Protection of Public Transportation Nodes Against Chem/Bio Terrorism

November 16, 2001 - 12:00pm
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Dr. Gordon will discuss the PROTECT program, a demonstration program funded by the DOE Chemical and Biological National Security Program.  PROTECT, a collaboration between Sandia and Argonne National Labs, is a systems approach to save lives and help restore operations in the event of a terrorist release of a chemical or biological agent inside a public facility.  To date, the program has focused on protection of subways and airports, with an initial focus on protection of subway stations from chemical attacks.  We are evaluating the suitability of commercially-available chemical detectors for long-term monitoring of a public facility, and developing tools to aid facility employees and response personnel to respond rapidly and appropriately to a chemical incident.  We have also evaluated potential chem/bio attack scenarios in an airport boarding area, and have investigated the effectiveness of proposed response strategies.    Dr. Gordon received her PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993.  Her thesis focused on the efficient production of picosecond x-ray pulses from high-density laser-produced plasmas, and included construction of a terawatt ultrashort-pulse laser system.  At Sandia, she initially worked with the BART system to develop train control strategies to improve system reliability and efficiency.  Her familiarity with subways then led to involvement in protection of such facilities from the chem/bio terrorist threat.

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