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Richard Roca '66 leads
Johns Hopkins' APL

Richard T. Roca '66 has transitioned to director emeritus status after a successful 12-year role leading the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Roca enrolled at Lehigh University on an Alfred P. Sloan scholarship and earned a B.S in mechanical engineering, and moved on to MIT to earn a master's and an ScD in the same field. He joined Bell Labs right after graduation, to design communications networks and equipment and over the next three decades rose to major corporate leadership roles within Bell Labs. Roca was named to the post of APL director in 2000, where he guided initiatives on behalf of partners such as the Department of Defense and NASA.


Richard T. Roca '66