Aviation Security Systems Design and Optimization (1996-Present)
Analyze the impact of risk-based strategies on aviation security efficiency and effectiveness
Selected Media Coverage
(11 January 2018) “Une conseil: en cas de tempete ne utilisez pas l’aeroporte JFK” (Maxime Aubin, French Morning (New York)) reports commentary by Sheldon H. Jacobson on the cause of the bomb cyclone that struck New York JFK Airport.
(21 March 2017) What to know about the new airline electronics bans (CBC News Canada) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on the US Department of Homeland Security requirement that large electronic devices be stowed in checked luggage for flights originating in certain countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa. See also Here’s Why the U.S. Is Banning Larger Electronics on Some Overseas Flights (Katie Reilly, Time), Why the airline 'electronics ban' may not be discrimination (Patrick Reilly, Christian Science Monitor), Clamping down on carry-on devices (CBC News Canada), and two interviews on BBC World News.
Invited Op-ed After Brussels, simply adding extra security won’t keep travelers safe, published in Quartz on 23 March 2016, discusses the Brussels airport bombing and appropriate response for such events. See also DefenseOne, HotAir, Government Executive, Aspen Institute and Time (Five Best Ideas of the Day, 25 March 2016, #1)
“Pyke: Tips to make it easy as pie to escape this Thanksgiving” (Chicago Daily Herald) provides holiday tips from Sheldon H. Jacobson for maneuvering through aviation security during the holidays. Reported 23 November 2015
Sheldon H. Jacobson was quoted in the Reuters news stories, “U.S. airport security could detect Qaeda device: officials” and “Would-be suicide bomber was U.S. informant”. Reported 8 May 2012.
(University of Illinois, National Science Foundation) Risk-based Passenger Screening Could Make Air Travel Safer. Reported 31 January 2012.
KCCI-TV (CBS affiliate, Des Moines, IA) news special report Airport Insecurity, Part II features aviation security expert Sheldon H. Jacobson. Reported 11 November 2011.
November 23, 2010 (University of Illinois) A Minute with aviation security expert Sheldon Jacobson. Reported 23 November 2010.
(April 5, 2010) A Minute with Sheldon Jacobson, an expert on aviation security: TSA's new airport security measures aim to target most suspicious passengers. Reported 5 April 2010.
(January 4, 2010) Sheldon H. Jacobson provided commentary featured in “Will Profiling Make a Difference? on the New York Times web site: Room for Debate. Other references on this topic can be found at Media Matters for America and the Keene Sentinel. Reported 4 January 2010.
A Minute with Sheldon Jacobson: How can better pre-screening make airports safer? Reported by the University of Illinois on 14 February 2008.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued the press release (06-154) “New Technologies Could Make Airport Screening More Effective and Less Cumbersome,” which featured the video “Aviation Security: Researching the Risk.” (the listed link on the NSF website is no longer active; see the links below). Reported 24 October 2006.
Adrian J. Lee (Mechanical Engineering PhD Graduate Student, University of Illinois)
Alexander G. Nikolaev (Industrial Engineering PhD Graduate Student, University of Illinois)
Laura Albert (Industrial Engineering PhD Graduate Student, University of Illinois)
Jon M. Bowman (Industrial Engineering MS Graduate Student, University of Illinois)
Julie L. Virta (Industrial Engineering MS Graduate Student, University of Illinois)
Amy E. Simms(Industrial Engineering MS Graduate Student, Virginia Tech)
Last updated: 1 February 2019
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