You may not know this, but near the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the Transportation Security Administration Systems Integration Facility. This facility is an impressive testing facility dedicated to the testing and evaluation of TSA security screening equipment and processes.
Formerly a TSA officer at the airport, I am now the program specialist and event coordinator at the facility, I am responsible for coordinating and conducting specialized tours of the facility and providing demonstrations of emerging technology to employees and staff as well as our aviation industry partners.
It’s very important that our many audiences understand not only what technologies TSA is developing, but understanding the process of how a piece of security screening equipment moves from development to being deployed at nearly 440 airports. Whether it’s a new employee taking a tour, or a vendor looking to partner with us, or a government official seeking a better understanding of how screening equipment works, I strive to provide a customized and informative summary of what the many engineers and scientists who work in this facility do.
One of the more unique and very fulfilling aspects of my job is that I often get to work with foreign dignitaries and aviation partners including delegations from the Netherlands, Israel, China, Thailand, Brazil, Aruba, and Canada.
It’s interactions like these that have increased my appreciation of the importance of partnerships inside and outside the aviation industry. I may not be on the front line as a security officer anymore, but my role here is instrumental in getting the tools of tomorrow into our airports today.
Guest Blogger Stephanie Naar
Systems Integration Communications Liaison
TSA Systems Integration Facility