Engineering News Briefs: December 2008

Batteries NOT Required

Freshman mechanical engineers faced a challenge in their first major design project: how to design, build, and race a functioning model car along an 11-foot curved course complete with obstacles … with just two mousetraps and six rubber bands.  How’d they do it?  Check out this news article and the video above to learn more!

04edlife.walker.190 Two student design projects in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at  Johns Hopkins University have been featured in The New York Times’ Education Life section.  The first is an ICU walker complete with a built-in seat and places to hold medical equipment, designed to allow intensive care patients some mobility even while still tethered to monitors, IVs, and other equipment.  The second is the development of an oral vaccine, in the form of a quick-dissolving strip that is placed on the tongue to prevent rotavirus infections in children. Read more about these innovative designs here and here!

White House Honors for Yu
Michael S. Yu, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, was honored in a White House ceremony with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  Yu was recognized for his work towards developing ways to use common collagen to build new blood vessels and detect disease.  Read the Headlines@Hopkins article for more information:

The Power of Touch


Allison Okamura, associate professor and director of Johns Hopkins’ Haptics Laboratory (“haptics” is the ability of people to sense the world through touch), has been featured in the Washington Post for her work in developing touch technology.  The awe-inspiring goal is to capture “the vast array of information we get from feeling our three-dimensional world” and transmit that through technology, in the same way we can with sight and sound.  For the full article, click here!