Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 – 2016

Michael McLoughlin/The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Michael McLoughlin is the chief engineer of Research and Exploratory Development at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is the principal investigator for the innovative Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program and oversees efforts to transition technology for clinical and non-clinical applications.

Mike began his tenure with the Applied Physics Laboratory in 1985, and has led numerous pioneering projects throughout his career. Among these are multiple projects for national security applications including brain machine interfaces, human integrated robotics, biomedicine and biodefense. In 2012, he led the breakthrough demonstration using a Brain Computer Interface to control a high-dexterity prosthetic limb for the first time.

​Mike credits his Irish heritage for successes in many of these programs. Hard work, dedication, and integrity are powerful traits in his paternal family. His great-grandfather was a Civil War veteran and an entrepreneur. His father lived through the Great Depression and served in WWII. Their dauntlessness, he says, was always an inspiration for him.

Mike received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He teaches Executive Technical Leadership in the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. Mike and his wife Jackie are longtime Maryland residents.