Ebola headlines may have disappeared in the U.S. recently, but the battle against the virus in West Africa rages on. As teams of dedicated doctors continue efforts to contain it, agencies around the world have been searching for ways to aid those on the front lines.
Nineteen Johns Hopkins University undergraduates, most of them engineering students, make up the only undergraduate team that was selected to compete in the final round of Qualcomm’s Tricorder XPRIZE international competition. The team, called Aezon Health, first started competing in 2012 to develop consumer-friendly “tricorders,” reminiscent of a gadget used by Dr. Leonard McCoy in Star Trek, that can diagnose 15 different conditions from a patient’s vital signs. The device can weigh no more than five pounds.
Aezon’s device, according to JHU Engineering, can scan for illnesses like strep throat and urinary tract infections, and includes a smartphone app and cloud database to store test results for later use. The device could alleviate problems of access to basic healthcare screenings that many areas of the world suffer from.
Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals, a division of the Whiting School of Engineering, has launched two new part-time graduate programs in engineering: space systems engineering and engineering management, according to Hopkins News. Both programs are accepting applications for the fall 2014 term.
Applicants to the programs are eligible only if they’ve earned a science or engineering degree and have two years of relevant work experience. For the management program, core classes will mostly be management-based, but students will also work within one of 14 technical concentration areas that span engineering disciplines from cybersecurity to mechanical engineering. The space systems engineering program will allow students to work alongside scientists and engineers from Hopkins’ physics department as well as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to understand space systems quality assurance, and how it’s used to develop spacecraft on time and on schedule.
The Johns Hopkins University robotics club assumed administrators would ask them immediately to dismantle the electronics that turned a staircase in their engineering building into a playable keyboard. But they didn’t — at least not right away. And the day after it was set up, they saw a professor on his hands and knees playing it, according to WBALTV. Each step has a sensor attached to a mini controller that tells it to play a certain note in the C major scale, according to the article. The club can also change the sounds of the instruments it plays.
The giant keyboard has drawn crowds since being installed, and the club members hope it will stir some interest from students looking to join the club or think about robotics as a study path. They’ve been inspired by this pop-up project and how much attention it’s gotten, and they plan to install different interactive projects in the future.