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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.

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Four From Johns Hopkins APL Honored at Women of Color STEM Conference

APL’s Xiomara Calderón-Colón, Bessie Lewis, Samantha Allen and Martha Cervantes were honored at the 2020 Women of Color STEM conference, held virtually Oct. 8–10. The annual conference recognizes the achievements of women from diverse backgrounds who inspire others through their leadership and success in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

OSIRIS-REx and the Challenge to Sample an Asteroid

Today, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will make history by slowly touching down on the rocky surface of asteroid Bennu for a few seconds and collecting a small sample to return to Earth. But those few seconds required some creative thinking on the part of scientists and engineers, and APL’s Small Body Mapping Tool played a big part. Learn how in a new video released today.

Johns Hopkins APL Assesses Impact of Fraying US–China Tech Ties

Deteriorating relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China are impacting what had been a relatively open global exchange of the most significant technological advances. The question of how grave that impact may be is discussed in “Measure Twice, Cut Once: Assessing Some China–US Technology Connections” — a series of papers delving into American and Chinese efforts to control what has become a complex techno-trading system and a struggle over the terms of interdependence in a relationship that cannot be completely ended.

Turning Down the Noise with Quantum Control

Quantum computers might be the key to developing everything from better materials to novel medical drugs, but they’re currently hampered by environmental noise. APL researchers are building the tools to overcome this problem by leveraging their expertise in a field that many here are quite familiar with: control theory.

Medical Support for the Next Generation of Military Operations

In a paper recently published by Military Medicine, APL’s Adam Cohen and Sarah Herman join several co-authors to summarize the major concepts discussed at a gathering of military surgeons and propose a more effective approach to prolonged field care research.