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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APL, DHS Science and Technology Enhance First-Responder Technologies

When the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate wanted to perform a first-responder technology field test in a rural setting — Grant County, Washington, home of the Gorge Amphitheatre — they asked APL to assess various technologies geared toward public safety operations.

Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water from Moon

APL and NASA researchers report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor — a key finding in understanding the history of lunar water.

DART Mission to Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9

NASA’s first planetary defense mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), has been slated for a June 2021 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Media Advisory: International Planetary Defense Conference

Media are invited to attend the sixth International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland, from April 29 to May 3. Experts from around the world will present the latest research on near-Earth objects, and conference participants will take part in an exercise simulating efforts to address a hypothetical scenario of an asteroid impacting Earth.

Five Ways to Improve Hospital Labor Productivity

In 2017, U.S. health care spending increased 3.9 percent to $3.5 trillion. A team from APL, Johns Hopkins Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland examined ways to transform health care delivery into an engineered system, learning lessons from high-tech industries such as aerospace.

Johns Hopkins APL to Host ‘Girl Power’ STEM Event on March 10

APL will host its annual “Girl Power” event, a free opportunity for elementary and middle school girls to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), on Sunday, March 10, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on APL’s campus in Laurel, Maryland.