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Applied Biomedical Engineering

Beginning this spring, the ABE program will offer the following new courses:

  • Global Health Engineering (770)
  • Ethics in Biomedical Engineering Research and Management (635)

The Applied Biomedical Engineering (ABE) program has launched two additional focus areas as options for prospective students: Biomechanics and NeuroEngineering.

The Biomechanics focus area is for students interested in understanding the structure, function, and motion of the mechanical aspects of biological systems at any level, from whole organisms to organs, cells, and cell organelles. Topics include biomechanics of tissues, cells, and stem cells, biological solid and fluid mechanics, orthopedics, and rehabilitation engineering.

NeuroEngineering encompasses modulation of individual neurons and their sub-cell components to regulate their networks and function in nervous tissue and the organ as whole, which eventually control the functioning of the entire human body. This focus area is for students interesting in engineering techniques to understand, repair, replace, or enhance neural systems.

Recent student publications:

John (Jack) Philpott – August 2020 edition of the Marine Corps Gazette:  Philpott, John C. (2020) “Improving Patient Outcomes”, Marine Corps Gazette, Vol. 4, No. 8, Pgs. 44-47.

Applied and Computational Mathematics

Beginning spring 2021, Applied and Computational Mathematics (ACM) will offer its non-graduate course in Linear Algebra (625.252) online.

This spring, the ACM program will launch its new course, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (625.240)

This spring, all courses formerly offered only in-person will be available to remote students via the virtual live modality.

ACM instructor Paul Nicholas has been instrumental in leading the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab’s (APL) efforts in support of the federal COVID-19 response. Nicholas’s team comprises more than 60 data scientists, operations research analysts, and data engineers providing direct analytic support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health and  Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the White House coronavirus task force. The analytic products developed on a daily and weekly basis by this team have national distribution and have been used to support policy and resource allocation decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels.

H.M. James Hung and two other colleagues on the Antidepressant Sequential Parallel Comparison Design (SPCD) Statistical Research and Review Team received an FDA/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research 2020 Group Regulatory Science Excellence Award in October for conducting innovative statistical research to expose utilities and pitfalls of sequential parallel comparison design for antidepressant clinical research.

Stacy Hill and James Spall were awarded APL’s Outstanding Special Publication award for their paper “Stationarity and Convergence of the Metropolis-Hastings Algorithm: Insights into Theoretical Aspects,” in the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 56–67.

Recent faculty publications:

Zhu, J. and Spall, J. C. (2020), “Stochastic Approximation with Nondecaying Gain: Error bound and Data‐Driven Gain‐Tuning,” International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, vol. 30(15), pp. 5820–5870.

Applied Physics

Beginning spring 2021, the Applied Physics program will offer the following courses online for the first time:

  • Classical Physics (611)
  • Introduction to Relativity (748)

In August, faculty member Amir Najmi and Todd Moon, professor and head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Utah State University, published a book entitled, Advanced Signal Processing: A Concise Guide. The book is a comprehensive introduction to the mathematical principles and algorithms in statistical signal processing and modern neural networks. It is an expanded version of a graduate course on advanced signal processing at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting school. Unique among books of on the subject, it includes a comprehensive introduction to modern neural networks with examples in time series forecasting and image classification. The text reflects the course content of several courses taught by Najmi and can be purchased on Amazon.

Civil Engineering

This spring, the Civil Engineering program will offer Ground Improvement Methods (565.762) for the first time online.

Computer Science

This spring, the Computer Science (CS) program will offer the following courses online for the first time:

  • Object-Oriented and Functional Programming in Kotlin (603)
  • Compiler Design with LLVM (615)
  • Applied Topology (628)
  • Computer Network Architectures and Protocols (672)
  • Queuing Theory with Applications to Computer Science (725)
  • Computational Geometry (727)
  • Formal Methods (729)

Beginning spring 2021, the CS program will offer Autonomic Computing (605.636). The course, taught by Christopher Rouff, is an introduction to autonomic and self-aware computing systems.

Russ Fink was awarded a “Pineapple Award” for technology transfer to a potential startup from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) Technology Transfer group, in recognition of the Advanced Resilience to Malware and Ransomware (ARMR) technology. ARMR is an innovative defense against crippling ransomware, giving the victim the simple ability to erase infected partitions and restore a known working state automatically from the local hard drive. ARMR uses the OPAL and TPM Trusted Computing technologies to ensure that local backups cannot be corrupted by cyber criminals. Within minutes, systems can be restored to full operational status, without paying the ransom. A Pineapple Award is an internal award within APL, presented by the Technology Transfer group, in recognition of notable achievement in the creation and promotion of novel, licensable technologies.

Charles Kann has been converting the EP programs Computer Organization class (605.204) from MIPS assembly to ARM assembly. This conversion is being made because ARM assembly is used more frequently than MIPS assembly in real-world application, and ARM forms the basis for many IOT and SOC systems. The change in assembly language will hopefully support eventual IOT and SOC courses in the EP program.

Lanier Watkins was issued a patent in September for Method and Apparatus for Remote Malware Monitoring and was awarded a patent plaque from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) Technology Transfer group.

