March 2018 - In This Issue:

Training for First Responders: A High ALERT Priority
Dr. Oxley and Students (University of Rhode Island) Lead "Explosives Chemistry for Emergency Responders" Course and Field Training

On January 30th and February 1st, ALERT researcher, Dr. Jimmie Oxley (University of Rhode Island) and her students traveled to Natick, MA to lead a course and field training titled "Explosives Chemistry for Emergency Responders" for twenty-three students from the Massachusetts 1st Civil Support Team (WMD) of the National Guard and the Department of Fire Services HazMat. The purpose of this training was to familiarize the teams with improvised explosives, to drill them in recognition of a variety of threats, and to test their use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and detection instrumentation. According to Dr. Oxley, "This was a learning experience for both students and teachers. We, the teachers, learned real-life concerns and constraints. They, the students, learned of new potential threats and the appropriate tools in their kits for detecting them. Field training, like this, is essential for readiness at crisis time."
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ALERT in the News
The Wall Street Journal Visits ALERT's Video Analytics Lab

On February 23rd, ALERT conducted a video data collection exercise at the ALERT Video Analytics Laboratory at Northeastern University's  Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security (KRI) for the Correlating Luggage and Specific Passengers (CLASP) research project.  Participants simulated passengers moving through a mock airport security checkpoint under real-world conditions.  The video data collected during these exercises is being used to develop an automated system capable of tracking and correlating passengers and divested items. The primary objective of CLASP is to assist the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in effectively identifying security incidents like theft of items, or bags left behind at the checkpoint. By automating and improving the technologies associated with these objectives, ALERT aims to increase rates of detection, while also enhancing the passenger experience.  The Wall Street Journal was present at the recent video data collection exercise and wrote an article on the event.

Innovation Business Partners
Meet ALERT's Newest Industrial Member!
ALERT is pleased to welcome  Innovation Business Partners Inc. (IBP)  as its newest industrial member. IBP is a small business based in New Jersey that assists organizations and professionals with creating and spreading new knowledge to maximize their value and competitive advantage. They do this through the offering of services, such as innovation training courses, analysis and modeling of innovation networks, and models that create and promote an organizational culture of innovation. By analyzing the innovation networks of organizations and their competition, IBP creates valuable connections so that its clients can share knowledge and become more competitive in their field. IBP's clientele spans government and private sectors over a wide variety of topics. IBP is currently working on a pilot study of ALERT's innovation network baseline and innovation potential. ALERT is looking forward to seeing the output and working further to enhance the ALERT network.
Save the Date: COE Summit 2018 
May 30-31, 2018 at George Mason University
ALERT is pleased to invite you to the Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence Summit 2018 being held May 30-31, 2018 at George Mason University (Arlington, VA). This year's summit theme is "University Research & Development to Protect the Homeland." This event is sponsored by the national network of university-led U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence (COEs), an extended consortium of hundreds of universities conducting research and education to address homeland security challenges. The Summit goals are to: 
  • Provide subject matter experts to discuss current and future homeland security challenges
  • Showcase innovative R&D tools and solutions to homeland security challenges
  • Facilitate collaboration among DHS COE researchers, homeland security enterprise leadership, and component end-users and industry participants
  • Provide avenues to accelerate the transition from R&D to reality for those who protect the homeland
Register Now: ASPIRE 2018 & ADSA18
Register for ALERT's Upcoming Spring Events
ASPIRE 2018 (The Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event) will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12:00 - 5:00pm at Northeastern University, Boston. ASPIRE provides an optimum setting for dialogue among members of the academic, industrial and government communities and also provides networking opportunities for students looking for internships, co-op opportunities and full-time jobs. If you're an  undergraduate or graduate student in engineering, science, or computer and information sciences  and interested in careers related to homeland security, sign up today! 

The Eighteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA18) Workshop will be held on May 15-16, 2018 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The theme of the workshop is "Collection and Use of Metadata for Improving Aviation Security Systems." Presentations and panel discussions will address the collection, use, and dissemination of metadata, passenger compliance to supplying and using metadata, and legal and privacy issues related to the topic. 
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)

ALERT is supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs.
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