About The Institute

MIDE history

The Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE) is founded on bridging fundamental physics with applied engineering to solve longstanding challenges in the defense, energy and related commercial sectors.

Originally, of a magnetic and electronic structure focus, the group morphed into hybrid nuclear-physics, condensed-matter-physics and nuclear-engineering menagerie, addressing the grand challenge of creating a battery that used semiconductor-like conversion of radioactive energy to generate electrical energy, to form a high energy-density but small form factor battery with long lifetime; this project was funded by DARPA and successfully demonstrated sustained power output from a thin film promethium-147 source at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

MIDE history

From this point (ca. 2007) the group spent the next nine years working on thin film neutron detectors for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, ultra-thin film dielectrics for the Intel Corporation, and a special breed of neutron detector for the Office of Naval Research and DTRA that could measure the kinetic energy of neutrons, identify the source type of those neutrons, and the location from which they originated. The ‘neutron spectrometer’ as it was inappropriately coined, generated a number of side projects that were math heavy, enjoyed an R&D100 award in the Analytical Category, and went on to help two regional companies stand up.

In 2016, the group expanded and pivoted to study and develop technologies in the Counter Directed Energy and High Power Microwave space for the Office of Naval Research, both returning to the core condensed matter physics foundation to drive new solution states in pulsed power physics/engineering and radio-frequency engineering space. The Institute welcomes collaboration and is excited to continue to take on orthogonal challenges in the areas of urban agriculture, improving quality of life through health intelligence, and enabling less deterministic machine intelligence through the physics lens.


We improve quality of life by bridging academia with industry to address wicked problems.


To lead in the development of technologies that directly and positively impact society, and to grow the leaders of tomorrow in a team-focused culture.

Core Values

Gritty Innovation

Question. Take risk. Fail. Get up. Succeed.

Research Integrity

Represent the data objectively, be relentlessly critical, and uphold an expectation of rigor.


Be accountable. Uplift those around you. Seek out and capitalize on complementarity.

Confident Humility

When in doubt, rotate your own tires.


Embrace the challenge. Be curious. Stay hungry.


Don't forget to play.

As of January 2021, MIDE retains 24 graduate students, 11 undergraduate students, 16 affiliate tenure track faculty, four full-time non-tenure track faculty, and 31 staff.

Work with Us

We offer opportunities for everyone to explore their professional interests and are eager to work with outstanding partners in business and research.

As an Employee

Our research and development relies on talented, diverse individuals who want to make the world a better place. If you’re interested in joining the MIDE team, visit our careers section to discover what positions are available.

Employment Opportunities

As a Partner

MIDE is always seeking non-profit, industry, government, and academia partners to help solve wicked problems. Click the link below for information on collaborative research opportunities.

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