Only U.S. citizens can be considered for this program. The projects will start at the beginning of August and end at the end of A-term.
MITRE - Bedford, MA Project Center (MQP)
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.
Dates will be posted at the top of this page.
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.
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.
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)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for MITRE can be found here: MITRE Estimated Expense
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.