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As a university affiliated research center and division of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), APL has many opportunities to make the world healthier, safer, and more secure. With our JHU partners, we address a wide array of challenges and missions; these interdisciplinary collaborations reach across the university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Carey Business School.

Engineering for Professionals Programs

More than 180 APL staff members teach engineering, applied science, engineering management, technical management, and information technology courses within the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (EP) program. APL staff members also serve as chairs and vice chairs for 11 of EP’s 20 master’s degree programs.

Engineering for Professionals students can attend classes at APL, the Homewood campus, or four other regional locations—and about 80 percent of total course enrollments and 14 master’s degree programs are also offered online. Companies and organizations across the nation also have educational partnerships with JHU. The 10 APL-based programs—applied and computational mathematics, applied physics, computer science, cybersecurity, electrical and computer engineering, engineering management, information systems engineering, space systems engineering, systems engineering, and technical management—account for more than 87 percent of EP enrollments.

Discovery Awards

APL scientists were among the Johns Hopkins researchers chosen for the second round of JHU Discovery Awards. The program, part of a $15 million commitment to cross-university, faculty-led research, attracted 167 proposals, from which 24 teams, each composed of members from at least two Johns Hopkins divisions, received awards. APL researchers were on two teams investigating hyperspectral imaging in human cancer and molecular signatures of malaria in breath.

Partnering for Health

Through APL’s new National Heath Mission Area, we are teaming with Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Whiting School of Engineering on an initiative to apply rigorous data analysis and systems engineering practices to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The partnership leverages the medical and systems engineering expertise resident at the institutions to create a learning health system that will speed the translation of knowledge to practice while enabling new discoveries through the development and application of advanced analytic tools. Johns Hopkins Medicine has identified several challenging conditions for which precision medicine centers of excellence will improve efficiencies and patient outcomes, while fostering new research and treatment platforms.


APL is connecting with Johns Hopkins divisions, departments, and partners in a common pursuit of space research. Space@Hopkins highlights the wide scope of JHU’s space-related activities to foster collaboration among university-affiliated researchers and provide access to new partnerships. Focusing on eight initial research fields, including heliophysics, planetary science, and spacecraft engineering, the work features collaborations with affiliates such as the Space Telescope Science Institute and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.