Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

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Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training (IMPEX)

IMPEX Mission Statement

The use, and misuse, of improvised explosives in the past decade has increased dramatically. Amateurs are posting their recipes online. International terrorists are testing new chemical mixtures in efforts to thwart airport security systems. The Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training (IMPEX) seeks to mitigate these threats by combining research, testing and training.

Facilities

IMPEX is located within the School of Forensic Sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. IMPEX facilities include lecture halls, a training laboratory, research and analysis labs, and explosives ranges. The lecture halls have state-of-the-art display capabilities linked to distance-learning systems. The training laboratory has 24 student work stations, each equipped with a heat-resistant work surface and fume extractor. The training laboratory also has audio/video equipped fume hoods linked to display screens. The explosives range is located on Tulsa Police Department bomb squad property, a short distance from the School of Forensic Sciences.

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Research

IMPEX personnel conduct research into new, more effective methods to deter, detect and defeat improvised explosives (IE). Projects include:

  • Field detection of IE and chemical precursors
  • IE neutralization techniques
  • Instrumental analysis of IE
  • Effect of render-safe procedures on IE
  • Optimum fuel/oxidizer combinations in IE

IMPEX provides services to both public and private sector clients including:

  • Proficiency tests for analysis of improvised explosive devices
  • Proficiency tests for analysis of bulk and trace explosives
  • Proficiency tests for analysis of post-blast, clandestine drug and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) crime scenes
  • Threat assessments for physical plant security
  • Special event threat assessment and on-site training

IMPEX offers a wide array of improvised explosives training tailored to the needs of the following specialties:

  • First responders
  • Hazardous materials specialists
  • Bomb technicians
  • Clandestine laboratory investigators
  • Intelligence analysts
  • Forensic scientists
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