Davidson to head Los Alamos' homeland security effort

Davidson to head Los Alamos' homeland security effort

Los Alamos National Laboratory director G. Peter Nanos yesterday named J. Wiley Davidson director of the lab's Homeland Security Center. Davidson has been acting director since June, when Thomas W. Meyer retired.

The center is the lab's principal point of contact with the Homeland Security Department. It is developing several counterterrorism systems, including:

  • Genetic Image Exploitation (GENIE), a computerized facial feature identification tool

  • A handheld Palm OS spectrometer for detecting gamma and neutron radiation and identifying isotopes

  • The Biological Aerosol Sentry and Information System, used at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics

  • Anthrax DNA analysis.

  • The laboratory said in its announcement that Davidson would also oversee the center's research work in support of state and local counterterrorism projects. Davidson, who holds doctoral and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, formerly was a group leader in the Systems Engineering and Integration and Strategic Systems Engineering groups at the lab.

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