APL regularly partners with other Johns Hopkins University (JHU) divisions to solve some of the nation’s—and the world’s—toughest problems. These interdisciplinary collaborations enhance education and research, strengthen the university’s intellectual outreach, and facilitate ties with the larger science and technology community. Specific collaborations include APL and JHU’s Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, and School of Medicine, as well as The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The Laboratory has a strong commitment to continuing education. More than 170 APL staff members teach engineering, applied science, engineering management, technical management, and information technology courses within the JHU Whiting School’s Engineering for Professionals (EP) program. APL professional staff members also serve as program chairs for 11 of EP’s 21 master’s degree programs. These 11 programs account for more than 85 percent of EP enrollments.
EP students can attend classes at APL, at the JHU Homewood campus, or at six other regional locations. In addition, companies and organizations across the nation have educational partnerships with JHU, particularly in systems engineering. Online education is a growing focus of the EP program, with more than half of total course enrollments and 19 master’s degree programs offered online.
Developed for motivated, well-qualified Johns Hopkins undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and physics, the RISE@APL program offers paid internships and placement for selected students at the Laboratory. Last year, approximately 14 students (from a field of about 80 applicants) earned roles in a variety of APL projects, including modeling and simulation; hardware and data systems design, testing, and evaluation; software design and development; and scientific research. Part-time employment during the academic year is also available to students.
APL and the Whiting School of Engineering continue their partnership of providing a path for more Whiting School doctoral candidates to conduct their research at APL while offering flexibility for APL staff members seeking doctorates through the Whiting School. APL and JHU are presently exploring how to further increase the number and types of opportunities and reduce real and perceived bureaucratic impediments.
To make sure that we provide sponsors with access to the most current and innovative thinking and research, APL supports joint academic appointments with many JHU schools and academic divisions—with the Whiting School of Engineering receiving the largest number. These collaborative efforts enable APL staff members, who hold appointments ranging from assistant professor to full professor, to spend up to 20% of their time collaborating and teaching with JHU faculty and graduate students.