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Alex Showalter-Bucher
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Delaram Motamedvaziri
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Ke Chen
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John Romano
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Roxannie Gonzalez
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Logan Jackson
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Jing Qian
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Ziyan Wu
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Matt Nickerson
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Ryan Miller
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Kirill Trapeznikov
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Robert Donatto
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Alex Showalter-Bucher
Graduate Fellow

Northeastern student awarded graduate fellowship in homeland security

Northeastern student, Alex Showalter-Bucher, was recently awarded a graduate fellowship through the ALERT DHS HS-STEM (Homeland Security-Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Career Development Program.  This Department of Homeland Security program awards up to four graduate fellowships to full-time students who are U.S. citizens, pursuing MS or Ph. D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Alex plans to complete his masters via his fellowship and is currently preparing for his 10-week summer internship, a required component of the program. He will be working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory through the Department of Homeland Security Summer Internship program on research related to Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

This type of opportunity was one of the main reasons Showalter-Boucher applied to the fellowship, saying “It’s really nice the support I have with this program as opposed to some other programs that don’t necessarily give you the support to find internships or jobs. I think there are a lot of high quality selections I have through the program. This program sets you up for a successful career.”

The DHS-related research Showalter-Bucher is pursuing involves working with  radar technologies in tunnel detection.  The aim is to use aerial flyovers for fast, real-time detection, improving on current ground-based methods that are slow and require extensive setups.

This work is not without its challenges, Showalter-Bucher explains: “The issue that comes about in the method we are using is the difference of the radar from air to the ground. There is a lot of interference from ground reflection; it drowns out the signal from the tunnel. We are working on a technique to eliminate that noise.

I’m just starting the project, so I’m working with simulations right now. We are partnering with a group in Israel that develops the data we work with. When we progress in the research, I’ll have the opportunity to test it out in the field.”

The ALERT DHS HS-STEM fellowship offers full tuition and a stipend of $2,300 per month for up to two years, dependent upon satisfactory progress.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are required to engage in a minimum one year of service at a DHS-approved STEM venue.

Interested students should apply for the fellowship by May 15, 2012 for priority consideration.  Full program information and the application are located at: DHS Homeland Security Stem Career Development Program


Download Resume Delaram Motamedvaziri
Doctoral Candidate

Delaram is a PhD student in the Information Sience and Systems (ISS) lab of the Electrical Engineering Department at Boston University . She works with Prof. Saligrama and Prof. Castanon. Her research is focused on Machine Learning and Sparse Signal Processing. She received her bachelors degree from Sharif University of Technology in May 2008 and joined BU for a post bachelor PhD program. I am currently working on theoretical aspects of multi-task learning.

Download Resume Ke Chen
Doctoral Candidate

Ke is a PhD candidate working with Prof. Castanon in the Information Sciences and Systems (ISS) Laboratory at Boston University, focusing on mulispectral imaging reconstruction. She received her M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Boston University in 2011 and a B.S. degree from Zhejiang University, China in 2007. She had internships at Analogic Corporation in Peabody, MA in 2008 and 2011 developing image reconstruction and image processing methods for security and medical CT scanners.

Download Resume John Romano
Graduate Student

John is a current graduate student under Professor Octavia Camps and has taken on a junior project manager role for ALERT at Northeastern University. His primary focus is a DHS-funded initiative into the development of video analytics-based security solutions for large scale public venues. In particular, he took a lead role in the development and implementation of a system that detects illegal counterflow in the exit lane of an airport with 99.5% probability of detection and low false alarm rate. Through the implementation process, he worked directly with TSA program officers and engineers, including the Federal Security Director in Cleveland, creating customer confidence through in-depth interactions onsite at Cleveland Airport. He is a Gordon Engineering Leadership Fellow and will earn his M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership degree from Northeastern in May, 2014.

Download Resume Roxannie Gonzalez
Undergraduate Student

Roxannie Gonzalez is a civil engineering student from the University of Puerto Rico who has had multiple research experiences in the field of biological agent detection as part of Homeland Security Department of Defense projects. She has had the opportunity to present this research projects in multiple conferences throughout Puerto Rico and the USA , and is co-author of a research article on these projects. Her current research interests are on infrastructure and civil engineering security and defense based projects.