Recent faculty publications include:

McCulloh, I., Kiernan, K., Kent, T. (2020). Inferring True COVID19 Infection Rates from Deaths. Frontiers in Big Data Medicine and Public Health.

McCulloh I., Savas O., & Ortiz B. (2020) Social Judgement Theory: A Network Based Implementation. Proc. of the 2019 Winter Simulation Conference. National Harbor, MD.

Savas, O., Ding, L., Papaleo, T., and McCulloh, I. (2020). Adversarial Attacks and Countermeasures against ML Models in Army Multi-domain Operations. Proc. of the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Multi-Domain Operations Applications II, SI20 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Symposium. Anaheim, CA.

Ortiz Ulloa, B., Kahn, L., Bosch, M., Bogden, P., Savas, O.  McCulloh, I. (2020). Improving Community Resiliency and Emergency Response With a Multi-Pronged Artificial Intelligence System. ISCRAM 2020.

Peter Cocoros, Matthew Sobocinski, Kyle Steiger, and Joel Coffman, “Evaluating Techniques for Practical Cloud-based Network Intrusion Detection,” Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Cloud (SmartCloud ’20), November 2020

Lanier Watkins, James Ballard, Kevin Hamilton, Jay Chow, Avi Rubin, William H. Robinson, and Cleon Davis, “Bio-Inspired, Host-based Firewall” To Appear in to IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom), December 2020

Mandira Hegde, Gilles Kepnang, Mashaal Al Mazroei, Jeffrey S. Chavis, and Lanier Watkins, “Identification of Botnet Activity in IoT Network Traffic Using Machine Learning” To Appear in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Data Science Technologies and Applications (IDSTA), October 2020.

Denzel Hamilton, Lanier Watkins, and Kevin Kornegay, “Autonomous Navigation Assurance with Explainable AI and Security Monitoring” To Appear in IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition (AIPR) Workshop, October, 2020.

Lanier Watkins, Kevin D. Fairbanks, Chengyu Li, Mengdi Yang, William H. Robinson, and Aviel Rubin, “A Black Box Approach to Inferring, Characterizing, and Breaking Native Device Tracking Autonomy”, To Appear in IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEMCON), October, 2020.

Lanier Watkins, Yue Yu, Sifan Li, William H. Robinson, and Aviel Rubin, “Using Deep Learning to Identify Security Risks of Personal Mobile Devices in Enterprise Networks”, To Appear in IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEMCON), October, 2020.


Beginning spring 2021, the Cybersecurity program will offer the course, Security Engineering (695.614) online for the first time.

Data Science

Recent faculty publication:

Elena A. Erosheva, Sheridan Grant, Mei-Ching Chen, Mark D. Lindner, Richard K. Nakamura, and Carole J. Lee, “NIH Peer Review: Criterion scores completely account for racial disparities in overall impact scores,” Science Advances, vol. 6, no. 23, Jun. 2020.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program is pleased to announce the following courses will be available in the online modality this spring:

  • Linear System Theory (666)
  • Applied Kalman Filtering (745)
  • Speech Processing (747)
  • Digital Receiver Synchronization Techniques (752)
  • Laser Systems and Applications (753)

This spring, the ECE program will be offering the new course, Next Generation Mobile Networks with 5G (525.678). This course, taught by Ashutosh Dutta, will introduce the next generation mobile networks, including both Cellular and WLAN technologies in great detail, to discuss various types of IP-based mobility protocols, namely Mobile-IP, Mobile IPv6, ProxyMIPv6, SIP-mobility, and Cellular IP, and to explore systems optimization techniques to support seamless handover during Inter RAT handover (e.g., 4G, 5G, and WLAN).

Ashutosh Dutta served as general co-chair for IEEE Future Networks Initiative’s Flagship conference, 3rd Annual IEEE 5G World Forum that was held in September. Dutta published a paper at the conference; entitled “5G Security Challenges and Opportunities – A System Approach.”

Ashutosh Dutta served as general co-chair for the September 2020 IEEE 5G World Forum. The event “aims to bring experts from industry, academia, and research to exchange their vision as well as their achieved advances towards 5G and encourage innovative cross-domain studies, research, early deployment and large-scale pilot showcases that address the challenges of 5G.”

Daniel Jablonski presented a workshop at the Fall Faculty meeting in October entitled, “Developing an Affordable At-Home Lab Capability That Educates Students in Basic Electronics, and That Can be Used for Emulating Radio and Microwave Circuits and Systems.” The workshop came after several Electrical and Computer Engineering students expressed an interest in having an affordable at-home lab capable of supporting multiple courses. To be of relevance outside of EP circuit design courses, there must be a method for mapping simple low-frequency digital, op-amp, and transistor circuits to the sophisticated modelling of transmission lines and associated microwave devices. An example of an at-home lab and its ability to emulate microwave circuits and systems was presented.

