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.

blog-aglaser 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.

blog-csreilly My name is Caroline Reilly, and I will be precepting this course. I came to Princeton in 2010 after working as a research assistant with the RAND Corporation in DC. Now a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, I am writing my dissertation, which focuses on the processes by which nuclear-armed adversaries perceive and respond to the condition of mutually-assured destruction. 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.

blog-phannam I am Phil Hannam, a third-year PhD student in the Woodrow Wilson School’s Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) program. I study the adoption of advanced low-carbon energy technology in the power sectors of major emerging economies, and the importance of multilateral institutions. My academic and professional activities have afforded me a diversity of international experiences, including work with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office, the UN Environment Program in Nairobi, the Joint Global Change Research Institute in Maryland, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Energy and Environment in Washington, DC, and with rural development projects in Burkina Faso and Brazil. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.Eng. from Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

blog-aahmad Hi, my name is Ali Ahmad. I am a research fellow in nuclear technology policy on the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) and Nuclear Futures Lab. I have obtained my first degree in Physics from the Lebanese University in Beirut and a Ph.D in Nuclear engineering from Cambridge University. My current research interests focus on technical and policy assessments of advanced nuclear reactor systems such as Small Modular Reactors and nuclear fuel cycle options and implications.

blog-sealfon I’m Carolyn Sealfon, Associate Director of Science Education for Princeton’s Council on Science and Technology, which fosters university-wide engagement in science and engineering, such as promoting the development of innovative ST courses for students concentrating in the humanities and social sciences. From 2006 to 2011, I served as 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.

63 thoughts on “Welcome and Introductions

  1. Hello, my name is Tianyuan (Tian) Huang, and I am a junior in the Economics department. I am particularly interested in cyber-terrorism and bio-terrorism. This is because I am currently writing a novel in which these issues play a crucial role to the plot, and I thought this class would be the best way to simultaneously do my background research.

  2. Hi, my name is Samantha Halpern. I am a senior in the Chemical & Biological Engineering Department. I am taking this class because I am interested in using my engineering background to work in other fields, such as policy.

  3. Hi, my name is Elliot Pearl-Sacks, and I’m a junior in WWS. I’m taking this course because of my interest in IR and global security, which was partially inspired by a nuclear weapons seminar I took freshman year. I look forward to exploring a diverse range of security topics in this course, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of their technological underpinnings.

  4. Hello, My name is Brian Jihyuk Kim and I’m a sophomore planning to major in the Wilson School with a certificate in East Asian Studies. I’m particularly interested in security issues surrounding North Korea and its nuclear program. I hope to become more knowledgeable on this topic from a scientific standpoint so I can learn how policy should take into account scientific concepts and technological implications.

  5. Hi everyone, my name is Valentin Hernandez and I’m a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School. I’m excited to learn about the technologies that are shaping the conversation on global security and the policy issues surrounding them. I’m particularly interested in learning about cyberwarfare and big data given the increasingly important role that digital networks are playing in our lives.

  6. Hi, my name is Dillon Smith and I’m a senior in the Wilson school. I’m taking this class because I’m very interested in nuclear policy, and I’m excited to get a more technical perspective on the issue. The majority of my independent work has concentrated on national security studies and I’m writing my thesis on asymmetric warfare in East Asia, so I’m hoping that the latter half of the class will shed light on some of the issues I’m working on.

  7. My name is Katie Jones and I’m a senior in the MAE department. I’m taking this course because I’m interested in gaining a different perspective on the technologies developed in my field.

  8. Hello all; my name is Nicole Bray, and I am a sophomore preparing to declare my concentration in the Woodrow Wilson School. I’m taking this course because I am interested in nuclear policy.

  9. Hi all. My name is Alex El-Fakir. I am a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School, concentrating in Conflict and Cooperation. My main areas of focus are Grand Strategy and Arms Races. I am very interested in learning more about the technical aspects underpinning global security, as they will give me greater insight into my studies and involvement in international negotiations surrounding Syria and Iran.

  10. Hi everyone my name is Andrew Klutey. I’m a junior in WWS and this course appealed to me both because it appealed to my foreign policy interests, and fulfilled a requirement for STN. I’m particularly interested in cyber policy.

  11. Hi my name is Michelle Yakubisin, and I am a senior in Chemical & Biological Engineering. I’m taking this class because I am interested in learning about science and technology policy and perhaps working in some aspect of this broad field in the future. I’m most interested in the nuclear and bio topics in the course.

  12. Hi everyone! My name is Jiweon Kim, and I am a junior in WWS. I’m taking this class because I’m interested in learning more about the technical details and background of nuclear weapons. I’ve always had a general interest in nuclear and security policy, but have not yet had the opportunity to take a course at Princeton on this topic.

  13. Hi, my name is William (Billy) Beacom, and I’m a junior in the Wilson School. I’m eager to learn about some of the more technical aspects that underlie security policy. Over the summer I had the opportunity to listen in on a presentation on expanding North Korean nuclear capabilities, and I found it fascinating that so much could be gleaned from aerial photography and a little technical understanding of the processes behind enrichment.

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