News: Faculty Research

Tiny structures generate powerful beams for enhanced optical imaging

January 20, 2021

Even the smallest molecule can tell a big story. For instance, observing a single molecule can throw light on underlying biological processes in the human body. In fact, molecular imaging procedures—which are noninvasive and painless—are being used to diagnose and manage the treatment of COVID-19, cancer, heart disease, and other serious health conditions. One of […]

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MechE faculty win 2020 Discovery Awards

December 11, 2020

Altogether, the winning project teams—chosen from 274 proposals—include 136 individuals representing 11 Johns Hopkins entities. Two awarded projects include faculty from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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Ryan Hurley and Rui Ni receive 2020 Space@Hopkins Seed Grant

September 14, 2020

Ryan Hurley and Rui Ni, assistant professors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, have been awarded a 2020 Space@Hopkins Seed Grant. In their proposal, titled  “Electrostatically-Charged Contact Mechanics in Lunar and Martian Dust Environments,” the pair aims to create novel proof-of-concept experiments with the specific goal of relating particle roughness and charging to cohesion and […]

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Roaches and robots shake it to traverse tricky terrain

June 25, 2020

Animals in their natural environments effortlessly switch up their movements to hunt, escape from predators, and travel with their packs every day. By chasing cockroaches through an obstacle course and studying their movements, the Johns Hopkins engineers discovered that animals’ movement transitions corresponded to overcoming potential energy barriers and that they can jitter around to […]

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