Identifying MSRP Faculty Mentors & Research Groups

The Office of Graduate Education asks MSRP applicants to identify at least 3 faculty members who you are interested in conducting research with during the summer. There are two ways to identify potential faculty mentors:

  1. Browse the list of MIT Faculty who have expressed an interest in hosting an MSRP 2019 intern. Check back often as this is not an exhaustive list – faculty and research groups are added on a periodic basis.
  2. Visit the MIT School’s Faculty directories below to find additional faculty and learn about their current research.  We are willing to accept faculty of interest not listed on the page.
    1. School of Architecture and Planning
    2. School of Engineering
    3. School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
    4. MIT Sloan School of Management
    5. School of Science

School of Architecture and Planning

Architecture Leon Glicksman Professor Glicksman works on research and consulting related to energy-efficient building components and design, natural ventilation, sustainable design for developing countries, and design tools.
Architecture Miho Mazereeuw
Urban Risk Lab
With a global network of partners, the Lab is a place to innovate on techniques, processes, and systems to address the complexities of seismic, climatic, and hydrologic risks.
Architecture Skylar Tibbits
Self-Assembly Lab
The Self-Assembly Lab focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes.
Media Arts and Sciences Danielle Wood
Space Enabled
The Space Enabled research group works to increase the opportunities to apply space technology in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Media Lab V. Michael Bove
Object-Based Media Group
The Object-Based Media Group makes systems that explore how sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies can change everyday life, the ways in which we communicate with one another, storytelling, play, and entertainment.

School of Engineering

Aeronautics and Astronautics Steven Barrett
Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment
MIT Electric Aircraft Initiative
LAE has developed methods that help understand and quantify the environmental impacts of aviation and of cognate industries and also assesses and develops novel technologies that help reduce the environmental footprint of aviation.
The MIT Electric Aircraft Initiative is assessing and developing the potential for sustainable and silent electric aircraft.
Aeronautics and Astronautics Kerri Cahoy
Space Telecommunications, Astronomy and Radiation Lab
STAR Lab welcomes interest from exceptional graduate students enthusiastic about space exploration and advancing satellite technology.
Aeronautics and Astronautics   Richard Linares ARCLab New proposed mega satellite constellations could revolutionize the telecommunication industry by providing complete global internet coverage. However, the current space infrastructure is not capable of handling such a dramatic increase in the number of active satellites. Therefore, ARCLab conducts critical research and develops new solutions for the problems of Space Traffic Management (STM) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).
Aeronautics and Astronautics Paulo Lozano
Space Propulsion Laboratory
The need to increase performance and reduce costs of space systems has caused a dynamic research environment in which advanced technologies are conceived and developed. A significant fraction of SPL’s research is focused on the development and modeling of scalable space thrusters.
Aeronautics and Astronautics   Dava Newman Human Systems Laboratory Human Systems Laboratory performs research to improve the understanding of human physiological and cognitive capabilities to optimize human-system effectiveness and to develop appropriate countermeasures and evidence-based engineering design criteria.
Aeronautics and Astronautics Raul Radovitzky
Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
Team members collaborate on basic research to create new materials, devices, processes, and systems, and on applied research to transition promising results toward practical products useful to the Soldier.
Aeronautics and Astronautics Leia Stirling
Stirling Group
Our research group bridges the domains of biomechanics, control theory, and human factors to advance tightly coupled cyber-human systems, such as wearable technology.
Biological Engineering Mark Bathe
Laboratory for Computational Biology and Biophysics
The mission of this lab is to facilitate synthetic structural biology to impact molecular imaging and diagnostics, therapeutic delivery, vaccine development, nanoscale energy harvesting and transport, and memory storage using nucleic acids.
Biological Engineering Bryan Bryson
Bryson Lab
We are interested in developing new tools to dissect the complex dynamics of bacterial infection at a variety of scales ranging from single cells to infected animals sitting in both “reference frames” by taking both an immunologist’s and a microbiologist’s perspective.
Biological Engineering Bevin Engelward
Engelward Laboratory
Research in the Engelward Laboratory centers on the interplay between DNA damage and its downstream consequences, with the goal of understanding the underlying mechanisms that drive cell toxicity, mutagenesis, and ultimately disease.
Biological Engineering Roger Kamm
The Mechanobiology Lab
An overriding objective is to elucidate the fundamental nature of how cells sense and respond to mechanical stimuli, and to employ the principles revealed by these studies to seek new treatments for vascular disease and to develop tissue constructs for drug and toxicity screening.
Biological Engineering Jacquin Niles
Niles Laboratory
Our research emphasizes developing and using novel molecular tools to address outstanding questions in infectious diseases. Our specific focus is on malaria and the causative pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum.
Biological Engineering   Forest White
The White Lab
Research in The White Lab focuses on high resolution, quantitative characterization of cellular signaling networks regulating normal and pathophysiological processes, with the ultimate goal of defining novel therapeutic targets and therapeutic combinations.
Chemical Engineering Fikile Brushett
The Brushett Group
Our mission is to develop transformative electrochemical technologies that enable a sustainable energy economy. We are particularly interested in understanding and controlling the fundamental processes that define the performance, cost, and lifetime of present day and next-generation electrochemical systems.
Chemical Engineering Paula T. Hammond
The Hammond Lab
The Hammond research group at the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research focuses on the self-assembly of polymeric nanomaterials, with a major emphasis on the use of electrostatics and other complementary interactions to generate multifunctional materials with highly controlled architecture.
Chemical Engineering   Kristala Jones Prather
Prather Research Group
  • Design and assembly of novel pathways for biological synthesis
  • Enhancement of enzyme activity and control of metabolic flux
  • Bioprocess engineering and design
Chemical Engineering   Heather Kulik
Kulik Group
The Kulik group develops advanced simulation methodology ranging from data-driven to computationally-demanding but very accurate quantum mechanical simulation for the advancement of understanding and design of materials, inorganic catalysts, and biological enzymes.
Civil and Environmental Engineering   Elfatih Eltahir
Eltahir Research Group
We are interested in understanding how regional land use/land cover change as well as global climate change may impact society through changes in the patterns of water availability, extreme weather, and spread of vector-borne diseases.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Jesse Kroll
The Kroll Lab
Research in our group involves laboratory studies, fieldwork, and instrument development aimed at understanding the lifecycle (emissions, transformation, and loss) of atmospheric organic species. A central theme is the chemistry underlying the formation and evolution of organic aerosol, a major component of atmospheric fine particulate matter.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Tami Lieberman
Lieberman Lab
We have recently discovered that commensal bacteria in the human body are continually evolving within individual people under the pressure of adaptive evolution. Inspired by this finding, our lab is addressing a number of questions about human-associated microbiomes.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Heidi Nepf
Nepf Lab
 The Nepf Lab studies the interaction of flow with aquatic vegetation and the feedbacks to sediment transport, chemical flux and ecosystem function. We develop models for physical processes with the goal of applying these models to improve the management of natural resources and the design of green infrastructure.
Civil and Environmental Engineering   Roland Pellenq
MultiScale Materials Science for Energy and Environment
We propose a gradual bottom-up approach amenable to bridging time and length scales and predicting texture and mechanical properties from angstroms to micron scales and time evolution from nanoseconds to years of complex, often porous, multi-scale materials such as cement, ceramics, solid nuclear fuels, soils and sediments, metals and steels and geo-materials.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Desiree Plata
Plata Lab
The Plata Lab seeks to change the approach to innovation globally, where engineered solutions of the future will incorporate environmental objectives early in the design process to ensure sustainable technologies in a resource-limited world.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Jesus del Alamo Microsystems Technology Laboratories MTL is dedicated to advancing nanoscale science and technology to contribute towards addressing pressing human concerns in areas of communications, computation, energy, health, environment, transportation and others.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Ruonan Han
Terahertz Integrated Electronics Group
Our research focuses on ultra-high-frequency microelectronic circuits and systems targeting at emerging opportunities in sensing, metrology, security and communication.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Daniel Sanchez Professor Sanchez’s current research focuses on large-scale multicores with hundreds to thousands of cores, scalable and efficient memory hierarchies, architectures with quality-of-service guarantees, and scalable runtimes and schedulers.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science William Sanchez Professor Sanchez’s is driven by the ability of technology-powered innovation to create impact at the scale of civilization. He has extensive experience founding, leading, and operating boot-strapped and venture-backed technology ventures.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Collin M. Stultz
RLE Computational Biophysics Group
Professor Stultz conducts research to understand conformational changes in macromolecules and the effect of structural transitions on common human diseases. His research group employs an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes techniques drawn from computational chemistry, signal processing, and basic biochemistry.
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology   Brett Bouma
Center for Biomedical OCT Research
Research at CBORT is aligned along the push-pull relationship between technical innovation and prevailing challenges in biological and clinical research. Our technical development is geared towards overcoming existing instrumental barriers and enabling novel biological and medical insights by making our instruments and methods available to the research community.
Materials Science and Engineering   Jeffrey Grossman The Grossman Group Our group focuses on a wide array of nanomaterials and energy related applications. Our group members often work in at least one of these disciplines and are sufficiently versed in both computational and experimental methods to enable strong collaborative efforts. Our research targets both fundamental materials understanding and novel materials and devices for consumer and industrial adoption.
Materials Science and Engineering Niels Holten-Andersen
Laboratory for Bio-Inspired Interfaces
Our goal is to employ design principles extracted from nature in the development of novel synthetic materials that help overcome global challenges in energy, the environment and health.
Materials Science and Engineering Donald Sadoway
Group Sadoway
Establish the scientific underpinnings for technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. The overarching focus of the group’s work is electrochemistry in nonaqueous media.
Mechanical Engineering Sili Deng
Deng Energy and Nanotechnology Group
Our research combines experiments and computations, bridges fundamentals and applications, and focuses on energy conversion and nanomaterial synthesis.
Mechanical Engineering   Asegun Henry Professor Henry’s research interest is novel energy system concepts that help to mitigate the effects of climate change, including solar energy, energy storage, and transportation.
Mechanical Engineering Pierre Lermusiaux Multidisciplinary Simulation, Estimation, and Assimilation Systems Our group creates and utilizes new models and methods for multiscale modeling, uncertainty quantification, data assimilation and the guidance of autonomous vehicles. We then apply these advances to better understand physical, acoustical and biological interactions.
Mechanical Engineering Yang Shao-Horn Electrochemical Energy Lab  Our research programs are centered on understanding the electronic structures of surfaces and include extensive experimental components including synthesis of well-defined surfaces and nanostructured materials, and investigation of processes at the surfaces/interfaces using electrochemical methods coupled with ex situ and in situ X-ray-based and electron-based spectroscopy.
Mechanical Engineering Alexander Slocum Precision Engineering Research Group
  • Medical Devices – Cost effective solutions for clinical care
  • Precision Machine Design
  • Renewable Energy Systems – MIT Energy Initiative
  • MIT Tata Center for Technology & Design
Mechanical Engineering Evelyn Wang
Device Research Laboratory
The DRL combines fundamental studies of micro and nanoscale heat and mass transport processes with the development of novel nanostructured materials to create innovative solutions in thermal management, thermal energy storage, solar thermal energy conversion, and water desalination.
Mechanical Engineering Xuanhe Zhao
Soft Active Materials Laboratory
At current stage, we are focusing on soft materials emerging on the interfaces of engineering and biologicalsystems. The current research goal of Soft Active Materials Laboratory isto understand and design soft materials with unprecedented properties and to explore extraordinary functions of new soft materials in various technologies.
Nuclear Science and Engineering   Matteo Bucci
The Red Laboratory
Our team explores innovative heat transfer solutions to enhance the efficiency of energy conversion systems. Our focus is on boiling heat transfer for nuclear energy systems. We develop advanced diagnostics to shed light on the mechanisms of heat transfer and learn how to improve them.
Nuclear Science and Engineering Jacopo Buongiorno
Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems
CANES aims to hasten the development of new and transformative technologies, materials, and methods that will make nuclear fission more affordable, more rapidly and securely deployable, and even safer than is currently the case.
Nuclear Science and Engineering Paola Cappellaro
Quantum Engineering Group
Our group studies quantum dynamics and control in spin systems, with applications to quantum information and precision measurement.
Nuclear Science and Engineering Mingda Li
Energy Nano Group
A combined theoretical and experimental group studies the influence of materials’ defects on energy transport and conversion processes at nanoscale, using unrestricted methods ranging from quantum field theory to sample growth.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Comparative Media Studies Justin Reich
Teaching Systems Lab
The Teaching Systems Lab investigates the complex, technology-mediated classrooms of the future and the systems we need to develop to prepare teachers for those classrooms.
History, Anthropology and Science, Technology and Society   Graham Jones Professor Jones studies how people use language and media to not only share knowledge, but also to imbue it with meaning and value – whether by colluding in shared secrets or staking out contrastive positions in an argument.
Political Science Fernando Hidalgo
We collaborate with civil society, funders, and governments on research that builds and tests theories about how innovative programs and interventions affect political behavior and make governments more accountable to citizens.

