Jesse Linnell is an Associate Technology Officer within the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Technology Office. His responsibilities include supporting the strategic development of the Laboratory’s internal R&D investments and helping to develop and implement initiatives to promote innovative R&D across the Laboratory's diverse mission areas.
Jesse joined Lincoln Laboratory’s Systems Analysis Group in 2007. He was involved in several homeland protection projects, including counter–improvised explosive devices, atmospheric modeling for chemical-biological plumes, homeland air defense architectures, biological detectors, and sensor calibration. In 2012, he moved to the Biological and Chemical Defense Group and worked on novel unmanned aircraft systems and concepts, nonintrusive cargo-container screening, and an asymmetric red teaming for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization. In 2018, he transferred to the Systems Engineering Group, where he contributed to a countermeasure program for the Missile Defense Agency.
Jesse holds a BS degree in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, where his research focused on electric propulsion, plasma physics, and fluids.
As the recipient of the FXB fellowship, it provided Jesse with the opportunity to focus deeply on his studies, publish quality research, and helped him transition successfully into his professional life. A professional life focused on advancing emerging technologies, dedicated to services, striving for technical excellence, and committed to integrity.