April 29, 2016 - In This Issue:

ASPIRE: Linking Students to Great Opportunities
2016 Annual Student Pipeline to Industry Roundtable Event
The fifth Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) was held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at Northeastern University in Boston.  It successfully brought together ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS industrial partners, government stakeholders and current students of all levels involved in center research in order to build strong collaborations and provide networking opportunities for all participants. This year's ASPIRE included students from 5 academic partner institutions and representatives from 10 industrial and government collaborators.

ASPIRE is part of the ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS ongoing efforts to create robust partnerships within our industrial base and government stakeholders, while also giving our students the opportunity to network as they transition through academia and into the Homeland Security Enterprise

Student Spotlight: Srikrishna Karanam
PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Srikrishna Karanam, an ALERT Ph.D. student in Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), has been "Searching for people in camera networks," (the title of his doctoral thesis) with his faculty advisor, Prof. Richard Radke, for over three years. As described by Srikrishna, "The overall goal of the project is to design and develop a system, called tag and track, to assist TSA officials in detecting and tracking persons of interest in critical and busy environments such as airports. My role is to develop and implement the underlying algorithms that drive the system." After he completes his Ph.D., Srikrishna hopes to transition to industry, with the goal of continuing his work with Computer Vision, and finding the opportunity to implement both basic and applied research.

Congratulations to our ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars!
2015-2016 program, Northeastern University   

This year, ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS had the honor of hosting 15 freshmen engineering students as participants in the ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program. After two semesters of active involvement in the program - which includes participation in an ALERT or Gordon-CenSSIS research project, K-12 STEM outreach, and Scholar meetings, seminars and activities - they completed the program on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, when they presented their final research presentations to their faculty advisors and other members of the Scholars community. The final presentations consisted of 3-minute overviews of each Scholar's research project, addressing their project's overall mission and activities, their specific contributions to the project, as well as what knowledge and skills they gained.

Prof. Martinez Featured by Keysight and Northeastern
Prof. Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, Northeastern University

ALERT researcher Jose Martinez-Lorenzo works in both the security and healthcare domains leveraging wave propagation techniques to improve methods of detecting objects. Keysight Technologies highlights Jose's Multi-wave Sensing, Imaging, Control and Actuation Laboratory and the collaborative work they have done in their most recent Faculty Spotlight. He was also highlighted by Northeastern News in a dynamic video report. The site presents a video titled "DETECTING A THREAT" in which Jose explains how he and his team are using millimeter waves to detect explosive threats under clothing and detect these types of threats while people are moving at a regular pace.
ADSA14 Workshop
May 10-11, 2016, Northeastern University 

ALERT will host the Fourteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop (ADSA14) on May 10th and 11th at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The title of the workshop will be, "Development and Deployment of Fusible Technologies for the Checkpoint." Topics to be addressed will include: emerging fusible hardware and algorithms; specifying, testing and deploying fusible technology; standards; airport case studies; and concept of operations. Attendance to this workshop is by invitation only.
ALERT Students Present at RISE:2016
April 7, 2016, Northeastern University

On April 7th, Northeastern University held its fifth annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE), known as RISE:2016. The expo is an opportunity for students and faculty members to showcase use-inspired scholarly research and fundamental discoveries that can be translated into real-world applications. At RISE:2016, more than a dozen ALERT, Gordon-CenSSIS, and other affiliated students presented their inventive engineering research projects to the general public as well as the RISE judges, who hail from industry, investment, political, and media-related backgrounds.
Fundamentals of Explosives Course  
May 3-5, 2016, University of Rhode Island

A Fundamentals of Explosives course is being offered at the University of Rhode Island, May 3 - 5, 2016.  In addition, URI is also offering a follow-on day of hands-on Explosive Analysis on May 6, 2016. For more information about these courses, please visit their website linked below!
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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 - 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: www.ct-meeting.org. 
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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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