March 20, 2019

Applied Biomedical Engineering

John Hickey, an instructor in ABE, has created Tcrunch a mobile app that facilitates communications between students and instructors and enables streamlined feedback. Tcrunch was used in the ABE class, Immunoengineering, as a means to rapidly adjust course content, pace, and delivery, which improved many aspects of the student experience. The app is available in the Apple and Android stores.

Applied and Computational Mathematics

Edward Scheinerman, ACM instructor and vice dean for graduate education in the Whiting School of Engineering's full-time programs, is pioneering the use of Lightboard in his new online class, Introduction to Enumerative Combinatorics (625.617). This is the first ACM class that employs the technology, which can be used to create videos and lectures, and to directly interact with handwritten notes and diagrams.

Scheinerman is the author of a new book, Approaching Asymptotics, which covers core ideas related to asymptotic notation and methods.

ACM faculty members Stacy Hill and James Spall recently published the article, Stationarity and Convergence of the Metropolis-Hastings Algorithm: Insights into Theoretical Aspects, in the February 2019 EEE Control Systems. The article provides a relatively accessible treatment of complex topics related to Markov chain Monte Carlo, an area that is covered in several ACM courses (e.g., 625.633, 625.664, and 625.744).

Computer Science and Cybersecurity

Lanier Watkins, acting supervisor of the Cyber Technology Analysis Section within Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory's Critical Infrastructure Protection Group, has been appointed chair of Computer Science and chair of Cybersecurity. Watkins, who is also a research scientist in the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, has a broad research background in computer network traffic analysis, network security, and signal processing.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE is offering a new online course, UAV Systems and Control (525.661), which covers the guidance, navigation, and control principles common to many small fixed-wing and multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Students enrolled in the course will sharpen their UAV flight control knowledge by experimenting with, tuning, and flying open-source quadrotor UAVs that they will receive in the mail.

An increasing number of ECE courses, including Advanced Analog Electronic Circuit Design (525.732), Applied Kalman Filtering (525.745), Digital Receiver Synchronization Techniques (525.752), and Multidimensional Digital Signal Processing (525.780), are being offered in the Virtual Live environment and are accessible to online students.

Christopher Parish, a student in EP's ECE program, is pursuing a two-semester independent study with instructor Nick Beser. Parish's work focuses on building a modern computer system from scratch, using the hardware from ECE's Computer Architecture course (525.612).

A new book authored by ECE instructor Daniel Chew, The Wireless Internet of Things: A Guide to the Lower Layers, provides a description and analysis of the standards and technologies that enable the wireless Internet of Things.

Healthcare Systems Engineering

A new online program in Healthcare Systems Engineering launches officially this spring. Taught by instructors who are practicing systems engineers or health care professionals, the program's rigorous curriculum balances systems engineering theory and practice, enabling engineers and health care professionals to re-engineer health care delivery on a broad scale. Ultimately, the program will arm a new generation of engineers and healthcare professionals with the best systems engineering practices and tools to seamlessly integrate technology into health care settings, addressing issues such as safety, affordability, security and privacy, performance, and healthcare outcomes.

Alan Ravitz, chair of the Healthcare Systems Engineering program, contributed to a new Academy of Medicine special publication, co-chaired by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's National Health Mission Area, Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care.

Information Systems Engineering

John Piorkowski, supervisor of the Applied Information Sciences Branch within the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory's Asymmetric Operations Sector, has been appointed chair of Information Systems Engineering and co-chair of Data Science. In his role at APL, Piorkowski develops data science solutions to counter asymmetric threats and, with his team, leads research in the areas of machine learning, cloud computing, and advanced visualization with government and open-source data.

Materials Science and Engineering

A new course, Introduction to Metamaterials (515.634), debuts this spring in EP's Materials Science and Engineering program. Developed by Drew Strikwerda, from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Research and Engineering Development Department, the course focuses on the specification of materials structures that manipulate the direction of energy flow through the material. This is an area that has had a profound impact on engineered structures in electromagnetic systems, leading researchers to consider possibilities associated with perfect lensing, artificial magnetic conductors, and energy absorbers. While introductory, the course points to the exciting possibilities that metamaterials will play in the transdisciplinary spaces between materials science and engineering, electrical and optical engineering, and applied physics. At the same time, this course prepares students to make translational innovations in the design and manufacture of metamaterials that will be critical to the impact the field has on future technologies.

Mechanical Engineering

Jaafar El-Awady was named EP's new chair of Mechanical Engineering. El-Awady is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Whiting School's full-time programs and leads the Computations and Experimental Materials Engineering Laboratory.

Space Systems Engineering

The Space Systems Engineering program has streamlined degree requirements to provide students with greater flexibility, allowing them to choose electives that best suit their professional interests. Read more about the new SSE degree requirements, and new electives, here.

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