Johns Hopkins APL, Purdue University Form Hypersonics Research Partnership

Johns Hopkins APL
Johns Hopkins APL

Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory has partnered with Purdue University to help drive joint research and development efforts on hypersonics technology.

APL and the Purdue Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation will work on collaborative projects involving a range of technical areas including hypersonic navigation control, quantum information, microelectronics, artificial intelligence, robotics and data science, APL said Thursday.

The agreement grants APL increased access to Purdue’s wind-tunnel resources at the university's Mach 6 Quiet Tunnel facility, which was funded by Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. 

Purdue will also be given access to APL’s facilities such as its additive manufacturing center in Laurel, Md., as well as its technical experts in the air and missile defense subject areas.

APL plans to conduct mentoring activities such as internships with Purdue’s graduate students and doctoral candidates under the agreement.

“We are looking forward to fostering this relationship and creating a collaborative environment for APL and Purdue staff members and students," said Kirk Shawhan, mission area executive for the precision strike segment at APL.

The partnership builds on APL’s previous collaboration with Purdue on the Boundary Layer Transition experiments focused on leveraging wind tunnels for hypersonics research.

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