February 11, 2015 - In This Issue:

Michael B. Silevitch and Simon Pitts Awarded 2015 Gordon Prize!
ALERT Center Director, Michael B. Silevitch and Gordon Engineering Leadership Director, Simon Pitts have been awarded the 2015 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Engineering Education by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). This distinction is awarded to the directors "for developing an innovative method to provide graduate engineers with the necessary personal skills to become effective engineering leaders."

Student Spotlight: Amanda Figueroa-Navedo, UPRM
One student's experience as a researcher and woman in the sciences

Every summer, ALERT selects science or engineering undergraduate students to participate in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. ALERT staffer, Teri Incampo, sat down with 2014 REU student Amanda Figueroa-Navedo to discuss her experience as an REU. 

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New! ALERT 101 Third Installment
Methods of Chemical Characterization and Mitigation

ALERT is proud to present the third installment of ALERT 101. This chapter's topic focuses on Methods of Chemical Characterization and Mitigation, and is part 1 of a 2 part series. ALERT Thrust Leaders Jimmie Oxley (Research Thrust 1) and Steve Beaudoin (Research Thrust 2) provide commentary about the crucial role of chemical characterization in the mitigation of explosives-related threats, and how ALERT research is helping first responders and security personnel to detect and eliminate threats before they can be used for malicious reasons.

Spring 2015 ASPIRE
Annual Student Pipeline to Industry Roundtable Event
Tuesday on April 7, 2015 at NEU

Every year ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS host the ASPIRE for students and industry members to build connections. This spring's event will feature presentations by industry members, a poster session by students, and our 'speed-dating' format for students and industry to have one-on-one time to discuss their common goals.

This event is by invitation only for our ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS industry members and students.

2015 IEEE HST Symposium
Tutorial Program: Introduction to Explosives Threat Sensing Technologies and DHS Center of Excellence ALERT on April 14th, 2015 in Waltham, MA

This tutorial session will be presented by ALERT Director, Prof. Michael B. Silevitch, and will introduce participants to Homeland Security oriented sensing technologies and systems to detect explosives-related threats. Presenters will be drawn from academic and industrial collaborators within the DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives Related Threats (ALERT). Participants will gain a better understanding of how these sensing technologies are used in detection strategies to protect the nation today and also learn how to team with ALERT and other DHS COEs to help develop the next generation of technologies to protect our nation in years to come.

2015 Fundamentals of Explosives Course
The University of Rhode Island will be offering this  course from May 5-7th, 2015

The course will cover topics ranging from the Chemistry of Military Explosives to Forensics, and Hazards, and will be taught by ALERT Research Thrust 1 Lead and URI Prof. Jimmie Oxley, among others.  


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ADSA12 Workshop
Personnel and Divested Items Screening at the Checkpoint on May 12-13th, 2015 at Northeastern University

ALERT will host the 12th Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop (ADSA12) at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The workshop will address the following topics: emerging hardware, emerging algorithms and processes, improving the passenger experience, and assessing and using risk.      


This workshop is by invitation only, and is convened by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT).

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2015 REU in Nanotechnology at UMass Amherst
Application Due Date: February 28th, 2015 

The Nanotechnology Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at UMass Amherst will run for 10 weeks, June 1 - August 8, 2015, and will provide housing and a competitive stipend. Women and underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply; eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.  Undergraduate majors in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Physics, and Polymer Science & Engineering are recommended for the program.

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Graduate Research Internship Program  (GRIP) 
Application Due Date for Fall 2015: March 6, 2015 

The Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) is a pilot program in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of this program is to engage NSF graduate fellows in mission-related, collaborative research projects under the guidance of research mentors at DHS to develop expertise in critical homeland security areas.

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RISE:2015 Save-the-Date  
Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo on April 9, 2015 at Northeastern University, Boston, MA 

Each year, in an effort to support Northeastern University's commitment to use-inspired research and solution focused innovation, hundreds of students and faculty members embark on an exciting opportunity to showcase the research and innovative thinking of the Northeastern community at the Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE).

Student and faculty abstracts are due February 20th, 2015. Student and faculty posters and works are due March 20th, 2015. Applications to participate as a judge are due February 13th, 2015.

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Pathways to Science 
Funding Opportunities for STEM Students  

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) Pathways to Science project supports pathways to the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by connecting students to programs such as REUs, graduate fellowships, and postdoctoral positions. Students can sign up online to automatically receive information on research, funding, and professional development opportunities customized to their interests.

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ALERT Core Partner Institutions

Northeastern University (lead)
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