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 Team Hears First Whispers of the Solar Wind’s Birth

Scientists have studied the solar wind for more than 60 years, but they’re still puzzled over some of its behaviors. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — designed and built by APL — hears the small chirps, squeaks and rustles that hint at the origin of this mysterious and ever-present wind. And now the Parker Solar Probe team is getting their first chance to hear them, too.

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’ 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.