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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 13, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 25
WSE Faculty Get CAREER Awards from National Science Foundation

Four members of the Whiting School of Engineering faculty have received the highly competitive National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development award, known as CAREER, which recognizes young scientists' commitment to both research and education.

Fabian Monrose, an assistant professor in Computer Science and the Information Security Institute, will study security mechanisms in computer networks and the feasibility of protocol identification based solely on content features that remain intact after encryption. His goal is to provide a better understanding of the limits of protocol recognition based on a thorough statistical analysis and information theoretic assessment of the available features in protocol behaviors observed in the wild.

Jeff Wang, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute, will develop a platform to assess mRNA expression using a novel quantum dot FRET probe within a microfluidic environment. Wang's education goals include BioMEMS course development, introducing a seminar series on Bio/Nano topics, undergraduate mentoring and an outreach component focused on involving high school students.

Sean Sun, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute, will develop theoretical and computational models of molecular motors — cellular proteins that can generate mechanical force. The research is developing several coarse-grained elastic models for myosin and dynein, two types of molecular motors involved in movement of muscle, cilia and flagella. In a second phase of the research, elastic models for the collective behavior of ensembles of these molecular motors are being developed. Sun's work will also involve students from Morgan State University.

Andreas Terzis, an assistant professor in Computer Science, will study wireless sensor networks, which offer the promise of revolutionizing the way scientists observe the physical environment. His goal is to make the management and deployment of sensor networks radically simpler through the development of network design tools. The tools developed in this project will create sensor networks that are predictable and robust instruments and that empower scientists to observe phenomena that were previously out of reach. Terzis will work with high school teachers to bring the results of this project to the broader academic and educational community.


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