Lincoln Laboratory/MIT Campus Interactions

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Lincoln Laboratory's status as a research and development center of MIT promotes research collaborations, knowledge exchange, and staff development. The MIT Office of the Provost and the Laboratory Director's Office strongly support the Campus Interaction Committee.

As a large interdisciplinary system laboratory, Lincoln Laboratory is able to offer a breadth of expertise to campus researchers, both faculty and students. The Laboratory's ability to architect and build sensors that enable significant campus science research is well established. The synergy between the campus focus on basic research and the Laboratory knowledge of defense applications has benefited both communities.

Collaborative studies and research and development are under way in the following areas:

  • Convex optimization of integrated communications systems
  • Air traffic management with weather-induced capacity constraint
  • Magneto-optical materials for integrated optical isolators
  • Multispectral infrared detector arrays using amorphous semiconductors
  • Blind calibration algorithms for a digitally enhanced high-speed analog-to-digital converter architecture
  • Nanotube dispersions in polymer matrices


Beaver Works

Entrance to Beaver Works

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works, a joint venture between Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering, was established as an incubator for research and innovation. The center facilitates project-based learning, a hallmark of an MIT education, and leverages the expertise of MIT faculty, students and researchers, and Lincoln Laboratory staff to broaden research and educational partnerships. By encouraging collaborative projects, Beaver Works strengthens the potential of both institutions to make an impact on pressing global problems.

Beaver Works supports student involvement in a broad range of research and educational pursuits, including two-semester, course-based capstone projects; joint and individual research initiatives; and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program internships.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center builds collaboration
Lincoln Laboratory News
June 2014

A Chance to Fly:  AeroAstro's Beaver Works class offers undergraduates an unusual challenge
MIT Technology Review
17 December 2013

MIT Lincoln Laboratory challenges students to power an autonomous undersea vehicle
Lincoln Laboratory News
October 2012

Advanced Concepts Committee

The Lincoln Laboratory Advanced Concepts Committee (ACC) supports the development of innovative concepts that address important technical problems of national interest. Collaborative efforts between Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT campus are encouraged. The ACC provides seed funding, as well as technical and programmatic support, to investigators with new technology ideas. These ideas are typically high risk, but offer the potential to significantly impact national needs by enabling new systems or improving existing capabilities. Projects are scoped to demonstrate concept feasibility and typically last 9 to 12 months.

Shown here is a monolayer graphene (MLG) device for near- and mid-infrared photodetectors. An Advanced Concepts Committee project being investigated by Lincoln Laboratory and Prof. Jarillo-Herrero of MIT is focused on exploring a new field of atomically layered materials (ALMs), in which graphene and other ALMs (e.g., hexagonal boron nitride or MoS2) are assembled on top of each other to create devices with new functionalities. Shown here is a monolayer graphene (MLG) device for near- and mid-infrared photodetectors.

Recent ACC-sponsored initiatives include research into fringe ladar for low size, weight, and power systems, ingestible electronics for physiological-status monitoring, microfluidics, improved lithiium-ion batteries, ultrasonic shear-wave imaging for biomedical diagnostics, polydimethylsiloxane-based materials for 3D printing, and a solar thermoacoustic engine for satellites.

The ACC sponsors a Defense Studies Seminar Series that includes speakers associated with the MIT Security Studies Program. The 2014 seminars included the following:

  • "My Meetings with the New Iranian President," Prof. Jim Walsh, MIT Security Studies Program
  • "China and the Challenge of Maritime Disputes," Prof. M. Taylor Fravel, MIT Security Studies Program
  • "Strategy for International Cooperation in Planning the Chinese Space Station," Ensign Jordan J. Foley, U.S. Navy Liaison at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • "Technology in Modern Great Power Naval Competition," Prof. Owen R. Cote Jr., MIT Security Studies Program

Integrated Quantum Initiative

The Integrated Quantum Initiative (IQI) is exploring ways for Lincoln Laboratory and MIT campus researchers to better leverage their unique expertise and resources to develop quantum information science solutions for sensing, communication and computation. The program centers around supporting graduate students who work part time at the Laboratory on projects such as the development of magnetic sensors based on nitrogen vacancies in diamond and the investigation of quantum communication protocols. Additionally, IQI participants are looking at ways to support large-scale experiments and scalable quantum systems; for example, a dedicated fiber link for quantum communication experiments between the Laboratory and MIT campus was recently established. The initiative is focusing on applications that are of interest to the Department of Defense and that have the potential to advance the Laboratory’s core mission areas.

Administrative Resources

Some Lincoln Laboratory administrative functions and services are enhanced by connections with resources at MIT.

  • Under the umbrella of the SAP business software system, the Laboratory's finance and human resources systems are integrated with those of Campus.
  • The Laboratory's Safety and Mission Assurance Office draws upon the resources of the Radiation Protection and Industrial Hygiene programs operating within the EHS Office on the MIT campus.
  • Child care services are available to Laboratory employees at a center that is one of the four MIT Technology Childcare Centers.
  • The MIT Medical and Athletic departments operate the Health and Wellness Center and the Fitness Center, respectively, at Lincoln Laboratory.
  • The MIT Office of General Counsel provides legal services for MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  Legal inquires may be sent to the onsite legal advisor at Lincoln Laboratory.


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