Welcome and Introductions

Welcome, everyone. We thought it would be a good idea to briefly introduce ourselves, and the WWS/MAE 353 team is taking the lead here. Please write a two or three sentence introduction about yourself and why you are taking this course. You can also note any questions you have after reviewing the syllabus and highlight topics that particularly stand out for you. I’d like your interests to help determine what we emphasize this semester.

glaser-nano-bw I am Alexander Glaser, Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. I have a PhD in Physics from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. I work with the International Panel on Fissile Materials, am a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and co-editor of the journal Science & Global Security, which has been published since 1989. My research focuses on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, the nuclear fuel cycle, and nuclear energy. You can look around this website to find out more about our work and ongoing projects.

reilly-nano-bw My name is Caroline Reilly, and I will be the TA for this course. I came to Princeton in 2010 after working as a research assistant with the RAND Corporation in DC. Now a third-year doctoral candidate in Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, I am developing my dissertation, which will focus on the apparent requirement for numerical parity in U.S.-Soviet and U.S.-Russian nuclear arms-control agreements. Along with my studies, I have participated in several working groups for junior scholars on nuclear policy. I have a B.S. in aerospace engineering from MIT and a M.A. from the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

sealfon-nano-bw I am Carolyn Sealfon, the Associate Director of Science Education for Princeton’s Council on Science and Technology, which promotes the development of engaging science and engineering courses for students concentrating in the humanities and social sciences. From 2006 to 2011, I served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where I integrated researched-based teaching methods in both introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses and advised undergraduate research in cosmology. I received my PhD in physics and astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania and my B.A. in physics from Cornell University. I am currently President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and maintain a strong interest in community outreach related to science. My other interests include singing, acting, biking, and swing dancing.