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Lecture: Explosives Detection, 7 p.m., Richland Public Library

EXPLOSIVES DETECTION: Detecting and Preventing Things that Go Boom!
By Dr. David Atkinson, Ph.D., PNNL Researcher

7 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland
Admission is free

The illicit use of explosives has become a daily event in the modern world. For terrorist organizations and insurgents, the Improvised Explosive Device has become a weapon of choice. These devices are being used to kill or harm civilians and military personnel as well as destroy vital infrastructure and assets. Because they can take different forms and be delivered to their targets in a variety of ways, these devices are proving difficult to defeat. Advances in technology for the detection of explosives, explosive devices or components of such devices can improve our ability to counter their use and the resulting impacts.
Researcher Dr. Dave Atkinson and his multi-disciplinary team are focused on "use-inspired" research, driving science-to-application development. By performing research with an eye on a user's needs and requirements, and by using teams with experience that spans the technology maturation process, Dr. Atkinson's team reduces the technical risks and is able to
provide fieldable solutions from lab discoveries.

About the Speaker
Dr. Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Washington State University, where he designed advanced chemical detection systems. He has worked in trace chemical detector development and deployment at National Laboratories over the last 16 years, with a specific emphasis on explosives detection.

Dr. Atkinson has conducted work for the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration on applying detection instrumentation to aviation security and he provides technical guidance on explosive detection instrumentation.

For more information about the Seminar Series and upcoming speakers, contact PNNL at 375-6871 or visit our website: . This lecture is part of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's continuing efforts, per contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, to transfer technology to the private sector. Community partners include Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 7:00pm