Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute internship launches

Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University have joined forces to launch a five-year, $500,000 Extreme Science Internships program. Through the program, select Morgan State undergraduate and graduate students will spend eight to 15 weeks working with top-level researchers and scholars at the Whiting School of Engineering's Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and 14 other institutions. Researchers at HEMI work to advance the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions, such as high-velocity impact.

The program's first eight students will begin work this summer—three at Johns Hopkins, two at the California Institute of Technology, one at Drexel University, one at the Southwest Research Institute (Texas), and one at the Ernst Mach Institute in Germany. The student interns will work on projects involving computational mechanics, high-energy density physics, molecular dynamics, computational sciences, multiscale materials research, and more.

T.E. Schlesinger, dean of the Whiting School, says the program will further the school's mission to make a positive impact on the world.

"The quality that defines the academic pursuit of engineering is its power to move beyond the traditional boundaries of universities to solve real-world problems and to make life better for people," he says. "It is partnerships such as this new one between Johns Hopkins and Morgan State that will allow us to do important work that makes a difference. The incredible global demands of the 21st century demand such strategic collaborations."

Funding for the Extreme Science Internships program is provided by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory through HEMI as part of the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance.