Robert T-I. Shin

Principal Staff in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Systems Division, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Director, MIT Beaver Works

Dr. Robert T-I. Shin is a Principal Staff member in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Systems Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is also the Director of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center and a member of the MIT School of Engineering Extended Engineering Council. Prior to becoming Principal Staff, he served as the Head of the ISR and Tactical Systems Division, where he oversaw research and prototype development of systems for ISR, tactical applications, and counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, and he oversees programs assessing U.S. air vehicle survivability. His early research at Lincoln Laboratory focused on the application of electromagnetics to various air defense problems. His reputation across the Department of Defense as a national expert in RCS measurement and prediction techniques led to his participation on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2006 to 2010. As the director of Beaver Works, which is jointly chartered by MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering, Dr. Shin steers the overall mission of the center. Beaver Works promotes project-based learning and provides spaces for collaborative concept development and tools for hands-on fabrication of innovative prototypes. In 2014, Dr. Shin received the Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education in recognition of his vision and his significant efforts for Beaver Works. This vision has expanded with the establishment of the Beaver Works Summer Institute in 2016, a rigorous, project-based, four-week STEM program for talented high school students.

Dr. Shin has supervised more than 20 MIT graduate theses, published more than 150 refereed journal articles and conference papers, and coauthored Theory of Microwave Remote Sensing (Wiley, 1985). He holds SB, SM, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.