Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) 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).  ASPIRE provides an optimum setting for dialogue among members of the academic, industrial and government communities and also provides networking opportunities for ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS students looking for internships, co-op opportunities and full-time jobs.

Event Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:10pm. Check-in will begin at 10:00am, the event will begin at 10:30am.

Location: Cabral Center, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Street Address: 40 Leon Street, Boston, MA 02115).

Map: The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute is #27 on the Northeastern Campus Map.

Agenda: Download the agenda for this event [updated 04.11.2016].

Industry & Government Participants

The planned industry and government participants at this ASPIRE are:

American Science & Engineering
American Science and Engineering specializes in detection technologies that can uncover dangerous and elusive threats. AS&E’s X-ray inspection systems are used by governments and corporations around the world.

Analog Devices, Inc.
Analog Devices, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance analog and microwave integrated circuits and complete integrated solutions.  For over 50 years ADI has been at the forefront of innovation in the area of sensing and signal processing for commercial as well as Aerospace and Defense applications.  Analog Devices has Massachusetts design centers in Wilmington, Chelmsford, and Norwood.

Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) monitors those threats and capitalizes on technological advancements at a rapid pace, developing solutions and bridging capability gaps at a pace that mirrors the speed of life. S&T’s mission is to deliver effective and innovative insight, methods and solutions for the critical needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise. Created by Congress in 2003, S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation activities relevant to DHS.

DHS Transportation Security Laboratory
The Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) helps protect our nation’s civilian air transportation systems. By virtue of its accomplished experts, cutting-edge facilities and partnerships, TSL offers the homeland security community and transportation security partners the ability to advance detection technology from conception to deployment through applied research, test and evaluation, assessment, certification and qualification testing.

HXI, a subsidiary of Renaissance Electronics & Communications, is a leading supplier of millimeter-wave products, including LNAs, power amplifiers, mixers, detectors, oscillators, switches, transmitters, receivers and transceivers for radars, communications systems and sensors.

Morpho Detection
Morpho integrates computed tomography (CT), Raman Spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™ technology), X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient, as well as less intrusive. Morpho’s detection solutions are deployed to help protect people and property in some of the most important and sensitive world locations.

Passport Systems
Passport Systems was founded to develop and commercialize nuclear resonance fluorescence technology (“NRF”), as well as other technologies, to address the threats facing the world in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Started by a team of MIT technologists and entrepreneurs, the company has developed two families of products based on these state-of-the-art technologies: The Cargo SmartScan™ inspection system and the SmartShield™ networked radiation detection system. Our mission is to provide advanced technology and solutions for enhanced safety, security, and contraband detection.

Pendar Technologies
Pendar Technologies is a privately held product development company focused on bringing to market breakthrough portable analysis and monitoring systems that include proprietary data science driven analysis modules. With experts in innovative spectroscopy and data science, the company has a pipeline of products in development. The company was formed by a merger of Pendar Medical and Eos Photonics in 2015.

Rapiscan Labs
Rapiscan Labs provides state of the art security screening products, solutions and services that meet the most demanding threat detection needs of customers worldwide, while improving operational efficiency. The technical staff at Rapiscan Laboratories, the R&D arm of Rapiscan Systems, is focused on leading edge physics, algorithm and software based research and development work in the detection of explosives, nuclear material and other contraband

Raytheon Company
Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services.

Directions and Parking

A Campus map and directions are available online at Northeastern University has two paid campus garages with parking:

  • Closest NU Garage: Gainsborough Parking Garage (C2 on the campus map), located at 10 Gainsborough Street, Boston.
  • Additional NU Parking: Renaissance Parking Garage (A2 on the campus map), located at 835 Columbus Avenue, Boston.

Parking validation stamps will be available at the event.


Please feel free to contact Melanie Smith at [email protected], or 617-373-2976, with any questions.

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