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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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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.

The Homecoming of a Century

It had been 45 years since Ken Dyer, who worked on the Lab’s first defining innovation, walked the halls at Johns Hopkins APL. Yet, during a recent visit to mark his 100th birthday, it was clear that time hadn’t dimmed Dyer’s memories of this special place.

Picture Perfect: How APL Helped the World See the First Man on the Moon

An estimated 600 million pairs of eyes watched Neil Armstrong touch his feet to the Moon’s surface in the early hours of July 20, 1969 — and that grainy black-and-white camera footage might not have been viewed without the work of members of the Space Systems Application Group at APL.

Destination: Titan

NASA has picked the APL-led Dragonfly — a rotorcraft-lander expedition to Saturn’s unique, richly organic moon Titan — as its next New Frontiers mission.

Event Summary from Inaugural National Health Symposium Available

APL has published the event summary for the inaugural National Health Symposium, which brought together more than 160 experts from government, academia and industry to discuss ways that advances in research and development can translate into better delivery of health care.