ALERT @ URI
The University of Rhode Island is the Co-Lead Institution of the multi-university Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (COE), ALERT. The group’s mission is to protect the nation from the physical and economic harm, caused by the threat, real or perceived, of attack using explosive devices. They pursue this mission using both ground-breaking research and widespread education.
The research performed at URI includes determination of explosive and precursor properties, creation of databases and libraries; development of novel sensors for trace and stand-off detections; performance testing; pre- and post-blast mitigation using various approaches, e.g. development of blast-resistant materials; modeling of failure probabilities of structural members; characterization and mitigation of blast.
The University of Rhode Island’s Explosives Database, a project funded through the auspices of the National Memorial Institute fo the Prevention of Terrorism, is an interactive library of analytical data for explosive and energetic compounds. The focus and purpose of this work was to create a centralized database of explosive properties, published as a computer searchable reference, to be used by police, prosecutors and scientists.
Explosives Courses for First Responders
An educated force of first responders is critical for insuring public safety. URI’s expert faculty provides numerous courses to help inform and instruct professionals that come in contact with explosives. These courses are offered in intensive two -three day-long sessions on a yearly basis.
Research at URI
The work performed by URI’s Team dovetails seamlessly with NU’s efforts. URI’s publications of research are available in a searchable database, and are available for download in PDF format.
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Alert @ URI
The University of Rhode Island co-Leads ALERT. URI and partners emphasize trace, standoff and persistent detection schemes in their research. URI also provides specialty explosive courses for professionals.Learn More