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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Johns Hopkins APL Scientist Ralph Lorenz wins Alvin Seiff Memorial Award

Ralph Lorenz, a planetary scientist and aerospace engineer at Johns Hopkins APL, was one of two awarded the 2020 Alvin Seiff Memorial Award. The honor recognizes Lorenz’s significant contributions to solar system exploration and his undying commitment to mentoring the next generation of explorers.

Paving the Way

Jamie Porter, Mareena Robinson Snowden and Ciara Sivels were each the first black woman to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear engineering from their respective colleges. Now, they work in three different sectors at APL, dedicating their time and their brains to important challenges facing the nation — with an eye toward furthering a sea change in their wake.

APL Hits Standard Missile-3 Milestone

The Pentagon cleared the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program — which has been in co-development with Japan since 2006 — for initial production, setting the stage for deployment of a significant operational enhancement to the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Nancy Chabot Named Meteoritical Society Vice President

Nancy Chabot, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, was elected vice president of the Meteoritical Society. She will serve as vice president from 2021 to 2022 and become president of the society from 2023 to 2024.

Michael Presley and Laszlo Kecskes Receive Inaugural HEMI/APL Seed Grant

Michael Presley, of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), and Laszlo Kecskes, of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), are the inaugural recipients of the HEMI/APL Seed Grant for their project, “Application of Thermodynamic Modeling to Spatially Tailor the Microstructure of Additively Manufactured W-based Alloys.”