On October 4th and 5th, MIT SRP welcomed its External Advisory Committee and shared updates on trainee research and leadership activities. Prof. Akram Alshawabkeh of Northeastern, Prof. Ian Blair of UPenn, Prof. Rebecca Fry of UNC, Prof. John Durant of Tufts, Dr. Ljiljane Pasa-Tolic of PNNL, and Captain Michael Stover of the EPA formed the expert team to help guide ongoing development of the MIT SRP. Current research efforts were showcased at a trainee poster session, and Project PIs provided a summary of each Research Project to the team. Each Core leader also presented an overview of the activities undertaken to support interconnectedness within the MIT SRP as well as with other SRPs, the government, and community members. The EAC team provided valuable insight regarding ways to strengthen connections between research projects, to address future expectations for SRPs, and to guide future directions of the MIT SRP.