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.

Current Initiatives

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.

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.

Find out more about IQI



Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center

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

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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

Beaver Works

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.

Beaver Works website


Instructional Interactions with MIT

Independent Activities Period

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
  • Holography
  • Mathematics of big data
  • RACECAR: Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing Ackermann-steering Robot
  • Software-defined radio

Engage with MIT as an IAP course coordinator


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.

Short Programs Course Schedule