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Phone: 443-287-9960
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July 6, 2005
CONTACT: Allan Bjerkaas, Assoc. Dean
Engineering and Applied Science
Programs for Professionals
(410) 540-2960

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Program
Adds Materials Option

Professionals Can Study Nanotechnology in New
Part-Time Master's Degree Option

Beginning this fall, working professionals seeking advanced degrees in applied physics from The Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering will be able to select a new degree option focusing on materials and nanotechnology applications. The new applied physics master's degree option, to be offered through the university's Engineering and Applied Science Programs for Professionals, is called Materials Science, Structures and Condensed Matter. This new degree option was developed jointly by the applied physics and the materials science and engineering programs.

An important component of this new degree option is its exploration of the applications of nanotechnology. Many of these courses are also available through the materials science and engineering graduate degree program.

This option will be offered along with the two existing interdisciplinary concentrations in the applied physics program: Geophysics and Space Science, and Photonics.

Harry Charles, chair of the EPP's applied physics program, said the new degree option is a timely and very necessary extension of the program. "In order to serve our student population of working professionals, we have to consistently be in tune with their professional needs," he said. "We believe that this materials science, structures and condensed matter option, particularly with the nanotechnology component, will give our students a competitive advantage in their chosen professional endeavors."

Classes will be offered at Johns Hopkins' Howard County and Homewood campuses. For more information on the materials science, structures and condensed matter degree option and all other EPP applied physics offerings, go to the Web site at www.epp.jhu.edu/05_06_catalog/ap.html or call (800) 548-3647.

Formerly known as the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science, the Engineering and Applied Science Programs for Professionals offer masters degrees in 14 distinct disciplines. There are currently more than 2,200 students enrolled in EPP programs at seven education centers throughout the Baltimore/Washington area. For more information on EPP programs and functions, contact Associate Dean Allan Bjerkass at (410 )540-2960, visit the Web site at www.epp.jhu.edu, or e-mail epp@jhu.edu.

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