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MITRE-Bedford Project Center (MQP)
Bedford, MA, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: A term
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Estimated Expenses: A term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
A term 2017-2018 11/08/2016 02/02/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Active Since:
Alex Wyglinski
Center Highlights:
Domestic, Low or No Cost
Housing Type:
Commute from Worcester
Program Preparation:
Summer internship
Program Eligibility:
Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), U.S. citizenship
Major Eligibility:
Actuarial Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering, All Majors, Applied Math, Architectural Engineering, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biology & Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computers with Applications, Economic Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Interactive Media and Game Development, Management Engineering, Management Information Systems, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Psychological Science, Robotics Engineering, Society, Technology and Policy, System Dynamics
Visa Requirements:
Not Applicable
Program Description:

MITREApplications to this site are primarily sought from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and Robotics Engineering majors. All other majors interested in this site need to contact the project center co-directors.  Only U.S. citizens can be considered for this program.


MITRE is a nonprofit organization chartered to work on federally funded research projects for the Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and other government agencies. 
All MITRE projects are conducted at the Mitre-Bedford center in Bedford, MA. Students commute from WPI to Bedford by bus. 


MITRE provides a wide range of project opportunities for WPI students pursuing various majors. Most students begin with a paid internship at MITRE during the summer before their project work commences. The internship enables students to perform background research in their project areas and liaise with MITRE company mentors.
WPI provides daily transportation from campus to Bedford at no cost to student participants. Each team works with a company-designated mentor and WPI faculty advisor. Project work concludes with an MQP report and formal presentation at MITRE.
Admission is competitive, limited to U.S. citizens, and based on academic performance, maturity, independence, and project-relevant skills determined during interviews.

Project Examples 

An example ECE project area involves analyzing the effect of wind turbines on radar. Projects will look at computational characterization of wind farm returns, develop greater understanding of the Doppler behavior of wind turbines, generate insights into mitigation techniques, and develop dynamic adaptation/filtering in response to rotation and speed changes of the turbines.
Another ECE project area focuses on the design, computational modeling, and practical realization of small antenna systems. Research will emphasize the exploration of novel antenna topologies and special material choices.
The CS projects may have a strong focus on cyber security. An example project could look at automatically detecting and correcting kernel-level compromises to an operating system while other projects could focus on improving understanding of computer attacks.