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November 17, 2008

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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APL Named Howard County's Top Technology Company

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APL Named Howard County’s Top Technology Company
Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has earned the Howard Technology Council's first Technology Company of the Year Award.

APL Director Richard Roca accepted the award from council Executive Director Larry Collins during a ceremony on the Laboratory's campus in Laurel, Md., on Nov. 11. APL was among eight individuals and companies honored by the council for their innovative approaches and for their contributions to the economy, as well as the Howard County community.

"APL is the premier technology generator in Howard County," said Richard Story, chief executive officer of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, during the award presentation. "It is a unique national treasure and intellectual powerhouse, and our community is greatly enhanced by its presence."

A not-for-profit research and development division of the Johns Hopkins University, APL is Howard County's largest private employer, with more than 4,300 scientists, engineers and related staff addressing some of the nation's toughest national security, space science and homeland protection challenges. The Lab also actively promotes science and technology education through internships and school partnerships, as well as graduate-level engineering programs offered through Johns Hopkins.

"It's a privilege to be named the county's top technology company," Roca says. "APL has prospered for more than 50 years at our Howard County site and we are grateful for the many advantages that come with working in such a vibrant environment."

The Howard Technology Council, a component of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, encourages business growth and develops educational programs for the county's technology community. Read more about the council's technology awards at: http://www.hceda.org/newsDetail.aspx?id=121.

The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.