Student Spotlight: Anthony Bisulco
Anthony Bisulco, a rising 3rd year undergraduate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, is currently participating in ALERT’s summer REU program, working on a project called “On-the-Move Security Millimeter Wave Imaging Radar.” Anthony has been working with ALERT under Prof. Jose Martinez-Lorenzo for the past two years, and has consistently managed to maximize his time as an undergraduate researcher, serving on the ALERT Student Leadership Council in addition to joining the winning team at the 2015 University of Rhode Island Internet of Things Hackathon.
The main goal of Anthony’s REU project is to create a more fluid screening process for airport security, which aims to passively screen passengers using an ‘on-the-move’ radar configuration. In order to accomplish this, Anthony is working on developing both the algorithms to achieve real-time compressive imaging sensing and their corresponding hardware system. Anthony has had research presented at the Research Innovation Scholarship Expo (RISE) in 2015 and 2016 at Northeastern University, the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation in April 2016, and will be presenting at the Antennas and Propagation Symposium this June in Puerto Rico.
When asked what first sparked his interest in the field, Anthony describes being involved in independent research as early as his freshman year in high school. By his junior year, he was introduced to radio frequency and signal processing research while developing a solar flare monitoring system, a project which continued into his senior year when he presented his work at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force) and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Before he started at Northeastern University, Anthony reached out to Prof. Jose Martinez, whose work closely aligned with his interests, and has been working with ALERT ever since!
As for next steps, Anthony will be starting his first co-op at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland this fall, performing research on fundamental particle physics. He ultimately plans to continue on to a PhD program after completing his degree at Northeastern.