Download Resume Logan Jackson
Undergraduate Student

Logan Jackson is a third year student at Northeastern University majoring in Civil Engineering. During the summer of 2012, she helped design a fiber optic sensor to detect key indicators (namely the strain in steel reinforcing bars of reinforced concrete structures) of a building’s collapse. Her role was to collect and analyze information from various sources about optical fibers. This included their design, the measurement techniques and the challenges in implementing them for the intended use. Logan is also an active member of the Black Engineering Student Society, Tau Beta Pi, and Chi Epsilon; she also plays the viola in the Northeastern University Symphony Orchestra.

Download Resume Jing Qian
Doctoral Candidate

Jing is a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Venkatesh Saligrama on machine learning in Information Sciences and Systems (ISS) Laboratory at Boston University. He did an intern in Raytheon BBN Technology, Cambridge, MA from July to September, 2012. He received both M.S. (2008) and B.Sc (2005) degrees in Electronic Engineering in Tsinghua University, China.

Download Resume Ziyan Wu
Graduate Student

Ziyan is a Ph.D student working with Prof. Richard J. Radke in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received M.S degree in Measurement Technology and Instruments and B.S degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation, both from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China in 2009 and 2006 respectively. He received “Honeywell Innovators” award in 2008 and worked in Honeywell Technology Solution Labs as a system engineer in 2009. His research interests are computer vision and image processing, specifically focused on object tracking, abnormal detection, human re-identification and camera calibration.

Download Resume Matt Nickerson
Undergraduate Student

Matt is a Mechanical Engineering Sophomore at Northeastern University. He has been working in ALERT’s AIT lab since January 2012, where he started with running tests and taking data. Now, he is responsible for numerous tasks, including programming radar hardware using LabVIEW, optimizing testing conditions, and prototyping mechanical setups. Outside the lab, Matt is busy with class and going on co-op in the Spring (January – June). His hobbies include computers, dance, and enjoying the outdoors.

Download Resume Ryan Miller
Undergraduate Student

Ryan Miller, is a sophomore at Northeastern University majoring in Mechaniacal Engineering. He is also a Gordon Scholar through the Gordon CenSSIS program at Northeastern. During the Summer of 2012 through the REU program, Ryan worked with professors Carey Rappaport and Jose Martinez as well as researcher Rick Moore at Northeastern University on the Advanced Imaging Technology Project. He repurposed an Xbox 360 Kinect device to create surface meshes of targets in MatLAB to be integrated with millimeter wave scanner technology for airport security. He continues to work in the AIT lab under Professor Rappaport on the AIT project to further improve the millimeter wave scanner. Ryan is a member of the Northeastern chapter of ASME and an actively involved member of the Northeastern community.

Download Resume Kirill Trapeznikov
Doctoral Candidate

Kirill is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering working with Prof. Venkatesh Saligrama and Prof. David Castatnon in the Information Systems and Sciences Lab at Boston University. He received his BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2007 and 2010 and expects to graduate in Spring of 2013.

Kirill’s current research deals with reducing cost in different aspects of machine learning. His work is applied to explosive detection related tasks under ALERT. His other areas of interest are:
- supervised, semi-supervised and unsupervised machine learning: theory and algorithms
- statistical signal processing in image reconstruction and inverse problems
- optimization methods

In the past, Kirill has worked on automated alignment and surface characterization in concentrated solar power dish systems at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Download Resume Robert Donatto
Undergraduate Student

Roberto Donatto, is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He is also the recipient of a national undergraduate scholarship from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

In the summer of 2011, Robert worked with professors Jose Martinez and Carey Rappaport, and researcher Rick Moore at Northeastern University on the AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) Project. Robert engineered a rotate-translate moving multi-static x-ray gantry the lab used to explore ultra-performing millimeter wave scans for airport screening.

Robert is currently working with Professor Thomas Weller at the University of South Florida on designing and creating various types of printable antennas which can be used for RFID applications. He is actively involved in clubs such as IEEE and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He also holds an officer position as Academic Advisor with NSBE, where he is responsible for making sure members have opportunities to succeed by providing scholarships and tutoring services at the University of South Florida.