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Security Technologies Group

The Security Technologies Group conducts research and develops and disseminates the measurement science to support the development of performance-based standards for and promote the advancement of the technologies used in trauma-mitigating materials and material systems, the sensing of concealed threats and contraband, advanced composites, high-performance materials, safety, security, and forensics.

Our group supports the development of performance-based standards for technologies used by law enforcement, corrections, emergency response, and the military; and advances these technologies to support the needs of these stakeholders by leading standards development organizations to develop standards and conformity assessment programs and establishing reference measurement facilities. We perform basic phenomenology and measurement science research to support the advancement and application of ballistic-resistant and trauma-mitigating materials, concealed object sensing and imaging, high-strength polymeric materials, and advanced composites.

Projects and Programs

Hierarchical Materials

Nature utilizes a hierarchy of length scales and tiered structure to build lightweight, strong, and tough materials. Engineers look to exploit the advantage of

Safety and Security Technologies

The safety and security of citizens is enhanced when law enforcement and “criminal justice” agencies and the military use the appropriate and properly

Sensing and Imaging of concealed objects

Emergency response , l aw enforcement and military personnel must face threats and dangerous situations as part of their jobs. These threats can vary from

News and Updates


Tools and Instruments

Rubber Process Analyzer

The TA Instruments RPA elite rubber process analyzer (RPA) is a strain-controlled rotational shear rheometer for the characterization of polymers, composites

Large Aperture Scanner

The Large Aperture Scanner (LAS) scans a radar transceiver over a 5 meter by 20 meter aperture. Image reconstruction techniques enable a three-dimensional

Cabinet x-ray system

The Smiths Detection 6046si cabinet x-ray system was designed for security screening of bags, parcels and other objects of similar size. The system runs at 160


2020 - Safety Award---Dwight Barry

For detailed attention to the safe operation of the ballistic range and the discovery and subsequent elimination of dangerous safety hazards.


Group Safety Representative