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Major Programs

Following is a selection of MIT research programs reporting the highest levels of corporate research expenditure in FY2014.

MIT Energy Initiative

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), established in September 2006, is an Institute-wide initiative designed to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and to help build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems. The MITEI program includes research, education, campus energy management, and outreach activities that cover all areas of energy supply and demand, security and environmental impact.

Research at MITEI is spread across four major areas: 1) Innovations, 2)Transformations, 3) Global Systems, and 4) Tools.


MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) studies this vast, compelling field in an effort to unlock the secrets of human intelligence, extend the functional capabilities of machines, and explore human/machine interactions. It applies that knowledge with a long-term lens to engineer innovative solutions with global impact.  CSAIL research is conducted by approximately 50 research groups organized into three high-level areas of focus: Artificial Intelligence, Systems, and Theory. Each group is composed of faculty PIs, any combination of graduate and undergraduate students, and post-docs, and research staff.


Chemical Engineering

The chemical engineering community at MIT is responsible for countless scientific advances, including controlled drug delivery, which improves the body’s ability to combat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and depression. The department's recent contributions range from engineering a yeast strain capable of increasing the efficiency of ethanol production to building the most sensitive electronic detector of deadly gases ever made. Research in the Chemical Engineering Department focuses on fundamental knowledge and applied technologies in a number of important areas.


Mechanical Engineering

Research in the Mechanical Engineering Department may be broadly divided into seven so-called "thrust" areas including: 1) Mechanics: Modeling, Experimentation, & Computation, 2) Design, Manufacturing, & Product Development, 3) Controls, Instrumentation, & Robotics, 4) Energy Science & Engineering, 5) Ocean Science & Engineering, 6) Bioengineering, and 7) Micro & Nano Engineering.


Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT (formerly known as the MIT Center for Cancer Research) was founded in 1974, and is one of seven National Cancer Institute-designated basic research centers. Its mission is to apply the tools of basic science and technology to determine how cancer is caused, progresses and responds to treatment.

The initial strategic research plan for the Koch Institute revolves around five target areas critical for rapid progress toward controlling cancer: 1) Nanotechnology Therapy, 2) Detection + Monitoring, 3) Metastasis, 4) Pathways + Resistance, and 5) Immune System.  Research and development in each of these target areas involves cross-disciplinary teams of faculty, students, and staff – and will also encompass collaborations with clinical centers and industry.


MIT Media Lab

The Media Lab is a place where the future is lived, not imagined. Its domain is applying unorthodox research approaches for envisioning the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life—technologies that promise to fundamentally transform our most basic notions of human capabilities. Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, Lab designers, engineers, artists, and scientists work atelier-style in close to 30 research groups conducting more than 300 projects that range from neuroengineering, to how children learn, to a stackable, electric car for tomorrow’s city. Lab researchers foster a unique culture of learning by doing, developing technologies that empower people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all societies, to design and invent new possibilities for themselves and their communities.


Nuclear Science and Engineering

Established in 1958, the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) at MIT is one of the oldest nuclear science and engineering graduate programs in the country. Its broad research mission is the study of nuclear and radiation interactions and their applications to problems of beneficial interest to society. Research activities are spread across three basic areas: 1) Fission Engineering and Nuclear Energy, 2) Fusion and Plasma Physics, and 3) Nuclear Science and Technology

The department’s research activities are enhanced by the use of world-class experimental facilities located on campus, including: MITR-II, a 5-megawatt nuclear research reactor; Alcator C-Mod, a high field tokamak fusion device; multi-accelerator laboratory, focusing on medical and industrial applications; and multi-magnet nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory, focusing on medical imaging and quantum information processing.



MIT AeroAstro’s mission is to prepare engineers for success and leadership in the conception, design, implementation, and operation of aerospace and related engineering systems. The department achieves this through its commitment to educational excellence, and to the creation of critical aerospace vehicle and information engineering technologies, and the engineering of complex high-performance systems. MIT AeroAstro, which traces its MIT roots to 1914, is the oldest program of its kind in the United States. It has a tradition of strong scholarship and solving industrial-strength problems.


Center for Transportation & Logistics

For more than 40 years, the MIT's Center for Transportation & Logistics has been a world leader in supply chain management, logistics, and transportation education and research. Along with contributions to the understanding of transportation system planning, operations, and management, its efforts include contributions to logistics modeling and supply chain management for shippers; technology and policy analysis for government; and management, planning, and operations for trucking, railroad, air, and ocean carriers.


Department of Chemistry

MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in experimentally and theoretically probing chemistry at its most fundamental level, discovering new chemical syntheses, creating sustainable energy, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, and developing materials with new properties. Current research spans the breadth of chemistry, including research in the areas of biological chemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, materials chemistry, nanoscience, and physical chemistry. Specialized areas such as bioinorganic chemistry, biophysical chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, synthesis, surface chemistry, and chemical physics are also covered.


The Center for Information Systems Research

The Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) conducts field-based research on issues related to the management and use of information technology (IT) in complex organizations. Established at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1974, our mission is to develop concepts and frameworks to help executives address the IT-related challenges of leading increasingly dynamic, global, and information-intensive organizations. The relevance of our research is ensured by the active participation of corporate sponsors from a range of industries.


Research Laboratory of Electronics

In the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), interdisciplinary interaction characterizes both daily activities and the long-range direction of research. Research at RLE often involves developing innovative technological tools to reveal new insights into the physical world and its abstract models. The Laboratory seeks, on one hand, to develop basic understanding and intellectual means to model complex phenomena and, on the other hand, to create a foundation for building new high-performance technologies which can be used to further research progress.


Civil & Environmental Engineering

CEE’s intellectual focus is discovery and innovation to understand the world, invent and lead with creative design to sustain life and society in ever-changing environments. Emphasizing the use of quantitative approaches, CEE features two vibrant centers of gravity: environment (Parsons Laboratory), what exists as natural systems; and infrastructure (Pierce Laboratory), what is created by human activity. CEE faculty and staff are dedicated to educating our students such that they are best equipped to serve the nation and the world as professionals, scholars, academic leaders and entrepreneurs.