Managing Executive, Research and Exploratory Development
John D. Bigelow was appointed as managing executive for the Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD) at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in January 2017. Mr. Bigelow came to APL after nearly 30 years in engineering and technical management positions in the biomedicine, defense, and aerospace sectors, including as director of advanced marketing and technology, director of strategic planning, and vice president of engineering where he led the development of advanced avionics and spacecraft systems. He spent his early career in the development of embedded signal processing and communications systems. Mr. Bigelow joined the Biomedicine Business Area at APL in 2005 as an assistant program manager for the four-year Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, where he helped structure and execute this dynamic and challenging research and development effort. He rose to branch supervisor and acting program area manager while helping to build the biomedicine business. Mr. Bigelow subsequently helped facilitate the structuring of and transition to REDD and leads the department’s technical line organization responsible for pioneering research and product realization, ensuring REDD is on course to accelerate transformative innovation and invent the future for APL.