Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Each summer, our faculty work with science and engineering undergraduate students in ALERT laboratories across our various partner universities. Research projects are focused on emerging technology of explosives detection. Students typically work for 10 weeks between June – August, and receive a $5,000 stipend.  ALERT research projects fall under our four main Research Thrusts, as outlined below:

  • Thrust 1 – Characterization & Elimination of Illicit Explosives
  • Thrust 2 – Trace & Vapor Sensors
  • Thrust 3 – Bulk Sensors & Sensor Systems
  • Thrust 4 – Video Analytics and Signature Analysis

For questions about how to get involved in summer research, please contact Melanie Smith at m.smith@neu.edu.

Examples of past summer research projects:

“Distinguishing Dielectric from Metal Anomalies on a Body Surrogate Using Near Field Millimeter Wave Imaging” – Thurston Brevett, Northeastern University

“Characterization and Identification of α and β-RDX Polymorphs on Stainless Steel Surfaces” – Amanda Figueroa – University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

“Video Analytics” – Yeehin Li, Northeastern University 

“Fusion Imaging for Airport Security: Structured Light, X-ray Backscatter and Millimeter Wave” – Abecco Rwakabuba, Middlesex Community College 

Making a real difference

Students participating in the REU program work on government and industry sponsored projects. Many see their work put to use in the field.

Innovation Fast Track

EXCLUSIVE TO CENTER MEMBERS: Log in to explore your Innovation Fast Track, an online portal that gives you one-stop access to center researchers, funding opportunities, exclusive events and more.

Learn More
Student Central

Students, get connected with Industry Partners, find out about research and volunteer opportunities within ALERT, or get advice on how to best showcase your work at Student Central.

Learn More
The Partnership

ALERT is led by Northeastern University (NEU) and includes three key academic strategic partners: Boston University, Purdue University, and University of Rhode Island (URI).

Learn More