News & Events

TESSA02 Final Report Now Available April 1, 2016

The final report from the TESSA 02 Workshop, Fundamentals and Advances in Trace Sampling and Detection Workshop Information, is now available for download.

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Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) 2016 March 14, 2016

12 Apr 2016

The Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Northeastern University, Boston. The ASPIRE is hosted by the ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) & Gordon-CenSSIS (The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems).

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Student Spotlight: Melissa Sweat February 22, 2016

Congratulations to Melissa Sweat, a recent ALERT graduate student who completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University last fall, and is now working as a Visiting Scientist with the Transportation Security Laboratory in New Jersey! Before graduating, Melissa worked with ALERT Thrust Leader, Prof. Stephen Beaudoin, at Purdue University. Her thesis, titled, “Compressive […]

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Spring 2016 ASPIRE Announced February 22, 2016

Every year ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS host the ASPIRE for students and industry members to build connections. This spring’s event will be held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, at Northeastern University, and will feature presentations by industry members, a poster session by students, and our ‘speed-dating’ format for students and industry to have one-on-one time to […]

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ALERT Career Panel Webinar February 22, 2016

Furthering Interactions Between Students & Homeland Security Held on February 9, 2016, the ALERT Career Panel Webinar successfully brought students together with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), industry, and national labs to discuss the career paths that have led them to their prominent positions today. The Career Panel is the first in […]

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ALERT Student Receives First Michael B. Silevitch Scholarship February 22, 2016

Thurston Brevett, ALERT Student Researcher, Receives First Michael B. Silevitch Exemplary Engineering Leadership Fund Scholarship Thurston Brevett, an NU undergraduate studying for the BS in Electrical Engineering working on ALERT research under the direction of Professor Carey Rappaport, is the inaugural recipient of the Michael B. Silevitch Exemplary Engineering Leadership Fund Scholarship. Thurston has been […]

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ALERT Researcher Awarded Grant for Breast Cancer Detection Innovation February 22, 2016

ALERT bulk sensors and sensor systems researcher, Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, has been named an Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund winner by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC). Professor Martinez-Lorenzo is one of nine individuals to each receive $40,000, two other winners are also based at Northeastern University. The awarded parties were announced earlier this month. MTTC […]

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DHS Funds Contact Sampling Task Order February 22, 2016

The ALERT Center of Excellence has been awarded a $1.2 million dollar task order contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the creation of standardized procedures and methods to measure the efficiency and performance of contact sampling for trace explosives detection. Contact sampling refers to the sampling, or “swabbing” of individuals, baggage, and […]

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The Associated Press features ALERT Researcher Otto Gregory’s work February 17, 2016

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A University of Rhode Island professor has developed a sensor that detects the kind of explosive used in the Paris bombings, to try to stop future attacks.

Professor Otto Gregory compares his sensor to a dog’s nose, the gold standard in explosives detection. It “sniffs” the air for vapors emitted from explosives.

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DHS S&T hosts “The Nose Knows” Twitter Chat 12/17, 12pm December 17, 2015

Join the @dhsscitech #STTechTalk “The Nose Knows” Thursday December 17th at noon EST. Tune in and chat about improving canine explosives detection.

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