MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) is a partnership of MIT, the Army, and industry to apply innovative nanotechnology to improving the survivability of the the Soldier of the future. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, conduct much of the research that goes on at the ISN.
The ISN is not an academic department at MIT and thus does not accept students directly or confer degrees. Students wishing to perform Master's or PhD-level research on ISN-affiliated projects may do so by applying for admission to one of the academic departments to which an ISN faculty member belongs, then choosing an ISN-affiliated faculty member as a research advisor. Cross-over is possible: for example, a materials science and engineering student may choose an advisor from the chemistry department, etc. Graduate admissions information is available from individual academic departments:
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Media Arts and Sciences
ISN-Army Labs Summer Internship Program
Working with Army Lab colleagues, the ISN at MIT established this program to provide opportunities for MIT students to conduct summer research at Army research facilities working under the direction of Army scientists. Opportunities are typically available in a number of U.S. locations including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Mississippi.
Soldier Design Competition
The Soldier Design Competition (SDC) was established in 2003 to engage undergraduate students from MIT in the activities of ISN, and in 2004 was expanded to include cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA). Drawing on the academic, Army, and industry communities that make up ISN, the SDC provides students with hands-on experience in the design and prototyping of technology solutions to real world problems in protection and survivability faced by Soldiers and first responders. A panel of leaders from the Army, industry, and MIT determines winning prototypes. To date, the SDC has engaged over 300 MIT students and USMA cadets, and has spawned 14 startup companies. The Competition cycle kicks off each September, with the Finals held the following spring.
MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Most UROP positions at the ISN are filled directly through the faculty member(s) supervising specific research projects. However, from time to time, general ISN research staff have UROP positions available. For more information, see the UROP web site.