Giving to RLE

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RLE: Where the Future Begins

The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) welcomes your support and philanthropy. Gifts to RLE are used almost exclusively for three objectives:

  • To support RLE student education and research, and to recognize and encourage student excellence.
  • To support and seed junior MIT faculty advancing their research careers in RLE.
  • To support and seed innovative activities in RLE’s research groups, and to promote quality of life and encourage community in those groups.

Opportunities for your philanthropy to promote these objectives are available both at the level of the Laboratory as whole as well as in areas that are more specifically targeted.

Contact Information

Prospective donors with questions about philanthropic opportunities in RLE or who need assistance with the process of making a gift are encouraged to contact RLE Headquarters at 617.253.2519 or email

Laboratory-wide Philanthropic Funds

The Jonathan Allen Junior Faculty Fund. The Allen Fund is RLE’s primary mechanism for fundraising for graduate student support and to assist junior faculty. All resources raised will be placed in perpetual MIT endowment. All income from the endowment will be used to create graduate fellowships for MIT students supervised by RLE faculty with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Allen Fund, thus, supports both students and junior faculty.
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The Research Laboratory of Electronics Fund. The RLE Fund is the locus of gifts with the goals of promoting community and outreach, as well as to seed innovative projects at the discretion of the Director.
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The Hermann Anton Haus Fund. The Haus Fund supports a program to bring visiting lecturers to the MIT campus who will present new ideas and interact with MIT faculty and students.
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Helen Carr Peake Fund. The Peake Fund supports an annual prize for graduate student research excellence in bioengineering and communication biophysics.
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David H. Staelin Fund. This fund honors Professor David H. Staelin whose career in RLE as a graduate student and professor spanned five decades. The purpose of this fund is to help recruit outstanding graduate students by providing support for first-year RLE research assistantship offers. The selection of students for such support will be at the discretion of the RLE Director.
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The Zimmerman Fund. The Zimmermann Fund was established by an anonymous benefactor to honor the legacy of the fourth Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, Professor Henry J. Zimmermann.
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Focused Funds
Donors may also target their philanthropy to specific research areas of the Laboratory. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • RLE Center For Electromagnetic Theory Applications Fund
  • RLE Hearing Aid Research Fund
  • RLE Optical and Quantum Communications Fund
  • RLE Advanced Telecommunications and Signal Processing Fund
  • RLE Computational Prototyping Fund
  • RLE Quantum Optics and Laser Medicine Fund
  • RLE Advanced VLSI and Biological Systems Fund
  • RLE Organic Optics and Electronics Fund Fund
  • RLE Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Fund
  • RLE Nanostructures Laboratory Fund
  • RLE Center for Ultracold Atoms Fund
  • RLE Integrated Photonic Devices and Materials Fund
  • RLE Digital Signal Processing Fund
  • RLE Physical Optics and Electronics Fund
  • RLE Signals, Information, and Algorithms Fund
  • RLE Optics and Quantum Electronics Fund