Summer interns for Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab sought

In 2013, a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Whiting School of Engineering launched APL/WSE Summer Program in Undergraduate Research or SPUR program. Whiting School of Engineering undergraduates who were selected for this prestigious program spent an incredible summer at APL working with mentors and conducting research as paid SPUR Scholars.

The application process for SPUR Scholars for the summer of 2015 is now open!

labwarestockThe program seeks highly qualified and motivated WSE undergraduates to be 2015 SPUR Scholars. To learn more, you are invited to attend the 2014 SPUR Poster and Information Session from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 21 in the Glass Pavilion on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Refreshments will be provided. Please register for the event today at this link.

At the event, last summer’s SPUR Scholars will present a poster session about their research findings and representatives from APL and WSE will be there to answer students’ questions about the application and selection process. For more information on the SPUR program visit this link.

APL scientist to explain self-assembled artificial cilia from cobalt nanoparticles

Jason Benkoski

Jason Benkoski

Can nanoparticles be used to engineer structures that could be as flexible and useful as the cilia that help bacteria move around?

Jason Benkoski, a senior scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and an affiliated faculty member of Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology, will discuss his current research in this endeavor on March 1  at 1:30 p.m. in the Rome Room, Clark 110 at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, this talk also will be teleconferenced to the Talbot Library in Traylor 709 at the School of Medicine.

Abstract: Taking inspiration from eukaryotic cilia, we report a method for growing dense arrays of magnetically actuated microscopic filaments. Fabricated from the bottom-up assembly of polymer-coated cobalt nanoparticles, each segmented filament measures approximately 5–15 microns in length and 23.5 nanometers in diameter, which was commensurate with the width of a single nanoparticle. Boasting the flexibility of biological cilia, we envision applications for this technology that include micropumps, micro-flow sensors, microphones with hardware-based voice detection, surfaces with enhanced thermal transfer, switchable, tunable filters, and microscopic locomotion.

Additional Links:

Jason Benkoski’s INBT profile

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab