Lincoln Laboratory is one of the nation's premier centers for the development of new concepts in advanced electronics. The Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center operated by MIT for the Department of Defense (DoD). The Laboratory primarily serves the Department of Defense and conducts research for other federal agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration.
UROP offers the opportunity to participate in research, working with professional staff as part of a Lincoln Laboratory group. These opportunities are principally electrical engineering and computer science, but can cover many other engineering and scientific areas. Projects cover a wide range of technical disciplines, and major areas are described below.
- Advanced networks and applications work specializes in networking issues in the context of unique government requirements such as mobile, ad hoc, heterogeneous airborne networking or high-performance networking over satellite systems.
- Advanced solid state research involves work on microelectronics, laser and optical devices, superconducting devices, and charge coupled devices. Efforts on new materials, devices, and solid state techniques facilitate early introduction of innovations into prototype equipment.
- Computer technology projects involve researching algorithms and associated hardware. Signal processing work includes parameter estimation, automatic identification, voice recognition, and neural networks.
- Communications research is directed towards digital and optical communications and portable terminals. These efforts include analysis, design, and engineering of systems for satellite-to-ground, satellite-to-satellite, and long-distance networks.
- Electromagnetics projects include microwave and laser radars involving sensor design and engineering, electromagnetic scattering, propagation, clutter, and natural backgrounds.
- Mechanical aspects of radar systems include control systems and qualification and test of assemblies, as well as design and fabrication.
- Optical systems engineering combines structural and thermal analyses with optical ray tracing, as well as stray light and optical performance analyses to support opto-mechanical design and a wide range of testing activities.
- Weather sensing research develops sensors, automated weather forecasting systems, and decision support tools for commercial use in adverse weather.
Lincoln Laboratory is located 15 miles west of MIT in Lexington, Massachusetts, approximately 45 minutes by car from the campus. A shuttle service to and from campus is available during the work week. Undergraduates interested in a UROP should contact Mr. Gary Hackett for currently available openings. In order to comply with The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Lincoln Laboratory requires that new employees and students attend a safety orientation.
The Laboratory's Human Resources Office will notify the new employees and students of the date, time and location of the orientation. MIT Lincoln Laboratory's fundamental mission is to apply science and advanced technology to critical problems of national security. To assure excellence in the fulfillment of this mission, the Laboratory is committed to fostering an environment that embraces and leverages diversity of thought, culture, and experience.
U.S. citizenship is required for work at Lincoln Laboratory. UROP for Credit is arranged through the faculty supervisor's academic department.