Collaborations with MIT
Lincoln Laboratory's status as a large multidisciplinary research and development center makes it a strong resource for collaborative research initiatives.
We offer a breadth of expertise to campus researchers, both faculty and students. Our ability to architect and build sensors that enable significant campus science research is well established. The synergy between the campus's focus on academic research and the Laboratory's experience in building prototypes has resulted in the development of innovative systems.
Several ongoing collaborative programs are connecting staff at the Laboratory with researchers, faculty, and students at MIT. These initiatives include ones centered on research into new technology, ones challenging students to solve interesting problems, and ones engaging Laboratory staff in teaching people new skills.
The Center for Quantum Engineering
The Center for Quantum Engineering (CQE) is defining the emerging field of quantum engineering, which bridges fundamental quantum science and traditional engineering disciplines. The joint initiative between Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics supports the development of quantum sensing, communications, computing, and other technologies. The center allows MIT campus and Laboratory staff to formally collaborate on quantum research and prototyping activities and to take full advantage of cutting-edge fabrication facilities at both locations. The CQE also develops quantum engineering curricula and facilitates collaboration with industry partners through the Quantum Engineering Industrial Consortium.
Researchers from Lincoln Laboratory and campus are engaged in developing new applications in supercomputing. The Laboratory's Supercomputing Center, with its new petaflop-scale supercomputer, is enabling work in high-performance data analysis, machine learning, advanced physical devices, and autonomous systems.
Lincoln Laboratory researchers can contact [email protected] to engage with the center.
MIT campus collaborators can contact the center at [email protected].
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.
The ACC also sponsors a Defense Studies Seminar Series that includes speakers associated with the MIT Security Studies Program.
The ACC is interested in exploring opportunities for campus innovators to connect with Laboratory staff. Contact the ACC at [email protected] or 781-981-7006.
Beaver Works, a joint venture between Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering, was established as an incubator for research and innovation. It promotes project-based learning, a hallmark of an MIT education, and encourages collaborations between MIT faculty, students and researchers, and Lincoln Laboratory staff. 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.
Instructional Interactions with MIT
Independent Activities Period
Lincoln Laboratory technical staff annually lead activities offered during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP), a four-week term during the January semester break. Under the IAP program, for-credit classes are available for registered MIT students, and non-credit activities, which may span the full four weeks or a limited number of days, are open to all members of the MIT community. IAP offerings range from academic classes to hands-on engineering projects to artistic pursuits.
Courses offered by our staff have included ones on the following topics:
- Building a small radar system
- Free-space laser communications
- Mathematics of big data
- RACECAR: Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing Ackermann-steering Robot
- Software-defined radio
MIT Short Programs
Our staff also offer courses in MIT Professional Education – Short Programs. These week-long courses are geared to mid-career technical, scientific, business, and government professionals. Some of our courses are shorter versions of the activities we conduct in the IAP.
To view all available course topics, click the link below.