August 2019
ALERT NEWSLETTER
Second Annual DHS COE Summit Highlights Homeland Security Challenges
The 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Centers of Excellence (COE) Summit was held on Wednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s summit focused on the topic of Homeland Security Challenges: Evolving Threats and Dynamic Solutions.  
NEWS & EVENTS
ALERT Hosts Second CBP-ADEPT-02 Workshop
The second workshop on Advanced Developments Encompassing Processes and Technologies for Customs and Border Protection (CBP-ADEPT-02) was held on July 17-18, 2019, at Northeastern University in Boston. This workshop brought together 130 attendees from government, industry, and academia to discuss topics related to current technology in improving port and cargo security.

ALERT Graduate Student, David Benirschke Receives Postdoctoral Fellowship
This summer, ALERT Graduate Student, David Benirschke accepted the prized Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education oversees this fellowship, funded primarily by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to support Postdoctoral Fellows to conduct unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the IC, such as David’s research in infrared-based explosive detection conducted while pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Notre Dame.
ALERT Graduate Student, Cara Coultas-Mckenney Places in Poster Competitions
ALERT Chemical Engineering graduate student, Cara Coultas-Mckenney, of Purdue University, won awards in two poster competitions this summer. Cara works as a student researcher on ALERT Project R2-A.3: “A Novel Method for Evaluating the Adhesion of Explosive Residues” under the direction of ALERT Research Thrust 2 Leader, Dr. Stephen P. Beaudoin of Purdue University.
ALERT Year 6 Annual Report
Now Available Online!
ALERT is pleased to announce that the ALERT Phase 2 Year 6 Annual Report is now available online! The report details the continued research in ALERT's four research thrusts: Characterization & Elimination of Illicit Explosives, Trace & Vapor Sensors, Bulk Sensors & Sensor Systems, and Video Analytics & Signature Analysis. The report also contains a full bibliography of the journal articles and conference proceedings published under ALERT support in the past year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), as well as comprehensive descriptions of the Year 6 activities.
ADSA 21 Workshop (November 5 and 6, 2019)
Effective Integrated Systems for Aviation Security
The twenty first Workshop for Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA21) will be held on November 5 th and 6 th, 2019, at Northeastern University in Boston. The workshop will address the topic of effective integrated systems for aviation security.
STUDENT & RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
DHS Explosives Detection Research Scientist Opportunity available at Transportation Security Laboratory
The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted a full-time, one year appointment with the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The selected candidate will join a team of scientists working to determine the feasibility of using nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) for fielded detection and for supporting test and evaluation (T&E) of commercially-developed NQR-based explosives detection systems.
Arctic Domain Awareness Center, DHS Center of Excellence, Announces Request for Proposals
The Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC), led by the University of Alaska Anchorage, released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to address research challenges associated with multiple Artic response capability gaps and shortfalls in science and technology discerned from a two-part workshop series, Arctic Related Incidents of National Significance (Arctic-IoNS), conducted in April and May of 2019.  ADAC seeks proposals for technology solutions, innovative products, or educational programs that can smoothly transition from research to solutions for the United States Coast Guard and other DHS Arctic maritime operators.

The deadline for receipt of the application is 5 PM Alaska Daylight Time, Monday October 7, 2019.
ALERT is supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs.