August 30, 2016 - In This Issue:

ALERT REUs Present their Summer Research

August 11, 2016, Northeastern University

This summer, ALERT hosted three undergraduate students at Northeastern University to participate in a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The ALERT REU program at NEU is partnered with other REU programs in the university's College of Engineering, and builds a cohort of motivated students who attend professional development meetings and program activities, including presentations on Research Ethics, Lab Safety, PowerPoint Presentation Skills and Scientific Storytelling. At the end of the summer, each REU gives a final presentation of their research project. The presentation addresses the project's overall mission and endeavors, the REU's specific contributions to the project, as well as what knowledge and skills they gained through the process. This year's ALERT students at NEU worked on projects related to Bulk Sensors & Sensor Systems.


Student Spotlight: Matthew Tivnan

SEWDP student at Northeastern University  

Matthew Tivnan, a senior undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Physics at Northeastern University, is our first undergraduate to participate in the ALERT DHS HS-STEM (Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Science and Engineering Workforce Development Program (SEWDP). During his time at Northeastern, Matt has worked with Prof. Carey Rappaport on a project focused on the Microwave Radar Imaging in Biological Tissue, which can be used to detect surgically implanted explosives and breast cancer tumors. He was first introduced to the center as a freshmen when he participated in the ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholar Program four years ago!

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ALERT Featured in DHS Science & Technology Newsroom

2016 DHS Summer Research Team Program

ALERT works closely with industry partners like Detectachem and first responders to develop technologies and algorithms to enhance the ability to eliminate illicit explosives. This month, ALERT was featured in the DHS S&T's Responder Newsroom highlighting its improvement of explosives training solutions for first responders. The feature showcases ALERT's work with K-9 explosive detection training aids (TEAS).

ADSA15 Workshop Save-the-Date

November 15-16, 2016, Northeastern University 

The Fifteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop (ADSA15) will be held on November 15th and 16th at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The title of the workshop will be "Next Generation Screening Technologies and Processes for the Checkpoint." This workshop is a continuation of ADSA12, ADSA13, and ADSA14. The workshop is being convened by the DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT). Presentation and panel discussions will address topics such as emerging hardware and algorithms, concepts of operations, protecting soft targets, system architectures, business aspects of fusion, and funding, innovation and deployment models. 

ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program   
October 2016 - April 2017, Northeastern University

The ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program at Northeastern University is designed to provide freshmen engineering students with 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. This year's program runs from October 2016 - April 2017. Applications are due by Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.
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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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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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