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David Benirschke

David Benirschke


Phone: 574-631-5644

Office: 247D Fitzpatrick Hall


M.S., University of Notre Dame, 2017

B.S., Purdue University Calumet, 2014


David Benirschke's research is related to the detection of trace explosive compounds utilizing low-cost, microbolometer thermal imagers. By utilizing these commercially available imagers can enable applications that have been by hindered by the poor SWAP-C (size, weight,power, -cost) characteristics of current detection systems. David's work has shown that these low-cost detectors can in fact be utilized to detect explosives at the same sensitivities as the more expensive alternatives at the trade-off of longer integration time. However, the important finding is that these integration times have remained within practical limits. Future research lies in the direction of different detection algorithms and imaging modalities.

For more information, including a list of publications, please see the linked project page at the Howard Group website -

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests: Molecular imaging, infrared systems and devices, explosives detection, Mid-infrared imaging


NDEE Grad Student Accepts IC Fellowship

June 26, 2019

NDEE PhD candidate, David Benirshcke has accepted an esteemed post-doctoral fellowship in the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program