June 29, 2016 - In This Issue:

ALERT Demos Tech at COE Technology Showcase

May 19, 2016, Washington D.C.

On May 19th, ALERT brought its advances in explosives detection research to the 2016 Centers of Excellence Technology Showcase in Washington D.C. The day featured "Chat with an Expert" sessions, informational tables for each center, information on training opportunities, and live demonstrations. The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs hosted the showcase at the Ronald Regan Building in Washington D.C. for over 250 government agencies and first responders.
The event resulted in dozens of connections for the center and a better understanding of what challenges end users like U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the Transportation Security Administration are facing. ALERT is looking forward to furthering our linkages with end users and providing solutions to those challenges in our areas of expertise.


Student Spotlight: Anthony Bisulco

REU student at Northeastern University  

Anthony Bisulco, a rising 3rd year undergraduate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, is currently participating in ALERT's summer REU program, working on a project called "On-the-Move Security Millimeter Wave Imaging Radar." Anthony has been working with ALERT under Prof. Jose Martinez-Lorenzo for the past two years, and has consistently managed to maximize his time as an undergraduate researcher, serving on the ALERT Student Leadership Council in addition to joining the winning team at the 2015 University of Rhode Island Internet of Things Hackathon. Anthony will be starting his first co-op at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland this fall, performing research on fundamental particle physics.

ALERT MSI Collaborations Work to Build a Diverse Homeland Security Workforce

2016 DHS Summer Research Team Program

This summer, ALERT Collaborator, Prof. Joaquin Aparcio- Bolanos is continuing his work on a project initiated through the DHS Summer Research Team (SRT) Program, which seeks to engage faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in research that provides opportunities to better understand the mission and research needs of DHS. Prof. Aparicio-Bolanos received $50,000 in follow-on funding from DHS to continue his research with Prof. Samuel Hernandez at the University of Puerto Rico MayagŁez.

ALERT Research Thrust Leader, Prof. Jimmie Oxley of the University of Rhode Island, is also hosting a new DHS SRT group this summer led by Dr. Sayavur Bakhtiyarov, from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

ADSA14 Workshop a Success

May 10-11, 2016, Northeastern University 

ALERT hosted the Fourteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop (ADSA14) on May 10th and 11th, 2016 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The title of the workshop was, "Development and Deployment of Fusible Technologies for the Checkpoint." Topics addressed included: emerging fusible hardware and algorithms; specifying, testing and deploying fusible technology; standards; airport case studies; and concept of operations. The ADSA15 Workshop will tentatively take place in November, 2016.

2016 Summer REU Program Begins

Summer 2016, Northeastern University   

This summer, ALERT is hosting 5 undergraduate students who are participating in the 10-week REU program. At Northeastern University, two students are working with Prof. Carey Rappaport, and one student is working with Prof. Jose Martinez.  ALERT is also hosting two students at the University of Puerto Rico MayagŁez who are doing research with Prof. Samuel Hernandez. The ALERT REU program is partnering with other REU programs in the College of Engineering to build a cohort of students who jointly attend professional development meetings and program activities. At the end of the summer each student will give a final presentation on their research project.

Fundamentals of Explosives Course  
August 1 - 3, 2016, Los Alamos, New Mexico

A Fundamentals of Explosives course is being offered in Los Alamos, NM, August 1 - 3, 2016. This course is intended to help each student understand basic behaviors of explosives, how they detonate, and the effects of detonation. It provides a foundation for study of specific aspects of

explosives work, from safety in handling and testing, to logistical, research, development, design

and analysis functions. For more information about these courses, please visit the website linked below!
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Detonation & DDT: Theory, Modeling and Experiments Course 
September 20 - 22, 2016, Los Alamos, New Mexico

A Detonation & DDT course is being offered in Los Alamos, NM, September 20-22, 2016. This class will be conducted at a graduate level. Class members will learn the capabilities and

limitations of each of these models, and how to apply them where they are useful. In addition,

ways to design experiments to investigate behaviors for both fundamental and applied design or

analysis purposes will be discussed with the class. For more information about these courses, please visit the 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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