ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars

The ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program offers freshmen engineering students the opportunity to become involved in research and K-12 outreach related to the ALERT or Gordon-CenSSIS Research Centers, in addition to other research and K-12 programs on campus.

Scholars attend research presentations, engage in discussion with upper-class  mentors, participate in research experiences under the guidance of a faculty member and learn about interesting outreach opportunities.

We believe that the ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars Program helps engineering undergraduates to consider the many paths open to them as potential researchers, educators and engineering leaders. Participation in the Program, coupled with co-op and other experiential learning options, will position the students well to bring engineering solutions to the global marketplace.

Spring 2014 Program

Congratulations to the freshman engineering students who have been selected to participate in the 2014 Spring ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars program:

Advisor: Carey Rappaport
Emma Kaeli
Diana Regalbuto
Michael Woulfe

Advisor: Jose Martinez-Lorenzo
Shaan Patel
Rebecca Salzman

Advisor: Richard Moore
Madison Janvrin
James Kilgannon
Yeehin Le

Advisor: David Kaeli
Destinee Batson
Arnold Chang
Zaid Khan
Matthew Sears
Jennifer Shum

Advisor: Andrew Gouldstone
Samantha Bell
Daniel Croitoru
Fuyuka Nakamura

Advisor: Charles DiMarzio
Naoki Cho
Christopher DiFonzo

Program Requirements:

  • Participate in 20+ hours of ALERT and/or Gordon-CenSSIS research during the spring semester.
  • Participate in 5+ hours of K-12 outreach programs.
  • Attend and participate in program meetings, seminars, and field trips.
  • Freshman ALERT/Gordon-CenSSIS Scholars must also enroll in one of the High Tech Tools & Toys sections of GE 1111.


Research Project Examples:

  • Tunnel Detection – Prof. Carey Rappaport
  • Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) Experiments – Prof. Carey Rappaport
  • Graphic Processing Units (GPU) Programming – Prof. Carey Rappaport
  • Standoff Detection of Potential Suicide Bombers – Prof. Jose Martinez
  • Ground Truth for Video Analytics at Cleveland – Richard Moore


K‐12 Outreach Project Examples

  • Building Bridges
  • Boston Public School Science Fair
  • K‐12 STEM Tutoring in Boston‐area schools


building a safer future

Logan Jackson, Civil Engineering Major, working with Prof. Mehrdad Sasani on ALERT Progressive Collapse research.

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