Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

MITRE, Bedford, MA A2012

Term – A 2012

Project Opportunities – MQPs in ECE, RBE, CS, PH, RBE

Housing – Live in your WPI-area housing; daily transportation to MITRE will be provided

Directors – Professors Makarov and Ludwig

Preparation –Internship during summer 2012

Application Deadline – November 3, 2011




MITRE is a non-profit organization chartered to work on federally funded research projects for the Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other government agencies.  All projects will be conducted at the Mitre-Bedford center located at 202 Burlington Rd, Bedford, MA.  Students will commute to Bedford from WPI.  Only US citizens can be considered for this program.




The MITRE Project Center provides opportunities for ECE majors.  Selected participating students will have an opportunity to conduct a paid internship during the summer 2011 where they will perform background research in the respective area of their research and liaison with MITRE to learn about the project specifics and work with a company mentor.


The sponsored projects will be conducted during A-Term 2011 in Bedford.  After completing a summer internship at MITRE, students will work full-time at MITRE for approximately eight weeks from late August through mid-October.  WPI will provide daily transportation from campus to Bedford at no cost to the student participants. Each team will work with a company-designated mentor and a WPI faculty advisor.  The project work will conclude with an MQP report and a formal presentation at MITRE.  Admission is competitive, limited to US citizens, and based on academic performance, maturity, independence, and project-relevant skills determined during interviews.


One possible project area is related to the use of wind turbines as a source of green energy.  Their increased deployment has resulted in a growth rate of over 25% annually in the U.S.  DoD and the FAA have found that wind turbines create clutter that can interfere with air defense, air traffic, and weather radars.  The challenge is to make it possible for wind turbines and radars to co-exist without significant adverse impacts on each other.  The most significant interference mechanisms are shadowing, clutter, raised detection threshold and receiver saturation. The MITRE projects will look at computational characterization of the 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.  Furthermore, as the deployment proliferates in the U.S., wind farm siting criteria will be explored.


Another focus of the MITRE Project Center is the design of small antenna systems, their computational modeling, and their practical realization.  Emphasis of this research is the exploration of novel antenna topologies and special material choices.


Estimated Expenses in U.S. Dollars

No additional expenses will be incurred.

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