May 2017 - In This Issue:

ALERT Launches Video Analytics Lab at KRI
A Better Testing Facility for Solving Real World Problems

Northeastern University's George J. Kostas Research Institute (KRI) for Homeland Security is now home to ALERT's new Video Analytics Laboratory. Providing secure access, 1225 sq. feet of open space, controlled lighting conditions, and a fully networked and flexible camera grid, ALERT can better investigate and develop video and sensor technologies to address the needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise. 

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Bringing Transportation Security Stakeholders Together
The Sixteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA16) Workshop was held May 2-3, 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston with 160 participants in attendance. The theme for the workshop was "Addressing the Requirements for Different Stakeholders in Transportation Security," which explored the stakeholder perspectives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines, vendors, passengers, academia, and national labs.  

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IEEE AP-S Student Paper Finalist 
Kurt Jaisle Selected as Finalist in IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition 

ALERT Student and Northeastern University Scholar, Kurt Jaisle has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium's (AP-S) Student Paper Competition for his paper, "Ray-Based Reconstruction Algorithm for Multi-Monostatic Radar in Imaging Systems." Kurt will present his selected paper at the IEEE AP-S Symposium in San Diego, California in July. 
Industry Spotlight
Q&A with Dr. Mark Witinski of Pendar Technologies
ALERT recently caught up with Dr. Mark Witinski, Vice President of Chemical Analysis & Security Group, at Pendar Technologies. Dr. Witinski served as co-founder and President of Eos Photonics prior to the merger which formed Pendar Technologies. At Pendar Technologies, he focuses primarily on applications development, business to business strategic partnerships, and government sales.
Scholars Program Final Presentations
ALERT & Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Delivered Final Presentations 

ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS had the honor of hosting 15 freshmen engineering students as participants in the ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program. After two semesters of active involvement in the program - which includes participation in an ALERT or Gordon-CenSSIS research project, K-12 STEM outreach, and Scholar meetings, seminars and activities - they completed the program on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, when they presented their final research presentations to their faculty advisors and other members of the Scholars community. 
Challenges of Securing Public Spaces 
ALERT Researchers on the Manchester Arena Attack 

ALERT Deputy Director, Prof. Carey Rappaport of Northeastern University discussed the challenges of securing large crowds in with News@Northeastern. Read more hereALERT Researcher and Thrust R1 (Characterization & Elimination of Illicit Explosives) Lead, Prof. Jimmie Oxley of the University of Rhode Island discussed the impact of improvised explosives with Business Insider. Read more here

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.

Upcoming ALERT Short Courses 
Dynamic Diagnostics of Explosives; Explosive Safety for Operators

Dr. Jimmie Oxley of ALERT and the University of Rhode Island will be holding the following short courses in June and July: Dynamic Diagnostics of Explosives (June 6-7,  2017 at Los Alamos, NM) and  Explosive Safety for Operators (July 24-25, 2017 at Eglin AFB, Florida). 

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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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