The Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) is an interdepartmental laboratory in the School of Engineering with three major goals:
- the development of the fundamental principles of manufacturing systems, processes, and machines
- the application of those principles to the manufacturing enterprise
- the education of engineering leaders.
Since its establishment in 1977, the LMP has grown to include 14 faculty and senior research staff, who conduct research and educate over 60 students in the areas of design, analysis, and control of manufacturing processes and systems. The laboratory seeks to establish a rational foundation for manufacturing based on a systematic understanding of the complex interactions among the varied areas of manufacturing. Research in these areas has led to innovation in manufacturing processes and a better understanding of planning, design, and production operations.
The laboratory draws upon faculty and staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, but participates in wide-ranging programs that involve many other departments and programs at MIT. Representatives of industrial firms associated with the laboratory's research and education also contribute important perspectives.
Opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students are available for thesis research and UROP projects. There are also a limited number of postdoctoral research positions.