Established in 2008 through a commitment made in 2004 by Joseph R. and Lynn C. Reynolds

JOSEPH R. REYNOLDS JR., Engr 1969, is an entrepreneur and expert in forensic engineering with a long history of service and dedication to the Whiting School of Engineering and the university. As the inaugural chairman of the Society of Engineering Alumni, his leadership and vision were instrumental in establishing the organization’s mission to reach out to engineering alumni and support the priorities of the Whiting School of Engineering. Mr. Reynolds also served as president of the university’s Alumni Council, the first engineering alumnus to hold the office. He is a university trustee emeritus and member of the Whiting School of Engineering’s National Advisory Council, and has also endowed a popular intersession course, “Introduction to Entrepreneurship,” which helps students learn about entrepreneurship through talks by successful entrepreneurs and business professionals. Mr. Reynolds is cofounder and chairman emeritus of FTI Consulting, Inc., a public company that provides financial problem-solving services, and the founder of RTI Group, LLC, an international network which specializes in forensic technology consulting. He lives in Arnold, Maryland, with his wife, LYNN C. REYNOLDS.


PETER C. SEARSON, the inaugural Joseph R. and Lynn C. Reynolds Professor, is professor of materials science and engineering at Johns Hopkins University and directs the Johns Hopkins Institute for Nanobiotechnology. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester in England in 1982 and was a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT from 1983-1990. Dr. Searson came to Hopkins in 1990 and holds joint appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He served as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1997-2003. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society and the Electrochemical Society. Dr. Pearson’s research interests are in nanoscience and applications for nanoscience in biology and medicine, and he has more than 170 papers in scientific journals.