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R1 Event (Providence): Introduction to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

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Introduction to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

Chemicals are vital to the economy. They are used to develop medicines, provide refrigeration for food, manufacture fuel for vehicles, and build the microchips that run smartphones. However, in the hands of a terrorist, some chemicals could potentially be weaponized.

Managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program is a regulation focused on identifying and reducing the risk of certain hazardous chemicals being weaponized at chemical facilities determined to be high-risk by the Agency. CFATS ensures that these facilities have security measures in place that meet five risk-based performance standard guideposts: delay; detection; response; cybersecurity; and security management (covering security plans, policies, and procedures). CFATS is executed by Chemical Security Inspectors (CSIs) located across the country and is supported by compliance analysts, policy experts, and other headquarters elements. Since its inception in 2006, CFATS has become a cornerstone of chemical security—not just domestically, but also as a model to address chemical security internationally.

This virtual talk will provide an overview of the CFATS program, outline the next steps to determine whether CFATS applies to you, and explain how to apply for technical assistance or on-site consultation.

For more information, contact the CFATS Help Desk: 1-866-323-2957


or visit us at

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of Infrastructure Protection
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division

Mail Stop 0610
245 Murray Lane, Building 410
Washington, DC 20528

Date and Time

    • Date: 02 Dec 2020
    • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
    • All times are America/New_York


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Topic: Introduction to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
Time: Dec 2, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Maine Artificial Intelligence Webinar Series

Maine Artificial Intelligence 2020 Webinar Series

First Thursday of the month, Sept. through Dec. 12–1 p.m. (live via Zoom) This webinar is for the business community, policymakers, attorneys, healthcare providers and other members of the public interested in learning about AI. Each topic will be followed by Q&A opportunities. Moderator: Ali Abedi, Assistant Vice President for Research, UMaine and IEEE R1 Northeastern Area Chair.

Join us for this free webinar series.

Here is a flyer for distribution!
Registration opens August 1, 2020:

Sept. 3, 2020: Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Rebecca Hwa, National Science Foundation, Program Director
Kaushik Chowdhury, Associate Director of the Institute for the Wireless
Internet of Things, Northeastern University
Fawzi Behmann, North American Director of IEEE Communications Society

Oct. 1, 2020: Applications of AI in Business, Industry, Government, Healthcare and Environment

Mohamad Musavi, Associate Dean of Engineering, UMaine
Owen McCarthy, President and Co-founder of MedRhythms Inc.
Somayeh Khosroazad, Software Architect at Activas Diagnostics

Nov. 5, 2020: Education and Workforce Development

Yifeng Zhu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UMaine
Torsten Hahmann, Associate Professor of Computing and Information Science, UMaine
Walter Rawle, Chair IEEE Maine Section

Dec. 3, 2020: Social, Ethical, Policy, and Legal Considerations

Manuel Woersdoerfer, Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Science, UMaine
Leigh Saufley, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law
Jim Isaak, Past President of IEEE Computer Society, IEEE NH Section Chair

CEWIT 2020 Conference on November 5th

Region 1 is sponsoring the 16th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World (CEWIT2020).  This meeting will be held virtually on November 5, 2020. The conference will center on the four major fields which are penetrating our business and personal lives: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Computational Medicine.The conference’s Venture Capital Breakout session will address how successful investors and technology companies are responding to the current business climate. It will start with discussion by a Venture Capital Trends Panel composed of lead investors (alphabetically) from India, Israel, the UK, and USA. This will be followed by business Updates presented by exciting early phase technology companies representing a spectrum of external funding cases from minimal through Series B. Commercially viable technologies are in no short supply among university faculty members across geographies. Pitches by a number of faculty researchers looking for their commercial launchpad will also be presented.

For more details, please visit: CEWIT Conference 2020

Congratulations 2020 Engineering Seniors!

“One of the proudest moments of my college career and my life in general was getting published in the IEEE conference as a first author.”

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences: University of Rochester

George Klimiashvili, a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a recipient of The Charles L. Newton Prize which recognizes engineering students who show a special proficiency in an engineering subject and have conducted research, given a presentation or published a paper.

Outside of his major, George is completing a minor in Economics and has participated in UR Robotics. He has worked as a research assistant in the Wireless Communications and Networking Group, and has worked with Dr. Marvin Doyley on robust minimum variance beamforming through an independent study. George has also held an internship in Software Development at SITA Information Networking Computing USA Inc.

George will be attending Stanford University to complete a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering!