December 2019
ALERT NEWSLETTER
ALERT Hosts IAB and ADSA21 Workshop
Last month, the Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) Center of Excellence held its annual Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting and ADSA21 Workshop. Over the three days of events, more than 150+ attendees from academia, DHS, TSA, government, and ALERT’s Industrial members and more participated in presentations, panel discussions and keynote talks. 
NEWS & EVENTS
ALERT Researchers, Dr. Jimmie Oxley and Dr. Otto Gregory featured in the Press
ALERT Researcher and URI Professor, Dr. Jimmie Oxley, was recently featured on CBS News discussing TSA projects aimed at improving the security screening process for travelers. The story details new technology being developed as part of ALERT research at URI such as the desensitizing agent known as SCHMOO (Safe Control of Hazard Materials or Others Onsite) recently developed by Dr. Oxley’s team and the “digital dog nose” being developed by ALERT Researcher and URI Professor, Dr. Otto Gregory. 
ALERT Collaborates with CBP on Technology Demonstration at LA/Long Beach Seaport
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport headed by Chief Victor Todorov, hosted an all-day Technology Demonstration organized and led by ALERT Industrial Liaison Officer, Ms. Emel Bulat. The meeting was well-attended with six members of the ALERT researchers and staff, seven industry representatives, six senior DHS personnel and 25 CBP officers participating.
Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) 2020
The Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) will be held on April 8 th, 2020 from 11-5 PM at the Cabral Center, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute on the Northeastern University, Boston Campus. The event is hosted by the ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) & Gordon-CenSSIS (The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems). 
Save the Date: ALERT Technology Showcase and ADSA22!
ALERT is pleased to announce the upcoming dates for two exciting events at Northeastern University in Boston. The second ALERT Technology Showcase on May 5th, 2020 and the 22nd workshop for Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA22) on May 6-7th, 2020.
 
Save the Date: CBP-ADEPT-03!
Creating Effective Engagements with CBP
The third workshop on Advanced Developments Encompassing Processes and Technologies for Customs and Border Protection (CBP-ADEPT-03) will be held July 8-9, 2020, at Northeastern University in Boston. The workshop will address Creating Effective Engagements with CBP.  

STUDENT & RESEARCHER OPPORTUNITIES
FAA Challenge - January 13, 2020
Smart Airport Student Competition
The Federal Aviation Administration is hosting a Smart Airport Student Competition for undergraduate and graduate students to “develop innovative ways to use smart technology in and around airports to enhance the overall travel experience.” 


2020 L’Oréal USA Women in Science Program
Applications now open until January 31, 2020
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. The program seeks five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.  

Port of the Future - Houston, TX
March 10th -11th, 2020
The Port of the Future Conference offers corporate leaders, trade and logistics professionals, government officials, and leading researchers a collaborative, networking opportunity to examine an expanding and evolving vision of future Ports of Entry.
ANSI Student Paper Competition 2020
Papers Due April 30, 2020
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is holding a student paper competition in 2020, on the topic of STANDARDS SUPPORTING UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Papers are to be submitted to ANSI by April 30, 2020. 
ALERT is supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs.