Tag: engineering

Hopkins Again Cleans Up in U.S. News Grad School Rankings


Johns Hopkins University has unsurprisingly maintained its status atop U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of graduate programs for 2018.

Naval Destroyer Commissioned During Fleet Week Breaks Down in Panama

USS Zumwalt Courtesy U.S. Navy
USS Zumwalt Courtesy U.S. Navy

Remember the sleek-looking USS Zumwalt from Fleet Week? That same naval destroyer hasn’t had the best month since being commissioned here in Baltimore.

Clark Foundation Awards JHU Engineering Program $15 Million in Scholarship Funding


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John Hopkins University has more than enough academic prestige to its name to draw some of the country’s best undergraduate prospects to Baltimore. Now, thanks to the charitable foundation of a late construction magnate, the school is better positioned to attract promising engineering students.

Garrison Forest 4th and 5th Graders Recreate Feats of Botany With Circuitry



How do plants respond to their environment? Sunflowers track the sun; morning glories close up at night, and Venus flytraps sense and trap prey. Can you recreate these feats of botany and biology with circuitry?

From February 1 through February 5, the fourth and fifth-grade students at Garrison Forest School will engineer their own plants that react to external stimuli in GFS’s second annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design and math) week.

Students Build Musical Staircase at Johns Hopkins


In the course of daily life, most of us go up and down dozens of stairs every day. And usually, we don’t think much of it. But thanks to a transformation by undergrads in the Johns Hopkins Robotics Club, a staircase in one of the university’s academic buildings is now a whole different kind of experience.

Baltimore Among Best Cities for STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Jobs


This week the Brookings Institution released a report, “The Hidden STEM Economy,” a review of the concentration of jobs that require knowledge in science, technology, engineering or math by metropolitan area.

The San Jose metro area topped the list with roughly a third of its workforce in STEM. The Washington, D.C.-area was second, followed by Palm Ba, Fla. Boston placed sixth while Baltimore came in eighth.

Johns Hopkins Freshman Builds a Car, Makes it from DC to New York on One Gallon of Gas



Kids these days do the darndest things. Take Rami Bedewi, a freshman at Johns Hopkins. As a kid, Bedewi built model cars, but by the time he was in high school he was ready for something a bit more challenging. So he constructed a one-seat hybrid vehicle that can travel from New York to D.C. on one gallon of gas. Just, you know, for fun.

Johns Hopkins Students Engineer the Perfect Toast


They have homework assignments that require going to Six Flags and riding roller coasters. They study alchemy. Let’s face it, Johns Hopkins is doing a pretty rad job of making stodgy science classes fun and interactive, and in the process causing students in tedious Engineering 101 classes to seethe with jealousy. Case in point:  the mechanical engineering class that ends with a giant potluck… featuring foods the students cooked themselves, using the robotics skills they learned in class.

Maryland Students Set World Record for Human-Powered Flight


Remember back in June, when we reported that a crew of University of Maryland students came the closest anyone’s ever been to human-powered flight? Well, they’ve gotten a whole lot closer. And now they’re only one small step away from winning the long-coveted Sikorsky prize — and $250,000.

This Week in Research: Mental Illness and Cancer; Saving Old Books

Johns Hopkins engineers use science to conserve old books with the Heritage Science for Conservation project.

Here’s a puzzle for you:  according to recent research out of Johns Hopkins, people with serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) are more than twice as likely to develop cancer. Why?