About MESA

Mission & Overview

Maryland MESA was established in 1976 with just two schools in Baltimore City. Today, there are more than 100 participating schools from 9 regions throughout the state.

Maryland MESA is a structured, 3-12, precollege program designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology. The program's goals are to 1) increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and related professionals at technical and management levels, and 2) serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields. We continue to strive toward our vision of providing a superior education process that enables all Maryland students to achieve and contribute to their full potential. We accomplish these goals by partnering with school systems, colleges and universities, industry and business, government, community organizations, families, and alumni. These partnerships provide enriching activities and programs for students in the fields of mathematics, engineering, science, and technology.

Maryland MESA provides services and programs to over 2100 students and 180 teachers from the following geographical areas: Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Charles County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George, and Talbot County. More than 24,000 Maryland students have been served since the program's inception.


The mission of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's (JHU/APL) MD MESA program is to advocate for STEM Education, Equity and Access in Maryland.


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s (JHU/APL) MD MESA program is to contribute to a competitive global workforce by increasing the yield and diversity of STEM graduates in Maryland.