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6 October 2000
For Immediate Release

APL Hosts First On-Site Career Fair: Oct. 14

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., is opening its doors to experienced technical professionals on Oct. 14, for "Career Fair 2000"-the Laboratory's first such event. The fair will provide a fast-track opportunity for individuals to learn about the breadth of programs supported by APL and meet technical representatives from each hiring department.

"We recognize the abundance of technical talent within the local area and we want to tap into that wealth of knowledge and experience," says Valerie Birdsell, one of the event organizers. "We're expanding and diversifying and looking to add to our staff of bright, innovative people." Career Fair 2000 is targeted at people with degrees and/or experience in engineering, computer science, electronics, and aeronautics.

Career Fair 2000 is a unique event for the Applied Physics Laboratory, which is the largest private employer in Howard County. Until recently the Laboratory has maintained a relatively constant number of employees at its 365-acre Howard County campus. But increasing demand for its services and a desire to enhance some technical areas has opened up opportunities for employment at APL. "We're a world leader in research and development," Birdsell says. "And this event provides an chance for talented technical people to check us out."

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center. Numerous displays will be set up to help acquaint prospective employees with APL's research and development initiatives. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

The Laboratory, which is strategically located midway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md., is one of the nation's premier research and development organizations. It has a 58-year history of technological innovation, applying systems engineering principles to help solve a wide range of military and civilian problems.

Media contact:

JHU Applied Physics Laboratory:
Helen Worth