MIT Lincoln Laboratory forms collaboration with Northeastern University

MIT Lincoln Laboratory has partnered with Northeastern University (NEU) to introduce students to an applied research environment and to offer meaningful research and learning opportunities.

Photo of Northeastern University buildingPhoto courtesy of Northeastern University.

Shared expertise brings the latest academic research to Laboratory programs while providing students with practical knowledge of a specialized field. Lincoln Laboratory's collaborations with NEU are growing and will continue to be emphasized in order to share knowledge and inspire scientists, researchers, and students.

Several steps have already been taken to develop this Lincoln Laboratory and NEU collaboration, such as increasing co-operative student (co-op) participation at the Laboratory, establishing plans for mutual seminars, and creating new avenues for other project collaborations.

Student Co-operatives and Research Assistants
Last year, Lincoln Laboratory offered undergraduate co-ops to 18 NEU students. Through this collaborative initiative, plans are under way to increase the number of co-ops by up to two students in each of the Laboratory's seven divisions.

On the basis of the success of the undergraduate co-op program, Lincoln Laboratory plans to begin a new co-operative program for graduate students, while increasing the number of thesis students advised by both NEU and Lincoln Laboratory from two to five students.

Also under this partnership is a plan for a research assistant program specifically for NEU students. On-campus information sessions will introduce Lincoln Laboratory and explain its co-op and research assistant programs.

Seminar Series
To strengthen this affiliation and inspire new ideas, the Lincoln Laboratory Seminar Series was established. Several seminars on the Laboratory's latest research have been presented by Laboratory staff in NEU's Distinguished Lecturer Series in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The technical presentations range from air surveillance radar systems to biodefense systems.

Likewise, NEU professors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have visited Lincoln Laboratory to present their findings to the Laboratory community. One such technical presentation has already led to discussions of the utilization of heterogeneous multiferroic materials for advanced microwave devices.

Startup Collaborations
New collaborative mechanisms being planned by Lincoln Laboratory and NEU will develop student education, foster sharing of expertise, and advance educational opportunities. Plans currently in negotiation include:

Cross teaching
Lincoln Laboratory staff could teach a university course, and NEU faculty plan to host a course on premises at Lincoln Laboratory.

Education Programs
A variety of educational programs to train students and career professionals in key technologies could be offered.

Research Interactions
Current programmatic research performed at NEU in specific technology areas could include a Lincoln Laboratory expert to inspire new developments and a closer research relationship.

Project Collaborations
Potential exists for NEU faculty to collaborate on two Laboratory programs, while the Laboratory could offer support in one university program.

Staff Collaborations
Networks of national and international collaborators could be of great benefit. For example, NEU was awarded a major Department of Homeland Security contract to support the Attack and Launch Early Reporting to Theater (ALERT) program as a center of excellence. An expert panel would be able to respond quickly to needs.

Although these collaborative efforts are young, Lincoln Laboratory is optimistic that as research and outreach efforts grow, so do the strengths of the scientific community and the possibility of inspiring students and experts alike in exploring scientific frontiers.

Posted October 2009

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