Research and innovation through project-based learning
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center (Lincoln Beaver Works) conducts research and educational programs that strengthen and expand collaborative efforts between Lincoln Laboratory and MIT campus. This collaboration
Beaver Works is a joint center chartered by the MIT School of Engineering and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, operated by the Laboratory. Dr. Robert Shin, Head of Lincoln Laboratory's ISR and Tactical Systems Division, is the director of the center. Day-to-day operations are handled by the facility manager. The facility is open to all MIT students, faculty, and collaborators, and provides a nexus for innovation, collaboration, and hands-on development.
The Beaver Works Center was initiated in 2010 through a series of Lincoln Laboratory-funded capstone research projects in the School of Engineering. In 2013, MIT and Lincoln Laboratory opened the new, dedicated center in NE45 designed to facilitate research, workshops, and class work through the creative fusion of collaborative spaces and prototyping facilities. In 2019, Beaver Works expanded and now has space in Bldg 31 in collaboration with the AeroAstro dept.
The MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute is a rigorous, world-class STEM program for talented rising high-school seniors.
Please Note: At the present time, the BWSI Summer Program is limited to US citizens and international students attending US High Schools with valid Visa.
Current Capstone Projects
Space Systems Development
Students build a space system, focusing on refinement of sub-system designs and fabrication of full-scale prototypes. Sub-systems are integrated into a vehicle and tested. Sub-system performance is verified using methods of experimental inquiry, and is compared with physical models of performance and design goals.
This Mechanical Engineering course designed and built a persistent and autonomous vessel to measure the ionosphere above open ocean and relay data back to stations
Carbon Neutral Cooling System
his Mechanical Engineering course designed and built a carbon neutral cooling system that uses waste heat for efficient inexpensive and inexpensive cooling. Tested at MIT's co-generation plan on campus.
This course built a short take-off and landing (STOL) fixed wing drone to demonstrate feasability with flight testing on Plum Island