and its importance for utilization of space, and among the topics covered in the course the solar cycle and magnetic dynamo and the electrodynamics of the solar upper atmosphere responsible for the solar wind. The Practical issues addressed include penetrating radiation and its effects on spacecraft and man in space, catastrophic discharge phenomena, dust and hypervelocity impacts. This course content couples nicely with other spring offerings such as Introduction to Relativity (615.748) and Quantum Mechanics (615.654).

Additionally, the popular Principles of Optics (615.671) course now will be offered year round to meet student demand.

Civil Engineering

We're pleased to announce that Bridge Design and Evaluation (565.623) is now being offered online.

Computer Science

Congratulations to EP student Anthony Perez who presented his paper Improving End-to-End Verifiable Voting Systems with Blockchain Technologies at this year's IEEE BlockChain conference. CS sponsored Anthony’s attendance at this event. This spring Formal Methods (605.729) and the new course Programming with Domain-Specific Languages (605.606) will be offered at the Applied Physics Laboratory.


Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals has a series of online courses through Coursera, the world's largest open online education provider. The five-course series along with its associated capstone project is titled Ruby on Rails Web Development. The final capstone project gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in how to develop and build their own web applications using Ruby on Rails, SQL, NoSQL, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and AngularJS. To learn more about the new Coursera offering, please visit our Coursera webpage.


This spring Security Engineering (695.614) will be offered at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Data Science

Congratulations to our first DS graduate! Haofei Zhu graduated with a Master of Science in Data Science in the Summer 2018 semester. He completed the program entirely online.

In previous semesters, students wanting to take Machine Learning (605.746) as their 700 level elective were required to take Introduction to Machine Learning (605.649) as a prerequisite. Students now can take either Principles of Database Systems (605.641) or 605.649 as the prerequisite for 605.746.

Mark Fleischer, instructor for Neural Networks (605.647), has developed an efficient algorithm now incorporated into the 2018b MATLAB Optimization Tool Kit update. Traditional approaches to solving multi-objective optimization problems typically optimize a scalar value based on a linear combination of the multiple objective function values. Several years ago, Dr. Fleischer proved that a hyper-volume metric can be defined that achieves its maximum value if and only if the function arguments correspond to Pareto optima—the efficient solutions to a multi objective optimization problem. This proof provided the insights that enabled the development of an efficient algorithm for computing the hyper volume metric.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

In addition to ECE relocating its labs from the Dorsey Center to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory the department also has a number of courses that will be available in new formats. This spring, Digital Receiver Synchronization Techniques (525.752), Applied Kalman Filtering (525.745), and Multidimensional Digital Signal Processing (525.780) will be offered in virtual live format, and Fundamentals of Photonics (525.691) will be offered online for the first time.

Kudos to ECE instructor Daniel Chew has just finished a book on Wireless Technologies for the Internet of Things, which is available for pre-order.

Engineering Management and Technical Management

The EP program, in partnership with the Whiting Schools residential MSEM program, is participating in the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC), an organization that focuses on advancing awareness of the Engineering Management degree as a positive differentiator both for students and for employers.

Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management

The recently reorganized Program Committee for the Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management Programs includes faculty members from The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE)—a cross-divisional department builds on the strengths of the Whiting School's Environmental Engineering and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School’s Environmental Health Sciences. EHE is a collaborative hybrid department uniquely designed to lead pioneering research and fuel technology translation as it prepares the next generation of scholars to solve critical and complex issues at the interface of public health and engineering. The program committee provides vision and guidance, and ensures that instruction in the part-time program is of the highest quality and is continually enhanced in a manner consistent with parallel developments in the full-time program.

Energy Policy and Planning Modeling (575.735) is launching this spring in Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management.

In 2019, we will be debuting a new course on Natural Disaster Risk Modeling. This course introduces a risk framework composed of the overlap of natural hazards, infrastructure exposure, and vulnerability. The course will cover geophysical processes and the estimation of their effects on population and infrastructure. Development of this course will begin shortly. Stay tuned for our Spring 2019 newsletter to learn more information.

Healthcare Systems Engineering

We're happy to announce two new courses in Healthcare Systems Engineering: Management of Healthcare Systems Projects (655.667) and Healthcare System Conceptual Design (655.767).

Space Systems Engineering

Be on the lookout for a number of new courses that will be offered in Space Systems Engineering in 2019, including classes in Electro Optics for Space Systems, Flight Software for Space Systems, Space System Integration and Test, Antenna Design for Space Systems, and Guidance, Navigation, and Control of Space Systems. Development of these courses will begin shortly. Stay tuned for our Spring 2019 newsletter to learn more information.

Stop by APL's booth at the 35th Space Symposium to connect with faculty, network with fellow students and alumni, and receive JHU swag!

Systems Engineering

In addition, to our Systems Engineering program's global reach, the program also is expanding its offerings. In response to the increased use of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in the systems engineering community, SE is developing two new courses: Introduction to Model Based Systems Engineering (645.631), which addresses basic concepts, and Applied Analytics for Model Based Systems Engineering, which builds upon that knowledge. Controlling the systems variance caused by human interaction is critical for systems performance, and a new class, Engineering and Measuring Influence (645.621) introduces students to theories of behavior change and provide hands on experience using technologies to measure human-system interaction and influence.

645.631 will be offered in a virtual live format in Spring 2019. 645.632 and an online version on 645.621 are currently under development. Stay tuned for our Spring 2019 newsletter to learn more information.

Please note that all Engineering for Professionals administrative offices have moved to JHU's Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.