Ashutosh Dutta and Dan Horn presented a workshop at the Fall Faculty meeting entitled, “Fostering Innovation, Collaboration, and Research.” The workshop will benefit both faculty and students as EP expands its academic focus to discuss innovation, collaboration, research, and publication, as well as engagement with the professional societies. The Engineering for Professionals program is in a unique position to blend theory and practice due to the participation of faculty and students who are industry practitioners across multiple disciplines. Therefore, the EP program can be the perfect conduit to provide a platform that cultivates innovation and collaboration, resulting in multi-disciplinary research leading to participation in conferences and journal publications.

Engineering Management

Over the past few years, the Engineering Management (EM) program has seen an increase in the percentage of students from commercial and industrial organizations. This has resulted in a significant change in the program’s student demographics, which formerly comprised mainly students who were government employees and government contractors. To better match the mix of instructor industries with our students, the EM program has added a diverse mix of new instructors to the program:

NameCourse AreaBackground
Hugh CameronContracts & LegalAPL Contracts Manager Group Supervisor and Attorney
Duke DowProj. Mgmt.Missouri University of Science & Technology and Oil & Gas Exec.
Michelle EnnisFinanceRK&K Civil Engr. Finance Mgr.
Walt HepkerExec. Tech. LeadershipDoD Contractor / VP PM and Marketing
Rory HerrimanInnovation & Adv. TechnologySenior Director Sears Roebuck, Inc. and Tech. Start-up Executive
Paul HuckettCommunicationsJHU Director, Center for Learning & Design
Steve PereiraQualityAPL Space Sector Mission Assurance Manager
Arthur ReynoldsBusiness LawAttorney

Healthcare Systems Engineering

Beginning this spring, Healthcare Systems (655.771) will be offered online. This course will cover the fundamental elements of modern healthcare systems, including their structure, processes, and relation to information systems and system interfaces.

Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program will offer Introduction to Solid State Chemistry (515.628) for the first time this spring. This course will be available for online instruction and will be taught by Jesse Ko. It focuses on understanding materials properties and their impact on engineering systems.

Beginning this spring, the MSE program will offer the following courses online for the first time:

  • Fundamentals of Metamaterials (634)
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (658)

Mechanical Engineering

Beginning spring 2021, the ME program will offer a new course, Fundamentals of Acoustics (535.614), and it will be available for online instruction. The course is taught by taught by Shane Lani. It provides an introduction to the physical principles of acoustics and their application. While light can only penetrate the top portion of the ocean, sound is the primary purveyor of information in the ocean. In water, sound allows world navies to search for hidden submarines as well as to allow whales to communicate over vast distances. In the body, sound gives new parents the first images of a baby via fetal ultrasound. The course highlights the different acoustics propagation models along with their utility and limitations.

Starting spring 2021, ME will offer the new course, Applied Machine Learning for Mechanical Engineers (535.742), which is being taught by Dr. Mohammad Rafiei online. Machine learning (ML) is a core technology in developing intelligent systems and has been a focus of substantial research in the past two decades. ML is a tool for predictions, estimations, feature extractions, knowledge discovery, dimensionality reduction, and automation.

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) program is pleased to announce that Michael Boyle was recently appointed as program manager, assisting program chair Jaafar El-Awady.

Space Systems Engineering

Beginning spring 2021, the Space Systems Engineering (SSE) program will offer the new course, Spacecraft Avionics Systems (675.753). This survey course will focus on the management, engineering development and operation of the spacecraft Avionics system consisting of hardware topics covering Spacecraft Processing; Command Data Handling and Command Execution; Telemetry Acquisition, Conditioning and Conversion and Telemetry Data Handling; Bulk data storage; Fault Management Support; and Timekeeping Support. The course prerequisites are the completion of Systems Engineering for Space (675.600) and Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems I (675.601), or with approval of the instructor, Geffrey Ottman.

This spring, the SSE program will offer the following courses online:

  • Space Environment and Effects (621)
  • Antenna Design for Space Systems (756)
  • Reliability Engineering and Analysis for Space Missions (761)

Justin Likar was recently named to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Associate Fellows class of 2021. AIAA bestows the grade of associate fellow on individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contribu​tions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.” To be selected as an associate fellow, an individual must be an AIAA senior member in good standing with at least 12 years of professional experience and be recommended by a minimum of three current associate fellows. “I am extremely excited for and proud of each member of the class of 2021 associate fellows,” AIAA President Basil Hassan said in a Sept. 28 release. “These individuals exemplify passion and dedication to advancing the aerospace profession and were selected ​because of their significant and lasting contributions to the field.”

Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering program will be offering the Metrics, Modeling, and Simulation for Systems Engineering (645.756) course online for the first time this spring.

Don’t miss out this spring on the newest addition to Engineering Managements list of elective courses and enroll in the new course: Agile Systems Engineering (645.780). The course has been developed and will be taught by Bob Cameron. To learn more about this course and its real-world application, be sure to watch this introductory video.

Bob Cameron gave a short presentation as a panelist for the Society of Design and Process Science (SDPS) 2020 Conference. The presentation was focused on assertions from this new Agile Systems Engineering course. Listen to the presentation here for an in-depth look into this new and exciting course.