The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1946 as the Institute's first interdisciplinary laboratory. RLE is the successor to the famed MIT Radiation Laboratory of World War II, and was formed to bring together physicists and electrical engineers to work on fundamental and applied understanding of emerging topics related to electronics. Today, RLE continues to be a premier MIT research environment, providing a supportive framework for one of MIT's largest communities of faculty, staff, and student investigators. Over forty MIT professors affiliated with MIT's departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Biological Engineering Division, the Engineering Systems Division, and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology lead RLE's world-class research initiatives. Approximately 250 graduate students and 60 undergraduates from 11 MIT departments pursue research in RLE annually. RLE investigators pursue a broad and diverse interpretation electronics clustered around six primary themes: 1. circuits, systems, signals, and communications; 2. physical sciences; 3. quantum computation and communication; 4. nanostructures; 5. photonic materials, devices and systems; and 6. communication biophysics.

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