Meet The Leadership

Leonid Felikson, Faculty Director, Johns Hopkins Boot Camp Programs

Leonid Felikson Faculty Director, Johns Hopkins Boot Camp Programs

Leonid Felikson serves as the Faculty Director of the Johns Hopkins Engineering Boot Camps, providing continual review of all boot camp curricula and teaching methods, attending classes regularly and conducting independent performance evaluations, regularly reviewing all course evaluations and key performance indicator metrics. 

Mr. Felikson has over 25 years of experience and is a named expert in software design and development. Throughout his career, he has been supporting a variety of large scale digital modernization programs, developing and implementing software systems and cloud computing large-scale enterprise-wide adoption programs within federal government and private sectors.

Khusro Kidwai, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Khusro Kidwai Headshot

Khusro Kidwai will join the Whiting School of Engineering as the inaugural associate dean for lifelong learning, effective June 1.

Kidwai has worked in professional, continuing, and online education at public and private universities for more than 15 years, where he has successfully implemented strategies focused on audience growth, developing industry and on-campus partnerships, and creating successful industry-relevant, non-degree educational programs. He is a founding director and managing partner with Tarragona Associates, a public-benefit lifelong learning consulting firm. Prior to that he was the inaugural associate dean for lifelong learning at the University of Maine, where he launched the university’s UMaineGOLD initiative, focused on increasing enrollments in graduate professional programs.

Before that, Kidwai was the inaugural assistant dean of distance learning at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, where he made a significant impact on improving teaching and learning experiences for students and faculty and the quality of online courses. Kidwai received his master’s in physics from the University of Delhi and doctorate in instructional systems from the Pennsylvania State University.

Ed Schlesinger, Dean at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering

Dean SchlesingerEd Schlesinger is the Benjamin T. Rome Dean at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering where he also is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

At Johns Hopkins, Schlesinger has launched numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing the student experience and the impact of the Whiting School of Engineering’s educational and research efforts on society. He has built educational, research, and outreach partnerships and has enhanced translational opportunities for Whiting School of Engineering faculty, students, and staff.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2014, Schlesinger was the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professor and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also served as the director of the Data Storage Systems Center, associate department head in ECE, founding co-director of the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory, and director the DARPA MISCIC Center.

Schlesinger earned a BSc in physics at the University of Toronto and earned his MS and PhD in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology.