From the invention of a fuze that helped win World War II to the launch of a science probe now chasing a huge rock around the sun, the Applied Physics Laboratoryıs greatest resource has been neither funding nor equipment nor its sprawling 365-acre campus, Gary Smith says.
It's the people, he says.
"I think the lab's people are very special," says Smith, APL's director since 1992.
APL people subscribe to a culture of integrity, commitment, teamwork and respect, he says. They also dedicate themselves to their neighbors, he says, contributing enormously of their time and financial resources to United Way and many other nonprofit organizations.
Smith announced last week he will soon leave that APL community and culture, stepping down June 30 after nearly three decades at the laboratory and Johns Hopkins.
Smith, 63, has overseen a transformation of the laboratory since the end of the Cold War. Founded to develop the proximity fuze that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower later wrote played a critical role in the Allied victory in World War II, Full story...
Jeong H. Kim, founder of the successful telecommunications startup Yurie Systems Inc. and now president of carrier networks for Lucent Technologies, has pledged $1 million to the university. Kimıs gift will be divided equally between an endowment for undergraduate financial aid in the Whiting School of Engineering and research on high-tech telemedicine in the Wilmer Eye Institute.
Kim, 38, of Potomac, Md., who was consulting firm Ernst & Young's 1998 emerging entrepreneur of the year, came to the United States from Korea with his family at 14. In 1982, he graduated from the Whiting School after only three years, then served as an officer in the Navy nuclear submarine fleet. Full story...
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