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July 2014: The Business Insider has named Johns Hopkins University as one of the top ten universities for robotics.
June 2014: With a few simple but ingenious programming code changes, Mechanical Engineering graduate student Xiang Yang was able to speed the Jacobi Iterative Method by 200 times!
June 2014: Dr. Iulian Iordachita has been promoted to Associate Research Professor, effective July 1, 2014, by the Department, Dean Schlesinger, and the Homewood Academic Council. Dr. Iordachita, a Senior Member of the IEEE, came to JHU in 2004 in the JHU Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology and the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. Dr. Iordachita's research focuses on medical robotics, image guided surgery, robotics, smart surgical tools, and medical instrumentation.
June 2014: Professor Thao (Vicky) Nguyen was promoted Associate Professor with Tenure, effective July 1, 2014. This much-deserved promotion recognizes Professor Nguyen's outstanding contributions in her research, teaching, mentoring, and service to ME, WSE, JHU, and the broader international research community.
June 2014: Professor Andrea Prosperetti has been awarded the Modesto Panetti e Carlo Ferrari Prize for Applied Mechanics from the Academy of Sciences in Torino, Italy; the academy noted that Professor Prosperetti is "an international reference point, not only for the theoretical analysis of the formation of bubbles and their dynamic evolution but also for the formulation of models that have allowed the accurate prediction of macroscopic effects in a number of phenomena related to multiphase flows". The Modesto Panetti e Carlo Ferrari Prize for Applied Mechanics is an international award that is given every two years to a scientist who distinguished himself over the past decade in the field of Applied Mechanics. It is supported by successive endowments from the late Professors Modesto Panetti and Carlo Ferrari, 20th century leaders in Italian mechanics and aeronautics.
June 2014: Dr. David Kraemer, JHU Civil Eng. Ph.D. 2001, was promoted to Associate Teaching Professor. He is consulting with a small start-up company that is developing a wave-energy device; however, he has focused his career on undergraduate engineering education. Dr. Kraemer's teaching interests include dynamic systems and instrumentation, numerical methods, fluid mechanics, and renewable energy.
June 2014: Mechanical Engineering Postdoc Sarah Stamper was awarded the International Society for Neuroethology’s Young Investigator Award. This prestigious award recognizes "...early post-doctoral fellows who have shown outstanding promise and have already made a significant research contribution in neuroethology.” She will report her work in a special lecture at the ISN's annual meeting in July in Sapporo, Japan.
May 2014: Mechanical Engineering postdocs David Murphy and Sarah Stamper placed second and third, respectively, in the poster competition for the 1st Annual Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Retreat held on May 16, 2014. David's poster examined how tiny droplets of oil can be ejected into the atmosphere by raindrops splashing onto an oil slick on the sea. Sarah's poster was on understanding communication and movement in groups of fish that live along the Amazon basin and use electrical signals for sensing.
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