January 2018 - In This Issue:

Save the Date: Upcoming ALERT Spring Events!
Bringing ALERT Stakeholders Together

Throughout the year, ALERT offers events that provide great networking, training, and technology opportunities to you, our center stakeholders. We hope you put the following events on your spring calendar!
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What Does ADSA Mean to You?
Participants Describe ADSA Workshops in 3 Words (Video)

What began as a relatively small workshop (approximately 30 attendees) on the campus of Northeastern University (Boston, MA) in 2009, has evolved into an interactive biannual conference series with over 150 participants regularly.  At the last ADSA workshop ( ADSA17 Workshop ), ALERT asked several participants to sum up the biannual event in only three words. See what government, industry, and research participants had to say in "ADSA in Three Words." 
Student Spotlight: Muhammad Usman Ghani
Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University
Muhammad Usman Ghani, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University, is now in his second year working on ALERT research with Professor Clem Karl. His project, "Advanced Multispectral Computed Tomography (CT) Algorithms" (Project R4-C.1), involves developing learning based algorithms to improve the quality of imaging reconstructions for CT, and applies many areas of his interest, including, machine learning, computer vision, and statistical signal processing.  
ALERT Attends Aviation Summit
Conference Brings Aviation Security Stakeholders Together
ALERT representatives attended the 17th Annual Aviation Security Summit convened by  the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on December 5-6, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. The intention of the intensive day and a half conference was to bring together senior leadership from DHS and other components of the Homeland Security Enterprise, airport operators, and other key figures in security policy and operations to review the complex issues surrounding aviation security today.
ALERT Hosts Summer Research Team 
Faculty-Student Research Team (UPRA) Investigated the Detection of Explosives Particles on Fabrics

ALERT Researcher, Professor Samuel Hernandez (University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) hosted a faculty-student research team from the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPRA) last summer as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions. In Professor Hernandez's lab, Professor Ricardo Infante and undergraduate students, Omar Lourido-Canales and Annette Medina-Valentín, researched methods to detect explosives in multiple fabric types in conjunction with Professor Hernandez's research "Standoff Detection of Explosives: Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy Chemical Sensing" (ALERT Project R3-C).   

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Search @alertcoe on Facebook for ALERT Updates!

ALERT is now on Facebook! Follow us online and keep up to date on ALERT's research and education programs, as well as upcoming events and opportunities. Search @alertcoe on Facebook for ALERT updates. 

ALERT Publications
Recent Research from ALERT 

Keep up to date on ALERT research via our online collection of journal articles, conference proceedings, and other publications.

Fundamentals of Explosives Course  
May 1-3, 2018 at University of Rhode Island

ALERT researcher, Dr. Jimmie Oxley of the University of Rhode Island, will be holding a "Fundamentals of Explosives" course for professionals working in the Homeland Security Enterprise from May 1-3, 2018, with the option of taking a "Laboratory Analysis and Safety" or "Field Instrumentation and Testing" course on May 4, 2018.   

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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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