MIT Sloan School of Management

Operations Research Tauhid Zaman
  • Social Networks
  • Statistics
  • National Security
  • Sports Analytics

School of Science

Biology Bruce Walker
Ragon Institute
The Ragon Institute was established with a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences John Gabrieli
Gabrieli Laboratory
Our goal is to understand how the human brain empowers learning, thinking, and feeling, and to use that understanding to help people live happier and more productive lives.
Chemistry Stephen Buchwald
The Buchwald Research Group
Our lab is involved in the development of new synthetic methodology for the formation of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds. The methods we develop are used to construct structural components that are prevalent in pharmaceuticals, materials, agrochemicals and natural products.
Chemistry Timothy Swager
The Swager Group
  • Polymer Electronics and Molecular Wires for Chemical Sensors
  • Laser Sensors
  • Novel Organization Methods
  • Conducting Polymer Actuators
  • Conjugated Polymer Monolayers
  • Imaging Agents
Chemistry Troy Van Voorhis
The Van Voorhis Group
The Van Voorhis Group is developing new methods – primarily based on density functional theory (DFT) – that provide an accurate description of excited electron motion in molecular systems.
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Kristin Bergmann
The Bergmann Lab
Our work combines aspects of sedimentology, stratigraphy, geochemistry, and geobiology to better understand the connections between the Earth’s environment and the organisms that inhabit it.
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences David McGee
The McGee Lab for Paleoclimate and Geochronology
Our group’s research focuses on how precipitation and wind patterns responded to past climate changes. By making precise measurements of stalagmites, lake deposits and marine sediments and interpreting these records in the light of models and theory, we aim to offer data-based insights into the patterns, pace and magnitude of past hydrologic changes.
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Paul O’Gorman Our focus is on the impact of climate change on the circulation of the atmosphere and on precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) statistics
Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Taylor Perron Perron
Surface Processes Group
The MIT Surface Processes Group works to discover the physical processes that shape landscapes on Earth and other planets. We use a variety of tools, including field measurements, computational models, laboratory experiments, and remote sensing observations from airborne platforms and spacecraft missions.
Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences   Sai Ravela
Earth Signals and Systems Group
We develop methods to observe natural systems using Intelligent Systems methodology. Toward this end, we research the classics: nonlinear dynamics, stochastic processes, estimation and control, and the modern, including pattern recognition, machine learning, and information theory.
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Matej Pec
Pec Lab
In our laboratory, we study the fundamental forces that drive and resist plate tectonics. We are interested in a broad range of phenomena from melting and melt migration in the lithospheric mantle and lower crust, to how rocks fail as they are loaded under a broad range of pressure and temperature conditions.
Physics Jeff Gore
Gore Laboratory
The Gore Lab studies how interactions between individuals determine the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of microbial communities.
Physics Lindley Winslow
Winslow Lab
We study neutrinos and are currently focussed on the search for neutrinoless double-beta decay.