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

  • Provides opportunities for both institutions to make an impact on pressing global problems through science, research, and education
  • Leverages synergies between campus research and Lincoln Laboratory technology areas to generate innovative solutions
  • Exposes a new generation of students to opportunities in engineering, research, and service to the nation and world

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 John Vivilecchia, 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 designed to facilitate research, workshops, and class work through the creative fusion of collaborative spaces and prototyping facilities.



Current Capstone Projects

MobileTactical Power Systems (Course 2.013/2.014)

This course is to develop novel energy technologies that reduce the logistics burden and can be used  for numerous other applications including disaster response, and third world electrification.

Enviromental Awareness In the Maritime Domain  (Course 2.013/2.014)

This Mechanical Engineering course will design a deployable “blue water” resupply system.  Networks of latent semisubmersible pods will operate autonomously in a marine environment and provide power and communications links to significantly extend the duration of maritime surveillance operations.

Enviromental Awareness In the Maritime Domain  (Course 16.82)

This Aero/Astro course designed a novel autonomous seaplane to perform long-endurance surveillance operations.