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Biennial Reports   About the Executive Director  

Every two years, APL-UW produces a Biennial Report to highlight current research and education efforts, financial health, and publication and community outreach activities.

You may request printed copies of APL-UW Biennial reports published since 2001 (odd-numbered years) by emailing webadmin@apl.uw.edu.

Executive Director Jeffrey A. Simmen

Dr. Simmen assumed the directorship of the Laboratory in July 2003; he is the seventh in APL-UW's 70-year history. His career has been linked closely to the U.S. Navy. For ten years before coming to APL-UW, he led the Office of Naval Research Ocean Acoustics Program.

Dr. Simmen graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1977 with a degree in applied mathematics, earned an M.S. from Cornell University in theoretical and applied mechanics, and a Ph.D. from Caltech in applied mathematics.

Idea >>> Innovation >>> Impact   The Collaboratory @ APL-UW  

The Laboratory works with UW’s CoMotion (formerly the Center for Commercialization — C4C) to bring our entrepreneurial researchers together with industry and to accelerate and broaden the impact of their innovations.

In fiscal year 2014 APL-UW had 20 invention disclosures, 41 patent applications, 6 patents issued, and 22 commercialization licenses or agreements. Four companies were spun out from APL-UW research efforts — Sonomotion, BluHaptics, MarqMetrix, and Hydro dB.

The Collaboratory, housed at 909 Boat St., fosters research and engineering collaborations between academia and industry. By bringing together a critical mass of expertise and resources, the Collaboratory supports a synergistic ecosystem for marine technology research and development.

APL-UW scientists and engineers are partnering with many companies to advance R+D programs and spur economic growth in Washington State and across the nation.

APL-UW History   Facilities   Funding & Gifting  

Six Decades of Acoustics Research at APL-UW

A presentation by Kevin Williams at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, May 2015.

Since 1943, APL-UW has conducted acoustic and oceanographic studies in how deep ocean variability affects Navy systems. Today, our scientists and engineers pursue leadership roles in acoustic and remote sensing, ocean physics and engineering, medical and industrial ultrasound, polar science and logistics, environmental and information systems, and electronic and photonic systems.

APL-UW research is conducted in four campus buildings: the original Henderson Hall, the (Old) Oceanography Building, the Portage Bay Building, and the Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building. Executive and business functions are located at 909 Boat Street. Our research vessels are piered on Lake Union.

Research at APL-UW is funded by grants and contracts, primarily with government federal agencies such as the U.S. Navy, NSF, NASA, NIH, and DARPA.

APL-UW receives no support from the state of Washington. The Laboratory relies on private gifts for new faculty positions, new buildings, student fellowships, seed funding for new research projects, endowments, matching funds to secure federal research grants, educational outreach to schools, undergraduate mentorships, and new programs.

You can make gifts to the APL-UW Institute, the Laboratory's Joseph P. Henderson Endowment Fund, the APL-UW Discretionary Account, or make a Life Income Gift.

Find information about online giving at the University of Washington Foundation secure website.

UW employees can make gifts through payroll deduction. Download, complete, and return the form. Indicate which fund(s) you wish to receive your gift.

Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center
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