Homeland Security Award Columbus Scholar 2003
Field of Border/Transportation Security
Sponsored by Christopher Columbus Fellowship
Michael B. Cantor, Ph.D.
WayPoint Research, Inc.
Atlanta , Georgia
Dr. Michael Cantor is President of WayPoint Research, Inc., an Atlanta
company specializing in performance improvement through personnel selection
instruments. He trained in experimental psychology, physiology and human
factors engineering; did basic research in information processing and,
since 1983, has applied behavioral science to performance improvement
in the workplace.
He has developed WayPoint, a four-minute, non-verbal test which assesses
a person's ability to operate a man/machine system such as driving, pipeline
control, piloting aircraft, filling drug prescriptions, law enforcement
and baggage handling, among others. For example, baggage screeners are
often the first line of defense against terrorist activity targeting
airlines. Dr. Cantor believes these baggage screeners need to be evaluated
for their aptitude for this important job.
Four studies have validated WayPoint as a pre-employment test for security
screeners. One study was done by the U.S. Customs in Tacoma and three
others at major airports around the United States and in Europe. The
studies showed that the WayPoint test accurately identifies people with
the ability to find weapons on an X-ray screen, in a suitcase, etc.
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have
had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving
on the Homeland Security Awards Evaluation
- Lieutenant Colonel Patricia K. Coomber,
USAF, Ph.D. – Senior Research Fellow and Faculty at the Center
for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense
University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- Richard A. Craig, Ph.D. – Former
Staff Scientist at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland,
Washington. Dr. Craig was the recipient of the 2001
Christopher Columbus Foundation Award .
- Honorable John T. Odermatt – Commissioner,
New York City Office of Emergency Management, New York, New York
- Adam Short, Senior Editor and
Publisher, Tech Watch News, Pawtucket,
Rhode Island .