Fall Intern/Co-op, Undergrad Researcher--Materials for 3D Printing

Date: Jun 12, 2019

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Structural & Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory designs and builds structures for the protection and support of advanced airborne sensor and communication systems. These systems operate in a variety of challenging environments, ranging from extreme and variable temperatures to high shock and vibration loads during launch. In support of this mission, we are developing metal matrix composites that can be processed by 3D printing so that materials with high strength and stiffness can be used in components requiring complex shapes and short lead times.

Job Description

As a Fall Intern/Co-op, you will join a team working to invent stiff, strong, and lightweight aerospace metals for 3D printing by selective laser melting (SLM). The project entails fabrication of metal-ceramic powders, laser consolidation of these powders with SLM, and characterization of both powders and printed materials with microscopy, mechanical testing, and other methods. Although the thrust of the project is experimental, you will use modeling and theory to plan and interpret experiments. Programming of the 3D printer and simulation of laser melting with finite element methods may also be involved.  



  • Presently enrolled in an undergraduate engineering program, with a major in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Materials Science
  • Classes in materials science and solid mechanics
  • Strong interest in conducting experimental materials research
  • GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher preferred
  • Experience with MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, LaTeX, or other programming languages
  • Familiarity with metallography, microscopy, mechanical testing, or other materials characterization would be helpful, but we will train highly motivated and qualified students
  • Start date: August or September 2019

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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