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To Screen or Not to Screen: Why and When TSA PreCheck Makes Sense

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Date: Wednesday, August 5th.

Schedule: Refreshments from 6:30 - 7:00, talk from 7:00 - 8:00

Speaker: Sheldon H. Jacobson

Full Title: To Screen or Not to Screen, is that the Question? Why and When TSA PreCheck Makes Sense

Abstract: Passenger screening is an essential component of aviation security systems designed to detect and remove threats endangering the safety of air transportation. TSA PreCheck© has become an important component of risk-based screening at commercial airports around the United States. This presentations looks at how the assessment of risk in the air system, and its impact on how passengers are screened (either underscreened, overscreening, or right screened) suggests under what conditions TSA PreCheck is best suited.

Bio: Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Professor and Director of the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (both in Mathematics) from McGill University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. (both in Operations Research) from Cornell University. Jacobson has been working on the design and analysis of aviation security systems using operations research models since 1995. His research has included the design and analysis of performance measures for aviation security systems, as well as the economic analysis of the cost and benefit of 100% checked baggage screening using federally certified screening devices. He has briefed the Office of Science and Technology Policy (in the executive Office of (former) President George W. Bush) on issues related to the cost and benefit of checked baggage screening strategies. The author of over 150 journal research articles and over 70 book chapters, conference proceeding papers, and professional and editorial papers, he has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He currently serves as the Treasurer for INFORMS. He is a fellow of both IIE and INFORMS.

Facility Space: Arlington Central Library Auditorium (on the first floor - East side of the building).

Parking: Free parking available at the library or on the street after 6:00.

Metro: Orange/Silver line to Virginia Square or Ballston (about a 5 minute walk from either station).