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Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Appoints New Program Chairs

January 18, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Milligan

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, which offers part-time education for working engineers and scientists through the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, has appointed five new chairs and a vice chair.

Applied Biomedical Engineering

• Eileen Haase, a lecturer in the Whiting School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named chair of EP’s Applied Biomedical Engineering program.

Haase received her bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1983. She also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and a doctorate in biomedical engineering in 1991, both from Johns Hopkins. She began her career at the university’s Applied Physics Laboratory, where she was a member of the Fleet Systems Department.

• Isaac Bankman is the new vice chair of the Applied Biomedical Engineering program. Bankman is a member of the Electro-Optical Systems Group in the Air Defense Systems Department at APL and an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Medicine.

Bankman received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey, in 1977, a master’s in electronics from University of Wales, U.K., in 1979, and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Technion, Israel, in 1985.

Civil Engineering

Rachel Sangree has been appointed chair of EP’s Civil Engineering program. She is an associate research engineer and lecturer in the Whiting School’s Department of Civil Engineering.

Sangree received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 1998 and 1999 from Bucknell University and a doctorate in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins in 2006. Before starting her graduate studies, she worked for three years as a design engineer with the bridge design group at Whitman, Requardt and Associates in Baltimore and earned her professional engineering license in 2002.

Computer Science, Information Assurance and Information Systems Engineering

Thomas Longstaff, chief scientist of the Mission Assurance Branch in the Applied Information Science Department at APL, is the new chair of the EP’s Computer Science, Information Assurance and Information Systems Engineering programs.

Longstaff joined APL in 2007 to work on behalf of the federal government on a wide variety of projects involving technology transition of cyber research and development, information assurance, intelligence and global information networks.

He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Boston University in 1983 and his doctorate in 1992 from the University of California, Davis, in software environments.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Brian Jennison has been appointed chair of EP’s Electrical and Computer Engineering program. A member of the principal professional staff at APL, Jennison is assistant supervisor of the Systems Group in the National Security Technology Department. He has been with APL since 1990 and has contributed to projects in underwater acoustics, radar and chemical detection for facility protection.

Jennison received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla, in 1986 and a doctorate in the same discipline from Purdue University in 1990. He has been a member of the EP faculty since 1992 and had been vice chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program since 2007.

Mechanical Engineering

Lester Su is the new chair of EP’s Mechanical Engineering program. He is an associate research professor in the Whiting School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and has research interests in experimental fluid mechanics, turbulent mixing and combustion, laser diagnostics, combustion systems, interaction of experiments and simulations, and spray and droplet dynamics.

Su received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago in 1990 and then three degrees from the University of Michigan: a master’s in aerospace engineering in 1991, a master’s in applied mathematics in 1994 and a doctorate in aerospace engineering in 1995.

Part of the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Engineering for Professionals offers master’s degrees in 15 distinct disciplines. There are currently more than 2,300 students enrolled in EP programs at eight education centers throughout the Baltimore/Washington area and online. For more information on EP programs and functions, call 410-516-2300, visit http://ep.jhu.edu/ or send e-mail to jhep@jhu.edu .


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