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PNNL Staff Invited to Showcase Explosives Detection Capabilities at DHS Workshop

On September 1 and 2, 2009, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) staff presented research results at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices seminar. The seminar showcased innovative approaches to detecting and mitigating explosives threats, with participation from a number of government agencies, national laboratories and academia.

Of the 24 abstracts PNNL submitted for consideration, 14 were invited for presentation, along with 2 from BMI's Air Cargo Initiative. The 16 presentations comprised approximately half of the presentations made at the two-day meeting. Of the PNNL research presented, 12 described work from the Improvised Explosives Initiative and 2 from the Techno-Social Predictive Analytics Initiative.

"This endorsement of PNNL's laboratory-directed research and development investment clearly increases the Laboratory's reputation in this critical science," said Mike Mitchell, director of Homeland Security Programs at PNNL.

Staff selected to present their research included Marvin Warner, Jay Grate, Raymond Addleman, Scott Harvey, David Sheen, Erin Miller, Ken Jarman, Bruce Bernacki, Tim White, Brian Clowers, Antonio Sanfilippo, Kristin Jarman and David Atkinson. Robert Ewing, Greg Holter, Randy Hansen and David Atkinson provided technical integration to the submissions.

Explosives Detection is one of six program areas where PNNL adds unique value to DHS. The other five are Chemical & Biological Sciences and Systems, Radiological & Nuclear Detection, Information Analytics, Cyber Security and Systems Engineering.

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