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Director's Message

Dear SENTRY Community, 

Together with our researchers, students, and partners, we have experienced a lot of “firsts” in the last few months. 

We are excited to roll out a SENTRY newsletter and launch our new website. We saw the emergence of case studies in the areas of school safety and secure passenger-based surface transportation and hosted many events to engage with and learn from our stakeholders. Both efforts make progress toward our goal of creating a Virtual Sentry Framework.

Michael B. Silevitch

 More From the Director

Introducing our New Website

SENTRY is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website to advance our mission to conduct stakeholder-informed research to better secure soft targets and crowded spaces and to educate the homeland security workforce in this space. As we continue our transformative research, we plan to use our new digital forum to connect community members and inform the public about our work.  

Visit sentry.northeastern.edu

Explore our research pages to learn about active projects and contributions from researchers.  

Research Areas

Check out our ongoing case studies on school security and secure passenger-based transportation.

Case Studies

What's Happening Next

Stay informed of upcoming events, how SENTRY leaders are engaging with collaborators, and learn how you can get more involved.

Workforce Development: SENTRY, with support from DHS, will dedicate $408,000 to pilot the new DHS PEERs (Practitioners Enhancing Engineering Regionally) program in collaboration with the NSF INCLUDES Engineering PLUS Alliance. DHS PEER participants will receive training at the Engineering PLUS stEm PEER Academy.

Events: Hosted collaboratively by DIMACS, Rutgers University, and SENTRY, the Reconnect Workshop: Risk Assessment will take place on June 18 - 23, 2023 for accepted applicants. SENTRY researchers, Jun Zhuang and Auroop Ganguly, will be presenting on how SENTRY research relates to risk assessment.

Celebrate SENTRY Awardees

January was an award-winning month for the SENTRY Community. Four of our team members earned recognition for outstanding service, innovation, and leadership in their fields.

Read More About SENTRY Award Recipients

DHS S&T Under Secretary Visits SENTRY at Northeastern University

On April 12, 2023, Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, the Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), visited Northeastern University to meet with the SENTRY team to learn more about the work of SENTRY and its impact.

More About the USST Visit 

School Security Case Study

Future of School Security Workshop

On July 19 and 22, 2022, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and SENTRY held a two-part, Future of School Security Working Group Meeting to envision how a Virtual Sentry Framework supports a safe, learning-conducive environment in schools five to ten years in the future. The workshop gathered first responders, government representatives, industry technologists, and school personnel, all experts in the needs of school security. 

Participants built out viable components of potential solutions by working collaboratively in fast-paced, high-energy sessions. Strengths and weaknesses of our developing Virtual Sentry Framework emerged, along with robust next steps in continued partnership with PNNL to identify the future of school security.

School Security Workshop

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