In the summer fol­lowing her freshman year, Sall­away got a job con­ducting exper­i­ments on backscatter X-​​ray imaging tech­nology, which is used to per­form full-​​body scans at air­ports throughout the country.

She secured the posi­tion through her role in Northeastern’s Investing in Tomorrow’s Engi­neering Leaders (ITEL) pro­gram, which pro­vides schol­ar­ships and men­toring to engi­neering students.

Sub­se­quently, Sall­away was one of seven stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the Center for Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​Related Threats (ALERT) Research Expe­ri­ences for Under­grad­u­ates pro­gram. ALERT is a multi-​​university Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity Center of Excel­lence based at North­eastern that focuses on research aimed at elim­i­nating the explosives-​​related threats facing the country and the world.

In her research role – under the direc­tion of Moore, who is funded by theALERT Center – Sall­away scanned man­nequins posi­tioned on a rotating table to develop a deeper under­standing of what scanned objects looked like in the backscatter machine.

“I want to work in a field that will let me find solu­tions that help people out, whether it makes people safer through secu­rity work or healthier through cancer research,” Sall­away said.