Faculty Advisor

Ephraim, Michelle

Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.


This project discusses the feasibility of and response to a large-scale covert bio-terrorist attack on the United States. Necessary background information was compiled, including historical incidents, likely bio-agents, and the roles of individual government agencies. We conclude that terrorist groups need state sponsorship in order to launch a successful large-scale attack. Flaws in the current response plans for the medical community and the government, as well as flaws of current bio-detection equipment, demonstrate the need for increased training and funding.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering