Department of Computer Science

Spring 2022 Symposium

AR/VR and NASA Software Engineering at JHU/APL

 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) in Laurel, Maryland provides technical contributions for different government agencies including the Department of Defense, NASA, and several others. APL is the largest university affiliated research center (UARC) in the nation and has consecutively been ranked as one of the top innovative places to work. One focus area of innovation for the lab is Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) technologies using devices such as the HTC Vive and Microsoft HoloLens 2, as well as software developed with the Unity game engine. AR/VR is a natural fit for many government 3D problem spaces such as visualizing battlefields, planning spacecraft trajectories, providing immersive training experiences, and much more. Since his graduation from Millersville University in 2018, Ryan Peterson has been working at APL in the cross section between AR/VR and NASA space missions. Ryan will be sharing his experiences with AR/VR, APL, and graduate school at Johns Hopkins University.


April 20, 7:00pm

Roddy 149 presented by

Ryan Peterson


Ryan Peterson is a Software Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. At APL, Ryan has worked on multiple NASA missions including the Parker Solar Probe, DART, and Dragonfly missions. Ryan specializes in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) technologies, but also has experience with web technologies, AI, and Machine Learning. Ryan graduated with an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2021 and a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 2018. During his time at Millersville, Ryan was the president of the Ultimate Frisbee Team and was a member of the Computer Programming Team, the Computer Science Club, and the Coding Club. Ryan currently lives in the D.C. area with his wife, Alayna, and dog, Emma.


For further information contact Dr. Stephanie Schwartz.