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Johns Hopkins Connection

APL: The Nation’s Largest University Affiliated Research Center

University affiliated research centers are independent, not-for-profit organizations that conduct essential research, development, and systems engineering to support national security needs. The centers serve strategic national priorities, free from conflicts of interest or competition with commercial industry. Collaboration with leading research universities allows these organizations to provide the U.S. government with access to our nation’s most highly skilled scientists, engineers, and analysts to tackle vital national security and scientific challenges.

As the nation’s largest university affiliated research center and a division of Johns Hopkins University (JHU), we regularly partner with other Johns Hopkins 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 scientific and technology community.

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Partnering for Health

Through APL’s Global 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.

Ph.D. Pathways

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 currently exploring how to further increase the number and types of opportunities and reduce real and perceived bureaucratic impediments.

Joint Faculty Appointments

To make sure 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.

Recent Collaborations