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 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.
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 permanent residents from US High Schools.
Current Capstone Projects
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.
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.
This Aero/Astro course designed a novel autonomous seaplane to perform long-endurance surveillance operations.