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The Top 20 U.S. Research Laboratories

                                 RANK  STAFF   FACULTY  RESEARCH  PATENTS
                                    SIZE   MEMBERS   HONORS
                                          OR PhDS(%) 

STANFORD UNIVERSITY 1 230 13 10 .004 Where many researchers want to work CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (CMU) COMPUTER SCIENCE 2 263 20 9 N.A. Creating new centers to pursue key technologies MIT LABORATORY FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE 2 254 12 13 0.08 Long a hotbed for new startups AT&T LABS 4 2,500 95 11 N.A. Tied with Bell Labs, though only one-tenth as big BELL LABS 4 24,000 17 40 0.2 (Lucent Technologies) King-sized lab is awarded an average of three patents a day UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY 6 230 13 10 N.A. Closing the gap with traditional leaders IBM RESEARCH 7 2,300 52 75 0.7 Big Blue remains a research bulwark XEROX PARC 8 230 60 34 1.0 Now generating startups, too MIT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB 9 165 12 5 0.3 Has spun off 20 startup companies MIT MEDIA LAB 10 400 5 N.A. 0.06 Keeps on making news--and waves MICROSOFT RESEARCH 11 205 70 46 N.A. A five-year-old newcomer leaps ahead CMU ROBOTICS INSTITUTE 12 220 20 5 N.A. Its robots aren't just for factories SANTA FE INSTITUTE 13 40 100 10 0.01 Very strong in complexity research UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS- 14 356 10 2 0.1 URBANA Mosaic and Netscape started here UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 14 374 29 5 0.08 Its Information Sciences Institute is a star UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN 16 283 14 2 0.2 Good marks in artificial intelligence UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON 16 175 17 4 N.A. Rapid rise in standing since 1970s GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 18 685 40 3 0.05 Has new Advanced Telecommunications Center CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 19 27 20 5 0.3 Leader of a new program in quantum computing CORNELL UNIVERSITY 19 101 50 4 N.A. An Ivy League computer pioneer

KEY
STAFF SIZE:
Total number of researchers

FACULTY MEMBERS OR PhDs: Percent of university researchers who are on the faculty, or percent of corporate researchers who hold PhDs

RESEARCH HONORS:
Number of Turing Awards, Kyoto Prizes, National Medals of Science/Technology, and Nobel Prizes, plus the number of researchers elected to the National Academy of Sciences/Engineering

PATENTS:
Average number per researcher during the last five years

N.A. = Not available

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK SURVEY


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