November 30, 2015 - In This Issue:

ALERT Students Receive Top Award at URI's
"Internet of Things Hackathon"

University of Rhode Island, Nov 13-15, 2015
On Friday, November 13th, 2015, students at the "Internet of Things Hackathon," at URI were divided into teams, assigned a problem to solve with modern technologies, and given the rest of the weekend to compete for the top prize. Three students from ALERT were teamed up to develop an idea for a product that could locate radiation sources in real time and help determine the exact location of a biological weapon. The team, comprised of Anthony Bisulco, a sophomore at Northeastern University, Darby Hoss, a graduate student from Purdue University, and Amanda Figueroa, a senior from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, created a prototype of a system that could determine the location of the source of radiation based on measurements from remote, wearable sensors.   

On Sunday, November 15th, the teams proposed their ideas to a panel of judges, which included representatives from Slater Technology Fund, the state Commerce Corporation, and URI faculty. The ALERT team received the Judges Award, the top award at the event, for their ability to develop a solution to a real-world problem, while also considering plans for production and intellectual property protection.  An article published in the Providence Journal (image above), highlighted the winning team, and described the event as "a bit like the TV show 'Shark Tank' where budding entrepreneurs pitch their inventions to a panel, and hope someone wants to invest."

Congratulations, Amanda, Anthony, and Darby!!! 
ADSA13 Workshop a Success!
October 28-29, 2015, Northeastern University, Boston 

ALERT hosted the Thirteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop (ADSA13) on October 28th and 29th at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The focus of this workshop was a continuation of the ADSA12, and was titled, "Screening of Personnel and Divested Items at the Checkpoint - Part II." Topics addressed included emerging hardware, algorithm processes, improving passenger experience, and assessing and using risk. The next workshop (ADSA14) is will be held in the spring of 2016.
ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars  Program Begins 
2015 - 2016, Northeastern University, Boston 

This year we have selected 16 students to participate in the ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program at Northeastern University! The program is designed to provide freshmen engineering students the opportunity to get involved in ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS research projects, K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach programs, and professional development training and seminars, such as Leadership Skills, Research Ethics, and Presentation and Poster Building Skills.As an added level of support, past Scholars return to participate in the program as Peer Mentors (pictured), sharing their research, K-12 Outreach, academic, and other extracurricular experiences with the participants. We are excited to work with this year's group of ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars and Peer Mentors!

Logan Jackson, Former ALERT REU, Named Rhodes Scholar
Northeastern University, Boston

We would like to congratulate our former ALERT REU Student and ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholar, Logan Jackson, on being named a Rhodes Scholar! This award is all the more meaningful as it is the first time that a Northeastern University student has received this prestigious scholarship. Logan is currently an undergraduate in Civil Engineering at Northeastern and the president of the Black Engineering Student Society. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Robert J. Shillman Award for Engineering Excellence, as one of four NEU rising seniors.

Congratulations, Logan!
DHS HS-STEM 2016 Summer Internship Program   
Application Deadline: December 16th, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines.  The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.Graduate Students receive a $700 stipend per week plus travel expenses and undergraduates receive a $600 stipend per week plus travel expenses. Applications are due by Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.  

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Opportunities at Raytheon Company  
Search over 200 open positions

Raytheon Company has over 200 open engineering positions for recent graduates seeking full-time employment, as well as opportunities for students seeking co-ops and internships. Positions are available throughout the country and internationally. For detailed job information and information on how to apply, visit their website linked below! 

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Image Formation in X-Ray Computer Tomography Conference
July 18 - 22, 2016, Bamberg Germany 

The 4th International Conference on Image Formation in X-Ray Computed Tomography will be held in Bamberg, Germany, from July 18 to July 22, 2016. The conference covers all aspects of medical CT image formation, and of industrial and security CT applications. Details about the meeting can be found on the following website: Information about how to submit an abstract can be found on the event website; the deadline to submit abstracts is January 18, 2016. 
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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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