APL Campus

The Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory

We solve complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation. APL—the nation’s largest university affiliated research center—provides U.S. government agencies with deep expertise in specialized fields to support national priorities and technology development programs. We also serve as independent trusted technical agents to the government, providing continuity for highly complex, multigenerational technology development systems.

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to make critical contributions to critical challenges. At APL, we feel it is our responsibility to try to solve these national challenges with the full measure of our dedication and expertise.

Our Core

Our Values

The Lab’s core values are unquestionable integrity, trusted service to the nation, world-class expertise, and game-changing impact—all in an environment that is collaborative, fulfilling (and even fun!).

Our Future

Our Goal

APL’s purpose and core values guide our future, and it is no less than to create defining innovations that ensure our nation’s preeminence in the 21st century.

Latest News

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Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun

In August 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — designed, built and managed by Johns Hopkins APL — launched to space, soon becoming the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun. Now, four new papers in the journal Nature describe what scientists have learned from this unprecedented exploration of our star — and what they look forward to learning next.

APL Takes 3D Printing of Electronic Parts to the Next Level

Researchers at APL have demonstrated a novel and groundbreaking way to additively print gallium nitride — a material that can be used to produce semiconductor power devices as well as radio-frequency components and light-emitting diodes — using a combination of liquid and gas.

Parker Solar Probe Team Awarded NASA Silver Achievement Medal

Parker Solar Probe has been awarded the NASA Silver Achievement Medal in recognition of its “stellar achievement” as humanity’s first mission to explore the Sun’s corona and the solar wind within the extreme environment around our star.

The Basement Tinkerer: APL’s Pavalko Helps Clean Up Ocean

What began as a curious idea in his basement has morphed into a global force for good. Wayne Pavalko’s homemade buoys are now part of a system used by The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit organization developing advanced technologies to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

DART Project Successfully Completes Critical Milestone

The APL team building NASA’s first planetary defense test mission — the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — has completed two key mission reviews that bring DART steps closer to the challenging task of diverting an asteroid.

From Blackboard Scribbles to Neural Network Breakthrough

Vickram Rajendran and William LeVine were two self-described “kids” just having fun with computers and math — but their work landed the early-career scientists a slot at the prestigious Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference.

Johns Hopkins APL’s Ciara Sivels Selected as a National STEM Ambassador

The Lab’s Ciara Sivels was chosen to serve as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassador, joining a group of 125 talented women with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from a variety of industries, companies, universities and laboratories in the United States.

Zibi Turtle: Titan of Exploration

She’ll lead the Dragonfly mission to Saturn’s moon Titan. She’ll also lead the next generation of women in planetary science.

In a First, Patient Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Thoughts

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and School of Medicine (SOM) have, for the first time, demonstrated simultaneous control of two of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limbs through a brain-machine interface.

Lab Internships Provide Foundation for Budding Careers

The application period for APL’s 2020 intern programs is open. The programs are highly competitive, with approximately 550 of 6,600 applicants selected in 2019, and the Lab has seen a 15–20% increase in applications nearly every year of this millennium.

Researchers Share Vision for a Better Visual Prosthesis

APL researchers are capitalizing on recent advances in computer vision — including developments in object recognition, depth sensing, and simultaneous localization and mapping technologies — to augment the capabilities of two commercial retinal prostheses.

APL Shaping an Intelligent Approach to Disaster Response and Relief

In most cases, the preparation for and response to natural disasters don’t match up to the damage they cause and the devastation they leave behind. But a team of engineers and researchers in the Asymmetric Operations Sector is using its expertise in artificial intelligence to change this narrative.

Tough Errors are No Match for APL Team Exploring Quantum Science

APL has been tapped by the Department of Energy to develop advanced quantum computing and networking technologies as part of a larger effort to address basic research gaps in the ideas, methods and tools that connect quantum computing applications to hardware.