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Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Overview

Cambridge, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Aerospace & Defense
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
At Draper, we believe exciting things happen when we combine our diverse disciplines to imagine and create new solutions.

From whiteboard concept to fielded systems, Draper engineers design, develop and deploy advanced technology solutions for the ... Read more

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory – Why Work With Us?

Innovation Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Draper’s ability to deliver high-performing, reliable solutions stems from our systems approach, interdisciplinary teams and state-of-the-art facilities. Because Draper is a not-for-profit, our staff members are free to pursue the best solution for customers without the biases of a profit motive. We work knowing that our contributions to mission-critical technology can be vital to an end user’s success, whether aboard a Navy submarine or the International Space Station.

We draw our teams from more than 1,800 employees, including more than 1,200 engineers and scientists. Our technical teams are multidisciplinary, and many staff work with different teams on more than one project at once.

We believe collaboration among people with varied expertise and experience leads to new ideas and fresh thinking that generates innovation.

Biomedical Solutions

Delivering new capabilities to government and commercial customers is the work of Draper’s staff: interdisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists collaborating with administrative business partners. The Draper community is dedicated to the shared goal of providing solutions our customers can trust, including life-critical systems deployed from undersea to outer space.

Beyond meeting the immediate needs of customers, Draper’s innovative technical staff see the possibilities to extend solutions to broader applications, sometimes in new, unconventional ways. While our versatile innovators provide reliable working solutions for customers, they anticipate future needs and envision the technology to provide new capabilities.

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., is named after its founder, Dr. Charles Stark Draper, the “father of inertial navigation.”

A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Doc Draper founded a teaching laboratory in the 1930s that by the 1950s grew into the sophisticated engineering organization that designed and developed the world’s most accurate and reliable guidance systems and instruments for intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as the highly precise, ultra-reliable guidance and control systems needed to guide the first astronauts to the moon and back safely to Earth in 1969.

Draper became an independent not-for-profit in 1973. Since becoming independent, Draper has sustained its preeminence in guidance, navigation and control technology and has expanded its expertise in other areas, including microelectromechanical systems and electronics packaging. It continues its long service to the U.S. Navy and NASA while providing solutions to problems of national importance for and with many other organizations in government, industry and academia.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in February 2020.


    Applied online. Received an email about a week later from a group lead requesting a phone interview. The interview lasted about an hour and consisted of the interviewer explaining the work at Draper and asking questions to determine how well my background and experience fit the position. He asked about some things I had barely heard of. The qualifications on the job posting said B.S. aerospace or equivalent. I have a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a lot of coursework in controls from a top 5 ME school, but it seems like this position was not a good fit for me since I don't have a strong background in probability and statistics. Got the email that they were pursuing other candidates 3 weeks after the phone interview.

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Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012

Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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