Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) 2018

The Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12:00 – 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 students looking for internships, co-op opportunities and full-time jobs.

The ASPIRE is convened by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) at Northeastern University. ALERT is supported by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs.

The ASPIRE is targeted at undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of engineering, science, and computer & information sciences interested in careers related to homeland security.

Event Information

Date and Time: Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Check-in will begin at 12:00pm, the event will begin at 12:30pm.

Location: McLeod Suites (Rooms 318, 320, 322), Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Street Address: 346 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115).

Map: The Curry Student Center is #50 on the Northeastern Campus Map.

Event Agenda: Draft Agenda, updated 4/26/2018

Registration: If you are a student interested in attending, please reach out to Tiffany Lam at [email protected]. If you are an industry or government representative interested in attending, please reach out to Emel Bulat at [email protected] or Kristy Provinzano at [email protected].

Industry & Government Participants

The ASPIRE features representatives from our Gordon-CenSSIS and ALERT industry and government partners who may attend the 2018 event.  Our current partners include:

American Science & Engineering, an OSI Systems Company
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.

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.

Guardian Centers, LLC
Guardian Centers is a disaster preparedness and tactical training center.  Guardian Centers provides custom services including complete exercise design and planning, training and certification, and full service logistics support at its state of the art flagship training campus in Perry, Georgia or at any client location throughout the world.  Guardian Centers demonstrates exceptional performance and results delivering specialized training courses and practical exercises for special skills certification and professional services training.  They are a total solutions company testing, evaluating and validating skills through training and exercise in dynamic and immersive urban terrain replicating the most realistic natural and manmade disasters.

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.

Innovation Business Partners
Innovation Business Partners exists to help people and organizations generate and propagate new knowledge to maximize value and competitive advantage. They believe that exposure to the efforts of others and connecting to the worlds thought leaders is crucial to this end. But like any critical capacity it can be improved and enhanced with the right tools, techniques, policies, environment and culture.

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
The John Adams Innovation Institute is the economic development division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The Innovation Institute serves as the convergence point in creating productive, collaborative partnerships between Massachusetts companies and academic research institutions to compete for business, talent and opportunities in the global marketplace.

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 Systems, an OSI Systems Company
Rapiscan Systems 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.

Smiths Detection
Smiths Detection is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for aviation, ports and borders, urban security and military. Deploying a broad range of solutions based around X ray imaging, computed tomography (CT), Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) and a range of other sensing technologies, we accurately detect and identify hidden weapons, explosives, narcotics, contraband and toxic industrial chemicals. Our goal is simple- to provide the security, peace of mind and freedom of movement upon which the world depends.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

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.


Please feel free to contact Tiffany Lam at [email protected], or 617-373-5110, with any questions.

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