The Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering has opened a satellite school and research lab near Baltimore-Washington International Airport to help train professionals working in area high-tech industries.
The school, which awards more engineering master's degrees than all but one program in the nation, has moved classrooms and a state-of-the-art microwave engineering lab to the Dorsey Center, in the Dorsey Business Park.
Hopkins had offered engineering classes in the nearby Parkway Center.
But enrollments have jumped since the school began its continuing professional program seven years ago, forcing university officials to look for larger quarters, said Debbie Reass, engineering school spokeswoman.
The center on Dorsey Road offered an ideal location because of its proximity to high-tech businesses in the Washington-Baltimore corridor, such as the National Security Agency and Westinghouse Corp., Reass said.
"Professionals at these businesses need to keep up with the engineering profession," she said. "Things change in the field so rapidly."
The school has leased 11,000 square feet, an entire floor, in the five-story building, which Douglas Legum Development Inc. built in 1988.
The 80,000-square-foot building recently opened and is about 70 percent leased.
The school also has opened its new Microwave Engineering Laboratory there. Student researchers design microwave chips for communications systems, then send their designs to companies such as Westinghouse, which manufacture the chips.
Most of the 400 students enrolled this fall at the new satellite are professional engineers pursuing master's degrees.
Hopkins is offering 40 engineering courses, mostly at the graduate level, in such areas as applied mathematics, applied physics, computer science, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering and technical management.
The school also teaches graduate engineering courses at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, at the Applied Physics Lab in Laurel and at a second satellite center in Rockville.