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  • Locations: Lexington, MA, United States;
  • Program Terms: A term
  • Project Center Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WPI applicants only
  • Estimated Expenses: A term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
A term 2018-2019 11/07/2017 02/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities: MQP Active Since: 2002
Director: George Heineman Center Highlights: Domestic, Low or No Cost
Housing Type: Commute from Worcester Program Preparation: 1/6 PQP during two weeks prior to the start of the term.
Program Eligibility: Students on academic probation are ineligible, US Citizen (dual citizens and naturalized citizens discuss eligibility with Director) Major Eligibility: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathemathical Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Robotics Engineering
Visa Requirements: Only US citizens eligible for this project site
Program Description:

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory - Lexington, MA Project Center (MQP) 

Location and Culture
Program Dates
Housing and Meals
Project Opportunities
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety


Location and Culture          

MIT Lincoln Laboratory was founded in 1951 as a federally funded research and development center for MIT. Lincoln Laboratory’s fundamental mission is to apply science and advanced technology to critical problems of national security. The scope of these problems includes air defense, communications, space surveillance, missile defense, tactical surveillance systems, and air traffic control.

All projects are conducted at Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, MA. Students commute from WPI to Lexington by chartered bus (provided by WPI).

Program Dates

Dates will be posted at the top of this page. 

Project Opportunities

Projects at Lincoln Laboratory focus on a variety of areas and project teams are often interdisciplinary. Teams work with a mentor from Lincoln Laboratory as well as one or more WPI faculty advisors.

During A-Term, students work on their MQPs at Lincoln Laboratory full-time (five days a week) for approximately nine weeks. The first two weeks, arranged immediately prior to the start of A-Term, serve as a PQP period.

Many students selected for this program also seek summer employment at Lincoln Laboratory for the summer preceding the project.

Cost and Billing

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away.  These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester). 

  • WPI Tuition and Fees
  • WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
  • WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
  • Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)

In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:

  • Local transportation
  • Airfare (if applicable)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for MIT Lincoln Lab can be found here: MIT Lincoln Lab Estimated Expense

Health and Safety 

WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination.  You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you.